The Similan Islands are a wonderful archipelago located in the Andaman Sea, about 100-kilometres north from Phuket. These small islands are breathtaking that all you need is some snapshots to reminisce memories here. Most people come here on a day trip tour, but it’s highly suggested to try liveaboards as it’s cheaper. Spend around two to four days to experience Similan islands diving and you’ll enjoy it. The trip is faraway from Phuket, so travel at night and when you wake up, enjoy the daytime by diving.
To get to the Similan islands, you’ll need to book a tour that takes you first to a snorkelling experience. Then you’ll head to the main island where you can dine in a restaurant and be accommodated in hospitable hotels. Try not to deal with the cheapest speedboat unless you’re on a tight budget. You’ll be worried too much if you travel with limited space. If you’re a professional diver, there are many dive centres to check out and book for a day trip to Khao Lak. Or you’ll prefer the liveaboard cruise to have a great Similan islands diving experience.
What to Remember So You Won’t Get in Trouble
The Thai government takes care of the national parks found in the Similan islands. They inform people to preserve and handle it well. As a ruling, tourists and divers visiting Similan for diving are not allowed to feed the fishes, no matter how they swarm around and beg for food. They are also not allowed to pick any coral or sea life. And lastly, if they come across a coral, they need to swim above and not walk on it.
Staying over the Similan
You’ll find a hard time booking an accommodation here, especially that they are limited in this area. However, after the Similan islands diving, you can spend the night and rent a small tent or air-conditioned bungalow. The latter is more comfortable as you’re provided with your own bathroom with shower. You also get a sea view from the balcony and lots of fresh air. Be here between October till May as scuba diving is closed the rest of the year due to bad weather conditions.