Similan islands liveaboard
We invite you to enjoy fantastic dives on Similan Islands.
The Similan Islands – one of the best places for diving in the world. They are situated 100 km Northwest of Phuket, the Similan Islands were founded as a National Park in 1982 and propose for divers extraordinary diving experience. The diving season in the Similan Islands begins from mid October to early May. The dive-sites in the Similan Islands has diversity landscapes and marine life. Huge boulders, small caves, reefs and passages are house to over 500 types of hard and soft corals and astonishing pelagic life. Aboard a Similan Islands sea tour, divers going to encounter leopard sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and guitar rays. The East Coast show off hard coral reefs, outstanding visibility and weak to moderate currents while the West Coast sites are comprised of imposing granite rock formations. The sea on the West Coast is deeper with stronger currents. Famous dive-sites in the Similan Islands are Elephant Head, Christmas Point and East of Eden. Scuba divers will enjoy premier diving, five star service and luxury accommodations on our boats.
Richelieu Rock (named in Thai Hin Plo Naam) is a place in the Andaman Sea thereabout the Surin Islands. The most distinguished dive-site of Thailand, Richelieu Rock is an single pinnacle to the east of the Surin Islands. The site is marked by the top with a rock which is 1 metre above the surface level during ebb, and vanishes underwater during inflow.
A lonely island situated 20 km north of Koh Bon, Koh Tachai has marvellous white beaches and 2 attractive dive-sites, Southern Pinnacle and Eastern Reef. Koh Tachai Pinnacle or Twin Peaks, are a pair of underwater rocks situated 500 meters south of Koh Tachai and are marked by a pair of buoys.
KOH BON WEST RIDGE
Koh Bon is a stone island located the northwest of the Similan Islands, but it is constituted a part of the Similan National Marine Park. A favourite dive-site is the western ridge of the island, go down quickly to the abyss.
ELEPHANT HEAD ROCK
Situated between Similan Islands seven and eight, this first that you will see – is one huge boulder above the water, and near to it are another three rocks. The place is called for the biggest rock, which is look like the head of an elephan.
The dive-site is a grand labyrinth with channels, passes and small caves at every step.
If you will be lucky in the deeper areas you can encounter Whitetip Reef Sharks, who prefer to stay in the depths.
Also you can spot on Elefant Head Rock are huge barracudas, bluespotted stingrays, nudibranches, octopuses, and the large mantis shrimps.
HIN LUANG KOH BON
Situated 200 meters north of Koh Bon’s north ridge – not very far – this awesome deep rock is worth to see even if it’s just to stare on landscape of this underwater pinnacle.
Here you will be asked to get into the water with negative buoyancy. The top of the dive-site begins at 18m, so during the immersion you are exposed to the streams.
This is decidedly a dive-site to take your underwater camera! With the labyrinth of granite rocks and passes, you can make really beautiful photos of this site.
Leaf-nosed moray eels and ocellated pipefishes can be seen around of this dive-site as well as napoléonfishes and eagle rayes. Anemones with porcelain crabs live in the cracks and Nudibranches crawling over the rocks.
North Point also known as Rocky Point is a dive-site containing underwater boulders situated to the northeast of Similan Island 9. Marked by a dive-buoy one kilometre north of the islet, the giant rocks are surrounded by large areas of sand. The northern boulders reach to 35 meters depth.
About 300 meters to the northwest there is another pinnacle. This fabulous rock is totally covered with soft corals and big gorgonians. But the top of the rock is at about 30 meters and falls abruptly to depth 40 – 45 meters, which is go beyond of the limits for recreational diving. Divers must know that there is no shelter between this rock and the shallower dive-site, so returning back from the rock requires care in case of streams, however you can encounter leopard sharks resting in the sand.
Deep Six is a group of underwater rocks is situated on the north of Similan Island 7 (Koh Pa-Yu). Deep Six is a prolongation of the island that continues underwater, with a maximum depth of 35 to 40 meters. There are many outcrops throughout the square with scattered boulders with soft corals and sea creatures.
At the huge rock in the center, a lot of smaller boulders form swim-passes at depths of between 12 and 22 meters. In addition, there are abrupt walls covered with dense soft corals. Shallow corals gardens and boulders surround the island at a depth of 10 to 15 meters.
You can encounter white reef sharks off the boulders, and bluespotted stingrays on the sandy bottom. You will find black and white snappers, giant travallies and tuna swimming between rocks, as well as school of dark-banded fusiliers, bluefin trevallies and yellow snapper. When going through the swim-passes, you can see big snappers, oriental sweetlips or harlequin sweetlips, and if you are lucky, you will meet ghost pipefish and frogfish camouflaged among the boulders.
WEST OF EDEN
When in East of Eden became a lot of tourists, divers began to seek for new dive-sites near the island, they went to the west coast of Koh Pa-Yu (Island 7) and found out that the Garden of Eden located does not only on east coast.
Like many other dive-sites in the Similan Islands, site West of Eden consist of huge granite rocks that form beautiful ravines, with descents covered with colourful soft corals and populated different sea creatures.
Some places has rubble and sandy precipices a depth of 30 to 35 meters. The shallow waters are home to many coral reef creatures, and have granite rocks covered with hard corals, soft corals,gorgonians and feather stars.
EAST OF EDEN
East of Eden (named Ruan Gluay-Mai in Thaiand) East of Koh Pa-Yu (Similan Island 7), the East of Eden begin from North to South and is a perfect for reef diving.
The descents fall down from 5 to 40 meters. In the north of the island, there is a lot of staghorn corals and blue corals among granite boulders. In the center of the site, you can see mainly sand and fire corals.
The high spot of the dive-site is a rock named Ruan-Mai (the Orchid Garden), which is covered with colourful soft corals and gorgonians, a splendid sight that shows the variety and attractiveness of the sea life in the reef. This dive-site is one of the best in the Similan Islands for advanced divers. On the southern edge, in the shallows, you can see a huge plantation of small grass-like soft corals on the sand that looks like a Japanese garden on the bottom.
Anita’s Reef (Hin Muan Deaw) disposed between Similan island 5 and Similan island 6. The reef begins from the east of Similan island 6 and goes to the south of Similan island 5.
The reef is going down from 5 to 10 meters to the sandy plain at a maximum of 26 to 28 meters. Shallow coral gardens contain big pore and staghorn corals with small boulders.
Colourful corals grow up along white sand bed, creating splendid natural landscapes.
From the sandy bed at 20 meters to the top of the boulder at 12 meters, this fabulous stone is covered by colourful soft corals, big gorgonians, and many types of hard corals. The thai name for this impressive pinnacle is “Hin Muan Deaw” – “Whole roll [of film] rock”, is the best describing how splendid this place really is. At the south side of Anita’s Reef are huge rocks continue to the south. These huge rocks stand from 30 and 35 meters on the sandy bed, and form a canyon to dive-through.
In 2003, the Similan National Park authorities created a new wreck – sank 30m fishing boat in the area to make a new dive-site known as Tuna Wreck, which is situated to the south western corner of Similan island 5, marked by a dive-buoy. The wreck lies on the sandy bed just beyond the outer edge of the reef, with the depth from 28 meters, down to the deepest point at 40 meters depth.
BOON SUNG WRECK
Boon sung wreck was accidently sunk in 1985, this ship is lies in 20 meters depth.
After several years, Boon sung wreck was colonized by myriads of fish and sea creatures, who was glad to have to an artificial reef in a vast expanse of sand. In 2004, tsunami hit it, broke the ship into four big parts, making it ever more interesting for divers.
When you will dive on Boon Sung Wreck, you will swim through shoals of snappers, batfish, trevally and fusiliers which living within the wreck and in the surrounding area. Crocodile fish, scorpionfish, stonefish, lionfish, harlequin ghost pipefish and much more other sea creatures.
Wreck-penetration there is very dangerous. When the tsunami broke it apart, the separate parts of ship are very nonstable. Also keep your eyes peeled for the many lionfish found hovering about the entire site. They always have the right of way.