Located just 84 km northwest of bustling Phuket, the Similan Islands are a group in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of the Phang Nga Province, southern Thailand. It is a national park established in 1982 consisting of nine islands: Ko Bon, Ko Similan, Ko Bayu, Ko Payu, Ko Payan, Ko Huyong, Ko Payang, and the two adjoining islands of Ko Miang. The Similan Islands are one of the most popular diving sites in Thailand.
A Natural Reserve
An island with rich flora and fauna, Similan features stunning views of the Andaman Sea, azure beach waters, a long stretch of shoreline, and amazing collection of land and sea animals, all perfect for diving. Ironwood and gum trees surround the islands while jackfruit, rattan, and bamboo trees form part of the denser undergrowth. The islands are home to a wide variety of animals, including dusky langurs, squirrels, crab-eating monkeys, lizards, bats, and different species of birds.
The most striking features of Similan islands, however, are the huge boulders and piles of giant stones that are scattered on the western and southern shores of several of the islands. Some boulders extend beneath the sea and create caves and passageways, providing scuba divers with an adventure playground down below.
A Diver’s Paradise
The Similan Islands are one of Thailand’s best diving destinations and among the top ten most interesting dive areas in the world. This is why it is a popular site for yachts and tour boats and a favorite destination by many tourists and visitors around the world. Featuring a wide variety of underwater creatures, rich coral reefs, and colorful fishes, Similan is truly a diver’s paradise. Tourists and natives alike can attest that boating, scuba diving, and live aboard services in Similan islands are some of the best in the world.
There are two different kinds of diving in Similan: east side diving and west side diving. East side diving features underwater boulders and gently sloping coral reefs with sandy patches. West side diving, on the other hand, is popular for its wide variety of fishes and huge granite boulders with numerous swim throughs. The most famous dive site in the eastside is East of Eden, while the west side boasts Elephant Head Rock as the best dive site.
For divers, plunging into the clear waters of a beautiful island rich with amazing sea creatures is the best experience. If you are a diving enthusiast, book a trip to Similan Islands and see why Similan scuba diving liveaboard services is the best in the world.