Approximately 100 km Northwest of Phuket, Thailand in the Andaman Sea, the Similan Islands are regarded as one of the top ten dive sites in the world, due to the diversity, scale, and quality of their reefs and the barren beauty of their boulder formations. Here is a video from 2018 to give you an idea about what you can expect:
Saved for the Thai nation as a marine sanctuary in 1982 the Islands have become the jewel in the crown of the Thai dive industry and are protected as such. This has allowed the ecosystem to flourish under the protection of Park wardens, who guard against the band practice of any type of fishing with net, line or dynamite, (as once was the want of some). These regulations have made their mark and the beauty of the Islands above water and below must be one of the most memorable sights anywhere in the world. Above the water, they boast lush tropical foliage, strange rock formations, and pristine white sandy beaches. Below the blue water, they offer the diver and snorkeller a unique opportunity to see the result of millennial erosion on granite rocks, immense swathes of Coral reef and a diversity of marine life that is second to none.
If you have followed my previous blog posts about getting scuba certified and about the essential gear you will need for your first snorkel (snorkel mask, fins, accessories) or dive, then Similan Islands would be a great destination to go. The quickest way (a total of 12-13 hours) to get to Similan is the night bus from Bangkok. Then you will need to rent a boat to get to the islands. The boat ride from Khao Lak will take around 120 minutes give or take. Once you get to Similan, you will be amazed by the nature and the amazing beauty of the reefs – enjoy every second of your travel and do share your experinces with us in the comments box below please!