Similan Island, Thailand
Similan Islands, or “The Nine Islands”, is located about 100km northwest of Phuket and is by far the most beautiful group of dive sites in Thailand. Being a national park, fishing is not allowed within the area and therefore fishes and other marine life thrive under the circumstances, making it one of the world’s best dive sites. Without any land based resorts, divers and tourists visiting the islands can choose to stay in liveaboards. Marine life to expect would be the tropical fishes like lionfishes or anemone fishes. Occasionally you may chance upon a leopard shark or two, or if you’re lucky enough, maybe a whale shark!
Shark Fin Reef
The best period for Similan would be during October to May, although diving is still available all year round. Visibility is best during those eight months but overall it remains at least 15m most of the time, which is still pretty good!
|Great for||Highlights||Depth||Visibility||Currents||Surface conditions||Water temperature||Experience level||Recommended Length of stay|
|Advanced, Photography||Cow tail rays, leopard sharks, whale sharks, tropical fish||5 – >40m||20 – 30m||Can be strong||Calm||26 – 29°C||Beginner – Advanced||3 – 5 days|
2 hours from Singapore to Phuket, Thailand, by plane
2 hours 30 min from Phuket to Similan, by speedboat
Depart 08.15 – Arrive 09.55
Depart 13.45 – Arrive 17.05
Depart 13.50 – Arrive 15.35
|HKT-SIN TR153 |
Depart 10.30 – Arrive 12.10
Depart 16.05 – Arrive 17.45
*All times are in Singapore GMT +8 hours
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