Similan Islands offer the most attractive various dive destinations in Thailand. It s a group of islands with a national park, off the coast of Phang Nga Province in the Andaman Sea, well-known for its natural beauty and incredible marine life.
The word Similan is derived from the Malay language word ‘sembilan’ which mean nine. Popular diving location is the Similan Islands National Marine Park which also attracted people who just want to see the beautiful view of the islands. Spectacular marine life around Similan and the abundant coral life can be found here. You can see abundant turtle populations, many types of birds, tiny shrimps to manta rays; you will also find plenty of interesting fauna and jungle. In addition, chances to see a crab-eating monkey that stays on the island. One of the impressive underwater boulders structure are the Elephant Head Rock and Christmas Point dive sites where you can find small caves, swim-throughs and caverns with visibility of 40 meters that makes the reef the best spot for wide outlook photography.
Weather in Similan
In Similan, the monsoons are the major factor in weather conditions and play an important role in all aspects. Over the Andaman Sea, the monsoons always head in from the Andaman Sea so the east coast is protected from the monsoons features of coral beaches, coral gardens of soft and hard corals which rise dramatically from the surface down more or less 30 to 40 meters. However the west coast is normally made up of large boulders that drop into the depths.
How to get there
The Similan Island lies about 25 kilometers long north-south chain, 65 kilometers offshore from Andaman Sea, Phang Nga Province.
Direct flights of Phuket International Airport are to and from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hongkong, Bangkok and Australia. You can take taxi from the airport approximately 60 kilometers north to Tap Lamu.