Diving at the Similans and around Khao Lak
The nine islands that belong to the Thai national park are located about 60 km offshore from Khao Lak. Due to the improved logistics that have developed over the past years it is now very easy to reach the „Similans“ nowadays. There are speed boats, daily dive and snorkel boats and live-aboards offering their services to go and see these charming islands.
Nobody lives on the islands apart from a few national park rangers, who maintain that paradise. There are also no shops or supermarkets and every thing that is needed on the islands including food is delivered by boats.
The Similan Islands are considered as one of the the top ten diving destinations worldwide and even snorkelling in these fascinating waters is something you will remember for a long time. The underwater flora and fauna offers almost everything that inhabits tropical waters. There are large wildlife to see like rays and sharks and you can also see other creatures from colorful schools of snappers over nudibranches to shrimps. Quite often you will even see turtles there.
The reefs that offer a home to the fish consist of many different kinds of coral including like sea fans and other hard and soft corals.
Our diving operation is well organized with friendly and helpful staff.
We always dive in small groups (4: 1) with the briefings held in German and English.
Diving courses start in the pool and can be completed on the liveaboard. For people with less time, their final dives may also be finished with day trips to the islands. Rental equipment is always available including Nitrox.
Departure is by Tap Lamu port, 10 km outside of Khao Lak.
The Similan Islands are a group of nine islands consisting of granite. The islands have some high and steep mountains (244 m). They were formed by lava magma about 65 million years ago. Then, unimaginably powerful movements in the crust cracked the granite substratum into blocks, preparing the way for experiments in sculptural form by wind and wave.
For diving, they offer some canyons and cave passages, but also shallow reefs with coral gardens. Above the water many diverse species can be found such as the Nicobar pigeon, mangrove monitor lizards and more.
A little further north of the Similan Islands are Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, which belong to the Surin National Park.
The sea around the Similan Islands is accessible for snorkeling as well as scuba diving in one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
SEA TURTLE DIVERS
72 Moo 6 Khao Lak
Takuapa, Phang-Nga 82190
Tel.: +66 (0) 76 485 406
Fax: +66 (0) 76 485 410
Mobile: +66 (0) 86 12 777 94
1st November until 15th May
from 10:00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
16th May to 31st October
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