Diving in the Similan Islands

The Similan Islands make an archipelago consisting of 11 islands each refered to by both name and a number, which are protected by the Thai Department of National Parks. They are world famous for their dive sites. The type of diving depends whether you are on the leeward or windard side of the archipelago. On the leeward side there are gentle sloping coral reefs with sandy patches with the occasional boulder in-between. The windward is renowned for its granite boulders creating many swim-throughs.

The East of Eden is off the leeward side of Island Number 7 and is probably the most famous dive site. Next is Elephant Head Rock, named by Horst Hinrichs and arguably the most famous west side dive site with a maze of swim-throughs and the reputation for spin-cycle like currents running in every direction. Other popular dive sites include North Point, Deep Six and Boulder City.

North from the Similan archipeligo are the awesome pinnacles off Ko Bon and Ko Tachai, where manta rays and whale sharks can often be spotted. Then Richielieu Rock which is reputted as Thailand’s best dive site is a little further north, is a wonderful pinnacle that is truely abundant with hard and soft corals, reef and pelagic fish, with many invertibates including seahorses.

North Diving can arrange multiday liveaboard trips from Phuket:-

2 Day 1 Night and 7 Dives…………….฿13,900

3 Days 2 Nights and 11 Dives ………..฿18,900

3 Days 2 Nights and 11 Dives ………..฿22,900 including Richielieu Rock

Extra

1 Day 1 Night and 4 Dives …………….฿4,000 per day

The above prices are fully inclusive of all costs including local hotel transfers, accommodation, food, soft drinks, tanks, weights and Dive Guides. Marine Park Fees are not included, they are ฿200 per day plus one off ฿500 park entry fee. Richielieu Rock is a ฿700 supplement. These fees are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change without prior notice by the Marine Park Agency.

Please contact us for further information and pricing for other combinations of days and diving, equipment hire and for discount on courses undertaken whilst on the liveaboard.