The Similan Islands are nine granite islands 50 km of the coast of the west coast of Thailand. Included in the national park is also Koh Bon and Koh Tachai.
The Sea Gypsies uses a language similar to Malay. They named the islands “The nine islands” or Sembilan, meaning 9 in malay. The islands have had national park status since 1981 and since then been protected by thai-law. When we visit the islands we can only take pictures and leave bubbles.
Visting the Islands
You can either make a day trip or for those who want to explore more, you could also choose a liveaboard trip whereby you can snorkel at many different sights and get more out of your adventure. Our liveaboard goes to the Similan Islands, but also to Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and on the 4 day trips, we also go to the Surin Islands.
Staying on the islands
On island #8 and island #4 is the two residential areas on the islands. Park rangers and staff live here also it is possible to stay in one of the bungalows here or rent a tent if you want to spend some nights on the islands, this can be arranged in Khao Lak.
Paradise above and below the surface
The Similan Islands are one of the most beautiful places in Thailand, both above and under the sea. This is where you will find white beaches as you normally only see in movies, and under the sea you will see fish and corals of all shapes and colours. The islands are suited for all level of divers, the west side offering some impressive boulder formation and current diving from time to time and the east side gives us sloping reefs for easy drift dives.
If you’re snorkelling you can choose to hang out all day on a paradise beach, snorkelling of the shore, or join the divers in the afternoon to check out the reef on a nearby island.