Similan & Surin Islands

May 12th 2010 | Posted by
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Dive sites of Similan Islands & Surin Islands

The Similan Islands National Park

The Similan Islands are a group of nine islands running north to south about 65 miles north-west of Phuket.

They have white sandy beaches, tropical forests and some of the most spectacular diving in the world.

There is an amazing variety of marine life including reef sharks, guitar and manta rays, leopard sharks and huge schools of tropical fish.

Diving in the crystal clear waters of the many dive sites in the Similans you can encounter coral gardens, swimthroughs, caverns, walls and underwater canyons to name but a few, which suit all levels of diver.

Beacon Beach, Fantasy Reef, Elephant Head, Christmas Point, Snapper Alley, Grandmother Rock, Boulder City, Deep Six, Anitas Reef, East of Eden Shark Fin Reef, Chinese Wall to name just a few which suit all levels of divers.Visibility is usually around 20 – 30 meters and currents are often negligible.

Koh Bon

Located 20 km north of the Similan Islands Koh Bon has wall dives on its southwest corner, and stepped ridges with magnificent coral gardens on its west side. Leopard sharks, white tip reef sharks, trevallies and large stingrays can be observed there. On the edge between both dive sites manta rays sightings are the highlight. Good visibility up to 30-40 meters and moderate to strong currents are possible.

Koh Tachai

25 km north of Koh Bon the Island Koh Tachai is famous for an underwater ridge and pinnacles with pristine gardens of hard and soft corals. Rays, Leopard sharks, white tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, manta rays, and the elusive whale shark are often encountered here. Visibility to 30 meters is usual.

Richelieu Rock

Situated due east of the Surin Islands and consists of a number of pinnacles, one which breaks the surface at low tide. A recent shipwreck just northwest of the main pinnacle can be found. Chevron barracudas, schools of snappers, octopus, cuttlefish, lion fish, scorpion fish and beautiful soft coral gardens are worth diving this dive site spot again. It is one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks, who are attracted by the abundance of plankton.

Visibility is between 15 – 20 meters.

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