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Similan Island Dive Sites

Similan Island Dive Sites

Similan Island Dive Sites

A group of 9 islands in the Similan Marine National Park situated about 90 km north of Phuket. The sites here are known for the great visibility sometimes in excess of 40 metres. Dive sites range from the long coral reefs such as East of Eden to the fantastic to the rocky outcrops of Elephant Head rock. There are many wonderful and different dive sites here (20+) that the region is best dived as a live aboard trip. Even if it is for one night you will have the luxury of tasting a small sample of this world class diving. A great place to do a two day Advance Open Water certification. The national park is closed to diving between mid May and late October each year.

Island 1 – Koh Huyong, Island 2 – Koh Payang, Island 3 – Koh Payan, Island 4 – Koh Miang, Island 5 – Koh Payu (considered a part of Island 6), Island 6 – Koh Payu, Island 7 – Koh Pabu, Island 8 – Koh Similan, Island 9 – Koh Bangu


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Richelieu Rock

Probably Thailand's most famous dive site and probably its best. Reported to be one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite sites. Marked by a pinnacle which is just one metre above the water during low tide and disappears during high tide. A horse shoe rock formation it has the most abundance of soft corals of any site in Thailand. Plentiful in all forms of marine life its inhabitants, include ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, sea horses, giant cuttlefish, a vast range [...]

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Koh Tachai

Another 20 km north of Koh Bon has two interesting dive locations, one being the southern pinnacles and the other the eastern reef. Some fantastic boulder dive and swim throughs. Plenty of Leopard sharks and large rays are located at depth on the sandy bottoms and there often can be large schools of barracuda, travelly and snappers. And if you are good enough Frog fish can be located here although they are difficult to locate. Closed to divers [...]

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Koh Bon

Situated at the northern point of the Similan Marine National Park. Famed as a cleaning station for Manta rays it also provides an abundance of marine life including octopus, cuttle fish, barracuda, hard and soft corals. Also keep an eye out for the many shrimp that inhabit the island. As it is a part of the Similan Marine National Park it is also off limits to to divers between mid May and late October each year. During the 2011 - 2012 [...]

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Boonsung Wreck

The Boonsung wreck started her life in the 1950’s as a tin dredger. She sank in the mid 80s after some rough seas on the west coast of Thailand. She is now located on come nice flat dark brown sand about 11 km west of the Thai mainland or about 20 km from the popular scuba diving liveaboard port of Tab Lamu. This dive site us usually done as the scuba diving liveaboard return from the adventures in the Similan Islands and [...]

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Pinnacle Dive

Torolina Pinnacle – Surin Islands

Torolina Pinnacle is situated at the southern tip of the south Surin island and is well marked by a large mooring line. This is a favorite dive site of the scuba diving liveaboards heading out of Khao Lak and Phuket. Having a slithered rock pinnacle that starts around 20 metres and reportedly heads as deep as 60 metres it has an amazing and diverse range of marine fish. Containing possible one of the best selection of schooling sweetlips, butterflyfish, angelfish and [...]

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Torolina Reef – Surin Islands

Torolina Reef is situated on southern of the two Surin Islands. Only ever accessible by the scuba diving liveaboard vessels out of Phuket or Khao Lak. This can be a deep dive as a lot of the dives in the region are. This site has a scattering of rocks and hard corals and is quite different to most of the dive sites in the area. There are vast areas of sand even at 20 metres and the reef gradually slopes and [...]

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Donald Duck Bay

A very popular bay in the Similans and you will often find liveaboards moored in this bay. It is also one of the most famous points of the islands due to it's famous duck's head shaped rock that is on show. This dive is an easy dive with a nice combination of boulders and flat sand at about 20 metres. There is a mixture of hard and soft corals and a few sea fans round which add to the dive. The boulder section [...]

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Breakfast Bend

Breakfast Bend is so name as it is common first dive of the day, generally after breakfast. Consisting of a long shallow reef which averages about 8 metres. The reef then falls away to a sandy bottom that is between 25 and 30 metres where there are many rocky crops. The lower reaches are a favorite of Leopard Sharks , White tip reef sharks and rays. Napoleon wrasses can regularly found cruising by and a vast range of fish life can be [...]

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Waterfall Bay – Island 8

A bay located on the north west side of Koh Similan (Island 8) it nestles just south of Turtle Rock. Named after the waterfall which runs from the top of the island and if flowing allows boats to refill with fresh water. Considered an easy dive site its gentle slopes reach a maximum depth of 20 metres. And has some nice sandy areas for beginner divers. Consisting of a nice mix of hard and soft corals blending amongst some small rocky formations. The [...]

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Mooring Bay

Good place for a night dive with a lot of shrimps, crabs and lobsters. during the day ghost pipefish can be located hiding under the coral bombies. Depth: 5-20m Difficulty: ✩ Marine life: ✩✩ Coral: ✩✩✩ Currents: ✩✩ Lat: 8.679118 Long: 97.647171

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Christmas Point

Situated on the northwest ridge of of Koh Ba-Ngu (Island 9) Christmas Point is a spectacular arrangement of underwater boulders. These boulders leave the island and reach a depth of around 40 metres. They appear to have been placed there by some mystical creature and provide an create a wondrous world of swim throughs and tall coral and sea fan lined crevices. It is another place that the Leopard Sharks like to frequent. It has been reported that there have been black [...]

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North (Rocky) Point – Island 9

A cluster of huge submerged rocks located on the north east point of Island 9. A common site for Leopard sharks and Whitetip reef sharks. Depth: 5-45m Difficulty: ✩✩✩ Marine life: ✩✩✩ Coral: ✩✩✩ Currents: ✩✩✩ Lat: 8.683360 Long: 97.647858

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Elephant Head Rock

One of the most popular dive sites in Simian Islands. This is a deep boulder dive and is generally done on the first or second dive of the day. There are three large boulders emerge from the sea. At the site there is a cluster of stacked emerged boulders that form sheer walls and swim throughs that is littered with soft corals and sea fans. This is an outstanding exploration site and is very popular with underwater photographers. The only down [...]

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Turtle Rock – Island 7

Turtle Rock is situated west of Donald Duck Bay and is named after the turtle shaped rock that marks the divesite. this is a great afternoon dive site and consists of a series of shallow boulders and staghorn coral. It has some fun swim throughs and coincidently has an abundance of turtles. Both ghostpipe fish and nudibranchs are here as are the typical reef fish including sweetlips, groupers and angelfish. A very enjoyable dive site. Depth: 10-25m [...]

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Deep Six – Island 7

Situated on the north tip of Island 7, Deep Six is a stunning cluster of submeged boulders ranging from 5 - 40 metres and is one of the best boulder sites in the Similan Islands. Depth: 10-40m Difficulty: ✩✩✩✩ Marine life: ✩✩✩✩✩ Coral: ✩✩✩✩ Currents: ✩✩✩✩ Lat: 8.603087 Long: 97.640648

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West of Eden – Island 7

Situated on the west side of Ko Pa- Yu (Island 7) this is a typical western Similan Island dive site comprising of giant granite boulders. Although this is not as beautiful as it's eastern counterpart it is a very enjoyable dive. It is a great exploration dive with some nice canyons, giant sea fans and soft corals. You should be able to find plenty of lobsters on this site amongst other interesting things including Red Fire Gobies, Cowrie Shells and Stonefish. The boulders [...]

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Beacon Point- Island 7

Depth: 10-40m Difficulty: ✩✩✩✩ Marine life: ✩✩✩✩✩ Coral: ✩✩✩✩ Currents: ✩✩✩✩ Lat: 8.639068 Long: 97.651978

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East of Eden – Island 7

Another beautiful and popular Similan Islands dive site, East of Eden is situated on the eastern side of Island 7 and is made popular by the large clusters of staghorn coral and coral crops. Gently sloping from 5 to 40 metres it is suitable to all level of divers. The highlight of the dive is again another large rock, similar in size to Hin Muan Deaw on Anita's Reef. Named Gluay-Mai (the orchid garden) it is littered with lovely and [...]

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Beacon Reef – Island 8

Beacon Reef borders most of the eastern side of Island 8. The reef has a steep drop off starting from around 5 metres stretching to 40 metres. Abound by a lovely diverse range of hard corals. Situated on the reef is a wreck known as the Atlantis X which sank there in 2002. With the stern facing the shallow side of the reef, the wreck starts at about 15 metres and the bow is situated at around 30 metres. The wreck [...]

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Barracuda Point – Island 5

A boulder dive situated on the southern tip of island 5 and is often considered as a part of Anita’s Reef. Not dived to often given the attractions of Anita's Reef to the north. Depth: 10-40m Difficulty: ✩✩✩✩ Marine life: ✩✩ Coral: ✩✩ Currents: ✩✩✩✩ Lat: 8.572195 Long: 97.651291 Aussie Divers Phuket can assist you with all your Surin and Similan Islands liveaboard adventures.

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Stonehenge – Island 4

Situated at the northern tip of Island 4 there are mixed reports for this site. A large boulder site with and flanked by hard corals it can be quite difficult when the currents are up but on a good day it is a very nice site. There are some large Travellies around and keep an eye out for the Triggerfish here, they seem to be extra angry. Depth: 10-40m Difficulty: ✩✩✩✩ Marine life: [...]

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Honeymoon Bay – Island 4

Located at the eastern side of Island 4 the bay is perfect for a night dive. Made up of mainly hard corals and rock there is a gentle slope from 5 metres to around 25 metres. At night expect to find a nice range of crabs including the red reef crabs and decorator crabs. Lobsters are about as to are octopus and as always in the Similans plenty of shrimp. Depth: 5-26m Difficulty: ✩✩ [...]

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Anita’s Reef – Island 5 & 6

Anita's Reef is one of the best scuba diving sites in the Similan Islands. The reef spreads across Islands 5 and 6 and is a photographers paradise and a favorite with the liveaboard boats. The reef starts shallow around 5 metres and extends down to 26 - 28 metres and it is an easy site is suitable and rewarding to divers of all levels. The highlight of this site is a spectacular large rock named "Hin Muan Deaw" which translates to "Whole [...]

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Hideaway Bay: Monuments

This is a nice shallow sandy bay and ideal for training exercises such as the PADI Underwater Navigation Adventure dive. The site contains a series of Thai Zodiac Statues, some monuments for the Tsunami and a couple of mermaid statues. It is a great late afternoon and night dive. It can produce some nice marine life including ghost pipefish and napoleon wrasse was also good. A nice dive for all levels of divers. It is a great night dive producing plenty [...]

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Bird Rock – Island 4

Bird Rock is a rarely dived site on the southern tip of Island 4. Some large rock formations and amazing drop offs. The site have very strong undulating currents and heavy surges and is definitely a dive for very experience divers and not for the faint hearted. The rocks however are stunning and it has a beautiful selection of Angelfish. Depth: 20-40m Difficulty: ✩✩✩✩ Marine life: ✩✩ Coral: ✩ [...]

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Wreck Dive

Taiwanese Tuna Wreck

The Tuna Weck is situated at the south west side of Island 5 and is marked with a marker bouy which runs down to the wreck. I deep dive with the shalloest part of the wreck at 28 metres and the deepest around 40 metres. Consider for the first dive of the day and is for experienced divers only. The wreck was deliberately sank in 2003 by Thai authorities to create a new dive site. After the wreck has dived continue [...]

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Boulder City Similans

Named after the boulders that are formed in long rows giving the impression of a city layout. this site is located to the south east of Island 3 A deep site with the shallowest of boulder at around 12 metres and the deepest at 40m and beyond. Visibility is quite good even for an early morning dive and if often around 30+ metres. Many hard corals and less soft coral and some stunning fluorescent pink Anemone Coral can be found. A great [...]

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Chinese Wall Similans

Just to the east of Bird rock and not dived very often. Mixture of boulders and hard corals. Visibility is good around 25m. Has some small swim through and then enters a sandy hard coral patch. Not much color however still an interesting dive. Depth: 10-40m Difficulty: ✩✩✩✩ Marine life: ✩✩✩✩✩ Coral: ✩✩✩✩ Currents: ✩✩✩✩ Lat: 8.561840 Long: 97.637901

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Princess Bay

An easy late afternoon dive. Not too deep and plenty of sand. Depth: 5 -20m Difficulty: ✩ Marine life: ✩✩ Coral: ✩✩ Currents: ✩✩ Lat: 8.566423 Long: 97.638245

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Shark Fin Reef

A fantastic 1 km long mixture of reef and boulders which consists mainly of hard corals. There are three pinnicles that penetrate the surface which gives the site the name Shark Fin Reef. The site has a lot of cliff like drop offs and in many areas extends past 40 metres. The home of humphead parrot fish and Napoleon wrasse. Boulders can go quite deep, well over 30m. Standard reef fish and excellent visibility (40m) which makes for a very nice dive. Experienced [...]

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What are the Similan and Surin Island National Park Fees?

When budgeting for scuba diving liveaboard from Phuket to the Similan Islands or Surin Islands you must take into account the cost of Nation Park fees. In 1982 the Similan Islands (including Koh Bon) were deemed to be a nation park and as a result fees were introduced for the care and up keep of the islands. For the 2015 - 2016 Season the price for entering the nation park is THB 500 and THB 200 for each day that you are [...]

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Manta Ray Party Happening at Koh Bon, Similan Islands

Book yourself a liveaboard trip now as there is a Manta Ray party happening at Koh Bon, 20 km north of the Similan Islands. Divers are reporting of loosing count of the number of different manta rays circling the famous west ridge pinnacle. Some are say it is as many as 10 and others are saying more. All are saying that they are putting on an amazing show for all levels of scuba divers. Large groups of manta rays are no strangers [...]

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Aussie Divers Phuket Staff – Top 5 Phuket Dive Spots

Aussie Divers Phuket Staff - Top 5 Phuket Dive Spots Between the dive sites in the day trip region of Phuket, the Southern Andaman and the Northern Andaman dive areas of the Similan and Surin Islands there are more than 100 different dive sites. Here are some of the Aussie Divers Phuket staff with their views on what their favorite dive sites are. Darren Gaspari 1. Koh Bida Nok – Phi Phi: Just for the marine life. There is too much there to [...]

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Day Trip Diving In Thailand

When scuba diving in Phuket you'll be embarking on what is referred to as 'Day Trip Scuba Diving', day trips will take you to one or many of the Islands around Phuket that house our outstanding reefs & wrecks. Because these Islands are typically one to two hours from the mainland by boat it works out much better if you do multiple dives while you are out there. Day trip diving here in Thailand will usually see you doing two or three dives per day, which is awesome because you get to see a multitude of different dive sites, marine life and scenery for a relatively low price, plus we get you back home in time for dinner.

Day trip diving is suitable for divers of all levels, whether experienced, new, or total beginners, including Discover Scuba Divers, we have many options for day trip divers, including Phi Phi Island, Racha Noi & Racha Yai and the King Cruiser Wreck. Basically it is just a matter of deciding which day trip and dive sites best suit your level of diving comfort and then contact Aussie Divers to book it.

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