Offering some of the best diving Thailand has to offer, the Similan Islands are an exciting destination with vibrant reefs choc-full of marine life and plenty of passing pelagics. Located in the Andaman Sea only 30 miles from the mainland, this marine protected area encompasses 11 islands in one of the country's most popular tourist spots. So much so, that the islands were completely closed to visitors for two years, and are now open only between May and October to reduce the impact of humans on the fragile ecosystem.
While day trips to these stunning islands depart daily during the season, without a doubt the best way to explore is by Similan Island liveaboard. Every dive site has something different and new to offer, and one day simply isn't enough time to discover the best of the Similan Islands.
Here are two of our favorite liveaboards that visit the Similan Islands:
A traditional 33m sailing vessel that has been converted to the specific needs of divers, The Junk offers luxury cruises to various Andaman Sea destinations. Boasting six comfortable air-conditioned cabins for 18 divers, this historic vessel has double, triple, and quad en suite cabins providing a range of accommodation options to suit independent travelers, families, and groups. The boat's indoor lounge holds a well-stocked library, entertainment center, and large TV, while the sundeck has plenty of loungers for relaxing between dives.
This custom-built dive liveaboard is designed in the style of a traditional 7-sailed Indonesian gaff. At 34m long, she has more than enough space to comfortably fit 18 divers. With a combination of double, twin, and quad air-conditioned en suite cabins, guests will explore the Similan Islands in classic luxury. Meals can be taken either in the indoor or covered outdoor dining area, while the sundeck, large dive deck, and personal storage areas make full use of this lovely boat.
To book your SImilan Island Liveaboard, contact Bluewater Travel for great rates.
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