Similan islands diving on MV Sundancer
Get the most out of your diving experience by joining a Similan Islands diving daytrip in the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea.
The Similan Islands are a 24 km long chain of nine islands and several rocks, located 70 km off the coast of Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province, and declared a Marine National Park in 1982, covering an area of 70 km2 (the marine park was expanded 1989 to include the two solitary islands of Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, covering now 140 km2 with a land mass of about 26 km2).
What means Similan ?
While ‘Similan’ is a Malay word that simply means ‘nine’, all the islands have distinctive Thai names, but usually they are referred to by their number, counting the islands from south to north.
Similan Island National Park is famous for its dive sites. It has typically two different kinds of diving: East side diving consists of gently sloping coral reefs and sandy patches with the occasional boulder in-between.
The corals come in several shapes and forms, like staghorn, leafy, brain, mushroom, whip, table, maze and pore coral. . . just to name a few. Not to forget the giant sea fans and gorgonians, colorful soft corals and anemones. The west side is known for its huge underwater granite boulders with numerous swim-throughs. This fascinating underwater landscape attracts a huge variety of marine life, from tiny creatures like shrimps, crabs, clownfish, pipefish and sea horses, big schools of tropical reef fish, butterfly fish, angelfish, banner fish, snappers, scorpion fish, trevallies, groupers, barracudas, moray eels and octopus to different sharks and triggerfish, stingrays, turtles, giant manta rays and majestic whale sharks. Water clarity is excellent and the scenery varies with each Similan Island.
The dive sites
Elephant Head Rock is 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, Boulder City, Sharkfin Reef, West of Eden, East of Eden, Anita’s Reef, Breakfast Bend and Christmas Point.
Some of the Similan Islands (No.1, 2 and 3) are closed to the public all year around due to a turtle hatching protection program and reef conservation efforts. Island number 3 belongs to a Thai princess.
The daily trips to the Similan Islands are done with the brand new, custom-built high speed Catamaran MC Sundancer, which brings you to your dive sites in just 2 hours. The comfortable boat guarantees stability in the water and has an expansive dive deck and a cozy salon. The on-board kitchen offers delicious breakfast and freshly cooked lunch buffet style on every trip; snacks and fresh fruit are served after the last dive on your way back to Khao Lak.
Next to the Similan islands, the MV Sundancer is visiting Koh Bon on Saturday and on Tuesday there is Ruby Tuesday with 3 dives at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Premchai wreck
Small dive groups
You are doing 2 dives of 45 to 60 minutes with maximum 4 divers per experienced dive guide. Each Dive Master gives a detailed dive briefing to his group and helps you with setting up your diving gear.
- Diving day trip from Khao Lak
- 2 or 3 Dives
- Similan islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, wreck
- Max 4 divers with 1 professional guide
- Nitrox available
- Best price guarantee
- Book with local diving experts
Similan islands daytrip 2 dives : 4.900.- Baht
Koh Bon daytrip 2 dives : 4.900.- Baht
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Premchai wreck 3 dives : 6.300.- Baht
Included in the price are :
- Experienced dive guides and instructors (no freelance)
- Small dive groups of 4 divers to 1 dive guide
- Breakfast, lunch, fruits and snacks
- Drinking water, tea and coffee
- Transfers for Khao Lak area
Excluded in the price are :
- National park entrance and diving fees : 700.- Baht
- Full set of diving equipment : 500.- Baht per day
- 15 Liter tank : 150.- Baht per dive
- Nitrox 32 % : 250.- Baht per dive
- Dive computer : 400.- Baht per day
- Soft drinks and beers ( can be purchased at the boat, alcoholic only after the last dive )
Pick up from your accommodation in Khao Lak.
At 9.00 AM the catamaran MV Sundancer leaves to the Similan Islands from Khao Lak jetty. The travel time is around 2 hours.
The friendly and experienced crew welcome you onboard on the comfortable dive boat. The boat master gives a short boat briefing before you enjoy a nice coffee and a European breakfast.
Dive groups are based on certification level and dive experience. In this way everybody will feel themselves comfortable: from novice open water diver to the more experienced diver. The ratio is 4 divers to 1 Dive Master. Each Dive Master gives a detailed dive briefing to his group and helps you with setting up your diving gear.
Plunge into the crystal clear water and enjoy the incredible marine wildlife. Dive time 45-60 minutes.
Back onboard a fresh made delicious Thai and Western style lunch is served. In the meantime, the boat heads to the next dive site. During the surface interval there is plenty of time to relax or to sunbathe on the spacious sundeck.
Arriving at the second dive side, your Dive Master gives a detailed dive briefing and will help you with gearing up.
Plunge back into the water and get the experience of world-class diving.
Relaxing after the dives
After the last dive snacks and fresh fruit are served. M/V Sundancer starts returning back to Khao Lak. This will give you enough time to fill in your logbook, exchange experiences, enjoy the scenery and have a drink The arrival time is around 17.00 PM . A taxi is waiting to bring you back to your accommodation in Khao Lak.
Schedule can be changed due weather, sea conditions, instructions by the national park authorities.
Schedule MV Sundancer
|Monday||Similan islands no 4,5,6||Monday is dedicated to snorkelers, courses and beginners.|
|Tuesday||Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Premchai wreck|
|Wednesday||Similan islands no 5 & 7|
|Thursday||Similan islands no 6 & 7|
|Friday||Similan islands no 8|
|Saturday||Similan islands no 9|
MISSION & VISION
Similan Dive Center is a diving agency, run by a group of passionate local divers who come together to share our enthusiasm for diving as well as the love for nature. At Similan Dive Center, book from our meticulously handpicked and curated list of the most popular liveaboards and diving day trips.
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