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Dive the Similan Islands and explore the stunning Thai landscape

With more than 2,500 kilometres of beautiful coastline bordering the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, Thailand offers warm tropical seas, stunning beaches and superb scuba diving with varied dives sites; the biggest draw being the remote Similans Islands.

The Similians lie west of Phuket and are comprised of 9 granite uninhabited islands, which run from North to South, and numerous small rock boulder out-crops. Only reachable by liveaboard, these islands offer an array of diving, with sloping coral reefs and huge underwater boulders, to caves and passages. There are over 500 species of hard and soft corals to be found here and prolific marine life, with larger pelagic encounters including whale sharks, leopard sharks, guitar rays and manta rays.

The Similans Islands are a National Park and open from November to April, with best chances of mantas and whale sharks from February onwards. Liveaboards leave from Phuket or Khao Lak  and are typically 4-6 day tours, visiting both the Similans and Surin Islands that include Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

How to get there

Phuket is easily reached with one stop from the UK and takes around 12 hours. The most straightforward routing tends to be via Bangkok, Dubai or Abu Dhabi with just short transits in each.

Stay a bit longer

There is plenty to do in this part of the world. If you would like to explore Thailand then there are the popular beach destinations of Khao Lak (2 hour drive from Phuket), Krabi (2 hours 30 mins drive from Phuket) and Koh Samui (1 hour flight from Phuket). There is also the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to consider, or the remote and incredible Elephant Hills luxury tented camp. 

With such good flight accessibility from Thailand, practically any destination within Asia could be considered. Whatever you may fancy adding on to your Thailand trip we will be happy to guide you and to assist with your travel needs.

Quick Guide: Thailand Island

  • When to go: Andaman Sea is from November to April / Gulf of Thailand from May to September
  • Average air temp: Tropical 31-32°C
  • Average water temp: 26°C – 29°C
  • Recommended diver level: Intermediate/Advanced 



Elephant Hills is set in the lush rainforest of Khao Sok National Park and is Thailand’s first luxury tented camp which allows you to trek through the jungle, swim in the lakes and rivers of the National Park and enjoy an unforgettable elephant experience where you meet, feed and even bathe these gentle giants.

Elephant Hills offers two to four day tours exploring the fascinating rainforest in Khao Sok National Park and offering the opportunity to interact with Asia’s largest land animal. The elephants welfare is the top priority for Elephant Hills and as well as their own elephants, they are also dedicated to the conservation of the rest of Thailand’s endangered Asian elephant population. Find out more here.

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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Westerfield Business Centre
Main Road
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays 09.30am - 5.00pm
Tel: +44 (0)1473 921888

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