Snorkeling at Similan Islands

It’s now more than twenty years since we started our popular Similan Tours, giving the non diver or diver on a budget the same opportunity as those on the dive boats to see these spectacular islands and reefs at a third of the price and without a noisy compressor to refill dive tanks.

Our 3 day / 2 night trips depart every Tuesday and Friday morning from the end of October to May and we will take you all around the islands. They are spread out over 20 km so you need a few days to appreciate them – they are well worth it! The tour starts in the morning on day one (we serve breakfast on the boat) and we return to the mainland at around 17:00 on day three. Weather permitting we go to all the islands and also to Ko Bon north of the Similans here we have the best chance to see manta rays.

So what can you see on a trip? I cannot give any guarantees but we do see turtles most of the time, dolphins often, manta ray sometimes and whales seldom. But you always see lots of coral and coral fish, including eels, clownfish, parrot fish, octopus and so on and we do see as much or even more as the divers do, because we spend more time in the water. 

Snorkeling at Similan Islands

It’s now more than twenty years since we started our popular Similan Tours, giving the non diver or diver on a budget the same opportunity as those on the dive boats to see these spectacular islands and reefs at a third of the price and without a noisy compressor to refill dive tanks.

Our 3 day / 2 night trips depart every Tuesday and Friday morning from the end of October to May and we will take you all around the islands. They are spread out over 20 km so you need a few days to appreciate them – they are well worth it! The tour starts in the morning on day one (we serve breakfast on the boat) and we return to the mainland at around 17:00 on day three. Weather permitting we go to all the islands and also to Ko Bon north of the Similans here we have the best chance to see manta rays.

So what can you see on a trip? I cannot give any guarantees but we do see turtles most of the time, dolphins often, manta ray sometimes and whales seldom. But you always see lots of coral and coral fish, including eels, clownfish, parrot fish, octopus and so on and we do see as much or even more as the divers do, because we spend more time in the water.

We move to different locations in the day and find a nice, quiet bay to stay at night. The boat seldom stays far from the shore so there is always the choice of snorkelling or visiting the beaches. For the diver who just wants to do a few dives we offer a special arrangement at the Similans.

Once at sea we can communicate via radio with cooperating stationary dive boats and if they have free space we can transfer you to their boat for the dive(s). The price is around 1400 Baht for a dive all incl. and you will have to pay them directly in cash.

The best of all is the price for our tour, it is only 9400 Baht per person for 3 days / 2 nights (We reserve the right to add an additional fuel surcharge to cope with the rising fuel prices) – all included except the National Park fee 500 baht for adults:

• Food, drinking water, tea and coffee
• Accommodation on the boat
• High quality snorkelling equipment
• Experienced English speaking guide
• And all transfers in the Khao Lak area

What to bring? You do not need a lot, but bring:
• Sunlotion (waterproof sunblock is best!)
• Extra T-shirt to snorkel in (as the sun is very strong)
• Swimwear
• Clothes

The Boat
Our boat ”Choke Duang Ta” was designed and built by us for the trips. She is 16 meters long and 4 meters wide. We take 17 passengers and a crew of five: Captain, first mate, Western English-speaking guide, and two cooks.
She is equipped with a six cylinder, 16-litre diesel engine, hydraulic marine gearbox, hydraulic steering, two western toilets with a septic tank, fresh water shower, satellite navigation, depth finder and two-way radio. She carries 1600 litres of fresh water for the shower and 500 litres of diesel. We have life jackets and a small boat with outboard engine to bring you in to the beach. And at night when we run the 220 V generator you can charge batteries.

She is licensed by the Harbour Department, the Tourist Authority of Thailand and the National Park and all passengers are insured. The biggest change we made over the years is to the sleeping area. We have installed air condition and it’s a lot bigger, with wide bunks for sleeping. There are five double bunks and seven single. But for those who want to it’s still possible to sleep out under the stars…

We try to make the trips as ecologically sound as possible, no garbage is thrown overboard, there is a septic tank for the toilets, and we never drop the anchor on the reef. Instead we stay on moorings / buoys. Cruising speed is 9 knots and the journey to the Similans takes around four hours.

Swim wear Towel Spare clothes Trekking shoes
Bring swim wear on this Green Andaman Travel Tour Bring a towel on this Green Andaman Travel Tour Bring spare clothes on this Green Andaman Travel Tour Trekking shoes are required on this Green Andaman Travel Tour
Swim T-shirt Insect repellent Sun protection Camera
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Please Note: Itinerary may change due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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