Restrictions on tourist numbers to Similan Islands – book early

Similan Islands snorkeling tour

Numbers to be limited at the Similan Islands The Similan Islands national parks department has this month (October 2018) announced a restriction on the number of daily visitors to the Similan Islands national park. This is part of an ongoing commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the archipelago. From now on only 3,000 non divers and 525 divers per day will be allowed to enter the national park. (That’s Read More …

No more camping at the Similan Islands

Similan Islands snorkeling tour

Overnight stays on the Similan Islands are now banned But overnight stays within the Similan national park are still permitted The national parks department of Thailand has announced that overnight stays on the Similan Islands will no longer be permitted. The camp sites and bungalows at Similan Islands numbers 4 and 8 are being dismantled. This is to preserve the pristine environment which has come under threat from mass tourism Read More …

Similan Island day trip Phuket options

similan beach

Similan Island day trip options from Phuket Choices choices. Yesterday we covered Similan Island day trips from Khao Lak. If you are staying in Phuket you have fewer choices. We basically offer two options, a premium priced day trip and a cheap day trip. The premium Similan Island trip takes fewer people and tries a bit harder to avoid other boats and find good snorkeling sites. The overseas guides are chatty and inclusive and keen snorkelers Read More …

Similan Island day trip Khao Lak options

snorkeler Similans

Similan Island day trip options from Khao Lak Choices choices. There are so many Similan Islands tours out there it can be hard to choose. If you are staying in Khao Lak there are more options than from Phuket. We have Similan Island day trips by speedboat and slow boat. We have tours that are dedicated to snorkelers, and others that join with scuba divers. Have a look at Similan Island Read More …

Oktavia snorkeling liveaboard photos

Snorkeling with a manta

Oktavia snorkeling liveaboard photos Manta rays, whale sharks and turtles Here are a few cool photos taken by snorkelers on Oktavia at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. These were taken last season. The 2015-16 was a really great season for big fish sightings, like manta rays and whale sharks. But we also saw a lot more reef sharks and the numbers of small reef fish was amazing. Which snorkeling Read More …

Manta madness at Koh Bon

Manta Koh Bon

Reggae Queen snorkeling liveaboard review Manta madness There are plenty of mantas around at the moment. Plus reef sharks, turtles and all the other good stuff. The weather is hot hot hot, and the sea is flat. The next month is the perfect time of year to join the Sawan (aka Reggae Queen) to the Surin Islands, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. This is what Erica had to say about her trip Read More …

Koh Tachai whale shark

Whaleshark

Whale sharks and more on a snorkeling liveaboard The guests on board the Sawan snorkeling liveaboard (aka Reggae Queen) in December were lucky enough to snorkel with this whale shark: December is normally a bit early for whale sharks but these days it’s getting harder to predict and the last two years have been very good for sightings throughout the season. This one was seen at Koh Tachai. There were Read More …

Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

Snorkeling with a turtle

Snorkeling with Sea Turtles No marine life encounter is guaranteed but the chance of snorkeling with sea turtles whilst in Thailand is pretty high. Turtles can be seen almost anywhere, the most common places are the Similan Islands (mooring rocks, island number 9), the Surin Islands and the Phi Phi Islands. The most common types are the Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Some facts about sea turtles Did Read More …

Phuket to Koh Tachai

Koh Tachai manta

Day trip from Phuket to Koh Tachai The Maldives of Thailand Update 2016: Koh Tachai is closed indefinitely in order to preserve the islands natural beauty. Where to go instead? We recommend the Surin Islands. Update 2017: You can still snorkel at the Koh Tachai reefs (where the big fish are!) but you can not visit the beach. So the only way is by liveaboard. Koh Tachai is less visited Read More …

Join the dive boat and go snorkeling

MV Namsai

Khao Lak snorkelling tour recommendation Update 2017: This tour is no longer running Recently we’ve been recommending that snorkelers who want to explore the reefs at the Similan Islands join a day trip dive boat from Khao Lak rather than join a speedboat tour. We think the dive boat (slow boat) offers a better all round experience and the feedback is reflecting that. Hi Paul Just a quick note to Read More …