Similan Explorer snorkeling liveaboard
5 day 5 night liveaboard to the Similan and Surin Islands
Similan Explorer is a dive boat that also takes snorkelers
The MV Similan Explorer is one of the few diving liveaboards that we can recommend to snorkelers.
We like the itinerary that visits all the best sites including Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, the Similan Islands and the Surin Islands.
Departure evening: Meet at Khao Lak dive centre no later than 3pm. Board the boat at 4.30pm. and depart to the Similan Islands at 6.30 pm. Arrive at the Similan Islands at around midnight.
Days 1 & 2: Similan Islands.
Days 3 & 4: : Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock plus a visit to the Moken village at Surin.
Day 5: Snorkeling at the Similan Islands in the morning then depart to Khao Lak at about midday. Arrive back in Khao Lak at about 3.00 pm.
Schedule, Prices, Booking
What to expect
Most people know that the Similan Islands offer beautiful snorkeling but go a bit further north and there is even more to see. The Surin Islands are just 3 nautical miles south of the sea border with Myanmar and are home to a community of Moken Sea Gypsies. The islands are less visited than the Similan Islands and are somewhat more wild in nature. The waters around the islands are sometimes less clear than at the Similan Islands but the marine life is impressive. It’s possible to see reef sharks in the bays, eagle rays in the channels and turtles anywhere on the shallow hard coral reefs.
Koh Tachai (Tachai Island) is part of the Surin Islands national marine park and like Koh Bon is popular with divers because manta rays visit there often. The outer pinnacle can be a challenge for snorkeling because of the strong currents but the reef on the east side of the island is beautiful and anything can be seen on on the outer edge where the reef drops away to deep water. The island itself is also beautiful with some of Thailand’s best beaches.
Richelieu Rock is considered by divers to be the best dive site in Thailand and although much of it is below snorkeling depth there is no reason why snorkelers cannot enjoy the top of the pinnacle. If you are lucky to be there when the whale sharks stop by you’ll see them just as well as the divers.
Similan Explorer liveaboard is suited to snorkelers who are comfortable in the water. It will also suit mixed diver and snorkeler couples or snorkelers who fancy trying a dive or two.
We like the fact that the owner is on board for most trips so the guest service levels are very high. The boat is also staffed by a multi-lingual crew with English, Italian, French, Spanish and of course Thai languages covered. The food is excellent on board, a mix of Thai and western cuisine.
Similan Explorer takes 20 guests in either double, twin or quad cabins, all with air conditioning. She’s 26m long, 6m wide, with a cruising speed of 12 knots.