Koh Similan Island number 8

similan sail rock

Koh Similan Following on from yesterday’s post that showed how busy Koh Miang (island number 4) can get with day trippers I want to post some photos taken on the same day at island number 8 (Koh Similan) in a place where the day trippers don’t go. If you only do a day trip to the Similan Islands you’ll leave feeling that it’s a very crowded place but if you stay Read More …

Similan Liveaboards Dive and Snorkel

Snorkeling with a whale shark

Similan Islands snorkeling and diving boats Some liveaboard boats that visit the Similan and Surin Island national marine parks are predominately geared towards scuba divers with snorkelers being considered just non divers. There are also a few liveaboards that cater exclusively for snorkelers, they carry no scuba tanks, MV Sawan is a good example. A few boats cater to divers and snorkelers equally. They are ideal for couples with mixed Read More …

MV Sawan Snorkeling Liveaboard Review

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard review This feedback from Lydia who went snorkeling with Sawan (aka Reggae Queen) to Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Surin this February. We had a fabulous time. Lovely itinerary with lots of snorkelling, trips to the islands, visits to the Monken.  Great boat with lovely staff and fantastic food. Will go again when in Thailand. For more info on these excellent 3 day 3 night trips out Read More …

Camping Similan Islands Thailand

Similan Islands 2 day

Camping Similan Islands Thailand In October 2012 Diego and I spent the night at the Similan Islands courtesy of the Similan Islands National Marine Park department. They were helping to get Island number 4 and island number 8 ready for the high season overnight camping tours which run from November until April each year. I took a few shots to give an idea of what the accommodation and islands are like. Read More …

MV Sawan snorkeling liveaboard photos


Snorkeling liveaboard photos Everyone has a great time aboard MV Sawan, a dedicated snorkeling liveaboard boat running 3 day 3 night trips from Khao Lak every Wed and Sun from Nov to April. Here are some photos from recent trips in Nov and Dec 2012. Thanks to the guys on Sawan for letting me use the photos.

Thailand Snorkeling FAQ part 2

Q. When is the best time of year to snorkel in Thailand? On the Andaman Sea side of Thailand’s west coast the best season for snorkeling is Nov – May. From June – October you can still do excellent snorkeling at Racha Yai, Phi Phi and Koh Kai but the Similan and Surin National Marine Parks are closed to tour boats. Q. Which type of snorkeling boat? We mainly offer Read More …

Thailand Snorkeling FAQ Part 1

whale shark

Q. Where is the best place to snorkel in Thailand? The Similan Islands has the clearest water, the biggest fish and the largest schools of fish. This is the closest you can get to being inside an aquarium. Turtles are common here. The Surin Islands are less visited than the Similan Islands and the hard corals are better. Reefs are shallower too so it’s ideal for snorkeling. Phi Phi Islands has a huge Read More …