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Liveaboard scuba diving tours from Phuket to the Similan Islands, Diving Phuket Liveaboards Thailand aboard Jonathan Cruiser.
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Similan and beyond


Similan Islands, located 100 km north-west of Phuket consist of a string of nine granite islands with numerous outcrops and rocks, running in a south to north direction. Apart from bearing Thai names,

they are also named by numbers for easy recognition, with the most southerly island named Island No 1 and the most northerly one, Island No. 9. Some of the islands are covered with lush tropical rainforest and have beautiful white sandy beaches. In 1982 the islands were declared a Marine National Park, and all fishing in the area was banned.

Today the Similans are known worldwide for spectacular diving and for the diversity of marine life.

On the sheltered east coast of the islands fringing coral gardens with sandy patches dominate. Moray eels, nudibranchs, octopus, turtles and a variety of smaller reef fish are commonly seen, a Shangri-La for the macro photographer.

On the exposed west side of the islands, huge granite boulders covered with hard and soft coral predominate, offering exciting swim-throughs, gullies and canyons. Reef sharks and leopard sharks can be found resting on the sandy bottom. Bigger pelagic fishes are common, schools of barracuda, tuna and trevallies hover close to the reef and if you are lucky, you may even have an encounter with a manta ray.

 

Koh Bon, located 20 km north of the Similans is part of the Similan Marine National Park and most famous for the good possibility to see manta rays, and sometimes even whale sharks.

Koh Tachai, is located a further 25 km north of Koh Bon and also forms part of the Similan Marine National Park. This is truly great dive site with granite boulders and hovering schools of pelagic species. Leopard sharks are common and with some luck you may see mantas and whale sharks.


Richelieu Rock . Another 45 km north of Koh Tachai and you reach this submerged pinnacle, only visible at low tide. This dive site, big as a football field, offers more diversity then any other place in Thailand. Here you find the whole spectrum of marine life from macro like nudibranches and ghost pipefish up to giants like mantas and whale sharks.





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 Last Update: 18/11/2009