Friday, July 29, 2016

The Similan islands. The Best islands in Thailand

Welcome to the Similan Islands, one place in the world you do not want to miss either as a scuba diver or a snorkeler. They are by far the best islands in Thailand.  National Geographic placed the Similans as "One of the Top Ten Destinations to Visit in the World.” This idyllic chain of nine islands not only the best islands in Thailand but also the world when it comes to scuba diving.

The Similan islands is one of the top destinations in the world the it comes to scuba diving in Phuket. On these Similan island liveaboards you can get your PADI Open Water license while diving in the best islands in Thailand and that means the world. This is done by arriving one day early or before 9am on the day of departure. Then you have time to complete the classroom session of the Open water course in the morning and then in the afternoon do all the pool training before boarding the live aboard in the evening. This can be done on a three day Similan liveaboard. The three day is more than enough to complete both the Open Water and Advanced courses if you so wish and on the four of five day trips are so you can enjoy a longer trip after the training. You can get certified or continue your education and become an advanced diver, rescue diver or complete any number of PADI speciality courses on these trips in the Similan islands. The only PADI courses that can not be done in the Similans are the Discover Scuba diving and the Scuba Diver course. These can be done from Phuket Thailand  all year round anyway.  This is because they are not certifications / licenses and being certified is whats needed to do a live aboard in the Similan island national park. This is a good thing as it protects the fragile environment that makes for some of the best diving in the world. Also the best place to learn to dive in Phuket.

This is by far the best way to get the most out of any Similan islands diving trip as it means that you never have to waste time traveling back and forth from your hotel. This way you can take your hotel with you. You can relax in your air conditioned cabin between dives or up on the sun deck to top up the tan. After diving you can be showered and home showered and changed in a couple of minutes rather than a couple of hours. Then of course we have time for 4 dives per day instead of 3. The boats these days all have great chefs onboard and there is an endless supply of top food and you don't even have to leave the hotel and its all included in the price. The Similan diving trip is one place in the world you do not want to miss as a scuba diver. National Geographic placed the Similan Islands as "One of the Top Ten Destinations to Visit in the World”. 

These amazing uninhabited islands are located off the West coast of  Thailand  Phuket in the Andaman Sea. The Similan Islands  liveaboard have something for everyone at every age and ability. Shallow tropical coral reefs, soaring pinnacles, massive coral gardens and of course a breeding ground for the Hawksbill turtle. You will be amazed by the diversity of the underwater world that the Similans have to offer.  Think about scuba diving or snorkeling in the Similans when planing what to do in Phuket as you will regret it if you dont. 

The Similan island national park is not only the jewel in the Andaman ocean but a jewel in the oceans of the blue planet we call earth. This is the best location for scuba diving Thailand has to offer and thus some of the best in the world. These islands lie 65 kilometers off the west coast of Thailand. This is just 85 km north west of the tourist hub of Phuket. This island chain consist of nine islands in the Similan  islands archipelago which are just pin pricks in any map but with such stunning beauty that it will leave you wanting to return year after year.