Similan Islands is an island group in Andaman Sea, located approx 70 km off the coast of mainland Thailand (Phang Nga Province). It's a national park, Mu Ko Similan, established in 1982 following a one-year assessment by forestry department.
The park is actually an archipelago that consist of 11 islands, occupying an area of around 140 km2 (54 ml2) with a land area 26 km2 (10 ml2). For convenience, Thai Department of National Parks has assigned numbers to the isles. "Similan" means "nine". Tachai and Ko Bon were added to the park in 1998.
The largest island is Ko Similan. The sea in its area has an average depth of 60 ft. Underwater it's full of coral reefs and rock formations in several shapes, resembling deer, brains, mushrooms, leaves. Above the water are found diverse species like the Nicobar pigeon, flying fox, mangrove monitor lizards and more. Ko Huyong has the widest and longest beach in the park, but the park strictly prohibits any tourists from landing on Ko Similan as the beach is a site where turtles come to lay eggs.
Similan National Park is popular for its dive sites. It has two kinds of diving. The west side is famous for its underwater granite boulders with swim-throughs. East side diving boasts gently sloping coral reefs and sandy patches with occasional boulder in-between. Maybe the most famous dive site is East of Eden, situated off island number 7.
Similan Islands cruise terminal
Access to Similan Islands is easiest out of Tablamu port, south of Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province. Boats depart daily from October to May. The trip takes 3 hours each way aboard slow boats or 70 min via speedboat. The park is closed during the rainy season, from May 16 until October 31, every year
Port Similan Islands cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Similan Islands, Thailand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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