Excursions, Nature, News, Non classé, Phuket — 22 May 2012 22 h 28 min

Diving in Similan island

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The archipelago is known by divers worldwide
as one of the best “spot” of the globe, with a crystal-clear water. 

It is ranked among the 10 most beautiful sites in the world by U.S. magazine “Skin Diving”

 

The Similan Islands archipelago is located one hundred kilometers northwest of the island of Phuket
and 65 km from the coast, practically in front of Khao Lak. 

The archipelago consists of a set of nine granite islands covered with lush tropical vegetation.
They arise from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, called by the Andaman Sea.

The show is fabulous and unforgettable.
Small patches of coral sand to near pristine whiteness, bordering some of the islands

 

 

The name Similan comes from Malay “Sembilan” which means “nine”,
many of the islands constituting the archipelago

 

The crystal clear waters allow visibility averaging 18 to 25 meters, which can sometimes exceed 40 meters.
In this area, more than 20 dive sites have been identified.
Here grow the most spectacular coral and rocks the world adorning the shores transform the waters
around the Similan islands in a huge playground for new and experienced divers. 

This is the main reason to go to the Similan Islands

 

 

To go to the Similan Islands: 

For go to Thap Lamu Pier (about 90 Km from Phuket Town) in Thai Muang district.
This small port is practically in front of the Similans.
You can then negotiate directly a boat on the port

 

 

The day tour to the Similan Islands in general includes: 

departure around 6am with the transfer from your hotel to the place of embarkation of Thap Lamu Pier,
located about 90 km north of Phuket Town, breakfast,
travel by speed -boat to the archipelago (1:30), have lunch (Thai cuisine)
and travel on four diving spots (Island 8.9 and 4). Back at the hotel around 19h.
The snorkeling equipment is provided.

Its really the trip not to miss on Phuket.
If you must choose between the Phang Nga Bay, Pee Pee Islands and the Similan Islands, then no doubt:
the Similan Islands will reserve probably your best travel memory

 

The coral sand is largely the product of the nibbling of marine wildlife.
For example, the parrot fish, which can be overlooked very easily with a simple mask and snorkel,
rejects an average of 16 pounds per year of coral sand.
The conditions for coral growth are ideal here, with an exceptionally clear water
at approximately a minimum temperature of 28 ° C

Over 200 species of hard corals were recorded in this region of Thailand.
The archipelago has the protective status of National Park since September 1982,
prohibiting uncontrolled construction and unsightly as is too often the case
on the mainland and the island of Phuket

The islands are identified by a Thai name or a number.
The numbering from the south (island number 1) to the north (Island # 9) : 

Island Number 1 : Koh Hu Yong
This is the island located at the southern end of the archipelago.
Island Number 2 : Koh Pa Yang.
Island Number 3 : Koh Pa Yan.
Island Number 4 : Koh Miang
the second largest island of the archipelago in size after Koh Similan is on this island
that is the National Park Authority and is also the only one that has bungalows.
Island Number 5 : Koh Ha.
Island Number 6 : Koh Pa Yoo.
Island Number 7 : Boo Koh Pa.
Island Number 8 : Island Koh Similan
This is the largest island of the archipelago.
It has a beautiful coral beach, bordering the main bay, north of the island. Ideal for snorkeling,
the water is particularly clear and stocked with aquatic life.
A strange rock that seems poised on a pile of granite, provides a splendid view to the east of the bay.
It is on this island that stops most of the boats for lunch visitors.
Island Number 9 : Koh Ba Ngu (island of snakes) is the most northerly.
It has in its southern part a beautiful little coral beach, 50 m long.
The funds are again of great wealth

The tourist season extends from November to May,
but it is theoretically possible to dive all year in the Similan Islands. 

Currently, some dive sites are closed from May to October.
Officially, it is for corals can grow back

With bottles or more modestly, fins and snorkel (snorkeling), dive at the Similan remain an extraordinary memory.
Indeed, although the waters surrounding the islands have an average depth of 30 to 45m,
even reaching some 80m between the islands, you can explore coral gardens from a few meters deep and above all,
a few meters from the shore.
A pair of flippers, mask and snorkel are then sufficient

In fact, there is a tenth island, about 30 km north of Koh Ba Ngu,
Koh Bon and called also part of the Similan National Park.
But the remoteness of visitors often ignore

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