The Similan Islands is located about 50 Kilometers west of Khao Lak. The island is composed of nine granite islet and surrounded by a clear blue tropical ocean. There are some of the finest beaches of Thailand in Similan.
The island is known to be one of the ten best dive sites on earth. The island is also the best diving place in entire Thailand. On the western side of the island, there are huge rocky drop-offs whereas long coral reefs are located on the East side.
The island is the home to diverse species of fishes. Underwater visibility is a special feature of maximum beaches in Thailand. Enjoy their activity. There are a lot of colourful fishes along the beach like clownfish (Nemo) or lionfish. If one is lucky enough can spot bigger species of fishes like manta or whale shark. Though the corals are not wonderful like earlier, yet they look nice. Fish are there to enjoy snorkeling and diving.
A turtle breeding facility is run on Koh Huyong in the Royal Thai Marines. Access to this part of the island is restricted.
From December to April is the high season in the Similans. During this time, the monsoon stays far away from this place. The best time to visit Similan is March, when the winds remain calm, nature is quiet, and ultimately the water remains clear. The Similan National Park remains closed from May 16 to November 15.
From Phuket several dive trips are organized to go to the Ranong, and Khao Lak. One can take day trips or aboard cruises also. There is an entry fee of 200 baht per diver per day and to get into the national park entry fee of 400 baht are charged. So, travelers must be aware about paying any sort of extra charges.
No need to worry about your stay in islands. There are three different ways to enjoy your dine and stay. There are number of bungalows or tents provided by the Similan National Marine Park. You can stay in any one of them. Or you can spend the whole night on an overnight touring boat or on a diving liveboard.