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Similan Archipelago

Approximately 3-4 hours off the coastline of Phang-Nga Province , this

Similan Archipelago

group of islands was registered as the National Maritime Park in 1982 so as to preserve the rare and precious flora and fauna on land and underwater. Covering the area of 140 square kilometers, the land area of all nine islands is as scarce as 15 square kilometers. The teeming archipelago boasts as much as 25 world-class diving venues. The name of the islands itself derived from the Malay word ‘sembilan’ which means nine islands. From north to south, each heavenly island is lining in parallel with the shore; beginning with Ko Bangu, the topmost isle, following with Ko Similan, the largest island, Hin Pusar or Skull Rock, Ko Payu, Ko Miang, Ko Ha, Ko Payan, Ko Payang and Ko Huyong.

Interestingly, Similan islands are close to Surin Archipelago. The two island groups are renowned as the best snorkeling and scuba diving site in Thailand . Under the sea, the marine creature is of great variety, from massive soft corals, sea fans to colorful and rare fish. Besides numerous colorful coral reefs, divers are given the chance to see silvertip sharks, leopard sharks and sea turtles there are deep valleys – thanks to the visibility of the underwater scene that can be reached from 18 to 25 meters or even 40 meters at times.

For the snorkeling, Ko Miang is the best place to get started.
It’s where the park office is located and where accommodation, foods, drinking water and other necessary diving gears can be found. Only 300 meters eastward of the park office, divers will be on Had Lek opposite of which is Ko Ha. Down under at this point, the water is shallow and clear; the corals scatter yet beautiful fish can be easily seen. So it is perfect for beginner divers. Also on the beach, explorers may be able to find Pu Kai–hairy leg mountain crab, one of the symbols of these islands.

A bit further snorkeling site is Ao Kueuk or horseshoe-shaped bay, situated on the north of Similan Island or the eighth island. The coral reefs around the bay scatter around but with a variety of species. Night dive is recommended at this spot. At the top north of the island is the Boot-shaped or Donald Duck-like Rock where climbing for panorama can be done. Nonetheless, scuba diving is also great at the southern tip of the island where divers would be able to witness sharks. Advanced current check is needed every time before diving at this point.

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For experienced divers, recommended adventurous diving venues are at Hin Pusar or Skull Rock and Hin San Chalarm or Shark Fin Rock. Apart from soft coral reefs, sea fans and frogfishes, one will see large sea creatures like sharks and turtles. Again, a current check is a must before heading down under the sea and no night diving at these two spots.

However, due to a myriad wildlife and the rich condition of forest on land, activities are not limited to swimming and diving. Hiking, trekking, bird watching, night safari, night campfire and photography are possible when ones are free from nosing down the sea. All you have to do when traveling to these islands is to plan long ahead before getting on board.