Similan Islands Day Trip Diving
The Similan Islands National Park has become well established as one of the finest dive locations in Asia, with liveaboard diving being especially popular. Many dive operators also offer Similans day trips departing from Khao Lak. Day trips are ideal for those who lack the time or money for a liveaboard cruise but still wish to experience the great diving on offer at the Similans. Note that Similan Islands daytrips are only available from end of October until end of April. All day trips depart by speedboat from Khao Lak, with transfer to a larger liveaboard diving boat which stays in the islands. Transfers are available from Phuket, taking up to 2 hours each way by minibus.
Similan Diving – Liveaboards / Overnight Trips
If you have more time, we recommend spending more than a few hours in the Similans. Day trips to the Similan Islands or Koh Bon with 2 dives are available from late October to early May. Many Similan Islands Liveaboards run trips of about 4 nights to Similan and Richelieu Rock. You can transfer any day by speedboat and make an overnight stay or longer, diving the Similans on the South Siam liveaboard. An overnight trip gives you 7 dives so you get to see much more!
Liveaboards are certainly the best way to dive the Similan Islands, and we urge you to find the time for at least an overnight trip! A day trip gives you just a taste and it’s quite a long tiring trip for just 2 dives – if you have the time then try a liveaboard! We strongly recommend making bookings in advance for any Similans dive tour, especially in peak season.
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Similan Day Trips – Speedboat Transfer via Khao Lak
The South Siam Divers day trip tours operates every day in the high season (approx. October 20th – May 4th). For most customers in Phuket, there is a free transfer by minibus (pick up 6 – 6:30am, journey time about 2 hours) to Thap Lamu, close to Khao Lak.
Breakfast is available at the port before boarding speedboat, usually just some toast and coffee, you may want to bring something with you to eat on the minibus ride. The speedboat then takes you to the Similans – ride is about 1 hour 30 minutes where you board the South Siam liveaboard dive boat for your 2 dives. Similan Islands sites are dived on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday – note that on Sunday and Wednesday the day trips are to Koh Bon, just north of the Similans – where you may find Manta Rays! it is a long, busy day trip from Phuket and can be quite crowded at peak times – we do suggest if at all possible a longer stay to see these beautiful islands.
Similan Islands Day Trip Diving Prices
Prices include breakfast, lunch, non alcoholic drinks, transfers from Patong, Karon, Kata beaches or south Khao Lak beaches
Equipment rental extra 500 Baht for BCD/regulator/fins/mask/wetsuit.
National Park Fee 700 Baht to pay cash on the trip.
Inexperienced Open Water Divers with less than 10 dives for the Similan Islands and 20 dives for Koh Bon can dive with a private guide.
Divers who have not dived for a long time may need to dive with a private divemaster too. Private guide: 2,000 Baht/day.
Note that for Similan day trips you will dive with a dive guide who works directly for the boat operator. We can send a private guide from Sunrise Divers if you book 2 or more people – extra fee 2,000 Baht per day.
Note 2 : Please check with us that your hotel is in a free pick up area before booking.
Similan Day Trip – Tour Itinerary
|6:00 – 6:30am||Pick up from hotels in Phuket
Transfer by minibus to Thap Lamu Pier 2 hours
|7:45am||Pick up from hotels in Khao Lak
Transfer by minibus to Thap Lamu Pier 20 minutes
|8:30am||Departure from Thap Lamu (Speedboat)|
|10:00am||Arrive Similans or Koh Bon. Board the liveaboard boat, you will need to get ready quickly for the first dive.|
|12:00pm||Buffet Lunch on the Boat|
|3:00pm||Depart from Similan Islands|
|4:30pm||Arrive Thap Lamu Port|
|5:00pm||Arrive Khao Lak Hotels|
|6:30pm||Arrive Phuket Hotels|