Similan Islands Liveaboards began operating from Phuket in the 1990s with diving tours heading to the main Similan Islands, with Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock further to the north. Over the years some boats changed their departure port to Khao Lak (120km north of Phuket), though most of these will still pick up all guests in Phuket. Some boats still have departures directly from Phuket, with trips departing from Chalong Bay or Patong Bay. Only a few of the liveaboards we offer that depart from Khao Lak don’t offer free transfers from Phuket. All boats shown below, whether they depart from Phuket or Khao Lak will offer free hotel transfers from just about anywhere in Phuket.
Phuket Liveaboard Diving Season
The Similan Diving season runs from around October 15th to May 15th. During this time of year you can expect mostly calm seas with winds from northeast. Now is also the time to dive at the remote southern dive sites of Hin Dang and Hin Muang. The water temperature is about 29 Degrees Celsius or 84 Fahrenheit year round. The visibility at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands is about 15 – 30 meter or 48 – 98 feet. If you are looking for a day trip, overnight or longer liveaboard tour, we have the right boat for you.
Phuket Liveaboard Pick Up Times
The pick up time from your hotel in Phuket or Khao Lak is for most liveaboards in the afternoon. Pick up from the Phuket airport is also possible. For the shorter liveaboard tours, like the Similan Overnight or 3 day and 2 night tour is the pick up time early in the morning.
Embarkation & Disembarkation
For liveaboard trips with late departures is dinner served on board before the boat is heading to the Similan Islands or Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. For the early morning departures you are getting a light breakfast at the Thap Lamu pier before taking off by speedboat to the liveaboard at the Similan Islands. Most Similan liveaboards departure these days from Thap Lamu, close to Khao Lak. Some liveaboards are leaving from Phuket, offering diving at Hin Daeng, Hin Munag and the Phi Phi Islands before cruising to the Similan Islands. During our green season from June to September we offer shorter trips to the Phi Phi Islands and Racha Islands. After your liveaboard trip you will be returned to your hotel in the afternoon.
Please do contact us if you need more information. We can advise you where it’s best to stay based on what trip you choose. We hope to see you here!
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Phuket Liveaboards – Choose Your Liveaboard
Ajao – Luxury 4 Nights Liveaboard Thailand
Diving in Thailand - The luxury liveaboard Ajao runs 4 night trips to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the Richelieu Rock. The boat was refitted in 2018. She is the most luxury liveaboard in Phuket. Early booking is suggested. It's al [...]
Prices starting from 26000 / day
Diva Andaman – Thailand & Myanmar Liveaboard
Diving in Thailand and Myanmar - The luxury liveaboard Diva Andaman runs 6 night trips to the Similan Islands and the Mergui Archipelago. The boat was completed in 2009 and has been one of our most popular boats. Early booking is suggested. It's [...]
Prices starting from 18800 / day
Dive Race E – 5D/4N Similan & Surin Islands
MV DiveRACE Class E is a Thailand liveaboard which was launched in April 2015. There are trips to the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock, plus some longer trips that also include the Phi Phi Islands. She takes 20 divers in 10 cabins, all with air [...]
Prices starting from 9500 / day
Giamani – Hin Daeng, Hin Muang & Similan
The Giamani is a higher class Thailand liveaboard offering 2 night dive safaris to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and the Phi Phi Islands plus 4 night Similan Island tours including the dives sites Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. You can combine bo [...]
Prices starting from 14500 / day
Deep Andaman Queen – Similan & Surin Islands
Cruises in the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with the liveaboard "Deep Andaman Queen". This stylish and comfortable liveaboard started operating in November 2003 and has been operating in Thailand ever since. After her r [...]
Prices starting from 8000 / day
Hallelujah – 4 Nights Similan & Surin Islands
Hallelujah runs 4 night trips to the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock through the season from mid October to end of April. The MV Hallelujah arrived on the scene for the 2012 season, and has been one of our best selling boats for the last 7 yea [...]
Prices starting from 8750 / day
Sawasdee Fasai – 4 Nights Similan & Surin Islands
Sawasdee Fasai was launched in 2016 running trips through the high season to the Similan islands and Richelieu Rock. This is a very large (37 meter long) liveaboard with plenty of space for relaxation. There is a big aircon indoor saloon area on [...]
Prices starting from 7175 / day
Pawara – 4 Nights Similan & Surin Islands
Enjoy the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock aboard the liveaboard Pawara. She is a one of a kind, custom built diving vessel that combines the modern amenities of today's living and Thai craftsmanship. Pawara is extremely spacious. With her 35 m [...]
Prices starting from 6675 / day
The Junk – Similan, Surin & Phi Phi Islands
Experience a totally unique Similan Islands liveaboard diving cruise onboard a Chinese sailing Junk. The Junk "SY June Hong Chian Lee" is one of the best known Phuket liveaboards, and carries a maximum of 18 customers to the Similan and Surin Isl [...]
Prices starting from 200 / day
The Phinisi – Best of Thailand & Burma
A great Thailand and Burma Liveaboard since 2018. The Phinisi (also called Cheng I Sao) is an Indonesia Phinisi style sailing boat, built in 2007. The Phinisi has been operating in Indonesia, the Maldives and Thailand, and now has a full schedule [...]
Prices starting from 300 / day
PeterPan – Similan & Richelieu Rock
Peter Pan is a budget liveaboard for the Similan Islands. Dive tours include diving at the famous Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. She offers a good service for maximum 23 divers.
The dive boat was built in 2002, has been completely refu [...]
Prices starting from 6600 / day
Andaman Tritan – Similan & Richelieu Rock
MV Andaman Tritan operates trips in the Similan islands and Richelieu Rock, and is a comfortable and very reasonably priced wooden hulled liveaboard boat launched in October 2002 and totally refurbished in 2014. She is 24.5m long and 5.5m wide. D [...]
Prices starting from 6000 / day
South Siam 4 – Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
South Siam 4 runs twice weekly 3 day / 2 night trips including Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin islands and also diving at Richelieu Rock. You can also make a longer trip by starting on the right day (ask us for details - see prices b [...]
Prices starting from 6000 / day
South Siam 3 – 2D/1N Similan Islands & Koh Bon
South Siam 3 runs twice weekly 3 day / 2 night trips to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin islands and Richelieu Rock. Divers can make a longer trip by starting on the right day (ask us for details - see more information and prices [...]
Prices starting from 6000 / day