If you are looking for the ideal way to enjoy a truly spectacular holiday that combines breathtaking topside scenery with fabulous underwater topography and marine life, then the Similan Islands Liveaboards are for you.
Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, 4 Days / 4 Nights
The latest addition to our fleet, our flagship M/V Pawara, fully refitted for this season, will conduct 4 days / 4 nights live aboard to Similans and Richelieu from the 1st November to the 30th April, giving you the opportunity to find a schedule matching perfectly your needs.
For those not familiar with the term Liveaboard, it's very simple: you eat on the boat, you sleep on the boat, and best of all you dive straight off the boat onto the top dive sites. What could be better for a dive fanatic? If that's what you are here for, it's a divers paradise.
But you don't need to be a dive fanatic to also enjoy this kind of dive trip. You may prefer to mix your diving with a few trips to the beach, climb to the top of a huge pile of granite boulders for which the Similans are famous, or you may not even be a certified diver yet. This could be a chance to learn diving at one of the world's top dive spots.
The choice is yours, West Coast Divers can provide you with the diving holiday of your dreams
About 90 kilometers Northwest of Phuket lie a group of islands known as the Similans, from the Malay word simbilan, meaning nine. They are in fact nine dramatic islands made up of granite with huge mounds of boulders both above and below the water.
Topside some appear precariously balanced, ready to tumble down with the next strong gust of wind. Underwater though, they often form a network of dramatic swim through's and attract superb coral growth and an amazing variety of tropical fish.
The water in the Similans is usually crystal clear and is also well known for attracting Manta rays and even Whale sharks.
Here in the Andaman Sea, you will not only find giant rock formations, but also hard coral reefs and brilliant white sand.
The Similan Islands are justly famous for its enormous range of fish species. From the smallest creatures such as shrimps and nudibranchs, right through to the larger pelagics, it's fascinating to watch the natural cycle of who's eating who unfold.
But don't worry, you won't be included, for the sharks you will see are passive reef dwellers like White Tip sharks, Tawny Nurse sharks and our personal favorites the Leopard Shark.
We, at West Coast Divers are proud of our strong policy of ecological protection, and ensure that these stunning underwater seascapes remain undamaged and protected for future generations of divers.
We take only pictures, and leave only bubbles.
Transfer to Dive Boat M/V PAWARA approx. 19:00, then set out for the Similan Islands enjoying the late afternoon sun and hopefully a spectacular tropical sunset.
Arrival in the Similan Islands is due at midnight, so after a good night's sleep in a comfortable cabin, you can expect to wake up to some truly spectacular scenery and the smell of a hearty breakfast cooking.
During your Similan Adventure, we will take great pleasure in giving you our famous Thai hospitality, we know you want this to be the holiday of a lifetime, and that's what we intend to make it.
From start to finish, your comfort and safety are our top priorities.
Your first dive is traditionally in a relatively shallow and easy spot, but that doesn't mean you'll be missing out. The aptly named Breakfast Bend is a gently sloping hard coral reef ideal for your first taste of the Similan Islands.
Clouds of glass fish, bright red blue spotted grouper, big eyes and squirrel fish are waiting for you on your first dive. Watch out for garden eels on the white sandy bottom, and the occasional turtle or two.
Then, during your four dives a day, including a night dive, be ready to experience a phenomenal range of aquatic creatures.
Each trip is 4 days and 4 nights in length. Departure is from Tablamu Pier in Khao Lak after free scheduled transfers from around Phuket and Khao Lak. The diving starts at the Similan Islands, where there are colourful sloping reefs and the diving is enjoyable for all levels of diver.
MV Sawasdee FaSai then sails north to Koh Tachai and Thailand's best dive site Richelieu Rock. The final day is spent at Koh Bon before returning to Tablamu Pier for transfers to hotels.
Itinerary and Dive site could be flexible due the weather & current