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.