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Similan Island Liveaboards


Similan Islands Liveaboards diving, the ultimate way to explore one of the worlds top ten dive spots.

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

Similan Islands with the M/V PAWARA

The latest addition to our fleet, our flagship M/V Sawasdee Fasai, 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.

Liveaboard Diving, what is it ?

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

The Similan Islands

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.

How does it start ?

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.

Liveaboards Itinerary

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.

  • 17:00 Pick up time from all areas on the departure date
  • 19:30 Arrive at Tablamu Pier (Phang-Nga Province)
  • 20:30 Welcome dinner onboard underway to Similan Island
  • Day 1 Diving at Similan Island-3 Day dives + 1 Sunset dive
  • Day 2 Diving at Similan Island/Koh Bon -3 Day dives + 1 Night dive
  • Day 3 Diving at Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock-3 Day dives + 1 Night dive
  • Day 4 Diving at Koh Bon or Boon Soong Wreck -2 Day dives
  • Underway to Tablamu Pier, transfer by mini bus back to Phuket approx.: 16:00

Itinerary and Dive site could be flexible due the weather & current

Liveaboards Pick up Time

  • Patong Beach/ Kathu area: 17:00-17:30
  • Chalong Bay/Kata/Karon Beach: 16:30-17:00
  • Rassada Pier/ Phuket town/ Panwa Beach: 17:00-17:30
  • Kamala/Surin/Cherng Talay/Talang/Ao Poh: 17:30-18:00
  • Airport/ Nai Yang Beach/Mai Khao Beach: 18:00-18:30
  • Khaolak/ Nang Thong Beach: 19:00-19:30
  • Outside Khaolak center area: 19:00-19:30 ( 1,000 Baht per pax extra charge )

Liveaboards Booking Details

  • 10% discount for Early Bird booking received before 31st of August 2018 for season 2018/2019 trips from 16th October 2018 to 14th May 2019.

Extra charge

  • National Park Entry fee: 1,800 Baht for diver, 1000 Baht for non diver
  • Equipment rental full set 500 Baht per day / 2,000 Baht for 4 days. ( ScubaPro Top quality: Reg, BCD, Wetsuit, Fins, Mask, Snorkel )
  • Torch for Night Dive : 100 Baht per dive.
  • Suunto Dive Computer: 300 Baht per day.
  • DIN Adaptor: 100 Baht per day
  • 15 Liters Tank: 300 Baht per day


  • Air-conditioned cabins.
  • Abundant Thai and European meals and snacks
  • Free flow of tea, fresh coffee and drinking water all day long
  • Cookies and fresh fruits at any time
  • Divemaster supervision, tanks, weights, weight belts.
  • Transfer to and from your hotel / dive vessel.
  • Accident & re-compression chamber insurance.

Included daily meals:

  • Pre-breakfast before the first dive
  • American breakfast after the first dive
  • Lunch after the second dive
  • Snack after the third dive
  • Dinner after the night dive