The world's top diving destinations all have a few things in common. Clear water, warm weather, and a vibrant and unique underwater landscape filled with colorful marine life and cavernous geology.
The Similan Islands in Thailand are no exception! Declared a National Park in 1982, the islands offer a relaxed experience with weak currents and visibility between 20-30 miles.
Commonly known as one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world, the Similan diving experience is extremely varied.
Huge granite boulders, caves, passages, and over 500 different types of hard and soft coral await divers in this alien landscape rare even for a warm water diving destination.
Bio-luminescent plankton, octopi, sea turtles, sea slugs, and sea fans hang out with sharks, manta rays, sea stars and countless varieties of colorful fish.
The Similan Islands are also a destination for professional and amateur underwater photographers alike. With the large amount of caverns and friendly sea life, it's hard to mess up a great shot.
There are several diving companies that offer overnight trips for 3 or 4 days. A big effort is made by the diving companies, in concert with the Thai government to preserve and sustain the ecosystem around the islands. This means most overnight charters will provide organic toiletries, bleach-free towels and linens, responsible waste disposal, and no fishing in the area surrounding the islands.
A three day adventure can be purchased for around $595 US, which includes food, guides, and gear.