Similan Islands National Park
The Similan Islands have a reputation, even among the many Thai
islands, as one of the world's top scuba diving sites. The intense
blue waters are frames by white coral sand beaches, and are home to
intricate coral reefs and rock formations. The most famous dive
site in the Similan Islands is Richelieu Rock, where whale sharks
are commonly spotted. The Similan archipelago consists of nine
islands: Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang, Ko Payan,
Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. Not all are open to visitors, and all are
virtually uninhabited. Many charters offer day trips to the Similan
Islands from Phuket and Phang Nga, but there are limited
accommodation opportunities as well. Note that the park is closed
from May 1st to November 1st each year, and it is illegal to visit
during this period; guests who do so put their lives at risk as
there are is emergency support.
Opening Time: Open 2 November to 30 April.