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Similan Islands, Koh Tachai & Koh Bon

Day Trips with 2 or 3 dives
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Dive Sites


A Guittar Shark family (Video: Nattapong Nilsawit)


Similan Islands

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Dive Sites


Here are some of the most beautiful and diverse dive sites in Thailand, day trips and liveaboards to the islands are among the most popular worldwide. They consist of nine islands of granite rock with partially lush tropical vegetation, lapped by crystal clear water and lined partly with fine white sandy beaches. The islands stretch over 25 kilometers, like a pearl necklace, from north to south on the Andaman Sea and located 65 kilometers off the coast of Phang Nga province. They were declared a Marine National Park in 1982.

The Similans are ideal for observing or photographing small fish by its enormous biodiversity of tropical reef fish. But not only small fish visit here, even Leopard sharks or White and Blacktip sharks are not rare also Manta rays and Whale sharks can be seen. You can visit the Similan Marine National Park from October to May on day trips or overnight trips, but you will find the best conditions from November to April.

Our guests are picked-up at the hotel and then taken by taxi to our pier in Tablamu, south of Khao Lak.
(see schedule below)

Rules for the Similan National park

1. For bookings, we need the first name, family name, nationality, date of birth and passport number
2. For divers also: dive level, number of logged dives,
date of the last dive & dive certificate
3. Visitors must carry a copy or picture of their passport with
them
4. Drone flights are strictly prohibited
5. Beginner’s courses (Try Dives, OWD) are not allowed – only at Surin Islands and local dive sites
6. Single-use plastic is not allowed to take
7. Stay overnight is not allowed anymore
8. Bookings or cancellations have to be done latest 4:00 pm, the day before trip starts

Since there are only limited tickets per day for the Similan National Park, we strongly advise you to book tours well in advance - especially for diving packages!


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Koh Tachai



Feather Star



Sun Mushroom Coral


Fish Fish Fish ...


Koh Tachai

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Koh Tachai


Twenty-five kilometers north of Koh Bon, Koh Tachai has an offshore underwater ridge that runs perpendicular to the island. Known as "Twin Peaks" this is considered to be one of the finest dives in the Kingdom of Thailand and is famous as a place to see not only the more common species of corals, fans and tropical fish, but larger animals such as rays, leopard sharks, nurse sharks and hawksbill turtles. Whale sharks and Manta rays make an appearance on a regular basis.

A ridge runs between the two pinnacles, though the southern rock is the one most people dive on as there are two boat moorings there which makes it easier for divers to descend in a strong current. If you have the air and the current is not too strong, it's worthwhile swimming to the other rock which comes up a bit shallower. However, most of the time the current runs perpendicular to the ridge making a long swim tiring.

It's heaven for the fish, though; they hunt and dart around, coming very close to divers, making the diving here about as exciting as it gets here in Thailand


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Manta Ray at Koh Bon



Table Coral with Fish School



Gorgonia Sea Fan


Manta Show Koh Bon


Koh Bon

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Manta Ray at Koh Bon


Koh Bon is located about 20 kilometers north of Similan Island #9 and features one of the only vertical walls in Thailand. The main dive site is on the southwestern point and has a step-down ridge that carries on to depths of over 45 meters. The eastern side of this ridge forms the wall and this is where most divers will enter the water and generally where the boat moor.

The western side of the ridge is more of a gentle slope with coral bommies forming mushroom-like formations out of the finger corals. On the ridge itself, sea fans of different sizes, shapes and colors grow, and schooling fish swim in the current feeding. This is generally where most divers will sit most of the dive, hoping for a sighting of the manta rays which frequent visit this dive site. These creatures seem to travel from Bon to Tachai and back again during the diving season from October until May.

There is a pinnacle in the bay just to the north of the ridge. It's a deep rock but if you are an experienced diver it's worth the short bottom times you'll get as it's a very special site. Not all boats visit it and if conditions are not good (like the current is running strong), it's not worth the effort. But if the water is clear you're good with your air and the current is slack it's a stunning rock. It looks like a monolithic temple built by some ancient culture.

Schedule from 1. November to 15. April

Monday Similan Island # 4 & 5 for divers & snorkelers - 2 dives
Tuesday Similan Islands # 9 for divers & snorkelers - 2 dives
Wednesday Koh Bon for divers only - 2 dives
Thursday Richelieu Rock for divers only - 2 dives
Friday Similan Islands # 7 for divers & snorkelers - 2 dives
Saturday Koh Tachai for divers only - 2 dives
Sunday Richelieu Rock for divers only - 2 dives

We plan day tours from 20th of October, depending on weather conditions and booking inquiries.
Please send inquiries by email to info@me-diving-khaolak.com

Our Speedboat will take you comfortably and fast to the Similan Islands, Koh Tachai & Koh Bon. The regular schedule applies between the 1st of November and 15th of April.

Trips to the Richelieu Rock

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Tiger-tail seahorse



Christmas Tree Worm



Moray Eel in a coral



Lobster


Course of the tour

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Pick-up from your hotel between 7:30am and 8:30am - depending on location. Our speedboat Kalamang Dee 18 departs at 9:00 am from the pier in Tablamu, south of Khao lak, off

Arrival time
Similan Islands around 10:30am
Koh Tachai around 11:00am
Koh Bon (2nd dive) around 13:00

First we conduct our first dive with professional guides and right after that we have a 90 minutes lunch break on board. Then we prepare for the second dive.

We are back at the pier around 4:00pm - depending on the dive destination - on Wednesdays around 6:15pm because that's when we do 3 dives.
Our taxi will then take you back to your resort.


Pickup times
Nam Khem: 07:30am
Bang Sak: 07:40am
Pak Weep: 07:45am
Pakarang: 07:50am
Khuk Khak: 08:05am
Bang Niang: 08:10am
Nang Thong: 08:15am
Lam Kaen: 08:20am



Since we do not regularly take snorkelers with us due to lack of capacity, we are happy to arrange day trips for snorkelers by speedboat
to the Similan or Surin Islands where they will receive full attention.

Day Trip Prices

Similan Islands, Koh Tachai or Koh Bon 2 dives 5.000,-   
  
Richelieu Rock 2 dives 5.300,-   
Snorkeling (Similan Islands only) Adults 3.200,-   
Passenger Children (10-14 years) 2.400,-   

All prices in Thai Baht (THB)

Price includes
Travel Insurance, Transfer from Khao Lak hotel-boat-hotel, lunch, drinking water, soft drinks, fruits, mask and snorkel, fins, life jacket, guide, and liability insurance, NITROX
(There is no right to a reduction if Nitrox is not available!)

Not included
National Park entry fee adult per day 500 THB + diving fee 200 THB
Entry fee children per day 250 THB + diving fee 200 THB

Rental equipment per day
BCD 200 THB, regulator 200 THB, shorty 3mm 100 THB,
Dive computer 250 THB, LED Flashlight 200 THB, Compass 150 THB

Since there are only limited tickets available per day for the Similan National Park, we strongly advise you to book tours well in advance - especially for diving packages!