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Scuba Diving In Phuket Thailand: Similan Islands

Posted on: July 26,2017 By Gregg Aidikoff

Rated by National Geographic as “One of the top 10 destinations in the world” and rated as the best dive site in Thailand and listed in the top 10 of the world. The Similan Islands are also a National marine park, made of 9 islands with white beaches, tropical jungles, and amazing dive sites that lie about a 100km from Phuket in the Andaman Sea. The Similans truly has something for everyone from some of the greatest sites for Scuba Diving in Phuket to shallow tropical coral reefs and clear waters that let you observe all going on below.

Dive Sites

  • Elephant head rock

Named after the rock at its surface that looks like an Elephant’s head it is the biggest and arguably the best dive point of the Similans. The rocks that form the “elephant” create a maze of swim-troughs, sheer walls, arches, caverns, gullies and tunnels that house a great number of marine life and are fun to explore. Suited for experience divers due to the depth and current, some of the things you can see include Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and white tip reef sharks, Sting rays, Leopard sharks and Turtles.

  • Christmas point

Christmas Point is a wonderful dive site at the far north of the Similans group of nine main islands and is a great boulder live aboard dive site and known for its famous swim-through at 24 meters. The huge granite boulders make this dive site what it is, and they are spread out in several batches towards the northwest and give both divers and the marine life plenty of places to swim, hide or investigate. Its depth and current makes it one more suited for experienced divers. It is a good place to watch for resting sharks and rays, such as the Leopard/Zebra Shark and White tip Reef Shark as well as the Ribbon eel and Moray eel.

  • West of Eden

Somewhat of a hidden gem as not many people visit or even recognize it though it is an amazing dive site. It is not a large dive site, nor is it easy for inexperienced divers, but it is certainly worth a visit. It also has giant granite boulders that create nice small canyons and crevices with walls encrusted with a number of colorful sea fans, soft corals and sponges. Different marine life dominates this small reef.

  • Anita’s reef

A gentle sandy sloped reef boasting some stunning coral bommies and areas of both table corals and stag horn corals, the reef is a very popular destination as it is an easy site to dive and currents are usually low are nonexistent. The big stunning bommie located on the south east is the dives must-see attraction and it attracts many photographers. The

  • And much more

Remember the Similans is only one area in the possible Scuba Diving Phuket Thailand dive sites there are many, many more to enjoy.

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