Similan Island Thailand coral

Similan Island Thailand coral

Trigger fish at Similan Islands Thailand
Trigger fish at Similan Islands Thailand
Another Soft coral at Similan Islands Thailand
Another Soft coral at Similan Islands Thailand
Soft Coral at Similan Islands Thailand

Soft Coral at Similan Islands Thailand

For a couple of years now we have been wanting to go scuba diving in the Similan Islands of Thailand. We have been diving other places around Phuket and always heard good things about the Similan Islands.

Finally with a long weekend coming up here in Perth we decided to fly up for 2 days of diving. It was a bit of a trip with a stop over in singapore on the way up and again on the way back.

I was lucky in my reseach before we left and found a dive company with a liveaboard boat permanently based on the Similan Islands. This allows you to get on and off whenever you want so you do not have to arrive on a specific day to fit in with a dive charter.

The first day we did 2 dives on Island No-9. The first was on a dive site called North Point and it was mostly around 20 m in depth. Bottom temp was around 28 degrees until you came across one of the many cold currents running through the area which gave you a quick wake up call.

It was a fun dive with many of the usual suspects sited. Sweetlips, batfish, turtles and pipefish to name a few.

After lunch we then dived a site called 3 trees while still on island no-9. We saw some great coral formations and several species of clownfish and a rather large triggerfish.There was probably a whole lot more to see but for some reason i spent the entire dive with my mask continuing to fog up….not fun.

The dive boat then cruised across to Koh Bon which is not classified as a Similan Island but is part of the Similan island national park. Here we did a

 night dive on a site called Koh Bon Bay.

Similan Island Thailand fish

Similan Island Thailand fish

This for me was the highlight of the whole trip. It

Wrasse at Similan Islands Thailand

Wrasse at Similan Islands Thailand

 was simply fascinating seeing all the fish from the day dive settled in for the night and not wanting to move much at all. Then we came across a few different types of lobster and shrimps and some moray eels giving there usual greeting.

The highlight was a good sized octopus out hunting for dinner that was not exactly happy to see us. It was really cool watching it change colours as it moved across the different terrain on the bottom.

The next day consisted of 2 dives on Koh Bon. The sites were called Koh Bon Pinnacle and Koh Bon Ridge. I have no idea why but for some reason i enjoyed these dive sites far more than island no-9. It had the same fish and coral life but just seemed more interesting and this was echoed throughout our dive group.

The main reason however we came to Koh Bon was it is a regular haunt for manta rays at this time of year and we were not disappointed. We did get to see one but it was while we were doing our safety stop.

After spending the whole dive searching for manta rays we have a 4-5 m wide specimen cruise under our feet while we are doing the safety stop. Gave a bit of a scare as we were doing the safety stop in a place where you could not see the bottom and then this large shape came looming up out of the gloom and cruised on by.

Typically the camera had turned its self off so we did not get a picture. My advice is if you are coming scuba diving at the Similan islands try to make sure you time it so that you get a dive day at Koh bon.

Divers at Similan Islands Thailand

Divers at Similan Islands Thailand

All in all we had a great dive trip but really would have liked to have spent 2 nights on the liveaboard instead of one. We had a good time

Clown fish at Similan Islands Thailand

Clown fish at Similan Islands Thailand

 and met some other divers from all over the world which was a lot of fun. 

Similan Island Thailand fish1

Similan Island Thailand fish1

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