The Otherworldly Beauty of the Similans

The Otherworldly Beauty
of the Similans

There are a few destinations in Thailand that can be really called ‘Paradise on Earth’
and one of these is the Similan Islands. Simply the best snorkelling destination
in the Kingdom, these inhabited islands form an area of great natural beauty.

WHY THIS TOUR?

No beach destination has embraced the popularity of Thailand in its finest form like the Similan Islands. A chain of untouched islands and islets off the Khao Lak coast, and connecting the southernmost borders of Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, this is the pinnacle of beauty.

The various uninhabited islands constantly maintain its place as one of the world’s most in-demand destinations for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts. Rising out of ocean waters, as clear as glass, the protected islands teem with underwater life whilst giving home to secluded beaches with sand as fine as sugar. Repeating visitors describe it as Paradise Lost: we call it Paradise found when heading with us to the Similans.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Otherworldly Beauty of the Similans

06:00 - 17:30

A day that will bring you and your travel companions to one of the most pristine and unspoiled parts of Thailand that has gained international name and fame for its marine life and abundance in peace and serenity. Pick up from your hotel in Phuket will be around 6 am and gets you to the main pier for a speed boat ride to the Similan Islands, an officially declared National Marine Park since 1982. Closed during May and October for visitors in line with its protected status, snorkelling and scuba diving are amongst the most sought-after activities.

The Similan Islands are located in the junction between the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean. The 9 islands, covering an area of approximately 130 square kilometres, were created from volcanic activity some 65 million years ago, smoothened by glacial ice and now stand as granite-based, foliage covered, and coral loving tropical paradise. Clear tropical waters and notorious low in nutrients, which tends to eclipse any possibility of a high density of marine life are some of the ‘commodities’ one will find here.

In the morning, we are taken across the Andaman Sea to Koh Miang and Koh Payu for snorkelling before heading over to Ba Ngu Island where you can either snorkel in watch the amazing landscape of the island’s surroundings. Afterwards, a Thai buffet lunch is served at an idyllic beachside restaurant on island no. 8, aptly called Koh Similan. Then it is time to head deeper into the island for a hike up to the island’s viewpoint. Known as “Sailing Rock”, a huge boulder stands out from the island’s outlines and offers dramatic views over an endless ocean of turquoise. The journey back to Phuket is made at around 3:30 pm.

We reach the mainland and drive back to Phuket, where we expect to arrive in the early evening.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking assistance
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Return speed boat transfer from and to the Similan Islands
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
  • Use of life jacket, snorkelling equipment during the tour

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking assistance on board.
  • Return transfers for this excursion are inclusive for customers staying along Phuket and Khao Lak’s beaches. Transfer from any harbour and Phuket’s International Airport are excluded: supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • A minimum number of guests are required for this excursion to operate; many of our tours do not have limitations on group size, depending on the availability of seats and other factors. We regret that we are not able to communicate in advance about this.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This excursion only runs from November until April.
  • The expected boat trip from the mainland to the Similan Islands takes approximately 90 minutes one way.
  • Recommended to bring: change of clothing (2 sets), towel, swim wear and slippers / waterproof sandals.
  • We strongly advise not to bring any valuables with you as there are no lockers available.

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