Considered to be the best diving in Thailand, the Similan islands on the west coast, 60 nautical miles from Phuket offer a range of different underwater landscapes, coral and marine life. Undoubtedly considered one of the top scuba locations in the world, the Similan islands by liveaboard is an excellent way for both new divers and seasoned divers alike to experience living and diving from a boat with the chance of amazing encounters large and small. The rocky underwater landscapes of the south, with boulders, huge coral fans, and the possibility of shark sitings, to the beautiful coral gardens of the northern Similan islands, teeming with reef fish and macro opportunities.
The Phinisi has led a remarkable life as a liveaboard diving vessel venturing to many of the best diving destinations on the planet including Indonesia’s Komodo and Raja Ampat’s marine parks, the Maldives and the Andaman Islands; now she has returned to ply the original routes of her early years, the Similan and Andaman islands. The Phinisi offers a luxury option to explore the west coast of Thailand, purpose-built and staffed by an incredibly experienced crew. We have been on this vessel on numerous occasions in different locations, eat and dive in style!
Choosing the Phinisi as your next dive liveaboard offers remarkable flexibility, with a range of awesome itineraries. Why not take the plunge and dive all of the best dive sites in Thailand, from the southern sites of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, moving up to Koh Phi phi, King Cruiser and Shark Point, through the best of the Similans to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and on to the Surins and Richilieu Rock. One of our favourite dive trips!
Four dives around the more southern parts of the Similan Island chain, these could include, Honeymoon Bay, Sharkfin Reef, Boulder city.
Moving north, your four dives good include sites such as Elephant Head Rock, Elephant Head Pinnacle, Breakfast bend and Koh Bon.
Looking for Pelagics in Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. Two of the most famous dive sites in Thailand they are both renowned for sitings of Manta Ray, Whale Shark and Leopard Sharks. Late in the season Koh Bon can be truly amazing, at least one of us here has had their best dive ever drifting from Koh Bon pinnacle to the point surrounded in Manta Ray.
Four dives around the less visited Surin Islands and the world famous Richilieu Rock, discovered by Jacque Cousteau and considered a Whale Shark magnet in the Andaman Sea, perhaps due to the horseshoe shape of the dive site. Not to be missed.
The dive itinerary is flexible and will depend on the weather and also your dive interests. There are three wrecks around the Khao Lak area which are all worthy dives, the most famous being the Boonsong wreck, which is surrounded with schools of fish, has great macro and also has the odd Leopard or Whale shark visiting.
After breakfast on the morning of day seven, disembark at Tap Lamu, super happy and a few kilos heavier.