There’s so much information to get through, that we understand anyone getting tired or confused. Different boat itineraries and prices; How to get from a certain place to where the boats leave from; and Who is able to dive in certain situations or locations? are all questions which we hope to answer here. This section is never complete, but we try our best to keep it up to date. At almost any given time something is a little different to the true facts, but we do what we can to give as much honest information as possible.
Do you wear a wetsuit when scuba diving in warm water? If you do, what style and thickness is it, and do you rent or bring your own? Many divers don’t wear a wetsuit when diving in the tropics, and there are many reasons why divers may choose not to wear one. But the majority of scuba divers in Thailand wear some kind of exposure suit. Standard rental wetsuits in Thailand tend to be a set style & thickness, mainly due to cost & convenience.
Because the Andaman Sea is part of the Indian Ocean, between May and October the National Marine Parks on Thailand’s west coast are closed for the monsoon season. Most of our Similan Island liveaboard boats stop operating for five months, and spend time moored in a harbour waiting for the new season to begin. But some boats choose to continue running trips from May through to the end of August, then they go into dry dock in September. Even though the National Marine Parks are closed, The Junk and Giamani offer weekend trips to the best dive sites around Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, and are also available during the week. We also have Gentle Giant available for long-weekend full charters.
Most scuba divers love seeing a shark. But even with the information available today, some people are still afraid of sharks. There are people who believe that anyone foolish enough to go scuba diving may be attacked by these cruel ravenous monsters. Of course, the truth is that sharks have no interest in humans. Incidents involving humans and sharks are extremely rare, and usually a case of mistaken identity. Surfers and those who go spearfishing are most at risk – but never scuba divers. There are several species of sharks in Thailand, including the largest species of fish, the gentle giant known as the Whale Shark. Almost every dive with a shark is a memory to cherish.
Nowadays you probably see the word ‘Nitrox’ on diving trips and tanks more than you used to. What is Nitrox and its benefits? Compare air to Nitrox mix for scuba diving. Which is best? For those who don’t know what Nitrox is, this page explains in simple terms, and discusses the benefits of using Nitrox. You can also find out about doing the course on a liveaboard and Nitrox certification cost.
Most Similan Islands scuba diving liveaboard diving trips have ‘scheduled,’ trip itineraries. This means that everyone stays on the main boat from beginning to end. But there are also some platform boats which offer ‘flexible’ trips. You can join these trips by speedboat on any day and stay as long as you choose. Which type is better depends on your preference, your budget, and your other holiday plans.
Thap Lamu Pier Similan Islands liveaboard diving main pier is located near Khao Lak, and more than one hour from Phuket. It is not at all exciting or attractive, but its location means it is the best harbour for most Similan Islands diving and snorkelling boats to depart from & return to. It is gradually developing, and now has a few convenience stores, but it is still not somewhere people spend more time than necessary at.
The most-common potential injury from scuba diving is Decompression Sickness, which is caused by excess nitrogen in the body. This is usually caused by unsafe diving profiles, or flying in a plane too soon after scuba diving. Scuba diving after flying is ok, but not flying after diving. This page explains the safety parameter guidelines, plus general advice to avoid any potential health issues caused by scuba diving.
Even before the 2003 Pixar movie, Finding Nemo, the Clown Fish was already a diver’s favourite. They are colourful, active, easy to spot, and very photogenic. Clown Fish are among the most-popular fish at The Similans and there are actually several similar species, and divided opinion about which species Nemo is based on. There are also several other ‘facts’ about these fish which haven’t been confirmed by science yet.
This article was written and published before the local authorities changed the regulations. From October 2018 it is no longer possible to learn to dive in the Similan National Marine Park, and all of our guests must be certified before joining a trip.
Divers around the world have their own opinion and experience of where is the best place to learn to scuba dive, often referred to as ‘Do your PADI.’ While some believe the better dive sites should be enjoyed after some experience, others disagree. The Similan Islands in Thailand are among the Top 10 dive locations in the world, and easily the best in Thailand. However, learning to dive at the Similan Islands is not as easy as it used to be, and unless you commit to joining a liveaboard diving cruise, the cost is much higher than other places in Thailand. To do your PADI Similan Islands learn to scuba dive in Thailand this page has some helpful information that may enable potential divers to better plan their vacation.
Recreational scuba diving is very a safe activity for people of nearly all ages. However, there are a few risks which mean that safe scuba diving practice is important to prevent incidents. Some people may presume that running out of air or being attacked by a shark are common risks, but these are extremely unlikely. DCS (Decompression Sickness), the most common serious diving injury, is often called The Bends. This is an injury that is caused by practising unsafe scuba diving, regarding the depth and time spent at depth. It’s absolutely avoidable, and avoiding DCS dictates the planning of every scuba dive.