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Hin Daeng, Koh Haa & Koh Phi Phi - Thailand’s ‘Southern Islands’ & Best Dive Sites

Although most of our trips only visit the Similan Islands and the three special dive sites to the north, some also go to areas to the south and east of Phuket. Hin Daeng & Hin Muang are world-class dive sites, but only open from October to May. Koh Haa is also seasonal, but when open has great diving and snorkelling for all levels. Koh Phi Phi & Phuket are open all year round and also have really good diving and snorkelling at depths to suit everyone.

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Liveaboard scuba diving in Thailand mainly focusses on the Similan & Surin National Marine Parks, which are home to the ‘regular’ 9 Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. However, there are other areas where liveaboard diving can be enjoyed, and normally at lower prices and for slightly shorter diving cruises. This ‘other’ area is still in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s west coast, and is not in The Gulf of Thailand. It’s often referred to as ‘the southern Andaman’ or ‘southern islands’ but neither names are totally accurate. Several of our west-coast diving liveaboard boats spend the low season (May – October) around these southern islands, which consist of Hin Daeng, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket. The diving is almost as good as at The Similans, and can sometimes be better. The whole area is more sheltered from the Indian monsoon wind and waves, and is therefore easier to dive all year round. Sea conditions and marine life can also be excellent, and for all levels of experience of diver.

Hin Daeng & Hin Muang

Hin Daeng & Hin Muang are not islands, but are just underwater pinnacles, sometimes referred to as undersea mounts. Hin Muang has the deepest and steepest diving wall in all of Thailand, and it gets its name from the thousands of purple soft corals it is covered by. The Thai word muang means purple, and daeng means red. There are no prizes for guessing the colour of most soft corals on Hin Daeng. These two dive sites are large, exposed in open sea, and surrounded by lots of very deep water. Therefore, marine life is attracted to them, either as a home or a place for large pelagic species to visit for cleaning or to feed. It is not really suitable for new or inexperienced divers, due to the potential currents and the ease of ending up a lot deeper than 18 metres. The visibility and marine life make these two dive sites extremely popular with experienced divers, and on some days of the year they are better than even Richelieu Rock. What also makes them good is that not as many boats visit them as at Richelieu, and there are two dive sites right next to each other, which gives more diversity.

Koh Haa

Koh Haa means ‘5 Islands’ in the local language, and this is one of Thailand’s hidden gems. This uninhabited mini archipelago is far enough out to sea to be inaccessible to hoards of daytrippers, and it’s only really visited by diving boats and those who are prepared to endure a long and uncomfortable journey on a longtail boat. It’s 20km. southwest from Koh Lanta, in Thailand’s Krabi Province. Koh Haa has some unique diving topography, and lots of resident and visiting marine life. Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) are seen on several occasions each diving season. However, this area is also perfect for non-divers who want to enjoy snorkelling in clear shallow water and relax on a pristine sandy tropical beach. Divers of all levels can enjoy Koh Haa, snorkellers won’t get bored, it’s perfect for introductory dives, and those who just want the beach can all spend a great day here.

Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is still famous for its 1998 Hollywood movie ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Maya Bay is beautiful, but a little too crowded due to its popularity. However, the diving around Phi Phi is still really good. There are dive sites suitable for all levels of diver, from absolute beginner to professional. There is lots of marine life and this is right up to the surface in most cases, so snorkellers can enjoy time in the water as much as divers can. Koh Bida Nai and Koh Bida Nok are Phi Phi’s best and most popular dive sites, and these are located 1.6km (1 mile) south of Maya Bay. Expect to see all kinds of reef fish here, including shy Blacktip Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) and Leopard Sharks (Stegostoma fasciatum) although numbers are dwindling in recent years. It’s less likely to see something large like a Manta Ray (Manta alredi) or Whale Shark, but not unheard of. Even without seeing anything large and special, liveaboard diving at Koh Phi Phi is still a lot of fun all year round and for everyone.

Phuket

Phuket has plenty of diving areas, most of which are open throughout the year. To the east of Phuket (on the way to Phi Phi) there is the King Cruiser Wreck, which is a sunken car ferry. Although the structure itself is now in a very poor state, the fish life around it is abundant and healthy. Nearby King Cruiser are Shark Point, Anemone Reef and Koh Doc Mai. All of these are very popular for day trip diving, as well as some short liveaboard cruises. To the south of Phuket are the Raya (Racha) Islands, which offer some great diving opportunities as well as for snorkellers. Not many of our liveaboard boats sail to Racha Islands, but MV Giamani does during the low season.

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20% off remaining spaces for Dec 16th - 22nd trip
20% off remaining spaces for Dec 22nd - 26th trip
Sails from Phuket / Khao Lak
Most-Professional organisation
Good range of cabins
Classic luxury
The Junk Liveaboard dive boat
Special offers available

The Junk is a traditional-looking sailing yacht that now hosts luxury scuba diving cruises to the best diving sites in South-East Asia. Although she looks hundreds of years old and incapable of such duties, at the end of the twentieth century she underwent an authentic renovation to transform her into a luxury liveaboard diving vessel. With a capacity of 18 passengers and a size of 33x8.5 metres, she offers space and comfort for all on board. The Junk's specifications and cruise prices are far more competitive than many would imagine, yet she offers s

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
Dive Boat Departs from: Phuket
No. of Divers: 18
Liveaboard trips from: 29,500 THB per diver
10/10 Based on 4 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Quad cabin 3 Bed cabin Double / Twin
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(14 dives)
4D / 4N Quad cabin 29,500 THB 3 Bed cabin 36,000 THB Double / Twin 44,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(19 dives)
5D / 6N Quad cabin 39,000 THB 3 Bed cabin 44,000 THB Double / Twin 55,000 THB
The Junk Special Offers Coming Up
20% off of remaining spaces
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(19 dives)
Departs: 16 Dec 2017
Returns: 22 Dec 2017
5D / 6N Quad cabin 39,000 THB 3 Bed cabin 44,000 THB Double / Twin 55,000 THB
20% off of remaining spaces
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(14 dives)
Departs: 22 Dec 2017
Returns: 26 Dec 2017
4D / 4N Quad cabin 29,500 THB 3 Bed cabin 36,000 THB Double / Twin 44,000 THB
All Cabins En Suite
Max. 10 Guests
All the best dive sites
Highly Respected
Giamani Liveaboard dive boat

MV Giamani is a 24 metre steel liveaboard diving boat. Accommodating just ten guests ensures there’s space and comfort for all on board. In 2014 Giamani underwent a luxury-orientated refit. The boat cruises to the best diving locations in the area. Depending on the time of the season, she sails to Hin Daeng, The Similans, Richelieu Rock, and even Burma. Her crew are experienced and her record of customer service and safety are excellent. Tech divers often choose Giamani due to the equipment and set up on offer.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Phuket
No. of Divers: 10
Liveaboard trips from: 22,000 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 2 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Duluxe Double / Twin Master Cabin
Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi, Shark Point, Koh Doc Mai
(7 dives)
2D / 2N Duluxe Double / Twin 22,000 THB Master Cabin 25,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck, Sea Chart Wreck, Naiyak Wreck
(14 dives)
4D / 4N Duluxe Double / Twin 44,000 THB Master Cabin 50,000 THB
Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi, Shark Point, Koh Doc Mai, Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck, Sea Chart Wreck, Naiyak Wreck
(21 dives)
6D / 6N Duluxe Double / Twin 66,000 THB Master Cabin 75,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck, Sea Chart Wreck, Naiyak Wreck
(22 dives)
6D / 6N Duluxe Double / Twin 79,500 THB Master Cabin 88,500 THB
Shark Cave, Black Rock, Western Rocky, Fan Forest, Northern Rocky, Similan Islands
(19 dives)
6D / 6N Duluxe Double / Twin 79,500 THB Master Cabin 88,500 THB
Discounts from Mid Feb to April 17!
Excellent Value
Maximum 18 Passengers
Visits Richelieu Rock
Air Conditioning
Special offers available

MV Daranee is a well-established mid-size Similan Islands liveaboard diving boat which offers excellent-value 3 & 4 day diving cruises. All her cabins are air-conditioned and there is plenty of space to relax, move around and socialize due to there being a maximum of just 18 passengers who are taken care of by the crew of six. The whole concept of diving on MV Daranee is friendliness and comfort at affordable prices.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 18
Liveaboard trips from: 19,900 THB per diver
Destinations Duration Quad bunk cabins Twin bunk cabins
Similan Islands, Koh Bon
(10 dives)
3D / 3N Quad bunk cabins 19,900 THB Twin bunk cabins 19,900 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins 22,900 THB Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
MV Daranee Special Offers Coming Up
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 11 Feb 2018
Returns: 15 Feb 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 21 Feb 2018
Returns: 25 Feb 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 01 Mar 2018
Returns: 05 Mar 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 06 Mar 2018
Returns: 10 Mar 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 11 Mar 2018
Returns: 15 Mar 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 16 Mar 2018
Returns: 20 Mar 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 21 Mar 2018
Returns: 25 Mar 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 26 Mar 2018
Returns: 30 Mar 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 01 Apr 2018
Returns: 05 Apr 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 06 Apr 2018
Returns: 10 Apr 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 11 Apr 2018
Returns: 15 Apr 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 16 Apr 2018
Returns: 20 Apr 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 21 Apr 2018
Returns: 25 Apr 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Discounted trip
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
Departs: 26 Apr 2018
Returns: 30 Apr 2018
4D / 4N Quad bunk cabins
Special offer
22,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin bunk cabins 22,900 THB
Very well-run trips
Selection of itineraries
CMAS & PADI Courses
French & Thai
Bunmee 3 Liveaboard Dive Boat
Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
Dive Boat Departs from: Phuket
No. of Divers: 18
Liveaboard trips from: 21,375 THB per diver
10/10 Based on 1 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Standard Twin Standard Double Comfort Twin Comfort Double Master Double
Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi
(11 dives)
3D / 3N Standard Twin 21,375 THB Standard Double 21,375 THB Comfort Twin 23,625 THB Comfort Double 23,625 THB Master Double 25,875 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(15 dives)
4D / 4N Standard Twin 28,125 THB Standard Double 28,125 THB Comfort Twin 31,125 THB Comfort Double 31,125 THB Master Double 34,500 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(15 dives)
4D / 5N Standard Twin 29,250 THB Standard Double 29,250 THB Comfort Twin 322,250 THB Comfort Double 32,250 THB Master Double 35,625 THB
Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock
(19 dives)
5D / 5N Standard Twin 34,688 THB Standard Double 34,688 THB Comfort Twin 38,063 THB Comfort Double 38,063 THB Master Double 42,188 THB
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma
(20 dives)
6D / 7N Standard Twin 46,000 THB Standard Double 46,000 THB Comfort Twin 51,000 THB Comfort Double 51,000 THB Master Double 57,000 THB
Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi, Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(26 dives)
8D / 8N Standard Twin 50,625 THB Standard Double 50,625 THB Comfort Twin 55,875 THB Comfort Double 55,875 THB Master Double 61,500 THB
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma
(24 dives)
7D / 8N Standard Twin 52,313 THB Standard Double 52,313 THB Comfort Twin 58,125 THB Comfort Double 58,125 THB Master Double 65,625 THB

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