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Does The Base Location of The Similan Diving Liveaboard Make Any Difference?

In short, the answer is quite often ‘No, not a great deal.’ Other than a couple of boats which are based in Phuket, most of them sail from a pier in Khao Lak. Therefore, even a Phuket-based boat or dive centre will have the logistics worked out to transfer guests from and back to either Khao Lak or Phuket. As you may have already guessed, Phuket and Khao Lak are the two main areas of mainland where scuba diving and tourism are extremely important to the local economy. However, in addition to Phuket and Khao Lak, there are other places where the diving businesses operate from and send boats to The Similan & Surin Islands, as well as Myanmar, Hin Daeng/Muang and Koh Haa.

Khao Lak dive centres are by far the most numerous of those that offer Similan Islands liveaboard diving trips. The reason for this is that Khao Lak, a seaside town in the province of Phang Nga, is the nearest point of mainland Thailand to The Similan Islands, and there is a port at Tab Lamu, which has several piers. However, Khao Lak is still unheard of by many international tourists, as well as some who already live in Thailand. Phuket is far better known, and has its own busy international airport. Phuket has many more hotels and more dive centres than Khao Lak, but not as many as Khao Lak that offer liveaboard cruises to The Similan Islands. Even further away is Ranong, located north of Phang Nga and bordering Myanmar (Burma).

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Average Rating 9.0/10 Based on 408 Diver Reviews for Liveaboards - Liveaboard Locations

The Junk The Junk
Gregory Enjalbert
French
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 12 Apr 2021
Beautiful boat and Marco does a great job at keeping us safe and entertained at the same time. Food is great and the staff super attentive, also a tig...
MV Giamani MV Giamani
Daniel
Swedish
Review score: 8/10
Dived: 10 Apr 2021
The trip was good and we enjoyed it. The crew were helpful and friendly....
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Zoe
British
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 08 Apr 2021
We were worried about a liveaboard, as we had never done one before so we selected the one night option (seven seas were very flexible with how many n...
Merdeka 3 Merdeka 3
Jo
British
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 04 Apr 2021
Very comfortable beds, and we really appreciated having the en-suite bathroom. The table is large and comfortable for eating and also a nice place to ...
Merdeka 3 Merdeka 3
Rory
British
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 04 Apr 2021
Really well laid out boat with great seating and socialising areas. Free massages were amazing! Food was incredible too, especially the afternoon snac...
MV Sawasdee Fasai MV Sawasdee Fasai
Sam
Irish
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 21 Mar 2021
Great crew excellent characters be around great atmosphere catered for everything start to finish boat was more than comfortable and fantastic food.....
MV Sawasdee Fasai MV Sawasdee Fasai
Claude
French
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 21 Mar 2021
It has been a great diving experience. MV Sawsdee Fasai is a comfortable and well designed boat for diving. The crew is very professional and the divi...
MV Sawasdee Fasai MV Sawasdee Fasai
Boris
British
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 21 Mar 2021
Fantastic trip, great crew, great dives, met bunch of good and interesting people. Will definitely repeat...
MV Manta Queen 2 MV Manta Queen 2
Mappy
Japanese
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 25 Feb 2021
This was second time to join live a board.Dive point was great as usual.Guide, Boat staffs was kind.Clean Boat, I was satisfied with this trip. And I ...
MV Andaman MV Andaman
Stephanie
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 23 Feb 2021
We took the 3D/3N trip to Koh Tachai, Koh Surin, and Richelieu Rock. Be prepared to have a lot of fun, eat WAY too much outstanding food, and enjoy th...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Rory
British
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 20 Feb 2021
Fab, friendly, helpful staff. Excellent food, great for diving. Only 'complaint' is the only sinks are in the master cabins. Would happily go again....
MV Andaman MV Andaman
Travis B
Canadian
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 19 Feb 2021
Excellent trip on the MV anadaman and Jamie from no troubles just bubbles was a pleasure to deal with. Always had answers to any questions I had. The ...
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