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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 456 Diver Reviews for Liveaboards - Liveaboard Locations

MV Andaman MV Andaman
Alex Lindsay
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 04 May 2022
Had a wonderful trip with the Andaman Crew. Fiona, Carlos, and John were extremely knowledgeable and friendly dive masters. We took the Adventure Deep...
MV Andaman MV Andaman
MIKE F
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 04 May 2022
The trip exceeded all expectations!!!!!...
MV Andaman MV Andaman
Joel Rajesh
Singaporean
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 30 Apr 2022
Its was a great trip. The ppl on board were awesome. I had a great time....
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Eugene
American
Review score: 7/10
Dived: 19 Apr 2022
MV Lapat is a good budget liveaboard option, especially for those who are not used to fancy cruise-like luxury. Food provided was great, and the cabin...
MV Andaman MV Andaman
Bast
French
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 14 Apr 2022
Brilliant crew, wonderful dive sites, and super organization for an overall amazing experience...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Tommy
German
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 08 Apr 2022
Everything fine!...
MV Sawasdee Fasai MV Sawasdee Fasai
JeromeV
French
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 07 Apr 2022
The 4-days liveaboard to Similan islands on Sawasdee Fasai was great. Everything was well organized from the first contacts with Jamie to get informa...
MV Sawasdee Fasai MV Sawasdee Fasai
Sharon
British
Review score: 8/10
Dived: 02 Apr 2022
Great boat with good dive facilities and lots of space to relax so it never felt crowded. Staff were great, both crew and dive instructors. Good food ...
MV Manta Queen 7 MV Manta Queen 7
Julia
Austrian
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 24 Mar 2022
We had a very good time aboard Manta Queen 7. Jamie was extremely helpful all the way and made sure that everything works out. The boat was as expecte...
MV Marco Polo MV Marco Polo
Olli
German
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 18 Mar 2022
Great guides (my group had Nat), great crew, awesome food. Good beds. I would book again...
Deep Andaman Queen Deep Andaman Queen
Bob Gilmour
British
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 16 Mar 2022
Excellent experience! This was only my 2nd liveaboard but I couldn't have asked for (much) more. First class very professional crew, great boat, del...
MV Sawasdee Fasai MV Sawasdee Fasai
Doug
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 14 Mar 2022
Excellent from start to finish!!! With less then 24 hour notice I was booked on the boat and had the best diving of my life. I will be doing it again...
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