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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 474 Diver Reviews for Liveaboards - Liveaboard Locations

MV Sawasdee Fasai MV Sawasdee Fasai
Dina
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 26 Nov 2022
Everything about this experience was memorable in the best way. The boat was spacious and clean with lots of common areas to lounge in when not in you...
MV Sawasdee Fasai MV Sawasdee Fasai
Alexandra Chouramanis
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 26 Nov 2022
This was my first liveaboard trip that my sister and I had planned. We had no idea what to expect and this experience exceeded expectations. First, Ja...
Similan Quest Similan Quest
Ann
German
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 21 Nov 2022
We had the best diving experience ever on this nice boat with the crew, who are totally enjoying their work. Our divemaster Willy was awesome and we f...
MV Andaman MV Andaman
Izzi
New Zealander
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 21 Nov 2022
Could not recommend this trip more. Beautiful dive sites, super friendly staff on the boat, I felt very safe diving with them and it gave me a lot of ...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
kawing law
Hong Kongese
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 16 Nov 2022
agency so helpful...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Courtney
American
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 15 Nov 2022
A great diving experience! Loved Richelieu Rock. The food on the boat was delicious! Highly recommend...
The Junk The Junk
Cailyn
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 12 Nov 2022
The entire experience was wonderful from start to finish. We booked through No Troubles Just Bubbles for our first live-a-board experience as part of ...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Jelle
Netherlander
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 10 Nov 2022
I went on the mv lapat and had a great experience. Great crew and fantastic boat. Very friendly, try to give you the best experience and find good div...
Similan Quest Similan Quest
Patrick Leong
Malaysian
Review score: 5/10
Dived: 06 Nov 2022
Excellent services n beautiful underwater world 🌎....
Similan Quest Similan Quest
Jessica
Malaysian
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 06 Nov 2022
Very happy with my short but fruitful liveaboard experience on this boat. Food was good, staff as well in particular Billy my diving guide. No complai...
MV Dolphin Queen MV Dolphin Queen
TC
Singaporean
Review score: 8/10
Dived: 05 Nov 2022
Did a 5D5N trip in Nov 2022. This boar is not a luxury LOB. In fact, its the most value for money LOB I can find for the Similans. But facilities (roo...
MV Dolphin Queen MV Dolphin Queen
Gwak
South Korean
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 01 Nov 2022
Good...
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