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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 398 Diver Reviews for Liveaboards - Liveaboard Locations

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 ...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Jared
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 13 Feb 2021
Great dive company. They really went the extra mile to assist with transportation and logistics. Would definitely use them again and recommend to othe...
MV Bavaria MV Bavaria
Mark Welch
British
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 10 Feb 2021
Trip 10-14 Feb 2021 🙋‍♂️ to all my diving friends and buddies and all other divers I would highly recommend you take advantage of the curr...
MV Giamani MV Giamani
Peggy
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 02 Feb 2021
Great experience- very fun and very professional!...
MV Bavaria MV Bavaria
Matthew
British
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 06 Jan 2021
The boat is beautiful and is quite luxurious and has everything The food is excellent and healthy The staff are lovely and make sure you feel comf...
MV Bavaria MV Bavaria
Massy
Japanese
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 30 Dec 2020
I had a great time on this live a boat! Beautiful dive point, Kind staff, Tasty food, Everything is satisfied. Agent is kind and helpful. I would lik...
MV Andaman MV Andaman
Lu
Japanese
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 27 Dec 2020
It’s worth to join this boat. Dive masters and boat crew are so nice. Also they serve good food for every meal time. The equipment and wetsuit are v...
MV Andaman MV Andaman
Philippe
French
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 27 Dec 2020
First, kudos to Jamie for his continuous support during the hard times of Covid, where trips sometimes get cancelled without notice and we need to fin...
The Phinisi The Phinisi
San
Filipino
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 19 Dec 2020
'Glad I chose The Phinisi as my first liveaboard boat. I am a new recreational diver with less than 20 dives when I did the Liveaboard with The Phinis...
MV Pawara MV Pawara
Harrison20
British
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 16 Dec 2020
Great trip with excellent diving. From start to finish everything ran smoothly with excellent communication and recommendations from Jamie at 'No Trou...
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