Blue Dolphin Overview
Powered by three Honda 225hp 4-stroke motors, the journey is smooth, fast, quiet and without odours or fumes. The top speed is in excess of 40 knots, but safety is of prime importance, and speed is therefore governed by the conditions on the day. There’s plenty of shelter from the sun or any rain, as well as a comfortable outdoor seating area for those who want to top up their tan or look out for jumping dolphins on the way out to the dive sites or back.
Each day of the week offers something different on Blue Dolphin, and it visits the world-famous Richelieu Rock three times a week. Those who want to dive on consecutive days will be able to experience various dive sites, instead of the same thing again. The Similan Islands are fantastic. There are easy and challenging dive sites and snorkel spots in crystal-clear waters, many near pristine beaches with healthy life right up to the surface. Koh Bon & Koh Tachai are a little more challenging, and offer the best chances of Manta Ray sightings. Richelieu Rock is Thailand's premier dive site. There’s nothing to see at or very near the surface, but underneath this is the best dive site in Thailand, and chosen among the top ten in the world by Jacques Cousteau.
Finally, Blue Dolphin is recommended for guests who want to get back to land as soon as possible to enjoy the rest of the afternon and evening. Its speedy journeys ensure that almost no other day trip can come back to Khao Lak before Blue Dolphin!
What makes Blue Dolphin trips so special begins before your departure day. Excellent pre-trip organisation by a professional and experienced team means that the day will run smoothly and be a lot of fun. Payment and equipment is dealt with at least the day before, so you can wake up and go diving.
Guests are picked up from Khao Lak hotels and resorts from 7.30am - 8.45am, and the boat departs around 9.00am, after fruits, snacks, coffee and a quick briefing and final check. Around an hour later divers are jumping in the sea!
Blue Dolphin guests need to stay in Khao Lak (not Phuket) the night before.
New regulations in October 2018 mean that we require your passport details, and this must be at least 72 hours before the trip.
Please note that for Richelieu Rock trips you need to have dived within 6 months.
Great organisation, a fast & smooth ride, and the best choice of dive sites all make up for an awesome day on this wonderful Similan diving day trip boat.