The islands of Similan are located in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s west coast. Consisting of nine islands, the archipelago of Similan is the largest and world-renowned. The islands are located some 65 kilometers from Khao Lak and 85 kilometers from Phuket. The islands are known for their white coral sand beaches and the crystal clear waters that surround them. Based on research, the islands were formed some 65 million years ago and became a protected national park in 1982. The islands are also covered in tropical jungles and have beautiful landscapes.
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There are several ways of getting to the islands from Phuket but traveling by speedboat is the fastest; it only takes 75 minutes. A speedboat ride on averagely seats 20 to 30 people.
For guests who do not wish to spend a lot of time in Phuket a detour to Khao Lak is ideal. Khao Lak is a perfect place to get to Similan, and it is one of the most popular destinations in Phuket. Several travel companies offer a trip to Similan island from Phuket.
The Similan Islands are made up of granite islands that offer picturesque views of the sea. Travelers can expect a beautiful landscape punctuated with tropical jungles and white sandy beaches. Furthermore, the views under the water are majestic, and the islands have been classified as some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
The water’s surrounding the islands are inhabited by several fish species including lionfish and clownfish. Occasionally, large fish species such as Manta rays and whale sharks are sighted in the waters around the islands.
Similan island is mainly known as a diving paradise. There are numerous dive locations on the island, and there are several companies offering diving services. The island’s national reserve is inhabited by rare animals, some of which are unique to Thailand, from singing birds to small critters and reptiles.
The island’s clear blue waters are ideal for snorkeling. Snorkeling provides tourists with a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful, rich, unspoiled, and unique underwater marine life of Similan Island.
Travelers who want to venture inland from the island’s white sandy beaches get rewarded with a glimpse of several endangered animal species including Nicobar pigeons and hairy-legged mountain land crab.
Photo credit: Phuket at Andaman and Thailand Divers