Located around 140 km from Phuket, the Similan Islands are recognised as one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world. Its diverse and colourful marine life seascapes are ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. Being of Malay origin, the word “Similan” means “nine” in the local Moken (sea gipsy) language after the nine tiny islands of the Similan Archipelago.
Similan Islands Private Yacht Charter
If the real tropical paradise experience away from noisy civilization is what you are looking for, then the Similan Islands private yacht charter should be there on your to-do list.
One of Thailand’s most spectacular destinations, the Similans boast some of the finest white sand, turquoise water beaches, and even a few hiking trails and viewpoints.
Officially protected as part of the Mu Ko Similan National Park, an area of 140 square kilometres includes 11 islands: Koh Bon, Koh Bayu, Koh Similan, Koh Payu, Koh Miang (two adjoining islands), Koh Payan, Koh Payang, and Koh Huyong. For simplicity, they are often referred to by their number instead – 1 through 9 starting from the south.
In the recent years, the park was expanded to include 2 remote islands Koh Bon and Koh Tachai.
Of the 11 islands, it is only allowed to set foot on 3: Koh Miang (#4) near the centre of the chain, Koh Similan (#8), the largest of the islands towards the north, and Koh Bon, located up north away from the main archipelago.
The whole area of Mu Ko Similan National Park remains free of any private development. There are no roads, motorcycles, banks or ATMs, big resorts or restaurants.
Even though visiting the majority of the islands is not allowed you can still swim and snorkel, or better dive in their waters. And this is the main advantage of exploring the area on board your private yacht.
The Similans are regularly included in the lists of top diving destinations of the world. They offer at least 25 individual dive sites, and the underwater visibility here is the best you can find in Thailand. Its variety of fish species is really amazing. Along with lots of colourful fish like lionfish or clownfish, you may also spot larger creatures like manta ray or whale shark.
The landmark of the Similans is the distinctive rock formation called Sail Rock. The trail up to the huge bilge offers fantastic views across the bay of Koh Similan Island. During the high season from November to April the bay can get very popular with the dive boats, and the mooring buoys are very difficult to obtain.
The National Park is closed from May 16 to November 15, but the dates may vary each year. The best period to visit is March when the winds are calm and the water is clear.
Contact Boat in the Bay to experience the Similan Islands private yacht charter.