Diving in the Similan Islands

On a boat, out in the open seas for four days, four nights, and a total of fourteen dives. Some people thought I was crazy for putting myself through such a grueling dive trip in the Similan Islands, but for me, it was finally my chance to dive and explore the fabled waters of the Andaman Sea.

Beautiful Similan Islands

Beautiful Similan Islands

The protected marine park of the Similan Islands is open to tourists between the months (roughly) of October through May – a timeframe I missed when I previously lived and taught English in nearby Khuk Khak. Back in the area this past October to visit my former students (many of whom have sadly been pulled out of school prematurely to help their families financially), I seized the opportunity to join a live aboard bound for the islands and beyond.

Prepping for one of our many dives.

Prepping for one of our many dives.

The dives were spread throughout the trip with four dives, including a night dive, on the first three days and two dives to round out our last day on the boat. It was indeed intense, but with plenty of time in between dives to indulge ourselves in delicious Thai meals and much-needed afternoon naps.

Here are some of the highlights from my amazing days and nights diving in the Similan Islands.

Crystal clear waters!

Crystal clear waters!

An octopus!

An octopus!

Sea turtle!

A sea turtle!

Honeycomb moral eel!

A honeycomb moral eel!

Glowing cuttlefish!

Glowing cuttlefish!

A pretty ugly scorpion fish!

A vicious looking scorpion fish!

I will mention briefly that although I was at first extremely nervous about the night dive (I actually gave a little scream when I jumped into the blue-black night water), it turned out to be one of the best dives of the trip, and quite possibly one of my more enjoyable ever. It was thrilling to see several moral eels out in the open water hunting for food – I had no idea how large they actually were when I usually get to see only their heads sticking out of their hiding spots during the day. At one point, we even covered our flashlights and got to see the blue bioluminescence floating around us! Spectacular!

Awesome dive trip group!

Awesome dive trip group!

My first live aboard diving trip was an amazing experience, thanks to these wacky folks. I had such a great time, I’m sure I’ll be back for more dive trips like these. And with such incredible diving in the Similan Islands, I might be back here for another round soon!

Have you ever done a live-aboard diving trip?

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