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The Similan Islands are also noted for their beautiful rock and cliff formations. One of the more spectacular is found on Koh Similan itself, which is made up of large round boulders that taper to a point somehow balancing a top each other. To many, the formation looks like a sailboat, and thus, its name - Sailboat Rock. The islands’ beaches are powdery white while the sea is an iridescent azure blue, where down below among the coral reefs, marine life abounds. This is what attracts so many divers from around the globe. The coral includes fan, leaf, bottle and brain coral. The colorful sea flowers shimmer in the currents as do the fish in their array of colors, shapes and sizes, including cartoon fish, manta rays, dolphins, whales and many, many more. All who come leave with exciting stories and memories of some secret they discovered.
Koh Huyong (Island 1) is known for its powdery white beach, the archipelago’s longest, where sea turtles come to lay their eggs from November to February. So, the island is closed to visitors to protect them.
Koh Payong (Island 2) is covered with rock formations and cliffs, but it has no beach. Still, it does offer great diving.
Koh Payun (Island 3) While it has no beach, it also offers great diving.
Koh Mieng (Island 4) caters to tourists, offering bungalows, restaurants and tourist services. It has two long white sand beaches on opposite sides of the island that are just a10-minute walk apart.
Koh Ha (Island 5) This rock outcrop known as Eel Garden offers some spectacular diving with its abundant corral and massive schools of small colorful fish.
Koh Payu (Island 6) A white beach on the east coast leads to interesting rock formations and cliffs.
Hin Pousar (Island 7) Also known as Elephant Head Rock because of its rock formation, it attracts divers because of its corral and deep-water sites where you can see larger fish, like sharks, rainbow fish, manta rays and sea turtles.
Koh Similan (Island 8) The largest island, it has three bays, Faiwaep, Nguan Chang and Kuakma and long white beaches.
Ao Faiwaep is home to the marine park’s most beautiful corral reef with lots of smaller fish, like cartoon and parrot as well as other forms of marine life.
Ao Nguan Chang is Similan’s quietest beach with pretty corral to explore.
Ao Kuakma Here is where you will see Sailboat Rock, which has become the symbol for the Similan National Marine Park. Here, you will also find a nature trail where you can learn about the native geography and vegetation. The top of Sailboat Rock offers the best vantage point for spectacular sunsets, certain to surprise your love.
Koh Pangu (Island 9) Located between the Similan and Surin island groups, it’s small, but has some of the most beautiful rock formations as well as big diving opportunities. It has a white beach but no trees for shade.
Best time to travel here: The highest number of visitors comes from November through April, because southwest monsoon season is from May to November bringing high winds and big waves with the rains. The administration closes the park for the month of May to let the environment rejuvenate naturally.
Best to purchase a package tour with a licensed agent. You will board your boat at either Tha Thaplamu or Tha Khuraburi piers in Phang Nga or Phuket Pier.
Love Andaman, Tel. +6676 486 095-6
Sea Star, Tel. +6676 350 144
Metsai Tour, Tel. +6676 443 276
Jack Similan Travel, Tel. +6676 522 052-3
Thaplamu Andaman Tour, Tel. +6676 443 411
South Siam Divers, Tel. +6676 286 016-8
For further information:
• Touurism of Authority of Thailand Phang Nga Office
2/27 Thesaban Road, T. Thai Chang, Phang Nga 81000
Tel. +6676 41 900-2
• Phang Nga National Park (Bangkok Office)
• Tel. +662 562 0760
• To book a tent to camp on Similan Island:
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