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Similan Island Liveaboard Diving Thailand
The Similan Islands National Marine Park located 80 km northwest of Phuket Thailand is a truly idyllic setting for some very special, world class scuba diving and snorkeling. The nine islands that make up the Similans have spectacular powdery white sand beaches, surreal rock formations and are surrounded by warm, crystal clear waters teeming with marine life. The only onshore building consists of Park ranger stations at two locations leaving the remaining islands uninhabited, tranquil pieces of paradise.
By far the most convenient and relaxing way to enjoy the Similans while minimizing the environmental impact is onboard a liveaboard dive boat and Scuba Cat Diving has been leading the way since 1994. Our m/v Scuba Cat was purpose designed and built especially for diving in the Similans. She has a large, heavy catamaran hull and a main deck close to water level providing the utmost in stability and ease of entry and exit while diving or snorkeling. The layout of the vessel is more like a hotel than a regular dive boat and is perfectly suited for first time “liveaboarders” and veterans alike.
m/v Scuba Cat cruises majestically throughout the Similans during our six month season with guests and supplies transferred from the mainland on a regular schedule. It is possible to stay aboard for as many nights as you wish- many very satisfied customers decide to extend their stay onboard and their visits end up being counted in weeks!
The Similans have over 30 dives sites offering a wide variety of underwater terrain: bright colorful shallow coral gardens, steep sloping reefs made up of hard corals interspersed with white sand, two sunken boats and huge boulder formations descending into the depths providing numerous swim throughs, gorgonian fans and barrel sponges. All dive sites are teeming with a huge variety of fish life from the smallest and most delicate to huge manta rays and whale sharks and most everything in between. Our dive staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable about the Similans and can always come up with the very best diving available to satisfy our guests’ requests.
The operational efficiency of m/v Scuba Cat allows us to offer up to five dives per day for those that wish. Snorkelers and kayakers are also well catered for and beach excursions to the beach are always available. Sunset on one of our kayaks amongst the rock formations on the west side of the islands is especially magical.
Lovers of the ocean will not want to miss m/v Scuba Cat in the Similans; we have literally thousands of very happy and satisfied guests who can attest to it. Many keep coming back year after year.
About the Author: Mike is the owner of Scuba Cat Diving, Phuket's most complete dive center. Mike's passion forLiveaboard Diving In Similan Island, has made Scuba Cat Diving establish itself as the premier dive center in Phuket, Thailand