Cruise ~ SIMILAN & SURIN Islands, plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai
& Richelieu Rock.
Yacht WANDERLUST – very
comfortable 52 ft. x 24 ft. trimaran with accommodation for
eight passengers – crew of four.
Islands: a cluster of nine tropical islands, fifty five
nautical miles north west of Phuket is Thailand’s premier
Islands offer a great diversity of marine life and under-sea terrain.
This marine national park is considered to have the most colourful
reef environment and best all-round conditions of all the dive sites
in Thailand. The islands themselves have some of the most stunning
above-water scenery in Asia, with dazzling turquoise water, white
sand beaches and secluded bays framed by rocky headlands. There
are dozens of dive sites to choose from, one of the most appealing
aspects of diving here is the tremendous variety of underwater experiences
they offer. Most striking is the contrast in under-water topography
between the east and west sides of the islands. Dive sites on the
east - which face towards the mainland and are generally more sheltered
- characteristically have shallow hard coral reefs, which give home
to a profusion of brightly coloured reef fish of all varieties.
On the west
of the Similan islands, the under-water terrain is markedly more
rugged. with huge underwater boulders - stacked together to form
networks of underwater caves, tunnels, archways and ‘swim-through’
passages. These boulders are often thickly encrusted with giant
gorgonian sea fans, soft corals and sponges. Because these dive
sites face into deep, open sea, divers have excellent chances to
encounter a variety of pelagic and other large fish that include
tuna, jacks, mackerel, large schools of surgeon fish, eagle and
manta rays and several species of shark.
kilometres further north are the Surin Islands. This whole
area offers excellent diving, with the above and below water characteristics
being quite different to the Similans. Surin is home to the ‘Chow
Nam’, a tribe of nomadic sea gypsies, during the cruise you will
be given the opportunity of seeing these shy and reclusive people.
One of the highlights
of the trip is Richelieu Rock, rising forty meters from the
sea bed, covered with a profusion of purple and pink gorgonians.
It offers a rare opportunity to dive with the magnificent whale
shark. Richelieu is one of the few sites in the world where these
creatures are seen on a regular basis.
is also available for charter