Call us crazy but at the height of Bangkok’s uprising, we were on the plane to Phuket, via Singapore of course. We were to embark on a 4 -day dive safari.
Located along the coastline of the Andaman Seas and the Indian Ocean, Koh Similan or the Similan Islands comprises of 9 granite island covered in tropical jungle and is best known for its wonders beneath its clear aquamarine waters.
The Similans is located about 100 kilometers northwest of Phuket International Airport.
It is more than an hour drive to Thap Lamu Port where we boarded the MV Koon, our home for the next 4 days.
As it takes about 3.5 hours to get to the Similans, most dive trips are by liveaboard if one wants to fully explore the dive sites. There are hydrofoils, however, being offered from Phuket for a 2-dive day trip.
We left Thap Lamu Port just before sundown and our journey started with a bang (literally).
Thais, being Buddhists, always light a few firecrackers, I suppose, to drive away bad spirits and be blessed with a safe journey.
And blessed we were, with a beautiful sunset which will be a daily happening for the next 3 nights.
Not only were sunsets spectacular, the sunrises were dazzling too.
MV Koon is operated by Flying FishDiving Evolution and fits 16 guests. Aside from a couple of foreigners (1 American and the other Spanish), we practically had the boat to ourselves.
The cabins, albeit tiny were comfortable, making good use of space. Toilets and showers, although shared, were clean and not too cramp.
I like it that the dining area was al fresco. We spent most of our hours on board here. My only complaint was the food.
It was pretty good but I would have preferred more authentic Thai cuisine. We (at least those of us who could take hot & spicy) almost always end up sharing the crew’s food. Heehee! 😀
Eat. Dive. Sleep. That was pretty much what we did aboard the MV Koon. It was a good life on board the MV Koon. Our home while in the Andaman Seas.
Up next… exploring the beautiful Island # 8 also called Donald Duck Bay. Stay tuned.