The Similan Islands in the heart of the Andaman Sea are indeed unparelled in their exotic beauty. If planning a visit, keep in mind that anytime between December to April is recommended, with the best month being March, because the monsoons are over and the water is clear.
This national park consists of numerous islands with high and steep granite mountain, beaches and rocks formation of many shapes. The shoreline of each islands are of inconsistent curves since they are situated in the outer part of the sea and are worn away directly by waves. Part of the water lies in the Andaman Sea and eastern side of the Indian Ocean while the shoulder of the continent borders the western shoreline of Phang Nga province and Union of Myanmar, paralleling the Nikobar Islands of India. There is no mud at all along the beaches, so the sands are very clean, white and very fine. Some islands do have hills in the area, which are usually quite tall with the highest top of 244 meters above mean sea level, while some islands are of flat area surrounded by sand dunes and coral reefs.
Ko Huyong (Huyong Island) Huyong Island or Island 1 is the closest to Phuket with the longest clean white sandy beach of all the islands, making it an inviting place for turtles to come lay their eggs. Huyong Island has the easiest dived at a depth of 10 to 15 meters. With hard and soft corals and an abundance of sea fans. The shallowness of the area allows sunlight to penetrate to the bottom resulting in a region teeming with marine life.
Ko Payang (Payang Island) Payang Island or Island 2, The area is full of rocky mountains with cliffs and rocks formation round the island.
Ko Payan (Payan Island) Payan Island or Island 3, The area is quite rocky with cliffs; there are no beaches on this island.
Ko Miang (Miang Island) Miang Island or Island 4 is the next largest island in size to Similan Island and is the site for the headquarters of the park. Here are two white powdered beached, the large beach, in front of the island and the small beach, which is about 20 minutes walk away through evergreen forest.
Ko Ha (Ha Island) Ha Island or Island 5, It's a small island but interesting location for diving. The main attractions and uniqueness for this island is Garden Eels (white and grey eels) can be seen stretching their necks from holes in the sandy floor. There are so many of the place called "Suan Pla Lai". Moreover, the area is also full of soft coral and stony coral.
Ko Payu (Payu Island) Payu Island or Island 6 has a very stunning snorkelling and scuba diving site on the eastern shore. Many divers prefer this site to any other because there are both hard and soft corals, sea fan and many species of schoolling fish. A minore site is found to the west, and another to the north has rocks covered with sea fans. The island has no beach.
Ko Hin Pousar Hin Pousar Island or Island 7 or Hin Huwagralok is the rock with the elephant head shaped-rock outcrop. Beneath this curious rock structure you will find caves, swim through and unique underwater formations to delight your eyes.
Ko Bangu (Bangu Island) Bangu Island or Island 9, is known for good scuba diving at the northwestern tip between some rock outcrops known to local divers as Christmas point. The water depth is between 10 and 35 meters and one can find many pelagic fish amongst the rock formations.
Ko Bon (Bon Island) Bon Island or Talu Island, there is a beautiful white powered beach on this island but no accomodation. The waters are suitable for scuba diving, and Whale Shark is often found here.
Ko Tachai (Tachai Island) Tachai Island is located at the northern most tip of the park. There is a beautiful white powdered beach on the island but no accommodation. The water are suitable for SCUBA diving, and Whale Shark is often found here.
Ko Similan or Island 8 Ko Similan or Island 8 is the largest island in the chain. The average depth of the waters around Similan is about 25 meters. Ko Similan has a very small bay on the western side where spiny lobsters rest in crevices and sea fans, plume worms and soft corals sway to the current. Above the sea, lies the huge symbolic rock of Ko Similan and its worth the hike to the top to enjoy a sweeping view of the sea.
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