Similan National Park Entrance Fee Increases to 500,- THB on February 1st 2015

500 thb

From Febraury the 1st, 2015 the Similan Entry Fee will increase from now 400,- Thai Baht to then 500,- Thai Baht. This park fee rise was planned long ago and in November 2014 already installed for a very short period of time. At that point many Similan tour companies complained ...

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Amount of Scuba Diving Liveaboards on the Decline

A rare sight: budget liveaboards in the Similan Islands

For the first season since the Tsunami 2004, the numbers of scuba diving liveaboard trips and the overall total number of divers visiting the Similan Marine Park are on the decline. Daily observations of scuba diving vessels have indicated a total decline of about 30% compared to January 2014 in ...

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Many early-season Manta Ray & Whale Shark sightings

Manta Ray at Koh Bon

Since middle of october manta rays and whale sharks are romping in the waters around the Similan Islands. Marine megafauna sightings in october aren’t unusual, but in the past years the big fish left the similans for November and returned back in the middle of January. This November although has ...

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Reports of dying Parrotfish and Redtooth Triggerfish

parrotfish abundance similan islands

In the last couple of weeks, several reports of dead triggerfish species as well as parrotfish occured. Dive masters and snorkel guides reported several individuals dead on the beaches as well as on most of the snorkel- and dive sites. Only a few species, and all of them very abundant, ...

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Similan National Park is closed for Speedboat Traffic between 5th and 8th November

Speedboats have to stay in Thap Lamu

In the evening of the 3rd November a heavy storm hit the Similan Islands and again many Speedboat Captains ignored the weather warnings. This resulted in one speedboat beeing lost at sea for several hours in the night from the 3rd to the 4th November. The speedboat in question found ...

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Similan Opening Update – The State of the Islands October 2014

Sail Rock

The Mu Koh Similan Islands National Park has opened its gate for visitors on 15th October 2014. Every year a couple of tourguides come to inspect the islands and the reefs for a full assessment of underwater life and coral health. This year the inspectors found the reefs in better ...

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National Park Authorities Stick To 15th October as Opening Date for 2014

coral grouper soft corals

As announced by the Thai National Parks authorities the opening date for the Mu Ko Similan National Park will be again on 15th October 2014 – if weather conditions allow. The park authorities stick to their new policy of officially opening the islands two weeks earlier than the actual travel ...

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Similan National Park Will Re Open on 15th October 2013

The Director of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Conservation, Manopat Haueungkaew, has announced that this years National Park opening date will be shifted to the 15th October 2013 to give the tourists two more weeks to visit the Similan Islands. The director expressed his hopes to gain more ...

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