Dive Sites

Itineraries

Schedules & Prices

Liveaboard Fleet

 

Listed Below are the individual Dive Sites that are visited during the Liveaboards exciting journeys. Please click on the respective links for further detailed information.

***Please note that not all of the dive sites mentioned below are visited. This is weather depending**

M/V Colona VI - Similans Islands & Surin Islands
M/V Colona VI - Hin Daeng & Hin Muang with Phi Phi
S/Y Colona II - The Mergui Archipelago
M/V Nautica - The Mergui Archipelago with the Similans & Surin Islands
M/V Nautica - Similans & Surin Islands
 
 

The Similan & Surin Islands

The Mergui Archipelago

Hin Daeng & Hin Muang

 

For specific details on any of the above Schedules & Prices please click on this link.

 
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M/V Colona VI 's - Northern Cruise

Similan Islands & Surin islands

M/V Colona VI 's - Southern Cruise

Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Phi Phi Islands

Hin Daeng

Hin Muang

Koh Bida Nok

 

 

S/Y Colona -Myanmar Sailing Cruise

The Mergui Archipelago

 

7 Days / 8 Nights

Horse Shoe Island

Colona Rock

Western Rocky Island

Cavern Island

Burma Banks

Barwell Island

Black Rock

 

 

5 Days / 6 Nights

Barwell Island

Mc Leod Island

Cavern Island

Western Rocky

Boulder Rock

Dunkin Island

Horsburgh Island  

M/V Nautica - Northern Cruise

The Similan and Surin Islands

Barracuda Point

Fantasy Reef

Beacon Reef

Hin Rap

Boulder City

Koh Bon

Breakfast Bend

Koh Tachai

Christmas Point

Koh Tornilla

Deep Six

Richelieu Rock

East of Eden

Shark Fin Reef

Elephant Head

M/V Nautica - Northern & Southern Cruise

The Similan and Surin Islands with Mergui Archipelago

Barracuda Point

Beacon Reef

Black Rock

High Rock

Boulder City

Koh Bon

Breakfast Bend

Koh Tachai

Burma Banks

Christmas Point
Colona Rock

Cupola Island

Shark Cave

Deep Six
East of Eden

South Twin Island

Elephant Head
Fantasy Reef

The Similan and Surin Islands

  • Distance from Phuket: 55 Nautical Miles
  • Diving Depth: 0 - 40m (0-135ft)
  • Visibility: Excellent to fantastic
  • Sea Temperature: 27/29°C
  • Diver Level: All levels

The islands are universally recognized as some of the best world-class diving. .The Similan Islands National Park lies some 100km or 4 hours from Phuket. The word "Similan" is derived from the Malaysian word " sembilan " which means "Nine" and there are nine granite islands.

The islands had never been inhabited. For many generations, the only human visitors were the so-called Sea Gypsies who came to fish on the teeming reefs. The Similan Islands were formed some 100-150 million years ago. There present formation is derived from cracked granite rock which has been sculpted from the winds and waves.

The Nine Islands in the similan group are: (running from North to South):
Koh Bangu (No.9), Koh Similan (No.8), Koh Pabu (No.7), Koh Payu (No.6), Koh Ha (No.5), Koh Miang (No.4), Koh Payan (No.3), Koh Payang (No.2) and Koh Huyong (No.1).

The Similans were designated as a National Park in 1982. The National Marine Park take great pride in the conservation of the islands and have closed islands No.1-3. Island No.1 is turtle inhabitation.
High season in this area officially begins in November, and ends in May, but the visibility varies all year round, from generally 20 metes to sometimes over 40 metes.

On the west side of the islands, the granite has been eroded into massive blocks. Diving here, you can explore swim-through, avoiding the huge sea fans, you may see a shy white-tip or black-tip shark, as they speed off into the blue. In good visibility, the granite boulders truly can seem like an underwater city. On the east side of the islands, you can drift through coral gardens and streams of fusiliers, watch dozens of feather worms pop closed as you pass, or observe fields of garden eels, swaying in the sand.

Of course, no trip to the Similans is complete without visiting the nearby Surin National Park. This is the site of the Richelieu Rock, world-famous for sightings of the magnificent, yet gentle, whale shark. Also, Ko Bon and Koh Tachai are top class dives and are the best places to see manta rays.

The reefs are home to a multitude of tropical fish of all sizes, shapes and colours, with frequent sightings of turtles, rays and sharks. ironwood and gum trees are among the larger trees, while jackfruit, rattan and langurs, squirrels, bats, lizards and a good variety of birds. But the most striking feature of these islands, at first glance, are the huge boulders that litter the western and southern shores on several of the islands.

But most of all the Similans has it all for divers from coral walls, big rocks, huge sea fans and barrel sponges, caves and swim-through's.

The islands of the Southern Cruise - Hin Daeng & Hin Muang

  • Distance from Phuket: 65 Nautical Miles South East from Phuket
  • Diving Depth: 0 - 50m (0-169ft)
  • Visibility: Variable to Good
  • Sea Temperature: 28/29°C
  • Diver Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Superb diving, and spectacular scenery are combined into this one trip. The Southern Cruise. You will have a chance to view the Phi Phi Islands in the Hat Noppamart Thara National Park. These are awesome with their 300 meter limestone walls which tower over the water into the blue sky. Underwater, these cliffs are covered in soft corals, large fans and teeming with fish.
The wall dives go down to about 25 meters, and if you look in the crevices, you find a treasure trove of marine creatures – from Pipefish to Seahorse's.
This is also quite a good place to see sharks. The white-tips and black-tips are quite shy, but you may be able to swim right up to a sleeping, harmless (they're crustacean eaters), Leopard Sharks can also be found here. No touching, please!

The crowning glory of this trip, is of course, the fantastic islands of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, they are undoubtly some of the best dive-sites in the South of Thailand. Hin means rock, Daeng means Red, and Muang means Purple in Thai. There name derives from the pinkish-red soft corals that cover both rocks. Here, you can dive spectacular drop-offs that go down to 50m, but the greatest draw of the islands are the sharks, whale sharks, Manta Rays and other large pelagians that frequent here. Excellent, Fantastic!

The islands of Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar (Burma)

  • Distance from Phuket: 150 Nautical Miles
  • Diving Depth: 0 - 40m (0-135ft)
  • Visibility: Good to fantastic
  • Sea Temperature: 26/29°C
  • Diver Level: Intermediate to Advanced

The Mergui Archipelago in the south of Myanmar (Burma) consists of literally hundreds of islands, islets and outcrops, and reefs. With its unexplored tropical islands it promises to be the adventure of a lifetime. Back in 1997 the Mergui Archipelago was slowly opening up to foreigners for the first time in over fifty years. Since then it has been relatively left alone. Today it is home to a multitude of Islands which remain unexplored. There are hundreds of deserted coves and bays fringed with white sandy beaches. This region certainly presents the possibility of hundreds of exiting new dive sites. Trips to these islands certainly have an exploratory feel, with visitors being amongst the first foreign faces ever seen by local sea gypsies.

The gateway to the archipelago is from Kawthoung (Victoria Point) on the south tip of Myanmar, a 30 minute boat trip from the Thai port of Ranong.

Myanmar's greatest attraction is it big fish, namely sharks, leopard, gray reefs, white tips, silvertips, nurse and hammerheads. The sharks roam in the deeper waters of the westernmost region. You may also find schools of manta rays, lavish gorgonian sea fans and big schools of giant groupers.

Last Updated : - Kon Tiki Diving