Similan Diving Safaris
Similan Diving Safaris
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Similan Diving Safaris is a PADI 5 Star Dive center located in the heart of Khao lak, Thailand. We offer a full range of PADI dive courses and PADI specialties in the Similan & Surin Islands, also Diving and snorkeling trips.Diving Safari Specialists Diving Similan, Surin, also the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar ( Burma ) with 800 new islands to explore.
Khuk Khak, Thailand
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2023

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Karen D
New York City, NY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We (me and my two sisters from New York, USA) had an absolutely magical time aboard Similan Explorer for our 6 days/5 nights liveaboard. As avid lovers of the ocean, the dives were plentiful and satisfying. Just the amount of dives alone makes the pricing worth it. There were 7+ dive sites, and Richelieu Rock is a dream!!! From the micro to the macro, every dive had something different to marvel at. Our favorite animals were the sea turtle, the guitar shark, and the OCEANIC MANTA that came swooping out of the blue! The rooms are small but clean. Our fellow diving companions were amazing, forming a mini United Nations with all the countries we were from, making for interesting conversation. The local Thai crew was phenomenally helpful and sweet. As 3 vegetarians, we thought the food was SO plentiful and delicious- we were a big fan of the Thai food (curry!!!) especially. Finally, how can I possibly express my love for the crew in words? The boat manager, Luca, is an absolute delight (knowledgable, funny, makes effort to talk to every single person, entertaining.) Johnboy, the photographer, took excellent and affordable photos every dive. Tony, our dive guide, was patient and made us feel so comfortable underwater, especially for my sister who had anxiety previously. He pointed out interesting things we wouldn't have noticed otherwise, and took the time to answer all our questions. Even Andre, who was on working holiday, was a delight to chat with. All in all, our boat was filled with sunshine, laughter, delicious food, and warmth. Thank you for everything.
For photos, follow Similan Explorers on Facebook!
Written January 26, 2020
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JoshuaJKK
Singapore, Singapore89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Did a 4 Day LOB with Similan Diving Safaris In Jan 2020.

Top notch Dive and boat crew! Top priority to safety, briefings and guest's diving experience. Food was mind blowing, they are able to make dishes and snacks you would never expect in a LOB kitchen! Boat crew was excellent and did their jobs well.

Tip for future travelers:
For those going north from phuket airport, there is a bus stop at coordinates 8°06'43.9"N 98°20'06.7"E which has north bound bus to Khao lak for 100 Baht. Either get the airport shuttle to drop you there, take a cab/ bike taxi or walk there! (3km with no path)
Written January 20, 2020
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Kasia
Warsaw5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I joined similan explorer for the third time, on a trip that turned out to be the best diving trip of my life (so far). I already knew what to expect - simple and comfortable conditions, great food, experienced and friendly stuff, and one of the best dive sites in the world. But this time the guys outstannded themselves. Profesional and funny briefings, amazing experience of the dive guides that allowed us to see both a whale shark and tiny bobtail squid, miracles under water and fun above the water. And the food got even better (how is that even possible?). Will be coming back every time I’m around.
Written March 10, 2020
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Edward
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Great 4 day trip on the Dolphin Queen, Crew were fantastic working hard to make our trip as comfortable as possible. Food was really good, varied and plentiful. Diving was great with ots of flexibility when we found where the Manta Rays were. Eill be back.
Written March 19, 2020
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Hi Edward, Thank you for taking the time to review your dive safaris aboard the Dolphin Queen with Similan Diving Safaris. We can't thank you enough as this is the way company's stay alive its all internet and the days of walk inns are over. Thanks again. Wishing you Happy Bubbles kind Regards Joe@SDS
Written March 20, 2020
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Nikhil C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
If you’re ever around this part of Thailand and wondering what’s the best way to experience the beauty of Similan and Surin islands, look no further!

My wife and I went on a liveaboard experience with Similan Diving Safaris and had a whale of a time!

First up, the entire crew is absolutely professional, easy to get along and responsive in every way you could imagine. The dive equipment and instructors onboard are top notch.

Unlike so many other dive tour operators, this is run by a family - Joe, Joy, Jen. And those family-feels really did translate to how things were onboard the Dolphin Queen - super clean cabins, delicious food, and a very friendly atmosphere that cut through the ice among strangers right from Day 1.

We are grateful for 4 days of incredible dive destinations, great conversations and memories to take back home. Definitely coming back for seconds!
Written April 15, 2021
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Thank you for your comment , we are so happy to have made you and your wife happy in your Diving safari experience here in the Similan & Surin Marine National Parks. These are very difficult times in the dive industry here in Thailand your joining the live-aboard during this C-19 pandemic has shown us and all the staff a little light at the end of this long dark tunnel., this has given us Hope for the future Thank you Both.
Written April 18, 2021
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Richard
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
We booked a Live-aboard 4 night Scuba trip through this company and had an awesome trip. Due to Covid the trip was aboard the MV Andaman, but I'm sure we would have just as good a time on the Dolphin Queen. Our dive guide Jen was brilliant, she really made us feel comfortable underwater on the deepest dives I have done to date, helping us both in and out of the water. The food was excellent, so good that I put on a kilo(oops!) and all of the dive staff and crew were lovely. The boat leader, Fiona, did an excellent job of keeping us all informed and entertained with her sharp British humour, something I have missed since moving to the land of smiles!
Written February 13, 2021
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Coco L
Hong Kong, China310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We recently had a three-day liveaboard trip with Similan Diving Safaris, which was perfect on every front. Our diving master Tony has an eye for amazing marine life. He can find everything from seahorses to whale shark. He is so patient and supportive. We felt very safe with him and also had great fun.

The rest of the crew was great, too. We very much enjoyed our tour leader Luca’s funny briefing, every meals cooked by lovely Thai chefs and also appreciated the help of the boat boys. Whenever we needed help, they were there for us. They did it even before we asked.

This was our first liveaboard experience. In the beginning, we were a bit concerned about whether it was too intense for beginners like us. But the crew really took care of us and everything went well just like music. We dived with a whale shark and saw cutter-fish mating. A lot of beautiful soft corals. This is definitely highly recommended.

Thanks again!
Coco & Yotam
Written January 22, 2020
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Miklos Karoly B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I went with Similan Diving Safari for the Christmas five day trip. I found the crew of the boat, my guide Joy and the other guides, outstanding. So much that I decided to go on the New Year's three day trip. Similan Islands, Surin National Park and Richelieu Rock are amazing world class sites. After the second straight trip with SDS I decided to do another trip. After the third trip I was left with such an amazing feeling of happiness and wonderment that I decided to do my Rescue and Divemasters with Joy and Jen. SDS is a family business with Joe, Joy and Jen. I had the time of my life learning from my instructor Joy. I spent two months diving with SDS and I will recommend everyone not to just fun dive but also to learn from them. I worked side by side with the boat crew and diving crew for over a month to finish the DMT course that I see them as friends and family. The diving sites speak for themselves but what made this experience unique to me is the SDS crew and family. Thank you Joe, Jen and Joy.
Written March 6, 2023
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Jde
Montpellier, France2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I dived with Similan Diving Safari two years ago and had a great experience. So I decided to join them again for another 5 five days safari.
Again I had the most amazing dives with SDS.
The diving spots were outstanding: koh Bohn, Richelieu Rocks, Surin .... We dived with manta rays...yeah !!! The crew is extremely professional.The food is awesome.
Special thanks to Anka, Tony and Lucas for their kindness, enthusiasm and sense of humour.
Thank you so much.
Joel.
Written February 10, 2020
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MealDropper
Khao Lak, Thailand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Would highly recommend booking with Similan Diving Safaris, Their boat MV Dolphin Queen was awesome, plenty of room to chill out, lots of great food throughout the day in both Thai and European cuisine. Clean cabins with surprisingly comfy beds (as you never know what to expect on a boat). All the staff I met were friendly and welcoming which made the atmosphere really nice and relaxing with lots of laughs.

I went for 5 days/nights with 4 dives a day including Richelieu Rock which was amazing to see, it was a trip that I would definitely book again on this boat.

Thanks again! I hope to see you and Similan Islands soon!
Written December 4, 2022
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