My wife and I visited the Similan islands on Sunday 4th Nov 2012 with Seastar for a day trip. It was a very early start 6.00 from Patong and a 1 hour 45 minute trip to Thaplamu pier. The boat (Jupiter) was comfortable and the crew were experienced. The trip out took 1 hour 20 min and the snorkel locations were fantastic. The crew were very serious about the conservation of these islands, all shoes left at pier, don't touch coral or Turtles, do not leave any rubbish at the islands or in the sea. Did not see any turtles but saw many different sizes and types of fish. Lunch was hot and was adequate on the island under cover on island 4. We visited and climbed Sailing rock on island 8. Arrived back at the pier at 4.30pm. The downside to the day was the transfer back to Patong, we had to wait until all boats were back as our 13 bus passengers were spread from the first to the last boat. Left pier at 5.05 pm, took 2 Pax to east Phuket town, we departed the bus at 8.05pm in Patong with 4 still on the bus. This day was too long due to the poor organization of the transfers to and from and splitting the buses into different boats. We would go again if the transport was better organized.
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