Similan Islands Phuket, Thailand | map
start date: 2015-02-20 | finish date: 2015-02-26
This 6 day/night scuba gay live-a-board adventure will take in the very best dive sites in the Andaman Sea including the Similan and Surin Islands. Explore this stuning area as part of a luxury liveaboard trip that will comprise of just with 10 guests and include 22 dives.
The Similans, located off the coast of Phuket in Southern Thailand, are one of Asia’s top dive destinations, with over 30 different dive sites.
East-facing dive sites feature gently sloping reefs and drop-offs with impressive gardens of sea anemones, flourishing hard and soft corals, and teeming fish populations. The dive sites on the western side have giant granite boulders tumbling down to the seabed to depths of 40m or more. Strong currents keep the gaps between the boulders free from build-ups of sand, leading to the development of a network of tunnels, archways and caverns that provide exciting swim-throughs.
The currents also provide nutrients for masses of gorgonians, crinoids, seafans and lush soft corals. Pelagic fish as whale sharks, reef sharks, mantas, eagle rays, barracudas, travellies, tuna ands jacks are frequently observed. What better start to a great weekend of Gay Pride events than 6 exciting days at sea with like minded people.
The Surin Islands, which are part of Thailand’s national park system, consist of two densely forested islands and are home a number of Sea Gypsies (Chao Le) as well as a wide variety of fauna.
The world-famous dive site of Richelieu Rock lies only 10 miles away to the southeast. This horseshoe-shaped rock rises from the sandy bottom at 35 metres to just break the surface at low tide.
Constantly bathed in nutrient-rich water, Richelieu Rock supports an in incredible diversity of marine life, from cuttlefish, mantas to whale sharks, anything is possible…
This luxury home-away-from-home trip will be on a newly refurbished liveaboard vessel with comfortably accommodation 10 guests in 5 en-suite climate controlled cabins. A large dive deck, spacious sun deck and comfortable shaded lounge and dining area will all help make this trip a real pleasure above as well as below the water line.
The gallery of photos feature images from past Rainbow Scuba expeditions in Thailand and further afield.
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