Similian Islands Diving- Coral Damage

Old Nov 20th, 2012, 03:49 AM
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Similian Islands Diving- Coral Damage

Hi People,
Had been planning to dive the Similian Islands in Jan 2013, I get the feeling from lots of research that the diving is not as good as before as the coral has been damaged, Also very difficult to pick an operator- at this stage tempted to do day trips from Krabi, Phuket- to Ko Phi Phi etc- will be disappointed not to do Liveonboard as planned but rather skip it if we are going to be disappointed with the diving
any advice --Please
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 04:42 AM
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It is a long time since I dived the Similians so I can't really comment on the coral damage but we used Sea Dragon for a live aboard who were pretty good, reasonable boats and good dive staff. The diving around Koh phi phi was really not very good and nowhere near the standard of the Similians.

I seem to recall that Hanuman posted something about the park being partially closed to diving a while ago so he may be able to provide some further info.
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 05:35 PM
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I haven't dived there myself in a couple of years, and the last time wasn't great (although still good). Reports from all my friends say it just isn't as good as it was before, and there are some sites that are still closed.

My friends who still dive the area regularly think Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are still very good. I did these on a liveaboard out of Lanta (3 days 2 nights), which is probably the way to go. They can be done as day trips, but then you tend to get there the same time as everyone else. I did the trip on the Flying Seahorse, which isn't really that great, but was good enough for a short trip. I'm not sure who else does the trip, but the Amazing Lanta web site would have the most current information.

I'm off to Pulau Weh tomorrow, which I'm hearing good things about. Will report back!
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 06:06 PM
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You are correct the damage is signifigant based on my cousins trip this year.
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 06:58 PM
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yes, the coral has been damaged still but there still lots of fish (and Surin island) and nice sand.
Otherwise go to Lanta there are many nice place to do diving aswell or go to east coast Koh Tao diving at Southwest Pinnacle instead.
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