The Similan Islands have one of Thailand's most famous diving sites which lay claim
to having one of the best diving sites in Asia. The Similans consist of 9 islands
(Similan means 9 in Malay language) Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Koh Payu, Koh Miang
( two adjoining islands ) Koh Payan, Koh Payang, and Koh Huyong. The islands are
famed for their reefs, coral and variety of marine life. Tourists like to spot chevron
barracuda, giant trevally, manta rays, leopard sharks and rainbow runners.
Surin Islands The Surin Islands are virtually untouched with reefs that slope to
the seabed. The islands are situated 80 km west off Ranong Province along the west
cost of Thailand. Located near the Surin Islands is the horseshoe shaped Richelieu
Rock which is considered by hoards of divers to be the best dive site in the whole
Khao Lak Khao Lak Marine National Park a palm fringed coastline with newly discovered
reefs. The area is home to a plentitude of marine life and even a couple of wrecks.