Starting from Khao Lak, or further north in Kura Buri (depending on which dates you go), we set off in the evening so that we can get the most out of our Similan snorkeling days. The first evening is an excellent way for you to meet your fellow snorkellers and get a good nights sleep on board before waking up at the empty snorkel site.
On a snorkeling safari with Andaman Snorkel Discovery you will cruise the fairly undiscovered Surin Islands and two famous islands within the Similan Islands National Park: the stunning Koh Tachai and the Manta hot spot that is Koh Bon. You will get the chance to snorkel away from crowds and visit pristine white sandy beaches with only a few people in sight. On our boat, the eye catching Reggae Queen, you can sit back and enjoy fantastic fresh Thai food and adventure out on our dinghy to unexplored places.
You will get the chance to learn about what sea life the Andaman holds within and meet like-minded people who are also there to relax and enjoy. The absolute highlight of our snorkeling tour is a visit to the Surin Islands. Here we see the Moken (Sea Gypsy) community and how they live and we also visit some unique snorkel spots here too.
Another ‘must’ when snorkelling in the Similan National Park is a visit to Koh Tachai. This island is an amazing paradise destination with crystal clear turquoise waters and fine white sandy beaches, all lined with lush rainforest. Snorkelling here is an exciting experience, often with large schools of barracuda.
In 2016 Koh Tachai was closed as a snorkelling day trip destination. Though we can no longer visit the amazing beach there we are still permitted to snorkel at one of the best sites in the Andaman Sea, Koh Tachai Pinnacle. Being the only snorkellers there is one aspect that makes a liveaboard with Andaman Snorkel Discovery better than all the rest.
The real highlight with an Andman Snorkel Discovery snorkeling liveaboard is the time we have in the Surin Islands. No other snorkel liveaboard makes this stop and it is truly special. With Ralf’s experience and love of this section of National Park we have managed to uncover some fascinating and exciting snorkel discoveries. Our number one highlight of the whole trip is when we visit the baby sharks basking in the mangroves. A visit to their territory really is a treat and an honour. We do this when tides allow and take a traditional Moken Long Tail boat over.
On the Surins we also make sure to stop by the Moken School and see some of the Moken village activities. The kids love it when Ralf comes by and he’ll often stop in for a quick English lesson. This is fun to watch and helps the kids improve their skills for their future education.
If you have already done some research into Andaman Snorkel Discovery, you will probably have come across some of the many rave reviews about the food on board. We do make sure that we feed our guests well and our onboard cook is first class. As you can read from the reviews she has received on holidyacheck.de and on our reviews page, you will learn that customers are not disappointed by her cooking.
On the last evening it’s the Captain’s Barbecue with fish purchased from the local Moken fishermen, caught fresh that day. We always use fresh ingredients sourced from the local market and can cater for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements.
A 3 day 3 night Similan snorkeling liveaboard with Andaman Snorkel Discovery is the best way to take in the beautiful snorkel destinations in the Similan Islands and Surin Islands. This is the only Thailand snorkel liveaboard that visits both these National Parks and it is also the only trip that covers 4 days, starting on the evening of day 1 so that you can wake up at the snorkel destination in the morning before anyone gets there.
It is these details that we feel are important, that make your trip the most fun, relaxing and unforgettable experience possible. These are the reasons why you should choose Andaman Snorkel Discovery for your Similan snorkeling liveaboard.
ON ALL TRIPS TILL MAY 2017
If you would like to book a 3 day 3 night trip with us then you can book now with this fast and easy booking form. To confirm your booking we will need a 50% deposit payable by cash, PayPal or bank transfer to our account in Thailand or Germany. Unfortunately we cannot accept credit cards yet. Once your booking has been made we can issue a PayPal request or give you the relevant details to make the deposit payment. All this can be done through e-mail or over the phone. We try to respond to all e-mails within 24 hours.
Please note: National Park fees are not included, these are 1,000THB per person payable in cash on the boat. Also, if you would like to book a transfer from outside of Khao Lak we can help to arrange this. We can also help with hotel booking and recommendations. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance with this.
Due to insurance restrictions Andaman Snorkel Discovery can not accept bookings for children under the age of 7.
At Andaman Snorkel Discovery we always try to make your stay onboard as comfortable and as hassle free as possible. This is why we have tried to include almost everything you could possibly need for your stay and so that you don’t need to worry about what to bring. You will need a few essentials, you can find a quick glance list below, but most of what you should need is included.
Obviously we can’t cover everything and you might have some home comforts or personal items that you want to bring, but we do ask that you travel as light as possible for everyone on board’s comfort. Luggage can be stored safely in the Andaman Snorkel Discovery office and we have a safe for valuables. All Khao Lak transfers are included for your convenience
You will be provided with a bed in a twin bunk cabin, unless you upgrade to the Master Cabin.
All cabins come with air conditioning, this is a necessity after a day out under the hot Thai sun!
All meals are included, these are made fresh daily with ingredients sourced from the local market. Soft drinks, coffee and the all important drinking water are provided free of charge. You must make sure you stay well hydrated! Of course the guides are included in the deal, Ralf will be your trusty tour leader and the other guides will also do all they can to assist you on your stay on the Reggae Queen. You can remain safe in the knowledge that we are insured, so this is included. And last but by no means least, your trusty snorkel equipment for your Similan snorkeling adventures is also part of the deal! Phew!
Round trip transfers from and to your Khao Lak Resort
3 nights stay in a twin bunk cabin (all with air con)
All meals on board (vegetarians and people with special dietary requirements can be catered for), fruit, soft drinks, drinking water, coffee, tea
English and German speaking guide
Professional Snorkel equipment
There are a few things that are not included in our rates as sometimes they do not apply to everyone. National Park fees are applicable to all snorkel liveaboard passengers, these go towards maintenance of the parks for the environment and for future guests.
Transfers outside of Khao Lak are not included, but we are more than happy to help you arrange your taxi if you need us, contact Eike to help with this. Alcohol is available on the Reggae Queen for consumption after the day’s snorkeling activities.
National Park entry fee (this is 1,000THB per person)
Transfers outside of the Khao Lak area (for example Phuket)
Don’t worry about all your holiday luggage, you can leave this in the safety of the Andaman Snorkel Discovery office while you are on the boat. As we already mentioned, you will only need a few things, so it is better to leave your big bags behind and just pack the essentials in a small backpack. We will store it for free and even have a safety box if you have valuables you would like storing safely.
We provide top quality professional snorkeling equipment, but some people like to use their own. Of course you can bring this with you.
Good sun protection; at least 30SPF and up. This should be waterproof
T-shirt to wear in the water, bathing suit, towel and extra clothes
Money for alcoholic drinks and any souvenirs you might want to buy on the Surin Islands.
Waterproof camera if you have one with extra batteries and plenty of storage on your SD card (you will be snapping all over the place!)
A long sleeved jumper/cardigan/jacket for the evenings – even in the tropics it can get a bit chilly at night sometimes!
Any personal items you might require. If needed, we advise bringing sea sickness prevention pills, but these are available on board