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Similians snorkling day trip for 13 people

Cambridge, UK
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Similians snorkling day trip for 13 people

We have visited Khao Lak several times before so know the area quite well. However, we have never taken any of the trips to the Similians.

We are a group of 6 adults and 7 children aged 5 - 10.

What we are looking for is a well guided trip with good equipment for everyone.

It would be ideal if we could have the boat to ourselves for added flexibilty but that isn't vital.

We will be staying at Le Meridien but have our own transport if that helps

Anybody out there with any thoughts, comments suggestions

Many thanks

AUSTRALIA
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1. Re: Similians snorkling day trip for 13 people

Hi Glasssol.

Bob and Chris calling from AUSTRALIA. Went to Khao Lak for 1st time in February of this year.. Had a great time and the best day was Snorkelling in the Similans.. We went with a tour company called, " SEASTAR " which were recommended to us by the resort we stayed in. It was a very professional operation. Great boat and equipment. Nice lunch on a beautiful island and you get to snorkel in about 4 different spots. Water and beaches out at the Similans were TDF. They pick you up at the hotel, take you to the pier for a quick briefing, boat ride about 1 and a quarter hours, full day out there then they take you back to the hotel... Return about 5pm.... Hope this helps. This day is a must do..... Regards Bob & Chris.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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2. Re: Similians snorkling day trip for 13 people

You don't say when you are coming to Khao Lak but bear in mind the Similan and Surin Island National Parks are closed from May to beginning of November so no tours during that period. If outside that period there are a number of operators to the Similans, including Sea Star, Fantastic Similan, Ruk Talay, Khao Lak Land Discovery and Green Andaman Travel to name a few. Look around for best prices, especially with a large group. There is a very good tour shop located in the Le M which is a good place to start. Doubtful that you would get a boat to yourselves as they are generally 30 seater and upwards so cost would probably be prohibitive.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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3. Re: Similians snorkling day trip for 13 people

PS

In view of party composition, particularly children, you may wish to consider Koh Tachai which comes under the Similans National Park but is fairly recent snorkelling destination. The advantage is that this gorgeous little island described as "The Maldives of Thailand" - see tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k… - offers more snorkelling from the glorious beach opportunities in crystal clear shallow water than other tours. Adults (or older children) can still go on a snorkel from the boat after lunch while others stay at the beach.

Also there are only about 3 boats a day allowed at this destination as opposed to the much busier Similans which is a destination for boats from Phuket too.

The aforementioned SeaStar offer this tour and we certainly enjoyed the quality of their operation. If snorkelling from the boat though, as always, listen to the safety instructions and in particular be aware of strong currents, so suits strong, fit swimmers better for from the boat snorkels.

Toronto, Canada
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4. Re: Similians snorkling day trip for 13 people

If you contact Nai at Green Andaman Travel he can arrange a private boat for you. I know that he has done this in the past for many.

You can reach him at nai@greenandamantravel.com

Cambridge, UK
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5. Re: Similians snorkling day trip for 13 people

Dear All, thanks for these very helpful replies.

Sorry I forgot to mention we fly out there tomorrow and arrive in Khao Lak on Saturday morning.

Koh Tachai sounds ideal for us. The youngest members of the group are not strong swimmers so being able to go off the beach would be a real bonus.

I am sure that we will chat to the lady in the Asia Trails office at Le Meridien, we know her well.

Thanks agian

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