Similan islands snorkeling day trip – Early bird

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Similan Islands, Lam Kaen, Phang-nga, Thailand
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Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

35 people


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About this tour

Similan Islands Early Bird Sunrise Tour

Join us on an unforgettable sunrise tour of the Similan Islands, a picturesque nine-island archipelago covered with lush emerald-coloured forests and white sand beaches scattered amongst giant granite boulders, all surrounded by sapphire blue waters where a vibrant seascape awaits you beneath the surface.

Ranging in size from the tiniest of gobies to the whale shark, the largest fish in existence, more than 700 fish species call the Andaman Sea home. Colourful soft corals, large and small poly stony corals, and graceful Gorgonian sea fans thrive in the gentle ocean currents.

Ashore, giant Ironwood and gum trees tower above the jungle canopy, under which dense vegetation covers the forest floor, providing a habitat for birds, monkeys, and numerous other mysterious, elusive, and intriguing creatures.

The stunning views in Thailand have become a highlight for many travellers, and none are more iconic than those found at the Similan Islands. Get your camera ready and come along to discover a world of natural wonders, where every moment is a postcard waiting to be captured and shared!


To best avoid the crowds that the Similan Islands are infamous for, your pick-up time will be between 5:00 am and 5:30 am, depending on the location of your hotel in Khao Lak. You'll have the chance to enjoy a light breakfast and a cup of coffee or tea, followed by a safety and tour briefing at our private pier before departure. Then, you'll embark on a scenic 90-minute cruise to the Similan Islands on one of our speedboats.

<span><i class="las la-binoculars"></i></span>Explore Similan Island No.8

Your adventure filled day at the islands begins on the stunning white sand beach at Donald Duck Bay. Follow the trail to Sail Rock for a breathtaking and iconic view of the bay, a sight that has captured the hearts of countless visitors. Stand at the top of Sail Rock and take in the spellbinding panoramic view, feeling the invigorating sea breeze and the warm sun on your skin. Moments like this have the power to make time stand still, creating memories that will stay with you forever.

<span><i class="las la-umbrella-beach"></i></span> Enjoy on the beach

If hiking to the viewpoint isn't your cup of tea, you can kick back and relax on the beach, gear up and test out your snorkelling equipment, or plunge into the soothing waters of the Andaman Sea. Today, the world is your oyster, and the choice is yours!

<span><i class="las la-swimmer"></i></span>First snorkel stop

  • At Khao Lak Land Discovery, we do our best to avoid the crowds and find as serene an area as sea conditions allow for your snorkelling experience.
  • The superb underwater visibility that the Similan Islands are famous for allows for a clear view of the colourful coral reefs teaming with vibrantly coloured fishes and invertebrates. Please remember to look at, but not touch, the marine flora and fauna. While looking for Nemo and other members of the anemone fish family, look into open water, from time to time, to spot barracuda and trevally cruising through the blue in search of their next meal.
  • The water temperature hovers around 30˚C, and the underwater visibility is usually above 20m when the park is open; however, weather, visibility, and sea conditions may vary occasionally.
  • <span><i class="las la-swimmer"></i></span> Second snorkel stop

  • Different reef topography types and structures attract different fish species. Each location may have a different reef topology. Visiting a new location may bring forth fish and invertebrate species you may not have seen yet.
  • Many fish and invertebrate species prefer to hide amongst and under the rocks, so look closely along the bottom to spot moray eels, dancing shrimp, starfish, sleeping blue-spotted stingrays, and much more.
  • <span><i class="las la-utensils"></i></span> Lunch

  • We stop on the largest of the Similan Islands, an idyllic setting for you to enjoy a Thai picnic-style lunch.
  • <span><i class="las la-umbrella-beach"></i></span> Island explore and beach time

  • After lunch, you will have free time to explore the island, swim in the tranquil waters, or simply unwind and get a tan on the beach.
  • <span><i class="las la-swimmer"></i></span> Third Snorkeling Stop

  • To ensure you have enough time to experience the marine life at the Similan Islands, we take you to a third location to snorkel at. Are you feeling that you have spent enough time in the water? Sit back and relax on the boat and take in the beauty of the Similan Islands above the surface. Otherwise, it is time to jump in!
  • Fish and turtles move. Chasing them may only leave you exhausted and no closer to what you are pursuing. Instead, slow your pace and see if the animal you were going to pursue returns to where you first saw it. It is common for reef fishes to have a territory they call home. The animal you were chasing will most likely return when it no longer feels threatened.
  • <span><i class="las la-anchor"></i></span> Return to the Pier

  • It is time to say goodbye to the Mu Ko Similan National Marine Park. After everyone is back onboard, the speedboat begins the journey back to the mainland, where refreshments await your arrival.
  • Transit time back to the pier is around 90 minutes, depending on sea conditions.
  • Transit time back to the pier is around 90 minutes depending on sea conditions.
  • Our minibus drivers will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the Khao Lak area with time to watch the magnificent Andaman Sea sunset at the end of a perfect day in paradise.

    What to bring

    • • Reef friendly sunscreen (Available for purchase at the pier)
    • • Mosquito repellent
    • • Swim wear
    • • Towel
    • • Camera (with waterproof case/bag)
    • • Flip Flops
    • • Pocket money
    • • Rash Guard or an extra T-shirt for snorkelling


    • Round-trip transfer from your hotel in Khao Lak
    • National park fees
    • Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Life vests (Adult and Child sizes)
    • Lunch box, fruit, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks
    • Professional tour guide
    • Tips
    • Transfer from Phuket


    Fullday (+7hours)



    Frequently asked questions

    The Similan Islands National Park is a protected area, with conservation efforts in place to maintain its natural beauty. This commitment to conservation ensures that each visit is remarkable, with unspoiled landscapes above and below the water

    From Khao Lak:
    Khao Lak is the nearest and most convenient departure point for trips to the Similan Islands. It offers the shortest travel time by boat, making it an ideal choice for those who want to spend more time exploring the islands and less time in transit. The 60km speedboat ride from our pier typically takes less than 90 minutes. Transit times are dependant on sea conditions.

    From Phuket:
    Phuket is another popular departure point for Similan Islands tours for those staying on the island. The journey from Phuket piers to the Similan Islands takes around 3 hours by speedboat. We advise those people staying in Phuket to join our Similan Islands Tour departing from Khao Lak. This will drastically shorten the transit time on the boat making it a more environmentally friendly and comfortable option. An additional taxi fee of 400 THB is required per person.

    From Krabi and beyond:
    Krabi is generally considered too far for a Similan Islands day trip. The distance and travel time make it unsuitable. If you will be staying in Krabi or beyond, we advise you to stay a night or two in the Khao Lak or Phuket areas, whichever is more convenient for your travel itinerary. We offer private car and minibus transfer services to help make your Similan Islands wishes become a reality. For locations further away, we suggest a flight to Phuket International Airport. HKT airport is just a one hour transfer away from Khao Lak. Public buses are available to Khao Lak and Phuket as well.

    The simple answer is “no.” As of 2023, staying overnight on the Similan Islands is not permitted. This regulation is part of the conservation efforts to protect the ecological balance of the Mu Ko Similan Islands National Park. Visitors can visit the archipelago on day trips from Khao Lak or Phuket. For a more extended experience around the Similan Islands, liveaboard diving and snorkelling tours are an alternative. These multi-day trips operate when the national park is open from October 15th to May 15th each year. However, most operations cater more to the SCUBA divers. Passengers on these trips who wish to snorkel must do so at or near dive sites that are less suitable due to the depth where the reefs are located. Snorkeling is prohibited at some of the diving locations, such as Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. While the divers are down at these sites, snorkelers must remain onboard.

    The Similan Islands are a snorkeler's paradise and boast some of the clearest waters in Thailand, if not the world. Visibility can reach is usually above 20 meters and can be as high as 40 meters. The underwater landscapes are dotted with massive granite boulders and vibrant coral reefs which provide a safe haven for large diversity of reef fishes and invertebrates. Certain areas are visited by large pelagic species as well, such as manta rays and whale sharks.

    Foreigners: Adult 500THB Child 250THB
    Thai Nationals: Adult 100THB Child 50THB
    National Park Fees are included in our prices.

  • Similan Island National Park rules dictate that sunscreen must be reef-safe. This is to protect the coral reefs from harmful chemicals and heavy metals. If you do not have reef-safe sunscreen, we have reef-safe sunscreen available for purchase at the pier
  • We furnish motion-sickness tablets st the pier before departure, free of charge, to those passengers who are susceptible to sea sickness. Be aware that single-use plastics and foam boxes are not allowed on the islands.
  • Smoking is not permitted on the speedboat at any time. Smoking on the Similan Islands is restricted to designated areas.
  • Permits are required for flying drones.
  • Please note that the Similan Islands National Park is officially closed between May 15th and October 15th to ensure visitor safety and for park conservation during the monsoon season. Unpredictable weather, tropical storms, and a significant increase in wave height pose significant risks to boat travel and water sport activities. This period coincides with the sea turtle nesting season as well. Closing the park allows these endangered creatures to nest and hatch their eggs undisturbed, protecting future generations of these graceful reptiles.

    Please be aware that cancellations made less than 72 hours before the tour date are non-refundable. If you must cancel due to medical reasons within the 72 hour window prior to departure, please obtain a medical certificate from a licensed physician and contact us as soon as possible.

  • Advance booking is mandatory due to the Mu Ko Similan National Park rules and regulations. We accept Similan Islands Tour bookings a minimum of 3 days before the tour date.
  • For us to purchase your tickets from the Similan Islands National Park requires a copy or photo of your passport’s photo page. Please send your passport copy or photo during the booking procedure or shortly after your online booking. Passport copies are required for all members of your group.
  • Bring a copy of your passport to the tour, as random checks by the National Park are common.
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    Water is life, Nature is home

    Traumhafte Strände und schöne Meere

    Wie immer wurden wir pünktlich abgeholt und zum Pier gebracht. Hier gab es eine kurze Einweisung durch unseren Guide Fabio und danach gab es ein kleines Frühstück mit Kaffee / Tee, Toast, Marmelade, Würstchen etc. Fabian erklärte uns, dass er immer um Pünktlichkeit bittet, damit wir den anderen Gruppen immer voraus sind. Bitte haltet euch daran, dann wird es ein wunderschöner Ausflug. Ansonsten seid ihr mitten im Massentourismus. Zuerst ging es zum Donald Duck Bay. Der Strand ist wunderschön der Aussichtspunkt noch leer. Wasserschuhe und eigenes Schnorchelset können sich hier schon lohnen vom Strand aus auf der linken Seite kann man schon die ersten Fische und Krebse beobachten. Danach ging es zu den 2 nächsten Schnorchelplätze. Hier gibt es ein paar verschiedene Fischarten zu sehen. Zum Mittagessen ging es dann zum Honeymoon Bay hier ist man über Fabios Pünktlichkeit froh. Man konnte sich noch ein Plätzchen zum Mittagessen suchen und in Ruhe Essen, als man grad fertig war kamen Massenweise Menschen die sich um deinen gleich freiwerdenden Platz stritten. Der Strand ist gut gefüllt aber das tolle Wasser und die Strände sind es alle Mal Wert. Sowas traumhaftes muss man gesehen haben. Zuletzt ging es zur 3. Und schönsten Schnorchelstelle. Hier ist es bunt und wir konnten Kugelfisch und Hornhechte sehen. Schildkröten leider nicht, aber das ist nun mal Natur die kann man nicht planen. Es war ein toller Ausflug danke an Fabio und das Team ihr ward alle echt super!
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