Dive Sites of the Central Similan Islands

Dive sites of the Central Similan Islands
Central Similan dive Sites

 

Deep Six –

 

“A large arch at around 22 – 24 meters on the western side will bring you into a maze of smaller swim throughs…(more) – Photos – Map

 

West of Eden –

 

“Sloping reef with coral heads and large rocks – a great afternoon dive …(more) – Photos – Map

 

East of Eden –

 

“The most famous of all the Reef on the Similans – Lush soft corals, friendly Moray Eels and more…(more) – Photos – Map

 

Anita’s Reef –

 

“Famous drift dive that transits 3 different ecosystems, and does a full 180 turn… (more) – Photos – Map

 

Honeymoon Bay –

 

The perfect night Dive (more)

 

 

As with all dive sites in the Similan Isiands, it is strongly recommended that you go with only registered and reputable dive operations, carry suitable travel insurance that covers diving accidents and evacuations as well as trip cancellations insurance due to the potentially erratic weather conditions.

 

In March and April 2010 the Similan Islands suffered from a naturally occurring event called the Reverse Indian Ocean Dipole. This is very similar the “La Nina” that changes water temperatures and currents in the Pacific ocean. In this case, the water temperatures in the entire Andaman Sea were raised between 2 or 3 degrees above median. This was enough to damage the living corals in shallower sites and those with limited tidal interchange. On the Western facing side of the Similan National Park, the affect on the sites was minimal. On the shallow sloping reefs of the Eastern side , there was a more noticeable impact on the corals. His has caused some bleaching, and on two of this sites a – a noticeable impact. The National Park system shut down several sites throughout the Andaman region to protect the reefs from potential human impact (diving, snorkeling and fishing). These sites are already showing regrowth and at least two of the sites have re-opened at this time.

Plus understand that the bleaching is not the result of direct human impact, or over use. It is the results of vast climactic changes that are happening on our globe. The reefs are accustomed to these temperature changes and can easily adapt and regrow. They can not regrow from the damage done to them physically or chemically by inconsiderate divers and snorkelers.