The Similan Islands is an archipelago off the coast of Khao Lak in the Andaman Sea. We were lucky enough to visit these islands a few years ago and snorkel off of a boat. Famous for the ‘Donald Duck’ rock (below), the main island has a distinctive look. Coming ashore you will immediately admire the weathered rocks and white sand beach.
Snorkel Around The Similan Islands Shores
The main reason to visit these islands is for the excellent snorkelling and diving environment on offer. The water was deep but visibility was fantastic, it was as if looking through glass. Snorkelling in the Red Sea every year I expect a lot on a snorkelling trip, there was no disappointment. The parrot fish alone were nearly a metre long! Most trips have a few stops for snorkelling along the route to the beach, plenty of time to spot the fish.
Swim In The Similan Islands Clear Waters
Not a fan of snorkelling? Well you can just swim right off the powdery white sand beach in the clear water.
People are only allowed to go ashore on one of the Similan Islands. The others are off limits to protect the flora and fauna. Visitor numbers are additionally capped to help preserve the environment on and off shore. Hopefully they have got the balance right for these islands.
Climb Up To The Viewpoint
There is a pathway that isn’t for the feint hearted that leads up to a flat rock where you can see over two sides of the island. Climbing to the top of the rock you are allowed to walk on was a bit hazardous with few ropes and no railings. The view at the top was worth the scare with almost 360 degree scenery to see!
You will most likely be visiting these islands if you are staying on Phuket island or in Khao Lak. Check out my posts for the best beaches, tsunami memorials and attractions in Khao Lak & what to do in Phuket.