Similan Island trip - an unforgettable four days and
three nights on a live-aboard boat
Similans are a group of 9 islands located 50 miles
north west of Phuket and have been protected as a Thai
National Park since 1982. Names like 'Christmas Point'
and 'East of Eden' conjure up mental images of tropical
beaches, palm trees and crystal clear water - and it really
is like that.
remember setting off from port in Phuket at sunset and
sailing on through the night - sitting on the top deck
gazing up to a strangely familiar but skewed sky, due
to the distance from home. The stars gave way to the morning
as everything was silent; witnessing a sunrise where the
aquamarine sea sat under a bright pink sky and seeing
the rising disc of the sun was one of the most memorable
moments of the trip.
early first dive (in the water at 08:12) was an incredible
experience as I jumped into the deep blue water and descended
to 31m. It was like being in an aquarium such was the
clarity of the water; the colours stayed true to a great
depth and the boat was visible from the bottom.
unforgettable encounters with sea life were the graceful
Manta Rays; the way they fly though the water and disappear
in a dark spooky silhouette. The Clown Fish who defend
their patch, darting in and out of the Anemone were just
brilliant. The Leopard Sharks asleep on patches of sand,
one of which grazed Lee's arm! And not forgetting the
turtle at Duck Head Rock Bay who ate all the bananas we
had on the boat!
last memory I have to share is this; it was normally Lee
I buddy'd up with and due to my somewhat greater than
normal air consumption we were generally first back on
the boat. This gave us opportunity to enjoy the sometimes
odd air on a quiet boat. One time I remember I put the
track 'Sand in my Shoes' by Dido on the stereo, the words
having a poignant meaning. And as we listened it would
occur to me that I would have sand in my shoes for a long