Similan Island & Richelieu Packages
Boulder City (Island Three – Koh Payan)
Koh Miang # 4 Honeymoon Bay
Koh Haa # 5 Hideaway Reef
Koh Payu # 7 Deep Six
Elephant Head, Hin Pousar
Koh Similan # 8 Beacon Point
Koh Similan # 8 Beacon Reef
Koh Bangu #9 North Point
The Koh Surin
Koh Tachai Island – The Plateau
*Dive sites are subject to change at the dive operator’s discretion.
MV Mermaid II
M/V Mermaid II is a 32 metre, double engine steel motor yacht. One of the most comfortable diver boats in Thailand , she easily accommodates 16 guests in 8 deluxe cabins and 2 guests in a budget cabin below deck. All deluxe cabins are on the main deck with large panoramic sea view windows. Each cabin has a double bed and single bed (max pax 2 per cabin), air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms. The budget cabin is below deck with twin bunks, air conditioning and share bathroom with 1 other cabin.
There is a wide stern dive platform with two exit ladders and fresh water showers. The dive deck is huge with plenty of room to gear up, individual boxes for your dive gear, camera table and loads of rinse tanks. The dining room is located on the main deck where delicious buffet style Thai and western meals are served. The saloon is large and spacious with lounge suites and big windows, bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities, TV/DVD, music center, library and a full selection of marine life books. There are two outside decks the shade covered party deck has a combination of lounge chairs and cushioned sun chairs, The sundeck, located in front of the wheelhouse has full sun and cushioned sun chairs. EANX NITROX is available on every cruise.
You will be need to be at Sea World Dive Shop in Patong by 1800hrs. After checking in you will be transfer to MV Mermaid at 1900hrsand there will be a safety boat briefing, settle into your cabin then set up equipment. Prior to getting underway, the crew set off firecrackers to bring good luck for the cruise, dinner is served and we sail usually calm seas for 6 hours to the Similan Islands.
Tuesday – 4 dives
Wake up call at 7am in paradise ! After a continental breakfast, 1st dive around 8am at the spectacular East of Eden on Island no. 7 followed by a full western breakfast. Dive #2 at Elephant Head Rock between islands #7 & 8 to enjoy coral encrusted swim throughs, sharks, giant trevally and mostly large fish action at this remarkable site. Macro enthusiasts should look out for specials like dragonets, whiskered pipefish, nudibrancs, peacock mantis shrimp and more ! Then we cruise north to Koh Bon to see if the Mantas are dancing off West Ridge.The night dive will feature crustaceans, sea stars, morays, lion fish plus more. Dinner is served then its time to relax with our new friends over a cold beer
on the party deck.
Wednesday – 4 dives
Early morning the captain sails us quietly to Koh Tachai to dive the fabulous “Plateau” – leopard sharks sleep around 25 metres while over head masses of barracuda, big eye trevally and a wonderful school of resident batfish wait the keen diver – maybe even a chance for an angler fish hiding among the cabbage corals on the dome. Whale sharks frequent this dive site as are mantas !!! Next we cruise north for 2 hours to the world famous Richelieu Rock for a minimum of 2 dives – sea horse, frog fish, harlequin shrimp, ornate ghost pipefish plus more will delight the macro enthusiast with loads of fish action for everyone – rivers of fusiliers, big schools of jacks, chevron barracuda, yellow stripped snapper swim in the blue around “the Rock” with giant garoupa standing sentinel at the many coral heads just off the Rock – dripping with yellow, purple and pink soft corals. A sunset dive at Richelieu Rock is a treat if conditions allow otherwise its off to Koh Tachai for a good night dive where we shelter in a quiet bay for the night.
Thursday – 4 dives
Early morning, another chance for the pelagic action of Koh Tachai and then its back to Koh Bon for more shark and manta action off the West Ridge or a deep dive on the Pinnacle for advanced divers ! Relax over lunch as we cruise back to the Similans for an island adventure to enjoy the white sand beaches and awesome granite boulder formations. Then Dive #3 in the warm blue waters of Anita’s Reef Island #5 – wow – are your camera’s fully charged ? Night diving at Honeymoon Bay or the Hideaway will give you the chance to see loads of big and small crabs, lobster, shells and more – maybe a twin spot lion fish, a Spanish dancer.
Friday – 2 dives
Today 2 morning dives around the southern Similan Islands – Boulder City and Shark Reef often feature on the itinerary developed each trip to suit all divers on board. These sites are washed by light to moderate currents bringing swarms of bait fish attracting pelagic and reef fishes galore. Loads of gorgonian fans dot the sea floor providing homes for creatures big and small and plenty of photo opportunities. Look around the many huge granite boulders for leopard sharks, napoleon wrasse, oriental, sweet lips, jaw fish and more.
Your Similans/Richelieu adventure comes to an end as we cruise back to Patong Phuket arriving around 16:00 hours – all part of the service on board MV Mermaid II – relax over a yummy lunch while the crew wash your equipment and ready the boat for arrival. On shore you are met by Mermaid shore crew who assist your every need transferring you to your hotel or next destination. From here you either go to a hotel and stay for 1 night or straight to the airport for your flight back to Singapore.
Drive Trip Free
4 Days 3 Nights
4 nights on Layang Layang Islands.
Diving and all meals.
Air ticket to Kota Kinabula.
1 night stay at Kota Kinabalu if needed.
Air ticket from Kota Kinabalu to Layang. ($385/-)
Others not mentioned.