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Andaman Sea - Diving at the Similan Islands

  • The rock

    While spending time above the surface to remove residual nitrogene, we stopped by at this beach and got ashore using a small rubber boat. The beach is made up of coral sand, smooth and blazingly white. The parrotfish eat the calcium corals and the sand is actually made of parrotfish droppings. Anyhow, we walked beyond into the forest and found whale skeletons and monitor lizards (no connection, I hope). We finally climbed up to the big rock for a spectacular view of the Similans.

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • La petite fille de la mer

    Fellow diver mademoiselle Anne returning from le grand bleu. I was very tempted to tell her my favorite quote from Luc Bessons beautiful movie.

    [Anne diving at Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • The drowned elephant

    The Similans have sensational underwater rock formations and challenging currents swirl around the huge granite boulders. This is the well-known formation Elephant Head, situated between the islands Ko Payu and Ko Similan. Three huge granite rocks forms huge towers that give an expression of visiting an underworld amphitheater. At a depth of roughly 30 meters I saw two beautiful white tipped sharks.

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Bad reception

    I wonder how many channels the fish families pick up with this satellite dish?

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Living the dream

    Life aboard is really wonderful and relaxing. After a few days together you have friends from a dozen different nations with a common interest - love of the blue world underneath.

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Your mission, if you choose to accept it

    Each dive site is preceded by a detailed briefing on the currents, formations and visibility. Note the cute shark warning at the lower right.

    [Tommy and Monika preparing for a dive at Deep Six, Ko Payu]

  • Walking on sunshine

    [Monika at Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Burning sea

    Sunset over the Andaman sea after a long day of diving provides soothing for the soul.

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Above the surface

    [Reine at Ko Miang, Similan Islands]

  • Sand crawler

    The sharks in this area are usually friendly, but you don't want to mess with the striped sea snake and its mortal bite. At Anita's reef north-east of Ko Miang I levitated close to the bottom, just like this, when such a snake came swimming under me along my body. Not my idea of fun.

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Island explorers

    We heard a rumour of a perfect beach beyond the jungle on the other side of the island Ko Miang. So we grabbed a rubber boat to the shore and walked into the dense vegetation to look for it. After fifteen minutes along a beaten track we noticed a sign: 'Beware of python snakes'. The rest of the walk went pretty fast. But hey, at least we found the beach.

    [Erik and Reine at Ko Miang (photo by Rosi)]

  • The storm

    Sometimes the sea gets pretty rough.

    [Watersplashed boatsmen in Andaman Sea]

  • Kind of blue

    Perfect crystalline blue water as viewed from the boat. And all those fishes are for real, this is no aquarium.

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • The rock

    While spending time above the surface to remove residual nitrogene, we stopped by at this beach and got ashore using a small rubber boat. The beach is made up of coral sand, smooth and blazingly white. The parrotfish eat the calcium corals and the sand is actually made of parrotfish droppings. Anyhow, we walked beyond into the forest and found whale skeletons and monitor lizards (no connection, I hope). We finally climbed up to the big rock for a spectacular view of the Similans.

    [Ko Similan at Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Life onboard

    Waiting for residual nitrogene to get lost.

    [Oliver, Marcus and Rosi at Similan Islands]

  • The island

    [Ko Bon, Similan Islands]

  • Old man and the sea

    One of the best things about traveling is meeting all sorts of odd people with exciting life stories. This Argentinian gentleman was certainly no exception.

    [Ted at Similan Islands]

  • Sleeping with the fishes

    Anybody seen Luca Brasi?

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Fogs of the underworld

    Far above at the surface, there is a lone diver looking down.

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Visiting the finned ones

    The Similans have lots of lionfish and anemone fish (clown fish, among others), with the occasional whale shark and manta rays as well as quite a few of white tip and black tip sharks.

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

  • Poker afternoons

    [Similan Islands, Andaman Sea]

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