WD2 – Adventures in the Similan Islands

With the Wicked Diving Thailand crew feeling back in the swing of things it was time for the Marriner to set sail to the Similan Islands for the second time this season.

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After a smooth journey out to the national marine park the guests awoke to a beautiful sunny day at island number 4 and enjoyed a light breakfast and a fresh coffee before gearing up for the first dive of the trip.

30m visibility and calm conditions greeted our divers as they descended onto Hideaway reef. Coral bommies covered with Glassfish were seen all around as we watched Blue Fin Trevally swoop in on the hunt for breakfast.

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Adventurous members of the group went deep, exploring the Tuna wreck, while other groups stayed shallower and discovered the Tsunami memorial statues at the underwater museum.

A full cooked buffet breakfast awaited our guests as they surfaced and after having their fill and a mid-morning snooze on the sundeck it was time for dive number two at Deep Six.

Beautiful submerged boulders make up the Deep Six dive site creating stunning scenery and fun swim-throughs. Brightly coloured gorgonian sea fans grow in between rocks where Oriental Sweetlips can also be found hiding. The dive ended with many divers being shown a whole wall covered in the beautiful blue dragon nudi-branches by our eagle eyed guides.

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The final dive of the day took place at West of Eden one of the team’s favorites. With the perfect mix of coral garden and big boulders our divers spotted Lion Fish, Parrot Fish and Seal Faced Puffer Fish among many others.

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Day two started with an exciting dive at the ‘underwater playground’ that is Elephant Head Rock. A Giant Barracuda was waiting for us as we hit the dive site and shortly afterwards a rare Ribbon Eel was spotted. Box fish were seen hiding in the rocks and Khuls Stingrays were seen hiding in the sand.

At Christmas Point the rocks are stacked like a Christmas tree and are covered in soft corals. Schools of Lunar Fusiliers swam past as our divers explored the formations. Moray Eels hid in the rocks and Painted Spiny Lobsters were seen with their long white antennae pocking out of crevices.

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The day diving ended with a drift dive at Breakfast Bend where most of our divers were lucky enough to see three Green Turtles!

After a snack of the Thai classic mango sticky rice our captain P’Wit hot-footed it to Koh Bon in time for our guests to watch the amazing sunset before gearing up for the night dive.

The night dive took place in the beautiful Koh Bon bay. We followed Giant Moray Eels out on the hunt, played God with Lion Fish letting them use the light from our torches to help them catch dinner and saw octopus out in full glory also searching for something to eat.

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Beers, a delicious dinner and a rather competitive game of monopoly deal followed before everyone went to bed, ready for the final day of the trip.

An early start meant we were able to catch the sunrise before our dive at Koh Bon Pinnacle. The submerged rock lies deep with its peak sitting at 18m and the whole pinnacle is covered in beautiful soft yellow coral. Peacock Mantis Shrimp were spotted hiding in the cracks and Scorpion Fish were showing just their eyes as they camouflaged themselves into the rock.

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The final dive was at the famous Koh Bon West Ridge. More 30m vis greeted our divers as they explored the dramatic wall and deep ridge. Giant Grouper were out looking for their breakfast and a school of barracuda joined us right at the end. A dramatic way to end an amazing three days out at sea.

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