The Similan Islands are in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Phang Nga Province. As one of the most well-known island groups in the region, these islands are highly sought-after for snorkeling and scuba diving because they are known to have some of the best coral reefs on the planet.
Similan Islands Set to Close in May 2024
The beaches of several of the Similan Islands are home to enormous rock formations that give this place a unique and unforgettable quality.
When To Go There
Closing of Similan Islands
To protect the marine habitat and promote its recovery, the Similan Islands are closed to visitors each year from May 16 to October 15 (updated January 08, 2024). The exact date varies a little from year to year, however, this page has the most recent details.
Closing time: This gives beaches, marine life, and coral reefs time to recover from the negative effects of tourism, like pollution and physical damage. This helps ensure that the Islands will always be a stunning and sustainable natural destination for coming generations.
Furthermore, during this time of year, the Andaman Sea has severe monsoon weather, which can result in strong winds and waves that make it dangerous for people and boats to get to the islands.
Restoration of Ecosystems
In spite of their fame, the Similan Islands have a delicate ecosystem. Therefore, in order to maintain the natural beauty of these islands, the National Park requests that all visitors abide by the stated rules starting in October of each year. To prevent damaging or upsetting coral reefs, refrain from littering or polluting, and limit your hiking to designated paths and walkways to avoid upsetting the delicate environment.
The Similan Islands are included in the approximately 140 square kilometer Mu Ko Similan National Park. Along with a variety of bird and mammal species, the park is home to a wide variety of marine life, including tropical fish, sea turtles, and reef sharks.
Beneath the astonishingly transparent turquoise oceans lie stunning coral reefs and other uncommon aquatic life, including whales, dolphins, and moray eels. It is estimated that there are more than 500 different kinds of hard and soft coral in the Similan Islands due to the diversity of the marine life and coral.
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REMINDER – The Similan Islands will close on May 15th 2024. They will reopen on October 15th 2024. This is a normal yearly closure.