Ao Thong Beach is ideally located for a visit to the Similan Islands. It is situated near Khao Lak, the famous tourist destination built up from the popularity of the islands, so now frequently used as a base from which to visit the Similans. Khao Lak is a town full of dive companies; this can make it quite confusing when looking for the right tour for you. Mr Nueng is always happy to arrange dive trips to the Similan Islands; he has selected trusted dive operators that he recommends to guests, taking the hassle out of searching for the right company for you.
Due to the increasing popularity of the Similan Islands, the sea and even beaches can become quite overcrowded sometimes. If you are a well experienced diver you might prefer the dive sites north of the Similans: Koh Tachai or the world famous dive site, Richelieu Rock in Surin National Park. Khao Lak has a vast amount of scuba diving options, offered by many dive centres. If all the options on hand are confusing you, or if you’re looking for something a bit different, then Mr. Neung’s recommendation is Thailand Dive and Sail. This dive company is the best operator in Khao Lak for organising trips and providing up to date information.
Dive the Boonsung Wreck
Ao Thong Beach offers exclusive dive trips to the Boonsung Wreck, offering Khao Lak’s best local diving. The trips depart directly from our beach for maximum convenience for our guests. This is a true Thai diving adventure, you haven’t dived properly in Thailand until you have dived from a tradtional Thai longtail boat.
The trips are easily arranged by Mr Nueng, only two divers are required as a minimum so you often enjoy a private trip out to the wreck site. Ao Thong Beach is the ideal location for diving at the Boonsung Wreck, the dive site is only 30 minutes away. This lends to a very relaxing day, starting a little later in the morning and finishing on the beach by around 3:30pm leaving you plenty of time to enjoy a drink in the late afternoon.
Similan Islands Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Immerse yourself in clear blue waters, play on peaceful white sand beaches and spend your days discovering the abundant tropical wildlife ecosystems of the Similan Islands. Located 65 kilometers off the coastline of Phang Nga province in southwestern Thailand, and established as a National Park marine reserve in 1982, the Similans are a must for all visitors seeking the adventure and beauty of isolated island landscapes and a stunning underwater world teeming with unique marine life.
Named for the Malay word for nine – “Sembilan” – the formation of nine individual islands are known by both their names and their numbers. In 1998, the National Park was extended to encompass the two neighboring islands Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. World-famous Richelieu Rock and the islands of neighboring Mu Koh Surin National Park are also only a short journey away.
Characterized by huge granite boulder formations, wooded jungle hillsides and a huge array of both woodland and marine plant and animal species, the islands are an ideal, easy-to-reach destination for dive safaris, sailing and snorkeling trips, hiking and birdwatching. The immense diversity of the islands and marine sites guarantees each and every visitor an unforgettable experience, above and below the surface of the water. Welcome to the Similans!
For scuba divers wishing to explore new frontiers, Ao Thong Beach can also arrange diving live-aboard trips to Burma’s Mergui Archipelago. Unlike the Similan and Surin islands to the south, the sea terrain of the Mergui Archipelago is characterized mainly by limestone rock formations. Expansive and intricate dive-sites and excellent visibility ensure adventurous diving. Rare marine species may be sighted, large pelagics are frequent, and colorful hard and soft coral gardens at shallower depths teem with reef fish.