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Catamaran tours

A combined trip for
divers & non-divers to
Similan or Surin Island
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Similan & Surin Nationalpark

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There are already many day trips in the Similan or Surin National Park, which are specially tailored for snorkelers and are carried out with speedboats.

Of course, since we are a diving school, we are primarily concerned with meeting the needs of divers on our boats - be they absolute beginners or professionals.
However, many divers also bring with them their non-diving family members or friends whom we want to take care of on certain days. Tours to Similan Island #9 are good for snorkeling and to the Surin Islands for snorkeling and beginner courses.



These tours with our brand new spacy High-speed Catamaran take place on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Rules for the National Parks

1. For bookings, we need the first name, family name, nationality, date of birth and passport number
2. For divers also: dive level, number of logged dives, date of the last dive & dive certificate
3. Visitors must carry a copy or picture of their passport with them
4. Drone flights are strictly prohibited
5. Beginner’s courses are not allowed at Similan Island
6. Single-use plastic is not allowed to take
7. Stay overnight at the Similan Islands is not allowed anymore
8. Bookings have to be done latest 6:00 pm, the before the trip
starts

Since there are only 525 tickets per day for the Similan National Park, we strongly advise you to book tours well in advance!


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About Surin Islands

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Since there is more than enough information about the Similan Islands, we would like to take this opportunity to write a little more about Surin Islands, which we visit twice a week.

Surin Island is in Mu Koh Surin National Park, found some 60 km off the west coast of Phang Nga province, and 80 km north of the Similan Island #9, is an archipelago of 5 islands:
Koh Surin Nuea, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Ri, Koh Khai, and Koh Klang.

The excellent diving & snorkelling are what most visitors come for. The main island of Surin Nuea has several bays, the largest being Ao Mae Yai on the southwest, which features calm waters and safe anchorage. On the southeast side is Ao Luek, which has shallow corals and an abundance of marine life. Ao Mai Ngam is where the National Park's office is found, as well as a 2-kilometre walking path. There's good snorkelling and swimming here off its long beach. Ao Chak at the north of Surin Nuea is a beautiful bay of pristine coral reefs.

The group of people referred to as “Moken” are actually three distinct tribes living along the Andaman Coast of Burma and Thailand – the Moken of the Mergui archipelago, the Moklen of Phang Nga province, and the Urak Lawoi living from Phuket southward to Satun. With Austronesian roots, their language, culture and lifestyle are unique, and they have a history of peaceful coexistence with mainland neighbors.



The Moken, proper, have a long history of living in the Mergui archipelago between Burma and the islands of Thailand’s North Andaman coast. As sea nomads, the Moken used to spend most of their lives on traditional houseboats known as Kabang, moving from bay to bay depending on the wind and weather. During the monsoon rains, families would come together and build temporary villages on protected beaches.

The Moken do not have a written language and their history is passed down verbally through folklore from generation to generation. Family connections are strong and dependable. Furthermore, the Moken language knows no words for individual possession which is reflected in a culture of sharing and giving.

The Moken are animists and have great understanding and respect for their environment and natural resources. In past times, the Moken people were subsistence hunter-gathers, trading shells, sea cucumbers, and fish for rice and other necessities. They use over 80 plant species for food, 28 for medicinal purposes, and 105 for shelter, handicrafts and other purposes.

The Moken in Modern Times
The Moken community of Bon Yai Bay on South Surin Island is perhaps the last settlement living in semi-traditional ways. In 1981, the islands were established as Mu Koh Surin National Park, bringing profound changes to the Moken way of life. Restrictions were placed on their ability to hunt and gather from the reefs, beaches and the forest of their newly “protected” area, and movement between Thai and Burmese waters became increasingly dangerous.

The tribe survived the tsunami of 2004 unscathed, garnering much attention from the outside world, and a sharp rise in the number of uninformed tourists visiting the Moken village. At the same time, authorities resettled the islands’ two villages into one combined settlement of 60 houses.
This imposition disrupted traditional relationships and concentrated the effects of tourism. Recognizing the challenges and benefits of interacting with visitors, the village has formed a Moken Tourism Team. With this they aim to change the dynamic of visiting the Moken village from the uninvited onlooker to the respectful guest.

Community Challenges
Under current regulations, the Moken no longer have the right to live their traditional hunter-gather lifestyle, as concerns were raised that these would disturb the ecological balance of the island
These restrictions pose a threat to their social fabric and the continuation of their culture which may be perceived as at odds with conservation and tourism development. Previously, tourism on the island has had little or no ongoing benefit to the Moken.
Despite the perceived threat of their traditional subsistence methods of hunting, the Moken are an integral part of Surin and any development or conservation efforts must take into account their autonomy and indigenous rights.

Community based tourism on Koh Surin
Visiting the Moken village is an excellent way to learn about the complex issues surrounding the National Park, conservation, and the Moken community. The Moken Tourism Team was created to facilitate better interaction with visitors and establish guidelines for responsible visitors and tour operators. They have also contributed to a visitor information on the Moken Way of Life.


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Itinerary & Prices

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Pick-up at your hotel between 07:50 and 08:45 am - depends on the location.
Our boat departs from iQ-DIVE Pier in Nam Khem at 09:00 am.

Arrival at the Similan or Surin Islands will be around 10:30 am

Now, we conduct our first snorkeling with our professional guides and right after that we will have a 90 minutes lunch break on board. After that, we prepare for our second snorkeling.
We will be back at the pier around 4:00 pm and our Taxi will take you back to your Resort.



Prices (in Thai Baht)
Snorkeler Adult 2.700,-
Passenger Adult 2.500,-
Snorkeler / Passenger Child (5-12 years) 2.200,-
Minimum age 5 years



National Park fees (in Thai Baht)
Adult 500,-
Child up to 14 years 300,-

Pick-up times
Lam Kaen: 07:50 am
Nang Thong: 08:00 am
Bang Niang: 08:05 am
Khuk Khak: 08:15 am
Pakarang: 08:25 am
Pak Weep: 08:25 am
Bang Sak: 08:35 am
Nam Khem: 08:45 am

Since there are only 525 tickets per day for the Similan National Park, we strongly advise you to book tours well in advance - especially for diving packages!

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