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Spend time exploring Khao Lak, Phuket and the Similan Islands on Thailand's west coast. Expect a kaleidoscope of marine life, with opportunities to spot leopard sharks and manta rays, as well as time to relax in paradise.

This itinerary starts with a few days in Khao Lak to relax and dive (should you choose to do so) before joining a three day liveaboard to explore the spectacular Similan Islands. You’re in safe hands with our award winning dive operator as you discover these stunning islands: gigantic boulders create a fantastic world both above and below the water. Immerse yourself in thriving reefs, lush corals, giant sea fans and an incredible variety of marine life including sharks, manta rays and whale sharks if you’re lucky! 

You'll then move to Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, fringed with white sandy beaches and home to some of the country's most outstanding dive sites.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Thailand

  2. Days 2-5 : Arrive and transfer to Khao Lak

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to Khao Lak, spending the next four nights relaxing at the small dive resort set amidst tropical gardens. Diving, spa facilities and local sightseeing is available from here.

  3. Days 6-7 : Dive the Similan Islands

    After breakfast you will be transferred to your liveaboard. The three day itinerary includes up to ten dives in and around the Similan Islands (8 day and 2 night dives). Dive sites include Shark Fin Reef with its beautiful coral and sponge gardens, Elephant Rock with its impressive tunnels and swim-throughs and Boulder City, an exposed site with plenty of pelagic action!
  4. Days 8-11 : Transfer to Phuket

    After your final day of diving from the liveaboard, transfer south to Phuket spending the next four nights relaxing at the sister property in Chalong where beaches, bars, shops and entertainment can all be found nearby.

    It's possible to continue diving from here, for a supplement. Ask us for further details.

  5. Day 12: Depart Thailand

  6. Day 13: Arrive UK

You should note: If you want to extend your stay, it’s possible to tailor-make your holiday to enjoy time at both resorts. Ask our Dive experts for their advice.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 days from £1,595 pp
  • Single supplement: From £300
  • When to go: Nov-May: Daily in season
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 4 nights Khao Lak (RO)
    • 2 nights liveaboard (FB)
    • 4 nights Phuket (RO)
    • Up to 10 dives (on liveaboard)
    • Tanks, weights & Nitrox (certified divers only)
    • Transfers
  • Additional fees: THB 1,000
Featured locations:

Khao Lak

Located on the west coast of Thailand, 57 kilometres from the Similan Islands, Khao Lak is a great place to relax before or after a liveaboard. Blessed with great beaches and bordered by superb national parks, Khao Lak appeals to divers and non-divers alike.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, giant oceanic manta ray, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving


Thailand’s largest island is fringed with white sandy beaches with a backdrop of lush green hills and coconut groves. Within easy reach of some of the country’s most outstanding dive sites, there are excellent chances to spot leopard sharks amidst stunning marine life.

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish, western clownfish, leopard shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Singles diving, Reef diving

Similan & Surin Islands

A group of nine islands, the Similans are one of the world's top famous destinations and Thailand’s most beautiful islands. The Surin Marine National Park is famed for manta ray and whale shark encounters, and lays claim to Thailand’s finest dive site, Richeleu Rock.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, giant oceanic manta ray, leopard shark, green turtle, hawksbill turtle
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving
This itinerary is available on the liveaboard shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Genesis I

A perfect introduction to liveaboard diving, the Genesis I makes three night trips to Thailand's Similan & Surin Islands from Nov to May. Enjoy unlimited diving from a sea level platform, with dinghy pick up,

Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Palm Garden Resort, Khao Lak

Set amidst a beautiful tropical garden, the Palm Garden Resort in Khao Lak is comprised of ten bungalows, each with a private terrace, located around an inviting large pool with waterfall and jacuzzi.

Palm Garden Resort, Phuket

Located in the tranquil southeast corner of Phuket, Palm Garden Resort is a short walk to Chalong Pier where the dive boats depart. Each room has a terrace with a hammock, and overlooks the swimming pool.