After more than two dozen dives at the Similan Islands in the past two weeks, we’re able to provide the first report about the current conditions of Similan diving in the 2013 / 2014 season.
At the moment the weather conditions are perfect. Unlike the recent seasons where November brought some smaller waves and rainy weather, this year the beginning of the diving season welcomes guests with excellent conditions above and under water. We encountered supreme visibility for the last two weeks in the Similan Islands itself and just some minor thermoclines at Koh Bon and Koh Tachai.
Underwater Life and State of Coral Growth
The underwater life has slightly improved compared to last season. The coral growth which could be witnessed last diving season already continued at a good rate and until now there’s no observable decline in the amount of fish at the dive sites. We’ve seen an increased number of barracudas, big milk fish, cobias, trevallies, tunas (mainly dogtooth) and groupers.
New this season is a significant increase in numbers of decent sized emperor fish.
The situation of shark sightings remains critical although we’re very happy to confirm that the resident white tip sharks at Christmas Point (Island 9) are still there.
Surprisingly good were the dives in the Surin Islands were a few shark and eagle ray sightings found their way in our log books next to vast amounts of oriental & andaman sweetlips and marbled groupers.
Although the underwater ecosystem of the similan islands is still far from being perfect, we’re very optimistic and happy to be able to report an improvement of underwater life for the second consecutive season since 2012.