Similan Island 5 day and 5 night Liveaboard with Manta Queen 7 Trip number: 67
MANTA!!! That was the word of the trip.
Our trip started out from our well known local habour in Khao Lak. Here a small group of diverse nationalities climbed onto the lovely Manta Queen 7 where they would spend the next 5 days and 5 nights on their Similan Island dive trip.
Day one started out in the breathtakingly beautiful Similan Islands. Crystal clear waters surrounding us, we ventured into the blue water for our first dive at a dive site called Anitas Reef where we saw loads of garden eels and blue spotted kuhls stingrays. Dive two was at a dive site called West of Eden where we visited the resident spearing mantis shrimp and enjoyed the scenic views of the big gorgonion sea fans and beautiful soft corals. Dive three was at a dive site called Deep Six where we enjoyed the beautiful ribbon eels and the huge boulders that surrounded us. Some groups were lucky enough to see a white tip reef shark and a mangrove whip ray. To top off a good days diving we plunged into the darkness for a night dive at Hideaway Bay where plenty of shrimps and crabs where hiding in the cracks and crevices.
Day two started off with two dives at Elephant Head Rock where we enjoyed the maze of swim throughs, ghost pipefish, ribbon eels and some very special visits from some white tip reer sharks. Dive two was at a dive site called Whale Bay here we saw a pigmy pipehorses and Barry the barracuda. Our sunset dive was at a dive site called Turtle Rock where we enjoyed the maze of swim throughs and we saw a awesome ghost pipefish.
Day three started off with a dive at North Point where we saw the pigmy pipehorses. After that we started heading north towards Koh Bon Island and boy did we get lucky. We did two dives at Koh Bon Westridge where we enjoyed a spectacular performance of Manta Rays dancing around us. They made us feel as if they had come to show off all their tricks and moves and we enjoyed them playing together dancing.. flying up and down and around and under and over and between us. Amongst all the excitement the resident napoleon wrasse and his girlfriends made an appearance too. After two spectacular dives we headed even further north towards Koh Tachai Island where we enjoyed the beautiful coral gardens the Dome of Doom has to offer.
Day 4 started off with another dive at ¨The Dome¨ where we enjoyed plenty of schooling fish surround us, nudibranches and a few morays and octopus settling down for the night. The next three dives of the day where spent at Richelieu Rock where we enjoyed plenty of different marine life. We enjoyed the pineapple fish, pipefish, ghost pipefish, moray eels in all shapes and colours, sea horse, frog fish, tiger egg cowries and of course the beautiful purple soft corals.
Our last day started at Koh Bon Island where we dove Hin Luang and enjoyed the scenic views of the yellow soft corals with schools of glass fish were being Hunted by the trevally and we got lucky at the end with a MANTA! visiting us. Dive two of the day was at Koh Bon's Northridge where we visited the resident leopard shark and enjoyed yet again another spectacular show of Manta Rays dancing all around us checking us put curiously. To top off a amazing trip we jumped into the water once more on the way back at the Boonsung Wreck where huge schools of fish surrounded us and we saw plenty of morays and nudibranches.
Happy, but tired we headed back towards the dive centre
The Team of Manta Queen 7 wishes everyone safe further travels and happy bubbles.