Dive into the Andaman again when Similans reopen Oct. 15

Photo: Ryan Lackey / Flickr
Photo: Ryan Lackey / Flickr

Long closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, popular Andaman destination Similan Islands will reopen Oct. 15.

Up to 3,850 visitors who book through an app will be allowed per day to visit two of nine islands reopening there to tourists, said national park director Pakkanet Petchkong of the popular dive spot. Visitors are recommended to book through agents or chartered boat operators to avoid the hassle, as they will help deal with the rules and quotas.

Seven of the nine islands will remain closed, with only Koh-4 and Koh-8 accepting visitors. Twenty-one dive spots will be ready for use. Pakkanet said tourists will have to check in via government tracking app Thailand Wins and undergo temperature checks.

The Similan Islands are located in the Andaman Sea 70 kilometers off of the shore in Phang-Nga province. They’re famous for their white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and marine life.

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