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Ferry from Ko Yao Noi to Koh Phi Phi plus diving Similans in October.

  • globopato

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    We are planning to travel from Ko Yao Yai/Noi to Koh Phi Phi in October. I saw mention of a daily ferry in an earlier posting. Can anyone tell me if it is still running and times? Also if it runs in the reverse direction - Koh Phi Phi to Ko Yao Noi and times?

    We also plan to visit Khao Lak in late October - I'm a bit confused as to whether you can dive in the Similans at this time of year and whether live aboard trips are running? Most seem to start in November.

    #1 Posted: 28/7/2010 - 16:15

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  • similandiver

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    9th July, 2010
    Location Thailand
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    It is true - visiting the Similan Islands before November 1st is illegal. If you want to stay on the islands, the bungalows and tents were not available until November 15th last season.

    #2 Posted: 29/7/2010 - 00:26

  • tezza

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    I'm not sure if that ferry (actually I think it's a speedboat) runs in October. I'd be googling Yao Noi/Yai websites to see if they have any details on their GETTING HERE site.

    #3 Posted: 31/7/2010 - 20:06

  • globopato

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    Thanks for the replies - doesn'tseem to be much info out there - I will email the resort we want to stay at and see what they say - I just assumed they would offer a transfer at an inflated fee or send us back to Phuket to get the ferry to Koh Phi Phi.

    With the diving in October - we don't necessarily want to stay on the Similans but check the live aboard situation. Can you still visit the Similans on a dive boat without landing on the Islands? I saw somewhere that live aboard trips were running from mid-October but wasn't sure how official this was.

    #4 Posted: 2/8/2010 - 14:21

  • similandiver

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    The Similans Are closed to traffic until November 1st. It's actually illegal to go there before that point.
    There are no safety services or evacuations available. There are only a few rangers living on the islands. The mobile phones are not working - and very few liveaboards actually have satellite phones in case of accidents.
    It is also our understanding that insurance would not cover anything that happens while illegally visiting a region like this(same as travel insurance does not cover areas that are in a state of emergency...like Bangkok right now).

    #5 Posted: 3/8/2010 - 01:43

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