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 globopato has been a member since 28/7/2010. Posts: 3
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.
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 globopato has been a member since 28/7/2010. Posts: 3
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).