Surin and Similan Islands
We spent a couple of wonderful days snorkeling on two groups of Islands off of Khao Lak, Surin and Similan. They were incredible with astonishingly clear turquoise water, beautiful coral reefs and colorful fish. One of our favorite ones was this spiny purple thing that looked like a very strange sea star. After we learned more about it, it became our least favorite. The beaches are stunning, with smooth silky sand, like talcum powder almost. Various colors, some pinkish, some beige some white. The photos and video tell the story better than words can.
One of the things we did was to visit a village of the Moken people, also known as Sea Gypsies, because they live on the sea as much as they live on the land. Though their whole village was destroyed in the tsunami, no one died because when the people saw the water go out they knew that there would be a giant wave, so they all headed up to the mountains. In other areas where people did not know how dangerous it was, they headed out to the beach to collect the stranded fish. The thing is how did the sea gypsies know? Perhaps through stories.
More photos of these beautiful Islands are in the Slideshow below. Below that there is a slideshow of snorkeling. A 2 minute video of snorkeling is here. It gives you a feel for what the snorkeling is like, but it does not have many of the larger fish.
Photos of the Islands above the water.