Phi Phi Islands Snorkeling and Sightseeing Day Tour
Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh comprise the Phi Phi islands, which are on the Strait of Malacca to the southeast of Phuket. Phi Phi Don has hotels and ferry ports which is bigger than Phi Phi Leh, and uninhabited island that offers experience of serene nature. There is a domestic airport in the big Phi Phi island but the most convenient way to access the islands is via boats.
We opted for the speedboat, which cost about 2300 baht per person because it took half the time to travel by ferry. The ferry price can be as cheap as 1300 baht per person but it takes about 90 mins to reach Phi Phi islands from the pier at the east coast of Phuket.
Board the speedboat at the beach
Admire the grandness of Maya Bay @ Phi Phi Lay
Swim inside Pileh Cove @ Phi Phi Lay while enjoying the magnificent view
Fish feeding near Viking Cave @ Phi Phi Lay
Snorkel at Loh Dalum Bay @ Phi Phi Don
Sight seeing and snorkeling at Khai Nok Island
Back to the beach pier
The speedboat can run as fast as 70 km/hr in calm water. It is particularly exhilarating when the wave is big that push the boat up and land on the water. To get more rush, some of us sat at the front of the boat to feel the strong wind and get some sun tanning. After 45 mins, we reached our first destination, Maya Bay at the small Phi Phi Island.
At this moment, it didn’t matter whether life jacket is provided to me (as I know how to swim). I just couldn’t wait to jump right into the water and swim in the secluded sea water.
There are a lot of sea fishes here and we enjoyed watching them scrambling for food which we threw in the water.
There are a few restaurants serving buffet lunch. Our lunch is Chinese style which is comprised of various dishes. We had a filling lunch but you should not expect good quality food. But since we were all very hungry, the food tasted quite ok.
Though you don’t see a lot of fish species and some corals are dying due to overcrowding of tourists, it was still a beautiful and enriching experience for us.
After snorkeling for about 40 mins, we left the Phi Phi islands and headed to the Khai Nok Island.
There is a section of the island where lovely corals with colourful fishes and marine creatures can be observed while snorkeling. The water is shallow so be beware of sea urchins.
Conclusively, I can say that Phuket and all the tourism islands around it are great places to explore. In fact, now that I have explored parts of Phuket and other islands, I will surely pay a visit to Phuket again to explore what I could not this time.
To get the best of the islands’ excursion, it is recommended to opt for private tours due to its flexibility. You get more personal attention and be able to decide which places that you want to more time on.