One of the most popular island tours on offer in Phuket, a trip to Phi Phi boasts incredible snorkelling, idyllic beaches and stunning ocean life to explore. Here are a few tips to help you find the best spots, beat the crowds and make your island experience one to remember!
The first stop on many of the tours, Monkey Beach offers a chance to glimpse some of the resident wildlife of Ko Phi Phi Don as well as a pleasant nearby snorkelling experience. As well as witnessing the monkeys, the snorkelling is quite a highlight as you are dropped into the incredibly warm turquoise water, limestone cliffs towering overhead and colourful fish darting below.
Ko Phi Phi Don
Stopping for lunch on Ko Phi Phi Don, you’ll get the chance to eat as well as have a dip in the water or walk down the beach. This may be your first encounter with the stunning long-tail boats as they lie waiting on the shore. Don’t be tempted to take too many photos, the best is still to come, take this chance to relax, go to the bathroom and refuel for the rest of the day.
On the way to Maya Bay you will pass Pileh Bay and Viking Cave. If possible, try to convince your tour operator to get through these spots quickly and get a head start on the crowds heading to Maya Bay. The peace and quiet will not last long, so the more time you have before hundreds of tourists pile onto the small stretch of sand (possibly the most stunning location of the day) the better. This is also the best spot of the day for those postcard-perfect photos of long-tail boats resting on the calm azure waters of Phi Phi.
Loh Samah Bay
A short walk through to the opposite side of the island from Maya Bay brings you to a stunning viewpoint overlooking a turquoise cove and perfectly shaped offshore island. The walk is shaded, less than 5 minutes from Maya Bay and well worth it to escape some of the crowds and get a glimpse of something pretty special.
Koh Khai Nai
A stop at a tiny idyllic island on the way back to Phuket is actually one of the highlights of the day, despite being advertised as a place to kick back and relax after a long day of exploring Phi Phi. You paid to get there, so why not explore the reef off both the Northern and Southern sides of the island. Snorkel off the southern side of the island before the tide drops for some stunning underwater boulders teaming with fish life, then head straight over to the Northern side for a chance to see large schools of fish and maybe even some clown fish if you can spot them.