Phi Phi is considered as the island – superstar of Thailand. It has appeared in many movies and is the most interesting topic of conversation for visitors all over Thailand. For some of them, it is the only reason for people to touchdown in Phuket.
The beauty of this Island is the allure’s large chunk. When approaching by boat, visitors can see the islands rising from the sea like a fortress. It is absolutely the love at first sight.
Phi Phi Islands
The second reason why we love this place is attitude: not many places on the planet are laid - back. The name Phi Phi only refers to the two biggest islands in the archipelago: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Of the two islands located near Krabi and Phuket, one is without roads (Phi Phi Don) and the other is mostly free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Leh). There is no schedule, no reason to be in a hurry and no hustle-and-bustle. The rest are named basing on the size: Koh Yung, Koh Phai, Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai.
The worldwide exposure of these natural treasures gained from their location of the filming of the Hollywood movie “The Beach” added popularity to these holiday islands. Sea gypsies or The Chao Leh, who began living on Phi Phi generations ago, were accepted to own settlements on the islands. Some developers were lately able to find a loophole in the law, building on these settlements and in some other prohibited areas. The tsunami disaster gave the Government a chance to rethink the situation, pass new protection laws and allow sensible and “green” developments only. It keeps on being seen how long these new ideas will continue.
Phi Phi Island beach
There are still loads of stunning dive sites worth visiting while Phi Phi is no Koh Tao. Choose your dive school smartly and make sure you are 100% comfortable with the company. All the dive schools in Koh Phi Phi have a reasonable price so you do not have to worry about finding the most suitable dive school. In Koh Phi Phi, expect to see many macros dive sites, reef sharks and turtles. The dive sites in Koh Phi Phi Ley are mostly frequented spots by divers because of the various marine life. In case, you want to venture a little further, Hin Muang and Hin Daeng are two most favorite dive spots in Thailand. The scenery from the surface is already stunning; soaring to heights of more than 100 meters and colossal limestone monoliths rising straight from the sea. Underwater, these towers shape a stunning and rugged environment for scuba divers. Over the time, the elements have created overhangs, caves and swim - throughs in the soft limestone rock. Different dive profiles include vertical walls plunging from the surface to over 25 meters. On these walls, growing in every cranny and nook, are found a profusion of soft corals, large orange - colored fans, long stringy and black corals sea whips. There are several unusual kinds of coral endemic to the waters covering the Phi Phi Islands comprising a one-meter-high white coral bush that is shaped like a Christmas tree complete with little ornaments.
Scuba diving in Phi Phi Islands
Secondly, you can find a small boxing ring which looked like it was placed in the middle of this place. This ring located in a Reggae bar. They have nightly fights at nearly 8:00 pm and can get pretty crowded. They usually offer big buckets of booze on a dangerous 2 - 1 promo. Moreover, apart from being a spectator, you can volunteer to “fight” and the winning table will get two free buckets. You will see loads of drunken accidents along the way, while this sounds utterly amusing. Don’t forget to say: Do not go Muay Thai boxing while drunk. On the other hand, Koh Phi Phi is pretty legendary for the daytime pool parties. There are also some hotels which throw large pool parties where you can enjoy Dj’s, drinking booze and games all day. If you are looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, you can absolutely look at doing this. The Ibiza Pool party seems to be a popular pick. One more interesting things is that the Phi Phi Islands offer a remarkable variety of dive sites concentrated in a small area. One of the most well - known dive destinations is located at the Southern tip of the small island of Koh Bida Nok.
In a shallow bay, on the island’s Eastern side are found huge gardens of stag horn and star corals and numbers of colorful reef fish. In spite of diving visibility often being limited to 5-20 meters, the Phi Phi Islands seems to remain among the most popular diving locations in Southeast Asia. It cannot be denied that shark watching is a famous activity for tourists in Phi Phi Island. The most well-known spot for this tour is located off the eastern end of Long Beach, a few hundred meters from the shore. It is known as Phi Phi Small Shark Point (there’s another Shark Point off the west coast of Phi Phi Don Island, but it is only visited by scuba divers). This unique activity allows you to swim with one of the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures: sharks. Shark-watching tours are usually dramatic and fascinating experiences. All of the shark tours include safety precautions and proper equipment. Black tip sharks are the most common species in the shallow waters around Koh Phi Phi. They measure around 1-meter long.
Shark-watching tour in Phi Phi Islands
After spending some days in Koh Phi Phi, you will probably be heading to the other nearby surrounding islands. The climate in Phi Phi is the same as that of Krabi or Phuket. The most crowded tourist season is between November and April. And it is also the ideal time to visit Phi Phi. The weather is comparatively pleasant and cooler with occasional light to heavy showers. Its peak summer season expands between January and April. Here is a monthly break - up of the climatic conditions so you can plan.