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Snorkeling Holiday at Phi Phi Islands

Going to Phi Phi Islands

So, you’d like to see the beauty of underwater life but don’t want to be bothered in getting certified for scuba diving? Then go snorkeling in Phi Phi Islands, Thailand! I did not dive during my stay in Thailand back then. We rented a boat for couple days, sailing around the islands and jumped into the water for snorkeling. The underwater life in these islands are gorgeous, colorful corals and fishes can be seen just at the depth less than two to five meters.

Phi Phi Islands are located in Krabi Province and consist of six islands: Koh Yung (Mosquito Island); Koh Mai Pai (Bamboo Island); Koh Bida Nok; Koh Bida Nai; and the last two and popular ones: Koh Phi Phi Don, the largest island where visitors stay and Koh Phi Phi Leh, where movie The Beach starring Leonardo di Caprio took place. By now maybe you can guess that Koh in the Thai language means island 

From View Point

We reached Koh Phi Phi Don from Phuket by a ferry,Β Phi Phi Cruiser. It took one and half hour. There were no cars in Koh Phi Phi Don, thus we walked to our hotel which was located in between Ton Sai Bay and the Loh Dalum Bay. The reason to chose the hotel in this area was to avoid the crowds and party noises from the center of Koh Phi Phi Don. The island is extremely popular for young people and it is well known that the island has parties for the whole evening that last until early morning. I am too old to join such party πŸ™‚

Snorkeling Adventure



Nearby to the hotel, we met a friendly boat captain named Kung who offered us a trip to snorkeling in Rantee Bay and Bao Kao Bay for 4 hours – the cost back then was less than 30 Euro. We decided to use his service and promised him that if we were happy then we would like to snorkel on the following day. And we did enjoy the trip with Kung. We also had lunch with him at a restaurant of his choice.

On the second day snorkeling, we spent the whole day snorkeling. In the morning we went to Koh Phi Phi Leh and visited its famous areas: Maya Bay, Loh Samah Bay and Viking Cave (famous for swallow birds nests that can be cooked as soup). The island is stunning. I am not surprised if the Thailand government wishes to keep its nature by preventing inhabitants in the island. However, I am not sure if the boats crowd surrounding this island would help. After lunch time, we were snorkeling surrounding the other two islands: Bida Nai and Bida Nok.

Bamboo Island

Bamboo Island

On the third day, we continued our snorkeling adventure to Bamboo and Mosquito islands. Bamboo island has a white sand beach and clear water. Not many boats in these islands compared to Koh Phi Phi Leh, less touristy and more comfortable to snorkel.

Overall we were so happy with Kung’s boat service, he was an honest and kind person. He worked to support his family in the mainland and most of the time he slept in his boat.

I printed a photo book of underwater pictures and sent it to him. I hope he received the book and would keep it to remind him of the underwater beauty of his sea. The following photos are some photos that I included in the photo book for him.

Eat and Relax

 Khao Nieo Mamuang

Khao Nieo Mamuang

We ate at Pum Restaurant on the island several times. It is actually a chain restaurant and it also offers Thai dish cooking lesson. My favorite Thai dish is Thai’s dessert: Khao Nieo Mamuang. It is sticky rice with mango showered by sweet coconut sauce. The dessert is very much fulfilling that there was a night I just ate it as my dinner πŸ™‚ I was addicted to it during my holiday in Thailand.

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Other than enjoying good Thai food on the island, we also visited the View Point. It is located on the hill, 186 meters above sea level. The path to the view point is quite steep but worth to do it. From the viewpoint, we saw the beautiful view of Ton Sai Bay and the Loh Dalum Bay and the island. The island suffered massive destruction because of the Tsunami in 2004 and the viewpoint becomes one of the safe areas.

Climates in Phi Phi Islands

Dry season – December to April. These months considered as high season in the islands. Usually, the weather will be hot, hot, and hot.

Rainy Season – May to November. We visited Phi Phi islands in September and some friends visited the island in October. There was hardly rains. The temperature was a bit lower but still hot. The rainy season in Thailand is a bit similar to the western part of Indonesia, lots of rains but after that then the sun will start shining again.


  1. lovely photos ! I went to Phi Phi long ago, about 1995 I think, long before it became famous from “The Beach”, when it was really beautiful and less developed. I’m not sure whether I should go back or not ..perhaps great memories are better than feelings of disappointment if it has been spoilt ?

    • Thank you Mike! I wonder what it was like in 1995..must be very quite and calm – way calmer than when I visited it. Did not see the nature being spoilt though, I can’t remember seeing garbage on the sea :)..but sincerely the crowds was bit overwhelming, especially in Koh Phi Phi Don. Meanwhile there were many boats in Koh Phi Phi Leh – too touristic. Perhaps you can still visit it just to see the differences..but if you’d prefer to stay in peaceful place with less crowd, certainly it is not the place anymore… Have a nice weekend πŸ™‚

  2. Oh Indah!! You have brought back so many wonderful, happy memories for me! I learnt to dive in Phi Phi over 15 years ago. I ended up staying with a group of instructors who took me out and under their wing. I didn’t leave Phi Phi for 6 weeks! Maya Bay is stunning, although quite busy if I recall. I love your underwater photos as always. This has brought a big smile to my face πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes and your continued support

    • Six weeks in Phi Phi! Oh I wish I could do that too πŸ™‚ I don’t know you are a scuba diver πŸ™‚ I am more than happy to share this through your awesome weekly post – it is a brilliant idea!

      • I am! But haven’t been diving in about 8 years! My husband doesn’t like it so I always feel bad going off! I’m so glad you like #MondayEscapes. Thanks for taking part 😊

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