Which are the best Phi Phi Dive Sites?
The world-famous Koh Phi Phi Island group actually consists of 6 islands. Consequently, there are quite a few Phi Phi dive sites to choose from. But which of the Phi Phi dive sites is the best? That is a very good question!
The Phi Phi Islands are roughly 45 km East of Phuket and take approximately 2 ½ to get there by Phuket dive boat. Another alternative for those wanting to dive the Phi Phi dive sites would be to go by Private Speed Boat Charter. Although obviously more expensive than a normal Phuket Dive Tour or Trip, you would able to be diving the Phi Phi dive sites within 1 hour or so of leaving Chalong Pier.
The Phi Phi Islands are made up of huge Limestone Walls or Formations, which rise dramatically up into the sky like medieval towers. This scenery is typical of Krabi province and is spectacular to see. Phi Phi, shot to fame in 2000 with the release of "The Beach" movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Robert Carlyle. The movie was filmed on several locations around Thailand, although most was shot at Maya Bay.
The largest island is called Phi Phi Don and is the only Island which is inhabited. The main village is called Ton Sai, and is found in Ton Sai Bay. This is the largest community on Phi Phi Don and where you will most likely be staying. Ton Sai Bay is where you will find the most accommodation, restaurants, night clubs, bars, shopping, internet, Thai Massage. This in addition to of course a lot of Phi Phi Dive Shops.
The Phi Phi dive sites and Islands are:
- Bamboo Island
- Mosquito Island
- Ko Bida Nai
- Ko Bida Nok
- Phi Phi Leh Island
- Phi Phi Don - which is the main Phi Phi Island.
The Phi Phi dive sites are famous for the diversity of marine life found on these dive sites, with a large array of fish and critters. Consequently there is something here for every level of diver, from the beginner diver, to those with years of diving. From Blacktip Reef Sharks to the occasional Whale Shark, hunting packs of Travellies after Glass Fish and Snappers, tiny Harlequin Shrimp and everyone's favorite Sea Horse: The Tiger Tail Sea Horse.
PLEASE NOTE: As August 2017 Phi Phi National Park now charges for entrance into it's waters. Entrance is 400 THB and 1 day is 200 THB making a total of 600 THB. As with the Similans & Surin National Park Fees, this is not included in the Phi Phi Day Trip price. This is paid to the Marine Park Rangers when the boat enters the Marine Park Waters.
In conclusion: almost anything that South Asia has to offer can be found in the aqualine calm water of the Phi Phi dive sites ....