1. Go Swimming at Interesting Spots
Swim in the crystal clear waters of Phi Phi Islands, be it at the stunning Pileh Bay Lagoon, the nail shaped Mosquito Island, Bamboo Island or any of the other five Phi Phi Islands.2. Go Kayaking at the Stunning Pileh Bay Lagoon
You can head to the gorgeous Pileh Bay Lagoon in Koh Phi Phi Lee in a Kayak, which looks straight out of a postcard with its 100-metre high limestone cliffs, deep green jungles and clear turquoise water.3. Go Snorkelling
There are many places around Phi Phi Islands where you can go snorkelling.
Here are the best places for snorkelling in Phi Phi -
4. Go Diving
- Pileh Bay Lagoon
Not just for Kayaking, Pileh Bay Lagoon is also a great place to snorkel. Sergeant Majors and bright parrotfish can easily be spotted in its clear waters. The best time to go snorkelling here is during the high tides.
- Hin Klang
Hin Klang is an underwater reef or coral mountain that cannot be seen from the surface. Located 2km offshore right in front of Laem Tong Beach in the north of Phi Phi, it is easily accessible and a delightful place to snorkel.
- Maya Bay
Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi Leh has exceptionally clear water and is excellent for snorkelling, but you can only enter by boat between November and April.
- Loh Sama
Also known as Sama Bay in Thai, Loh Sama is situated on the eastern side of Koh Phi Phi Leh. Featuring a small islet in the centre of the bay and a beach at the back of a small canyon, Loh Sama is another excellent spot for snorkelling.
- Bamboo Island
The uninhabited Bamboo Island has some beautiful coral reefs underneath that can be explored by snorkelling.
- Mosquito Island
The southeastern tip of Mosquito Island is a dream for snorkellers, as it has some stunning coral reefs and a wide range of marine life.
- Monkey Beach
Monkey Beach close to Tonsai Beach is another fantastic snorkelling spot with its shallow waters that allow you to see all the vivid life underwater.
There are many places to dive around the Phi Phi Islands. These include -
- Mosquito Island
There is a three-headed pinnacle close to Mosquito Island, where you can go diving and if you are lucky, you can see some blacktip reef sharks.
- Bida Nai
If you don't want to go far away, you can go to Bida Nai or the 'Inner Father Island', which is a dramatic limestone island to the south of Phi Phi Leh.
- Koh Bida Nok
There is also its twin site of Koh Bida Nok, which is regarded as Phi Phi's best dive area. It is safe and is visited through the day by Phuket's day-trip dive boats.
- Hin Dot
Hin Dot or 'Chimney Rock' on the south side of Phi Phi Don is just outside of Tonsai Bay, the main harbour in the Phi Phi Islands. It is a beautiful spot for diving and just a short boat ride from Koh Phi Phi.
- Loh Samah Bay
Loh Samah Bay lies to the south side of Phi Phi Leh next to Maya Bay. You can dive in a tiny cliff islet at the entrance to the bay.
- Maya Bay
Located on the west side of Koh Phi Phi Leh, Maya Bay is one of the most famous spots of Phi Phi Islands as it was featured in the Hollywood film 'The Beach' starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It is also an excellent place for diving.
5. Visit Bamboo Island
- Longtail Boat Ride
Hire a Longtail Boat and visit the uninhabited Bamboo Island or Ko Ma Phai. With its serene white sand beach, pristine aqua waters and stunning vistas all around, Bamboo Island is merely breathtaking. You can swim or stroll along the soft beach here, which you can cover in just half an hour.
Private Longtail Boat with a driver for a day - THB 220
You could avail the same from Tonsai Village or at the Sea Gypsies Village on Laem Thong Beach. Since Bamboo Island belongs to a national park, you have to pay an entrance fee of THB 400 per adult or THB 200 per child.
6. Visit Mosquito Island
About 2.5km off Koh Phi Phi Don's northern tip lies Mosquito Island, also known as Moskito Island. It has two beautiful beaches. You can visit here for a swim or relax by the beach with a book or even head south of the island for snorkelling and diving. The best way to get here is by Longtail boat Hire a long-tail boat from Tonsai Pier or Laem Tong, which you can hire for the day for THB 2,000.
If you are in shape, hike to the Phi Phi Viewpoint, which is the highest point of Koh Phi Phi Don, one of the two main islands of the Phi Phi Island cluster. Start walking from Reggae Bar at Ao Nang towards Loh Dalum Bay, and you will spot the signs along the way for the viewpoint. It's only a 20 to 30-minute walk. Don't worry, there are plenty of places to rest along the way and cold drinks, ice-creams and many other snacks for sale on top. Though only 186 metres high it offers some stunning views of the surroundings.
8. Trek to Other Beautiful Spots
If you have the enthusiasm and stamina, walk further along. Three paths are leading from the Viewpoint. The path to the left leads to Pak Nam Beach, the road to the right leads Ao Toh Koh and can both be covered in 45 minutes. The road in the middle leads to Rantee Beach and is only about a 20-minute walk.
9. Visit the Monkeys on Monkey Beach
Located on the southwestern side of Tonsai Bay, about 700 metres from the jetty lies Monkey Beach. It is a beautiful 150-metre long strip of white sand beach, surrounded by deep emerald green water. There are many ways to get to this untainted paradise. Hiring a long-tail boat from Tonsai jetty is the easiest way, but if you are adventurous, you can rent a sea kayak and make the 40-minute journey alone or with a bunch of friends. As the name suggests, it's filled with monkeys, so you hang out with them here. But carry some food, as most tourists have been feeding them, they now expect food from visitors.
10. Take Up a Cooking Class
If you want to try something unconventional on your holiday, take a cooking class while you are in Phi Phi Islands at Koh Phi Phi. There are a couple of 1 and a half hour classes that teach 3 Thai dishes, including the famous Thai curry. In the end, you enjoy the yummy food you make with a beautiful view.
11. Clubbing and Parties
There are many party places in Phi Phi Islands, so whether you like Reggae, Jazz or EDM, you are sure to find the music of your liking at some nightclub or pub. The Reggae Bar, Hippies Bar, Ibiza Beach Club, Apache Beach Bar, Carlito's Beach Bar & Nightclub, Stockholm Syndrome & The Dubliner Irish Pub are some of the most popular places to party here.
12. Take a Walk on the Beach
Unwind by taking a stroll along the pristine shoreline of Phi Phi Islands, along any beach that takes your fancy. From almost empty beaches like the ones at Bamboo Island and Mosquito Island to more crowded ones like Tonsai Beach or Loh Dalum Beach, you walk down any beach and breathe in the bliss.