About Phi Phi Island
|The Phi Phi Islands, Phi Phi Ley and Phi Phi Don, consists of limestone and sand islands and are approximatelt 40km south west of Krabi and 48km east of Phuket. Both Phi Phi Islands are part of the Hat Noppharat Thara/ Phi Phi National Marine Park through only Phi Phi Don is inhabited all year round. |
The charm of the Phi Phi Islands lies in the blend of the long golden beaches, tropical warmth of the sun and the blue, crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea. Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley are an experience and sight not to be missed. There is something about Phi Phi island that keeps people coming back again and again
At Island Divers we dive almost everyday of the year and close only on December 26th.
November to April is our dry season and busiest period with visibility ranging from 15 to 30 metres depending on which dive site you go to. Water temperature remains constant at around 30 degrees and it’s possible to go to all of our dive sites (though some days weather conditions may not be suitable but it’s quite rare in the dry season.)
May to October is our wet season, however, our major attraction, the Phi Phi Marine National Park can be dived all year round. Visibility averages 5 to 15 metres and as it’s a very healthy reef there is always plenty of colourful coral and reef fish to see. The jutting cliffs of the islands forms a natural barrier which means there is always a calm, protected side of the island to dive. It’s not possible to dive the more remote sights such as Hin Daeng and Koh Ha during this period.
It is possible to dive the Kled Geaw Wreck for most of the wet season, although as it’s in the open sea there are some days when the weather conditions don’t make it possible
Phi Phi Above water
With so much to savour and enjoy on the Phi Phi Islands it is difficult to single out what are their biggest and best attractions. Yet the long white beaches, stunning cliff and jungle scenery and outstanding coral reefs and tropical fish are consistently at the top of the favourites list with guests that visit Phi Phi.
Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley have over a dozen bays and beaches between them. These range from the awe-inspiring drama of the limestone cliffs surrounding the beaches of Ao Maya (Maya Bay – Phi Phi Ley) to the lush, verdant, jungle-green hills bordering the east coast beaches of Phi Phi Don.
Tonsai Beach is often busy, however there are also more remote beaches, access to these beaches like Ao Runtee, Loh Mo Dee, Ao Nui and Ao Lana (all on Phi Phi Don) is commonly by traditional, wooden, long-tail boat. Only the more popular, busier, beaches have amenities that sell soft drinks, beer or food or provide bathrooms for public use. On other beaches it really is back to nature.
Your introduction to Phi Phi Don: as you swing around the headland on the ferry boat from Krabi or Phuket, Ao Tonsai opens and appears before you with overwhelming Beauty. Suddenly there is a massive cliff range on one side, a tropicana of jungle and white sand on your other side and the village and beach of Tonsai still 2 kilometres away at the head of the bay.
Nothing quite prepares you for this experience and nothing ever robs you of the memory. The picture-postcard quality of the view is awesome. There is then so much more to seeing and experiencing the scenery of the Phi Phi Islands. Be sure to visit the hill-top lookout of Viewpoint that provides you with a bird’s-eye view of the two bays, Ao Tonsai and Loh Dalum, that converge on the central sand-spit of Phi Phi Don but don’t quite meet. Add to this the jungle-trails from Long Beach to Loh Mo Dee or Ao Tonsai to Ao Runtee and the high-rise bouldering trail from Loh Dalum to Yung Kasem (bouldering is a mild form of rock-climbing where you clamber up and over large boulders rather than negotiate vertical walls) and you can see the stunning island scenery from a range of heights, back-drops and overhead canopies.
Surrounding all this stunning scenery is the vibrant beauty of the Andaman Sea. The water has an average, yearly, temperature of 29 degrees Celsius, the clarity of the water is crystal-like and the vibrancy of the marine life and coral reefs is tangible. Snorkelling or scuba diving activities are a must for every visitor.
The Phi Phi Islands are rife with colourful tropical fish, like the orange clownfish that dances in front of your mask, and also attract some bigger visitors like the blacktip reef shark that you can snorkel beside every morning in only 1-4m of water. A shelf-reef borders the entire east coast of Phi Phi Don with access from Loh Mo Dee, Ao Runtee and Laem Tong just a 25m swim off the beach. On the west coast the cliff walls plummet 18-25m down to the seabed and the underwater drama continues with sea-level caves, blowholes and underwater tunnels and swim-throughs all eroded out of the limestone cliff-faces.
On Phi Phi Ley the underwater world is different again. Greater diversity of coral types (barrel-sponges, fan corals, massive mountainporous corals, brain corals) and formations can be found in Loh Samah and Ao Pi-Leh. Plus increased chances of seeing a whaleshark, leopard shark or turtles around the southern end of the smaller island. And so much more…
Island Divers management and staff have been coordinating scuba diving tours and courses since 1994. Island Divers is one of the most respected scuba diving centers on Phi Phi and has an established reputation for professional high-quality service amongst dive centers in Thailand, Sweden, Holland, Germany and the UK. This has led to a high percentage of referral-custom from all over the world.
Island Divers became a PADI Dive Centre in July 2000 after a successful first application and then in 2006 Island Divers also became one of the first SSI training facilities on Phi Phi. We pride ourselves on our high standards, well maintained, quality equipment and professional, qualified dive staff.
By learning about reef ecology you will be better informed about how we can all work together to conserve the underwater environment for future generations.