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Why diving in Koh Phi Phi?
Why diving in Koh Phi Phi?

What's there in Koh Phi Phi?

Post by : WorldTravelJoy

Post Date : October 6962

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Destinations : Ko Phi Phi ,Krabi ,Phuket

Activities : Scuba diving ,Snorkelling

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When mentioning about Thailand, what does come in your mind first?  The capital or island destinations?  Based on a survey from one well-respected source, islands are frequent topics in a discussion and Phi Phi Island (or Koh Phi Phi) is continuously the most outstanding subject to talk about amongst beach lovers as well as scuba divers. Koh Phi Phi is located in Andaman Sea between Phuket and Krabi provinces.  In fact, the island is under Krabi administration.  Phi Phi is a group of islands comprised of Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh, Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Bamboo islands.  The group offers various excellent dive sites with abundant hard and soft corals and a population of marine life.  Not only for scuba diving but also for snorkelling, a widespread activity to see plenty of vivid colours of fish around the shallow coral reefs.


Phi Phi Don is the largest island of the group and is mostly populated by Muslin.  The island has an ample growth of coconut plantation. It is the only island with permanent inhabitants.  This exotic island is where there are accommodations, shops and restaurants on offer.  What causes the island special - there are no roads, no-hustle-and-bustle, no schedule, no hurry, which makes life more relaxed whether you lay on one of the white sandy beaches or engage in many kinds of your preferred water sports, perhaps snorkelling in the shallow clear blue water in the eastern side of the island is likely to be a common doings; there are tons reef fish to spot…without doubt you will enjoy it while it lasts.  How can you not say if this tropical island is definitely a paradise?!


The underwater site “Ao Nui” in the northwest coast of Phi Phi Don is the large rocky outcrop just outside the bay.  The site can be entered off both eastern and western face of the rock.  It has a good visibility with mild to moderate current on average depth of 15m.  This site is rich in corals; nudibranchs with some luck of mating, a common stand-alone lionfish and glowing magnificent sea anemones can be found along the boulders.  Some rocks are encrusted with a multitude of Christmas tree worms. In addition, an enjoyable drop off with 20m depths to the bottom of the rock featuring a school of fusilier fish, many species of angelfish, moral eels hiding under the corals, and once again nudibranchs. 


Phi Phi Leh is an uninhibited island where natural beauty remains unspoiled.  The island is consisted of towering limestone cliffs like a fortress and is surrounded by the blue sea water surface.  This particular island has its name in the world, as Maya Bay was once a location for British-American film “The Beach”.  Ao Maya (“Ao” in Thai means “Bay”) is a large sheer-cliff turquoise lagoon at the southwestern end of Phi Phi Leh.  This bay is famous for its superb beach and scenic island standing offshore.  It can only be visited as a day trip.  It is also the most loved site for beach lovers, snorkellers, and divers as a result of plentiful coral reefs and a variety of marine species. As for diving, the site has a good visibility descending down to 30m depths.   The current condition is varied; it can be from no current to a surge-dive.  The dive follows along the reef with occasional walls and submerged rocks where you can find patches of colourful sea whips, an individual of Moorish idols searching for food, a friendly greeting from a puffer fish, and well-populated clown sea anemone fish.


Further to the southern of Phi Phi Leh, a small islet Koh Bida Nok is one of the prime diving locations with attractive and striking underwater terrain - the dispersed coral gardens and wall diving where gorgonian seafans scattered over the walls, a scorpionfish camouflaged between the rocks and patches of swaying soft corals caused by the gentle current.  The maximum depth is 30m on average visibility between 10-25m.  There are a few caverns and overhangs for more adventurous or experienced divers to explore.  With a bit of a fluke at the right time of year, manta ray and whale sharks can easily be seen.


Spending a trip out in the ocean with Kontiki Krabi was impressive, accompanied by well-experienced Scandinavian staffs in a comfortable fisherman style of dive boat with fully equipped diving facilities including Enriched Air Nitrox.  Kontiki is one of the longest running dive operators in Thailand since 1989.  It was wonderful to see the on-board staffs have devoted their time in paying attention to details - take a great care of divers, provide a strong knowledge of dive sites, and always observe safety precautions.


Travel memo


How to get there:  The easiest and most convenient mode to reach Koh Phi Phi is by plane. There are numerous daily flights depart from Bangkok either to Phuket or Krabi. 



What you should know:

·      Longtail boat plays an important role in the southern part of Thailand and has dominated the country for beach destinations.  Originally, the boat used to serve as fishing and trading vessel.  Nowadays, it is the main means of sea transportation principally in Phuket and Krabi provinces.  It serves several purposes, for example, island trips for tourists, boat transfer from one place to another, and a day-trip diving boat; though the travelling time may take much longer but unquestionably cost lesser than a larger dive boat.


Special Thanks


Kon-Tiki Krabi Co., Ltd.

161/1 Moo 2

Tambon Ao Nang

Amphur Muang

Krabi 81000

Tel:  +66 (0) 75 637 826

Fax: +66 (0) 75 637 676




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