SCUBA DIVING KOH PHI PHI
Koh Phi Phi is one of Thailand’s most beloved holiday resort destinations. The island was made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie, ‘The Beach’. But aside from being the location of a famous Hollywood film, Koh Phi Phi attracts visitors because of its gorgeous beaches and picturesque bays. Diving is also popular on the island due to a rich coral and marine environment.
KOH PHI PHI DIVING
The Koh Phi Phi islands are a group of six islands. Not all of these islands are suited for diving. Most of the diving trips are conducted on the second largest of the six islands in Koh Phi Phi – Koh Phi Phi Ley. This is an uninhabited island where you can find a concentration of the best dive sites in the area.
Koh Phi Phi is located in the Andaman Sea and is a great base if you want to explore other dive sites in the area. Moreover, there are also plenty of dive operators at the region so it is sought after by those seeking to obtain their PADI certificate.
The islands of Koh Phi Phi lie within a national marine park. Thus, you can expect for these dive sites to be substantially different from other dive sites in Thailand. You will find breathtaking limestone walls and soft corals that branch out from these walls. There is also a rich abundance of marine life including sponges and soft corals to make your dive memorable.
BEST DIVE SITES
If you love turtles, make Malong Bay a part of your diving trip as you are almost guaranteed to find one during your dive. The beautiful topography is varied. In here, you will find various species of shrimp and coral gardens. The reef is an attraction all its own – filled with anemones, gorgonian sea fans, and barrel sponges.
Bida Nok/Bida Nai
These are two limestone islands that will take your breath away when viewed from above the water surface. But beneath the water, there is a whole level of beauty that awaits you. These stunning limestone walls are home to a variety of sea creatures such as hawksbill turtles and sea snakes.
This dive site is also more popularly known as Chimney Rock. It is best known for the 3 pinnacles that are present within the dive site. These pinnacles offer dramatic underwater scenery that many diving enthusiasts seek out. The main pinnacle offers a diving depth of up to 30 meters. It is also occupied by a variety of marine life such as moray eels, lobsters, and scorpion fish. If you explore a bit more, you will be enthralled by the shallow soft corals that add a vibrant detail to the underwater scene.
The Hin Daeng dive site at Koh Phi Phi is a perennial favorite for experienced divers. The vibrant red soft corals and colorful anemones provide a colorful atmosphere that you can enjoy during your dive. Be on the lookout for manta rays that can be spotted at the site, along with whale sharks, leopard sharks, and grey reef sharks.
Kled Gaeow Wreck
The Kled Gaeow is one of few shipwreck diving sites in Koh Phi Phi. This ship sunk in March 2014 and quickly transformed into an artificial reef for frogfish and nurse sharks. The gunship is approximately 47-meters in length and the top of the wheelhouse can be reached at a depth of 14 meters from the surface. The deepest portion of this shipwreck dive is at 26 meters.
BEST TIME TO DIVE
Koh Phi Phi offers great diving conditions all year round. It is part of the reason why it is a favorite among scuba diving enthusiasts. But for best diving conditions, you must visit February to May. During this time, the water is at its calmest and clearest. The average water temperature is 29-30 degree Celsius. Clear visibility can go as deep as 30 meters (during optimal diving season).
Avoid booking your dive trip during rainy season – from May to late October. The monsoon winds and rain can reduce visibility by 25%.
HOW TO GET TO KOH PHI PHI
There are two major airports that you can travel to when you want to go to Koh Phi Phi: Phuket Airport and Krabi Airport. Once at the airport, you must travel to and board a ferry at the Rassada Pier to get to Koh Phi Phi island.
Land travel is also an option if you are traveling from other parts of Thailand. From Bangkok, you can take a bus from the Southern Terminal heading to Rassada Pier in Phuket. Once there, you can book a ferry to get to Koh Phi Phi.
HIGHLIGHTS OF KOH PHI PHI
Koh Phi Phi’s claim to fame is without a doubt the movie ‘The Beach’. But since tourists have flocked to the islands, they have come to realize that there is more to this island than the beach.
Diving is one of the favorite activities among the visitors but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. As one of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand, it is brimming with options for the adventure seekers.
The white sand beaches, secret bays, and gorgeous coves are among the highlights to any visit. There are plenty of limestone walls that are adorned with corals that you can explore, too.
Since there are six islands in Koh Phi Phi, you have more options when it comes to activities and water sports. If you want snorkeling or swimming, head to Bamboo Island. If you want to explore a cavern with wall paintings and bird nests, check out the Viking Cave. For those who are daring enough, you can try your hand at rock climbing at Ton Sai Beach.
If you simply want to enjoy the idyllic lifestyle of a picturesque beach, Koh Phi Phi Le is what you are looking for. This is also the only inhabited island out of the six Koh Phi Phi Islands.
Koh Phi Phi is a group of islands in Thailand’s Andaman Sea. It is located in the middle of Phuket’s largest island and the Straits of Malacca. However, it belongs to the Krabi province. It is located approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Phuket and is part of the Hat Nopparat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park.
Koh Phi Phi is visited by several tourists per year, thanks to a vibrant diving scene. The abundance of coral reefs, limestone mountains with cliffs, rich marine life, and white sand beaches make it a suitable destination for divers.
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