Greetings from Phuket! Captain Mark here again. If you’ve stumbled upon this blog, chances are you’re in search of an unforgettable island getaway on Phi Phi Island, and you’ve come to the right place. Phi Phi Island is a tropical paradise that has stunning white beaches, crystal-clear waters, and towering limestone cliffs that will leave you in awe.
With so much to see and do, your visit to Phi Phi will never be boring. I’ve taken the time to put together a bucket list of the top must-visit places and things to do in Phi Phi Island, from snorkeling in vibrant coral reefs to exploring the bustling nightlife. So, let’s jump right in!
After The Beach (2000) movie was released, Phi Phi Le became really famous as it was the location for the movie. Phi Phi Le is known for its amazing natural beauty with cliffs that drop dramatically into turquoise water. There are no places to stay on the island so visitors can enjoy a peaceful atmosphere either before or after most tour boats leave. Don’t miss the breathtaking sunset at Maya Bay where the sky turns a beautiful mix of red and pink colors.
Haad Sai Kaew means ‘Glass Sand Beach’ in Thai is a beautiful endless beach located at the very north of Phuket Island. During the high season, The sea over there has a beautiful blue tone and walking alone for miles; you would never guess you are still in Phuket. It is also home to some great small seafood restaurants.
Mosquito Island is a beautiful place for swimming and snorkeling, however to allow the natural environment to rejuvenate, the island has been off limits for several years now. Nearby however are some great diving sites, with coral and heaps of tropical fish.
Mosquito Island is called that for a reason – it’s full of mosquitos that can be really annoying. Be sure to pack some insect repellent to keep them away. But don’t worry, because the island has some of the most famous shipwrecks around. One of them is the King Cruiser wreck, which is a top spot for diving. It’s a massive ship that’s over 85m (279ft) long! Divers love exploring the wreckage and the surrounding area, so bring your gear and get ready for an adventure!
Bamboo Island, or ‘Koh Phai’ in Thai, is a stunning part of the Phi Phi islands found in Krabi Province, Thailand. It’s about 5 kilometers northeast of Koh Phi Phi Don, and it’s like a tropical heaven on earth. The island is about 600 meters wide and 700 meters long, with a gorgeous white sand beach that surrounds it completely. On the north west corner there is some of the best snorkeling you will see, about 100m off the beach.
Phi Phi Viewpoint is a popular attraction on Koh Phi Phi Don. The island is shaped like the letter ‘H’, and the village is built on a stretch of sand that sits between Dalum Bay and Tonsai Bay. The viewpoint is located on the east side of the sandbar and offers a stunning panoramic view of the village and the two bays.
If you’re planning on staying overnight on Phi Phi Island, then you’ll definitely want to take advantage of all the activities and experiences that the island has to offer. Below are some of the things to do on Phi Phi island.
If you’re looking to see some cool sharks while you’re at Phi Phi, you’re in luck! There are blacktip reef and leopard sharks that patrol the waters around the islands. To see them up close, you’ll need to get up early and take a boat tour from Phi Phi Don. The best place to see them is at Shark Point, which is just off Long Beach. But it’s important to choose a tour operator that’s responsible and doesn’t feed the sharks, so they have enough space to swim around.
Since the restrictions on tourism at Maya Bay have been implemented, blacktip reef sharks have also returned to the bay. It is common to see them swim up and down the beach. Relax, they are harmless.
Phi Phi Don island is an ideal destination for rock climbing enthusiasts. With tall limestone cliffs and exceptional climbing opportunities, it’s a paradise for climbers. Tonsai Tower, located at the western end of Tonsai Bay, offers 48 bolted routes ranging from beginner to experienced climbers. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a beginner, Phi Phi Don’s topography makes it a must-visit destination for rock climbing.
Looking for a relaxing way to explore Koh Phi Phi’s beautiful surroundings? Stand Up Paddling or canoeing might just be your thing! This activity offers a fun and tranquil way to admire the island’s stunning scenery from the water. With clear waters and a calm atmosphere, the island is perfect for both beginners and experienced paddlers. You can paddle around the beaches, coves, and nearby islands at your leisure, taking in the breathtaking sights of the cliffs, caves, and wildlife. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful solo adventure or a fun group activity, Stand Up Paddling or canoeing is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of Koh Phi Phi.
Taking a ride on the long-tail boat taxis is a must-do activity in Phi Phi, plus it’s really a unique and exciting way to explore the beautiful beaches. These traditional Thai boats are a common sight around the island, and they offer a fun and flexible way to hop from beach to beach. You can negotiate the price and itinerary with the boat driver, and they’ll take you to some of the most scenic and secluded beaches around the island. Some of the popular stops include Maya Bay, Pileh Lagoon, Monkey Beach, Loh Dalum Bay, and Bamboo Island. Plus, you’ll get a chance to admire the stunning coastline and limestone cliffs from the water. Just be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat, as the sun can be intense out on the open water.
Long Beach on Phi Phi Island is the perfect spot to have a relaxing lunch. With its pristine white sand and crystal-clear water, you can enjoy the stunning views while feasting on delicious Thai dishes. There are plenty of food options available, from fresh seafood to traditional Thai cuisine, ensuring there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and a towel to make the most out of your time at Long Beach.
Phi Phi Island is known for its exciting nightlife! Whether you want to party the night away or just have a chill evening, there’s something for everyone. Loh Dalum Bay is the main party spot with beach bars and clubs, where you can enjoy drinks, music, and even fire shows. If you prefer something more upscale, check out the rooftop bars and restaurants for a fancier vibe with great views. But if partying isn’t your thing, don’t worry! You can still have a great night out with a beach stroll, seafood dinner, or a relaxing moment under the stars. You can even try a night snorkeling tour and see the stunning underwater world light up with bioluminescent plankton.
Phi Phi Island is truly amazing, and before I sign off, there is one thing you must know if you are planning on staying overnight on the island. Choosing the right resort location is key to having a relaxing and enjoyable stay. If you are traveling with little ones, you might want to select a more tranquil beach such as Long Beach, where the atmosphere is more peaceful and laid-back. On the other hand, if you are a couple and enjoy the nightlife, the main island is perfect for you, with its bustling bars, clubs, and restaurants. Whatever your preference, just remember to choose wisely and make the most of your time in this stunning tropical paradise.
And if you do not have enough time to stay overnight in Phi Phi, no worries! You can always book a day trip to Phi Phi with us at Phuket Sail Tours. We’ll take you on an unforgettable adventure to explore the most beautiful spots on Phi Phi Island, including Maya Bay, Monkey Island, and Phi Phi Leh, Bamboo Island and more. You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters and witness the vibrant marine life up close. Our day trip includes comfortable transfers and a delicious lunch, making it the perfect way to experience Phi Phi Island in a single day. And the best part is we craft our itinerary so that you can enjoy each must-see location at the least crowded times. So, what are you waiting for? Book your Phi Phi Island day trip with us before we are fully booked!
Hope to see you aboard!