After a great snorkelling tour from Koh Lanta, we’re off on another snorkelling tour from Koh Phi Phi which would also include a visit to the famous Maya beach where the Leo Di Caprio film The Beach was filmed. We were up early and given rice and curry for breakfast to give us the much needed energy for a day of snorkelling.
In our tour group, we met a nice English couple and a French girl who were all very interesting. Our first stop was Shark Point near to our resort. John was an eager water baby and was the first to jump in. As soon as he hit the water, the fish flocked around him and had a few nibbles. Then someone through a Dorito crisp in the water which sent the fish crazy. It was amazing to see the small tropical fish surrounding us. The water was so clear and with the amount of fish in there, it was actually amazing to see them swim up so close to your mask.
Our next stop was Bamboo island where we did more snorkelling and then we headed to the north of the island where we all settled for some lunch of fried rice and chicken on the white sandy beach. It’s crazy how peaceful and beautiful the place is. After lunch we headed to a cave. I was a bit too chicken to go in the cave. Due to the language barrier, I was under the impression that the guide would lead you through a cave which you had to swim underwater to get to the other side. That scared me a bit so I decided to not go in and just swim around the water instead. The group emerged not too long after and all they did was snorkel through the cave and at the exit, they passed a wall of fish all swimming together. I ended up seeing this from the other side so I dont think I missed out too much.
After some snorkelling here, we then headed over to Monkey Beach. From the boat we had to swim to the beach where there actually were only two monkeys which seemed quit well behaved. After a few picture opportunities, we headed to Koh Phe Phe Le where there we more snorkelling opportunities and a cave with loads of colourful coral.
And finally, our last stop was Maya Beach. We arrived via the back entrance where we had to swim to shore and then walk about 10 minutes to the beach. We weren’t massively impressed though as the place was packed with tourists, the tide was out and the water was full of tour boats – nothing like in the film unfortunately.
Eventually, we found our boat among all the others and on the way back, it stopped by a rope swing. John was the first up and grabbed the rope swing jumping from the boat. Always so enthusiastic! Overall, it was a great day despite the disappointment of Maya beach.
In the evening, we ate at our resort where I ordered a pineapple fried rice which, to my surprise, was served in a whole pineapple.
After dinner, we had arranged to meet up with the English couple and French girl for a beer. As we were sat on the beach having a few drinks, a girl suddenly came running over shouting my name. I looked up and it was Aymi Lee, a friend of mine from Manchester who I knew was travelling in Southeast Asia but had no idea where exactly. What a small world! She was with her boyfriend and they joined us for a few drinks as well. Bit random and strange to bump into someone from home on a small Thai island, but it was great to see them both!
Overall it was an amazing day and evening and I’d do it all over again if I could.