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From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day of relaxation on this speedboat trip to Phi Phi Islands, lapped by turquoise waters and shaded by towering limestone rocks. Scene of the blockbuster movie “The Beach,” Phi Phi is a paradise destination just 30 miles from mainland Thailand. Composed of 2 islets, Phi Phi Don is the larger, known for its fine beaches and coral formations. Tourist facilities are available along the 2 beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Lodalam. During the day you can visit Maya Bay, where “The Beach” was filmed, walk along some of the world's clearest water, snorkel around the beautiful Phi Phi Leh Island, and spot Viking Cave, where thousands of swallows nest, from the boat. Notable rules at Maya Bay include no swimming, no single-use plastics, using reef-safe sunscreen and no use of drones without permission. Please remember that the Maya Bay will be closed every year for 2 months during low season, usually in August and September. Discover the hidden coves at Ao Lo Samah and Phi Lee Lagoon where the limestone cliffs rise straight up from the waters and are only reachable by boat. Snorkel among the coral gardens around Koh Phi Phi Leh. Surrounded by flawless sand beaches, expect to see abundant reef fish and even the occasional leopard shark. For those who want to explore more coves, lagoons and beaches within Pileh Lagoon, book a longtail boat ride directly on site at a small extra fee. This optional activity is operated by local fishermen from the community and is not part of the tour. As we cruise onward, get ready to be dazzled by Monkey Beach. This 150-meter gem, nestled on the southwestern shore of Tonsai Bay, boasts powdery white sand lapped by emerald waters. Lush vegetation climbs the cliffs behind the beach, creating a haven for a colony of monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled – at low tide, you might spot them playfully foraging for breakfast right on the shore. While we won't be stopping at the beach itself, this glimpse of paradise is sure to be a highlight. The morning session will end on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the 2 sister islands. A rich Thai buffet lunch is served in Phi Phi Arida Restaurant. Then it is time to explore the island path of Ton Sai along the beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Loh Dalum Bay. In the afternoon you will have to chance to swim and snorkel at Bamboo Island, a tiny and flat island covered by lush vegetation and entirely surrounded by a strip of white sand and a reef that spreads up to 500 meters from the shore. The uninhabited paradise located 3 miles (5 km) off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don provides visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium.

Phi Phi: Private Longtail Boat to Maya Bay with Snorkeling

Phi Phi: Private Longtail Boat to Maya Bay with Snorkeling

See the highlights of Koh Phi Phi as you discover Bamboo Island, Maya Bay, and more on a private longtail boat tour. Swim with Bioluminescent plankton and have an unforgettable experience snorkeling around the island with the 4, 6, and 7-hour afternoon tour options. Set out to explore the best of Koh Phi Phi on your longtail boat tour. Spend 1 hour in Maya Bay, where "The Beach" was filmed. Discover this preserved area, where it is not possible to swim, but because of this, you can sometimes see baby sharks. Admire the turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon. Choose the 7-hour option to discover Bamboo Island, a white sand beach with bright blue water. Next, go to Monkey Bay to observe crab-eating macaque monkeys from a safe distance. Swim and snorkel with harmless blacktip reef sharks at snorkel spots. Stop outside the Viking Cave to take pictures and head to Loh Sama Bay with a small islet in the center and a tiny beach at the back of a small canyon. On the afternoon tour, watch a spectacular sunset and make a snorkeling stop to float alongside colorful fish and bioluminescent plankton after dark. Pick the morning tour if you want to experience the highlights of Phi Phi without big crowds. You'll visit Maya Bay at 7AM in this case, right when it opens.

Phi Phi: Avoid The Crowds Speedboat to Maya Bay at Sunrise

Phi Phi: Avoid The Crowds Speedboat to Maya Bay at Sunrise

Enjoy delicious Thai donuts with tea or coffee at the meeting point, to join a speedboat tour at sunrise. Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand and in the world at Maya Bay. Be the first one on the beach as Maya Bay is your first stop of the day, right when it opens. Several movies have been filmed at this gorgeous location, with "The Beach" movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the most famous one. Next, head to Pileh Lagoon, the perfect spot to cool down and take a swim in the turquoise waters whilst admiring the cove-like canyon which literally cuts into the Phi Phi Leh island. Visit Monkey Bay, where multiple beaches can be found and where you will see crab-eating macaque monkeys in their natural habitat. Then, enjoy a snorkel experience and come face-to-face with blacktip reef sharks. These harmless sharks will ensure that you have an incredible snorkel experience as you discover Phi Phi's underwater paradise, one of the most beautiful in the world. Stop at Viking Cave to take pictures. Nobody knows the real story about Viking Cave, which is now used for harvesting swallow bird nests. This cave is one of the main attractions at Phi Phi Leh and although it is not allowed to go inside the cave, your tour will stop here close enough to take pictures. If you have selected the full-day option, make your way to Bamboo Island. Swim in crystal clear seawater on Bamboo Island, a tiny island where you can enjoy the beauty of a paradise island in peace.

Krabi: Phi Phi Early Bird & 4 Islands Day Tour by Speedboat

Krabi: Phi Phi Early Bird & 4 Islands Day Tour by Speedboat

Start the day with an early pick-up from the hotels in Ao Nang, Klong Muang, and Tub Kaek between 05:50 - 06:30 a.m. Pick up time for Railay beach is approx. 07:00-07:10 a.m. Enjoy the morning at Koh Mor and Koh Tap, a group of islands with a white fine sand bar that links the three isles together. Explore "Maya Bay" which was the backdrop for the movie 'The Beach', proceed to the iconic a wonderful paradise with turquoise water. Relax and admire the remarkable scenery from 'The Beach' movie. Head next to Pi Leh Lagoon, swimming at Phileh Lagoon, the jewel of the Phi Phi archipelago also known as the emerald lagoon. The enclosed lagoon is enclosed by jagged, towering limestone cliffs making the water extremely calm and beautiful. Go to snorkeling spots to swim and snorkel, Explore the colorful tropical reef and marine life with tropical fish. If it is your lucky day, you will see Blacktip reef sharks. Continue to Viking Cave, where you can spot the birds' nests from aboard the boat, not allowed to go inside the cave. All the boat tours stop close enough for taking photos. Next, visit the crab-eating macaque monkeys in their natural habitat at Monkey Bay, they are visible from the boat. Discover the powdery white sand beach with crystal clear water at Bamboo Island, the great place to relax on the beach. Enjoy Thai buffet lunch with a variety of options. After lunch, head to Koh Kai for taking photos of this island’s incredible rock formation in the shape of a chicken. The last destination is Poda Island, a long sandy beach. Relax and swim in this crystal clear water before returning to the pier to be transferred back to your hotels.

From Phi Phi: Beat the Crowds Island Hopping Tour

From Phi Phi: Beat the Crowds Island Hopping Tour

Meet the staff at 6 AM in front of McDonald's on Tonsai Pier. Depart to snorkel at Phi Phi Le, a smaller island situated towards the south of Phi Phi Don which was the backdrop for the movie 'The Beach'. The water has fewer currents in the early morning meaning greater visibility for seeing colorful marine life and coral reefs. After this, proceed to the iconic Maya Bay a wonderful paradise with turquoise water. Relax and admire the remarkable scenery from 'The Beach' movie. After you have taken in the beauty of Maya Bay, head to the opposite side of the island to snorkel at Lohsamah Bay famous for its large soft coral reefs still in perfect condition. Next, enjoy swimming and relaxing at Phileh Lagoon, the jewel of the Phi Phi archipelago also known as the emerald lagoon. The enclosed lagoon is enclosed by jagged, towering limestone cliffs making the water extremely calm and beautiful. Some of the types of fish found at Phileh Lagoon include Rabbitfish, Rainbow and Moon Wrasses. Depart to catch sight of the iconic Viking Cave, a mysterious cave with a prehistoric-looking painting of a Viking boat on its wall.  Finally, visit Bamboo Island to enjoy a picnic lunch on the white powder beach. Bamboo Island is a virgin island uninhabited by humans and less frequented by tourists. Return to Phi Phi Don Island to visit Nui Bay and Monkey bay. The intricate Nui Bay and Camel Rock formations are beautiful features to explore as a snorkeler. When a body of water is hidden behind a rock you never quite know what you might find on the other side. Camel Rock has a deeper reef and 'wall' marine life ecosystem quite different from the shallower reefs. At about 2:30 PM, transfer back to Tonsai Pier where your tour ends.

Krabi: Phi Phi & 4 Islands Sunset Boat Tour

Krabi: Phi Phi & 4 Islands Sunset Boat Tour

Start the trip with a pickup from your Krabi hotel. Depart by speedboat from Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang with a short stopover at Railay beach to pick up other travelers. Stop at Monkey Bay, which is surrounded by trees containing large numbers of monkeys. Take in the scenery and go snorkeling in the bay's crystal clear waters. Next, enjoy a delicious Thai buffet lunch at Arida Restaurant on Ko Phi Phi Don. Have some free time for relaxing, sunbathing, swimming, or sightseeing. Continue to Ko Phi Phi Lee with a short stop at Viking Cave. Take a photo in front of Limestone cave with wall paintings and check out a site used for harvesting bird eggs. Enjoy some more snorkeling in Pileh Lagoon as you admire the crystal clear turquoise waters surrounded by limestone cliffs. Arrive at the floating pier at Loh Samah Bay and walk across to Maya Bay. Witness a lagoon surrounded by mountains, the sea, and white powder sand beaches. This was a filming location for the movie "The Beach." Next, visit Bamboo Island and have some free time for snorkeling and swimming. Watch a romantic sunset at Tup Island or Poda Island (depending on the sea conditions) before heading back to Nopparat Thara Pier for a transfer back to your hotel.

Phi Phi: Half Day Speedboat Tour to Maya Bay with Snorkel

Phi Phi: Half Day Speedboat Tour to Maya Bay with Snorkel

Option 1: Half Day Morning - 10.00 AM until 2.00 PM Option 2: Half Day Afternoon - 1.30 PM until 7.30 PM (with sunset and bioluminescent plankton) Join a comfortable speedboat tour in Phi Phi and visit one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand and in the world, Maya Bay. See where famous movies like "The Beach" were filmed, explore some of the best snorkel spots in the area, and much more. Visit Pileh Lagoon, the perfect spot to cool down and take a swim in the turquoise waters whilst admiring the cove-like canyon which literally cuts into the Phi Phi Leh island. See crab-eating macaque monkeys in their natural habitat at Monkey Bay and get the chance to swim with blacktip reef sharks at Phi Phi Leh island. Marvel at one of the main attractions at Phi Phi Leh, Viking Cave. Although boats are not allowed to go inside the cave, all the boat tours stop here close enough to take pictures. With the afternoon option, after sunset at sea, end your day with an unforgettable experience as you snorkel with bioluminescent plankton when it is dark. Move your arms and legs, and watch as the plankton lights up.

Phi Phi: Sunset Speedboat Tour with Maya Bay & Plankton

Phi Phi: Sunset Speedboat Tour with Maya Bay & Plankton

Join an all-inclusive speedboat tour in Phi Phi and visit one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand and in the world, Maya Bay. See where famous movies like "The Beach" were filmed, explore some of the best snorkel spots in the area, and much more. Visit Pileh Lagoon, the perfect spot to cool down and take a swim in the turquoise waters whilst admiring the cove-like canyon which literally cuts into the Phi Phi Leh island. Discover the white sand beaches and azure waters on a visit to Bamboo Island, a tiny island where you can enjoy the beauty of paradise in peace. See crab-eating macaque monkeys in their natural habitat at Monkey Bay and get the chance to swim with blacktip reef sharks at Phi Phi Leh island. Marvel at one of the main attractions at Phi Phi Leh, Viking Cave. Although boats are not allowed to go inside the cave, all the boat tours stop here close enough to take pictures. Finally, end your day with an unforgettable experience as you snorkel with bioluminescent plankton when it is dark. Move your arms and legs, and watch as the plankton lights up.

From Phuket: Day Trip to Phi Phi with Private Longtail Tour

From Phuket: Day Trip to Phi Phi with Private Longtail Tour

Experience Koh Phi Phi with a private longtail boat on a self-guided day tour departing from Phuket, including the speedboat transfers. 07:00 AM - Hotel pick up anywhere in Phuket with Private taxi 08:30 AM - Shared speedboat to Phi Phi 09:30 AM - Arrival in Phi Phi 10:30 AM - Start 4-Hour private longtail tour** 02:30 PM - Finish private tour & Explore Phi Phi Don by yourself 03:30 PM - Check-in shared speedboat to Phuket 05:00 PM - Arrival at Phuket Pier 06:00 PM - Arrival at your hotel with Private taxi **Private Longtail tour itinerary: ★ Maya Bay Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand and in the world! Several movies have been filmed at this gorgeous location, with "The Beach" movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the most famous. Maya Bay was closed for 4 years for the restoration of corals and wildlife, and since the reopening, you are not allowed to go into the sea anymore. Because of this, sometimes you will see baby sharks swimming in the ocean while walking on this paradise beach. ★ Pileh Lagoon This lagoon is the perfect spot to cool down and take a swim in the turquoise waters while admiring the cove-like canyon which cuts into the Phi Phi Leh island. ★ Snorkel Experience Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful places in the world to snorkel. Colorful fish and gorgeous corals are guaranteed to be seen at every snorkel spot. You might even see some harmless black-tip reef sharks if you are lucky. (They are not easy to spot and is not guaranteed on every tour) ★ Monkey Bay At this bay, multiple beaches can be found where you will see crab-eating macaque monkeys in their natural habitat. They may look nice but they are aggressive. Please stay at a safe distance and don't touch them as they may bite and multiple rabies shots are needed at the hospital. (Even though monkeys are there 90% of the time, it is not guaranteed as we cannot predict wildlife) ★ Viking Cave This is one of the main attractions at Phi Phi Leh. Although it is not allowed to go inside the cave, all the boat tours stop here close enough to take pictures. There are many stories to be found about it, however, nobody knows what the exact history is.

Ko Lanta: Phi Phi Day Trip by Speed Boat

Ko Lanta: Phi Phi Day Trip by Speed Boat

Start with pickup from your hotel at 08:00-09:00 Am. and depart from Koh Lanta. 10:00 Am. Arrive PhiPhi Lay,first stop at Maya Bay (The island made famous by the movie "The Beach) for take a pictures. Move to Monkey Bay for snorkeing from boat. 11:30 Am. Move to Bamboo island,we will serve lunch buffet on the beach and relaxing on white sandy beach,swimming or snorkeling. 13:30 Pm. Departure from Bamboo Island and arrive at PhiPhi Don relax or sightseeing around island and shopping. 14:00 Pm. Leave from Phi Phi Don back to Koh Lanta 16:00 Pm. Transfer back to your resort.

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Overall rating

4.9
(11 reviews)

Our tour guide Lee was awesome! Such a chilled out guy and gave us plenty of time at each stop to see what we wanted to. Would highly recommend! We had the best day! Thanks again Lee!

This was one of the best trips I’ve had. Our guide Pauw was fantastic and very knowledgeable of the areas. The scenery amazing and you get to swim/snorkel in beautiful coral views.

It was a beautiful day. We love the snorkeling the best got to do it twice. The crew was exceptionally nice and helpful with everything.

From the start till end all was well organised and pho phi island boat driver was very very nice person

Top organisation. Very helpful personal. Recommended 100%