Spotlight on Phi Phi Islands diving
Koh Phi Phi diving is truly excellent, reachable by day trip dive boat from Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta or of course, from Phi Phi Don itself.
Phi Phi Islands diving is excellent all year round, actually it can be better in the low season summer months when there are fewer divers in the water and fewer dive boats motoring over the dive sites. There are more sharks around in the summer months, even the occasional whale shark.
Two of the best dive sites around Phi Phi are Koh Bida Nai and Koh Bida Nok. These two islands located to the south of Koh Phi Phi Ley are the most popular Phi Phi diving day trip sites. They are covered with hard and soft corals, sea fans, zigzag clams and barrel sponges. Leopard sharks are common, as are bamboo sharks, sea turtles, sea snakes, various types of eel and so much more. These limestone islands can each be circumnavigated in a dive if you are quick but if you take your time there is plenty to see on either site.
The west coast of Phi Phi Ley has a nice wall dive just outside Maya Bay where black tip reef sharks are usually seen, and Leopard sharks are also spotted.
Loh Samah bay is a nice easy shallow dive site, ideal as a night dive.
Phi Phi Don has plenty of caves for tec divers to explore.
Phi Phi also has some excellent snorkeling spots, if you know where to go you’ll see more as a snorkeler than the divers usually see. There are separate tours available for snorkelers or snorkelers can join with their diving partners on the dive boat.
You can also do Discover Scuba Diving experience programs on Phi Phi diving day trips.
Most Phi Phi day trips do not have time foe excursions on to the islands or beaches at Phi Phi. The surface interval between dives is often spent at Maya Bay though.