I have been to many places in Thailand over the last 13 years, but surprisingly I had never visited the Phi Phi Islands. Koh Phi Phi is one of the most, if not the most famous set of islands in Thailand, and are known for their jaw-dropping spectacles of tropical nature. This year I finally made the dream come true of visiting! To explore the region, I enlisted the help of Simba Sea Tours. I found them through reading many positive reviews on Google and TripAdvisor and became interested in their Phi Phi Sunrise Tour.
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Arrival and Orientation
The boat tour started at 6am sharp from their pier in Phuket. That meant that the pickup times were much earlier as they collected about 14 guests from the region. Even though their pickup area was quite large, I was a bit outside of it so had to drive myself to the pier.
At the Simba Sea Tours office, they had prepared the first of two breakfasts which included eggs, bananas, yogurt, cereal, milk, and most importantly, coffee. At the office we also got to know some of the crew and learned about the plan of action for the day.
We made several stops throughout the day, the first being the very secluded Bamboo Island. It was here where we had about an hour to roam around and enjoy our second breakfast, which was super tasty. This breakfast on the beach included banana cake, local Thai sticky rice snacks, fresh fruit, tea, and of course coffee. It was really a picturesque scene, eating and watching the sunrise on this gorgeous little island.
We all loaded up in the boat after the breakfast and moved a few hundred meters to a snorkeling spot. I was seriously impressed with the amount of fish that I saw. One that stood out in a major way was a Puffer fish!
Koh Phi Phi Leh
The next stop after snorkeling was Koh Phi Phi Leh (the smaller of the Phi Phi islands.) The pictures make it look nice but I strongly feel that it’s a place you must experience first-hand as it’s truly one of the most magical places on earth. In the bay, I enjoyed jumping into the water and swimming amongst the massive rock formations protruding from the water.
After our swim we made a short move to the front of the bay where we did the second and final round of snorkeling for the day. We saw all kinds of fish and coral as well as some rare Blacktip Reef sharks. These little guys were quick but I managed to catch some gorgeous pictures of them. I was told that it’s not so common to see these and that we were incredibly lucky!
On the way to our next destination we made a quick stop at Monkey Beach. There, we were lucky enough to see one lone monkey who was quite the little swimmer. Thanks for the entertainment little guy!
The Phi Phi Islands are now clearly famous, but Maya Bay is one place in particular that helped to give them global notoriety. This was because Maya Bay was one of the filming locations of The Beach movie. We got as close as we could with the boat, but during my visit, the actual beach was closed to tourists. This was to allow the the nature to rejuvenate which I’m sure it really needed after so many years of intense tourism.
After seeing so much and depleting our energy levels swimming, it was time for lunch. We stopped at a local resort on the other end of the island where we enjoyed an included buffet lunch comprised of Thai cuisine and fruit. The food was tasty and there was also a bar with all types of drinks available for purchase.
Upon leaving, as I was about to board the boat, I looked down the beach and felt like I was in a postcard. Amazing!
The Last Stop
Before heading back to Phuket, we stopped at one more island. It had a pristine beach and no other tourists as it was a private island only we had access to.
I can’t believe it took me this long to visit this gorgeous place! The Phi Phi Sunrise Tour was definitely one of the main highlights of my recent trip to Phuket. The entire experience went incredibly smoothly and super delightful. The staff were simply amazing humans, always accommodating but also super fun. It was also nice that there were a smaller amount of people so it felt more intimate. In conclusion, I absolutely recommend you to join this tour with Simba Sea Trips.
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