Diving in Phi Phi Islands
The heady mix of jungle-clad cliffs and ribbons of soft white sand has long enchanted visitors to the islands that make up Koh Phi Phi. Those who venture into the warm waters of the Andaman Sea are equally beguiled. Here the coral reefs are every colour of the rainbow, even the limestone walls are encrusted with coral, while crevices hide tiny critters and sea horses shelter in dark overhangs. Almost all dives are from boats in Koh Phi Phi, which shot to fame as the spot where The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed. There are dives in beautiful bays that will suit novice divers and deep sea sites further afield to tempt experienced divers. Koh Lanta is also within easy reach, with some amazing pinnacle wrecks and lagoons to explore as well as a spectacular variety of marine life. The Kled Gaeow gunship and King Cruiser wrecks provide a perfect habitat for marine life, the many pinnacles look like underwater sculptures and the Phi Phi Islands are also set within the Coral Triangle, which is said to offer the world’s greatest biodiversity of marine life. The waters here average 29C (84F) and the best time of year to dive Kho Phi Phi is from January to April, after which the rainy season begins.
Dive Sites in Phi Phi Islands
Featured places to go in Phi Phi Islands
Aquatic Life in Phi Phi Islands
One of the best places to see turtles in Thailand is Malong Bay, with the wizened creatures spotted on almost every dive, while the coral gardens are decorated with elegant sea fans, sponges and colourful anemones. At Hin Dot, you will see barracuda and trevally winding their way around three submerged pinnacles, while nurse sharks and leopard sharks will stalk the deeper waters. You will also see lobsters and snappers, moray eels and scorpion fish, while sea snakes reside in the limestone walls of the islands Bid Nok and Bida Nai.