The large, uninhabited island of Phi Phi Lei is where the movie The Beach was filmed. It’s also well known for producing large quantities of bird’s nests for the Chinese to make soup with. There are approximately 8 good sites around the island and it mostly consists of wall diving.
A day trip to Phi Phi will normally include a dive at Palong Wall, where there is a good chance of diving with black tip reef sharks. The wall is a plateaued reef, which means that it has many different levels. The coral here is in very good health — the gorgonian fans here really are quite beautiful. It is also a good opportunity to participate in one of our Coralwatch surveys.
We usually take our surface interval moored at Maya Bay, one of the main film locations for The Beach. It is a great place to relax and take in the stunning scenery.
Our second dive is usually taken at Maya Corner and is a great place for spotting turtles. It really is an amazing experience to dive with these fun creatures. There are also four fantastic swim-throughs at this site, two of which contain large schools of sweepers.
Another popular dive site amongst our macro-loving customers is Losama Bay. Here we find nudibranchs, flatworms and many varieties of shrimp. There is also a canyon, where, if the current is right, you are taken on an exhilarating ride through the reef.