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Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

1. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

Tour the paradisical Phi Phi Islands, and explore Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh on a guided speedboat day trip from Phuket. Dip below the waves with 3 snorkeling stops and tuck into a buffet lunch by the beach. Start your morning with hotel pickup and a complimentary coffee or tea with cookies. Make your way to Green Island for snorkeling and a chance to see some marine wildlife. Continue to Phi Phi Leh island, featured in iconic movies, including "The Beach." Sightsee along Maya Bay and Loh Samah Bay by boat before taking a swim in Pileh Lagoon, known for its emerald water encircled by limestone karst cliffs. Bring your camera to Viking Cave and see its bird nests. At noon, arrive at Phi Phi Don island. Here, regain your strength with a buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant. After, enjoy free time to discover this lush island with its many shops and cafes. Stop by Monkey Beach to catch a glimpse of the monkeys who call this beach home. Then, head to Nui Bay to swim, snorkel or soak up the sunshine. Finally, visit Khai Island and relax on its pristine shores or enjoy the water before a return transfer to your hotel.

From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

2. 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, swim in some of the world's clearest water, snorkel at beautiful Hin Klang, and explore Viking Cave, where thousands of swallows nest. Discover the hidden coves of Phi Phi Lee, such as Phi Lee Bay, where the limestone cliffs rise straight up from the waters and are only reachable by boat. Snorkel among the coral gardens of Ao Maya and Ao Lo Sama. Surrounded by flawless sand beaches, expect to see abundant reef fish and even the occasional leopard shark. You will also visit Monkey Beach, which is located on the southwestern side of Ton Sai Bay. It is a simply stunning 150-meter-long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water. During low tide, you can see a colony of monkeys having their breakfast down on the beach. The morning session will end on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the 2 sister islands. A rich Thai buffet lunch is served in the restaurant of Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort. 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.

From Phi Phi: Full-Day Sunset Long Tail Boat Tour

3. From Phi Phi: Full-Day Sunset Long Tail Boat Tour

Set off around the Phi Phi archipelago on a longtail boat tour for 13 people. Discover the area's marvelous islands, beaches, lagoons, and bays, and round the day off in style with spectacular sunset views. Meet the local partner's staff in front of McDonald's in Tonsai Bay at 9:30 AM and make your way to the pier for a 10:10 AM departure. Set sail toward Monkey Beach, Shark Point, and Runtee Bay first, and enjoy time to snorkel in the sea. Next, head to Bamboo Island, a wonderful circular island filled with wild bamboo. Relax with some free time on the powdery white beach with soft sand and crystal clear water before savoring a picnic lunch right on this paradise beach. After lunch, visit Mosquito Island, the north-easternmost point in the Phi Phi Archipelago. Like Bamboo Island, Mosquito Island is completely uninhabited and has two beaches that are rarely visited by tourists. Enjoy time away from the crowds, and snorkel in the stunning waters of the southeastern tip of the island, home to an impressive abundance of marine life. Next, sail to discover the mysteries of the Viking Cave, famous for the seemingly prehistoric painting of a Viking boat on its wall. The cave was once used for the extraction of birds' nests, prized ingredients in Chinese culture for making medicinal soups believed to help with longevity. From the Viking Cave, prepare to marvel at Pi Leh Lagoon, a beautiful turquoise lagoon enclosed by towering, jagged limestone cliffs. At some spots, it even seems like the water is lit from the bottom of the sea, a spectacular sight to see. Relax and escape in the most spectacular site in the Phi Phi archipelago, and float in the crystal clear and still water of this gem of the Andaman Sea. Your next stop is Loh Samah Bay, famous for shallow still waters and a large coral reef filled with colorful fish. Snorkel here for a while, then hop back on to your longtail boat to sail toward Maya Bay. Admire the spectacular sunset views at this wonderful paradise made famous by the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, “The Beach.” At about 6:30 PM, transfer back to the pier from where you can walk to your hotel.

Phi Phi: Half-Day Long-Tail Island Boat Tour Ticket

4. Phi Phi: Half-Day Long-Tail Island Boat Tour Ticket

Your first stops will be at Monkey Beach, Shark Point, and Runtee Bay. At Monkey Beach, interact with the cute, furry inhabitants — who are absolutely tourist-friendly. These crab-eating macaques live on the cliffs above and scramble down to the beach to find food.  Continue your tour to Mosquito Island, the north-easternmost point in the archipelago. Mosquito Island is also uninhabited and has two beaches rarely visited by tourists. The waters near the southeastern tip host an impressive abundance of marine life, making it a stunning snorkeling spot. Then, head to the famous Viking Cave, with its mysterious prehistoric-like painting resembling a Viking boat.  Be amazed by Pi Leh Lagoon, a turquoise lagoon enclosed by towering limestone cliffs. Escape to paradise as you float in the calm, crystal-clear water. Next, visit Loh Samah Bay, famous for shallow waters and a large coral reef filled with vibrant marine life. Spend some time here snorkeling before hopping back on the long-tail boat. Sail towards Maya Bay, a paradise made famous by the Leonardo Di Caprio movie The Beach. If you have chosen the afternoon tour, you will enjoy the spectacular sunset views here.

From Phuket: Maya Bay, Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands with Lunch

5. From Phuket: Maya Bay, Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands with Lunch

Discover the natural wonders on the Phi Phi Islands on this boat tour from Phuket. Snorkel through colorful marine life at Bamboo Island and Maya Bay. Enjoy the stunning limestone formations at the Viking Cave and the turquoise waters of the Pileh Lagoon.  Following pick-up in a minivan, head to the marina. There, listen to your guide as they give you a brief introduction to your day. Take in the scenery in style as you whizz to Bamboo Island on a speedboat. Stop to swim in the clear blue waters, snorkel to discover the amazing underwater world or take a walk on the white beach. Visit Yong Kasem, also known as Monkey Beach. There, continue your snorkeling experience, exploring the stunning coral reefs. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Phi Phi Island to discover the unique Viking Cave. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon and swim in the amazing natural pool surrounded by cliff formations. Stop at Maya Bay, famous for the movie The Beach, and enjoy the local white sand beach. At 5:30 PM, return to the marine for a transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Snorkeling Day Trip by Speedboat

6. Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Snorkeling Day Trip by Speedboat

Get picked up from your hotel in Khao Lak and head to the Royal Phuket Marina where you will check in and enjoy a light breakfast while listening to a short, informative briefing about your island trip. Depart from the marina and enjoy the stunning views of the majestic Andaman Sea during the 1-hour speedboat ride to the Phi Phi Islands.  Arrive at Maya Bay to sightsee and take breathtaking pictures of an island destination made popular by the 2000 movie The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Head to Pileh Lagoon and dive into turquoise waters surrounded by tall limestone cliffs. Make sure to have your cameras ready for some of the most picture-perfect scenery of the day. Enjoy snorkeling in the Andaman Sea amongst colorful and diverse tropical fishes and coral reefs. After working up an appetite, indulge in a delicious lunch buffet at a hotel restaurant right by the beach. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free lunches can be arranged separately upon request. Afterwards, go back to tanning, swimming, and snorkeling on the Bamboo Island beach. Soak in the feeling of pure paradise as you look out across the bright blue water with your toes dipped in soft, white sand. Then journey back to the marina by speedboat and enjoy a special return treat at the office where you'll meet with the driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Khao Lak.

From Phi Phi: Half-Day Private Longtail Boat Charter

7. From Phi Phi: Half-Day Private Longtail Boat Charter

Depart from Ao Tonsai Pier and start your tour with a visit to Monkey Beach, to snorkel in the turquoise waters and watch the naughty monkeys on the shore. See the mysterious Viking Cave and admire the wall painting within, before continuing to one of Phi Phi's most beautiful gems, the Pileh Lagoon. Snorkel in the turquoise lagoon surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, then sail to the crystal clear waters of Lo Samah Bay to discover the abundance of marine life and colorful corals there. The last stop will be just outside Maya Bay, the iconic site made famous by Leonardo Di Caprio in “The Beach.” On the afternoon charter, catch stunning views of the sunset as you head back to Tonsai Pier.

Ko Phi Phi: Best Islands and Beaches Full-Day Boat Trip

8. Ko Phi Phi: Best Islands and Beaches Full-Day Boat Trip

The first stop of the day is Shark Point. Named after the black-tipped sharks you can find swimming in the area, Shark Point is a popular snorkeling spot among professional and amateur divers. The next stop is Bamboo Island, a pristine strip of land great for relaxing and snorkeling. Wade in the shallow waters and catch glimpses of the colorful fish. Lie down by the shore and soak up the sun, before climbing back on the boat towards your next destination. Take in the glorious limestone cliffs and azure waters at Mosquito Island or Koh Yung. Don’t let its name worry you; the mosquitos only come out in the evening. What you can look forward to are the spectacular rock formations, small quiet beaches, and crystal clear water for snorkeling. Next, you’ll head to Nui Bay, a tiny little alcove surrounded by rock formations. Take a few moments to relax on the sand or swim in the refreshing waters before making your way to Monkey Beach. This beach was named after the friendly primates that inhabit the island. Watch as they wander freely around the shore. You’ll also stop by Viking Cave, known for the Scandinavian-style ships painted on its walls, and Pileh Lagoon, another stunning locale with its emerald waters and towering cliffs. Then continue to Loh Samah Bay, where you can dive into the cool waters and swim with the colorful fish. After spending most of the afternoon in the water, you’ll board the boat and make your way to the famous Maya Bay, known for its appearance in the 1999 film "The Beach". You’ll circle the scenic bay, taking in the gorgeous scenery and watching the sunset, before making your way back to the pier.

Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter

9. Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Private Speedboat Charter

Enjoy a private trip to the Phi Phi Islands with a speedboat charter service. Tailor your own timetable for each island for a unique experience. Service includes hotel pick-up from 8:00 AM, with check-in at Nopparattara Beach before the journey out.  From 9:00 AM, start the exploration at Maya Bay, the first recommended destination where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. Capture the island scenery. From here, you can walk through the island to see Loh Sama Bay, a beautiful setting including a small green island planted in the Andaman Sea. From 10:00 AM, continue your journey for snorkeling at Loh Samah Bay and emerge yourself in the underwater world known for its tropical fish shining their vibrant yellow and blue coloring. Head toward the stunning view of Pileh Lagoon and make a short stop at Viking Cave to see where the Phi Phi birds nests are located. Next stop is Monkey Beach, a stunning 150-meter (492 feet) long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water.  Spend a relaxing afternoon swimming and snorkeling at Bamboo Island. The island is covered by lush vegetation and surrounded by a strip of white sand and a reef that spreads up to 500 meters (5,382 feet) from the shore. The uninhabited paradise location 3 miles (5 kilometers) off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don, provides its masked and finned visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. Depart the Ao Nang at 2:40 PM to journey back to your hotel.

Phuket: Phi Phi Tour by Speedboat & Lunch Buffet

10. Phuket: Phi Phi Tour by Speedboat & Lunch Buffet

Explore the highlights of the Phi Phi islands on this full-day speedboat tour from Phuket. Use the onboard snorkeling gear to get up close to local marine life at locations like Bamboo Island, Monkey beach, and Pileh Lagoon. Eat a scrumptious buffet lunch on Phi Phi Don. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Phuket and sit back and relax on the drive to the marina. Enjoy scenic ocean and shoreline views on the trip to Bamboo Island. Dive into the crystal clear waters or snorkel through colorful marine life. Cruise to Yong Kasem (Monkey Beach) and take some time to explore the local coral reefs. Continue past the unique rock formations at Nui Bay and Camel Rock. In the afternoon, stop at a beachside restaurant on Phi Phi Don for a delicious lunch buffet that is brimming with local flavors. Head to the island of Phi Phi Lae to visit the Viking Cave. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon and swim through a natural pool that is surrounded by cliff formations. Walk through the white sands at the famous Maya Bay, which was featured in the movie "The Beach." Return to the Royal Phuket Marina at the end of your tour and transfer to your hotel.    

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What people are saying about Maya Bay

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,241 reviews

Overall really good day and nice visit to islands with lots of swimming, snorkeling etc! I wanted to say special thanks to our driver, as our 8 year old kid got nausea during the drive from hotel and the driver was so kind, he stopped on the way, got water for us, some medicine, changed the seats in front and was driving really slowly for the rest of the road. Thank you very much for being so kind and understanding!!

It was a great trip!!! Pom was a great guide and takes EXCELLENT photos!!!! The trip is quite long so just be prepared for a very full day!!! With that being said, the sights are breath taking and the crew was great. A nice lunch, a lot of stops…. Well worth it.

Very nice day trip. Our guide Fay did a great job making sure everyone had fun. Highly recommended!

Totally recommended. Beautiful landscapes and very well organized to spend the day entertaining.

Really great hosts, amazing trip with such cool spots to see, swim and snorkel!