05.05.2006 - 07.05.2006 34 °C
As I write this I'm still on Phi Phi. It's so nice that we can't be bothered to move on from it as it has everything - you could day trip from here for well over 6 months without any problems! So we're going to stay at least another night or two.
Yesterday we did a fantastic day trip around Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Bamboo Island, and Monkey Beach - got a bit burnt on my back where I couldn't reach but other than that it was a brilliant day. First off we got a boat to Ko Phi Phi Ley, the island that has the fabled Maya Bay. Maya Bay boasts the beach where The Beach was filmed back in 1999 - and was surprisingly quiet as we got there quite early. Did some snorkelling there too - saw some amazing looking fish - no idea what they were but they were yellow and blue striped, and some parrot fish too.
Our next stop was on the other side of Phi Phi Ley - a lovely little cove with a beautiful beach. However there were tonnes of jellyfish so I didn't brave the water here! Had a nice relax on the boat and it was time to move on shortly afterwards.
We then went to Shark Point, just off Phi Phi Don (the island we're staying on), passing Phi Phi Ley's viking caves on the way. They looked impressive but you couldn't go in - still good to see. At Shark Point you are supposedly able to swim with Black-Tip Reef Sharks, but alas there were none about. Still saw some beautiful fish, and Jez saw a sea snake! The coral was littered with sea cucumbers and sea slugs - some of them really brightly coloured.
After Shark Point we had lunch on the boat and then went to Bamboo Island. Bamboo Island is just north of Phi Phi and really beautiful - did some more snorkelling here. There were some huge parrot fish (the really shiny multicoloured fish with little beaks) - as I dived down to get a closer look you could actually hear their beaks scratching the coral as they picked the plankton off it, incredible!
Our last stop before returning to Phi Phi Don was Monkey Beach. This was one of the most surreal experiences of the holiday - we got in a kayak and paddled to shore. On the beach there were loads of wild monkeys running around! Some were just sitting on rocks about two feet away so we got a really good view - alas I wasn't brave enough to take my camera in the kayak so no pictures, but an amazing experience nonetheless!
We got back to port and just had a nice chill after that. Ate at a lovely restaurant right on the beach - what more could you ask for. Had a beer and then went to bed.
Today is just going to be a(nother!) day for relaxing and doing nothing - it's a hard life eh!