Day Six (Sunday) – We weren’t planning on a trip to Phi Phi Island as we’d heard the seas can get pretty rough heading over during the low season and visibility for snorkeling wasn’t great though speaking to a tour operator and having seen some photos of the day before, we booked a trip at the last minute. I’m so glad we did the trip, we all had a fantastic day and the weather was perfect.
We were picked up from the hotel by a driver at 8.30am and drove around an hour to the Royal Marina to meet our tour guide and boat. The tour we had chosen was a speedboat so it would take around an hour to get to the islands from the Marina. There were around 25 people on the trip, mostly Australians and New Zealanders.
Our guide for the day, Moo Moo, wanted to organize photographs of each family before getting onto the boat and we were first up. For some reason, I took off my backpack and put it on the edge of the Marina and as I turned around, I heard a splash – looked around and there was my backpack bobbing up and down in the water a few metres below us. I was so embarrassed and I’m sure Linden and the girls just wanted to crawl into a hole and pretend they didn’t know me. Thankfully it floated and one of the staff fished it out of the water. I’m glad that nothing was damaged, even the car keys that I’d forgotten were in there.
After embarrassing the family, I tried hard for the rest of the day to keep out of trouble. Our first stop was Bamboo Island which was postcard perfect. The water was so warm, clear and bright blue. We spent around an hour there swimming and practicing with the snorkels and masks.
After Bamboo Island we went to Phileh Lagoon which was a stunning little cove where we moored and jumped off the boat to swim. The girls were showing off with their flips and had a ball.
We then stopped at the mouth of the lagoon to snorkel. There were lots of striped fish, some rainbow fish and angel fish. There were bright blue clams, sea urchins and coral too. It was so lovely to spend time just floating and observing the world under the sea.
There was a stop to look at the Viking Cave where little birds from Siberia nest. A man lives there to protect the nests as they’re very expensive and used in Birds’ Nest Soup. There were big bamboo scaffolds to climb up to get the nests.
Then we stopped to look at Monkey Beach. Unfortunately, they monkeys have become so used to tourists feeding them that they expect food whenever they see boats coming. They also carry diseases so I was grateful our boat only stopped so we could see them, without getting too close. One swam out to the boat in the hope we’d give it some food.
Lunch was on Phi Phi Don, the largest island at The Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. It was a set Thai menu and was so fresh and delicious.
After lunch, we had around an hour trip to Rang Yai Island for another swimming stop but the wind had come up and it wasn’t quite as inviting as Bamboo Island earlier in the day. The seas started getting rough on the way and a couple of the younger kids got seasick. I’m so glad we didn’t get sick. I’m so glad we made the last minute decision to visit the islands. It was so beautiful and well worth it. I think we would have all been disappointed if we got home and didn’t make the trip.
Next up, John Gray Sea Canoe Hong by Starlight Tour.