Clown fish around Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Koh Phi Phi - Awesome SCUBA Diving in The Andaman Sea (Thailand)
If you think Phi Phi is only about partying you are wrong. It is touristy and it can be packed with backpackers but nature is amazing, especially around Phi Phi Leh. Above and below you can find incredible rock formations with stunning cliffs that change in to an incredible seascape full of life.
Koh Phi Phi is a very popular destination for backpackers and travelers and it has some incredible natural sights with Maya Beach being the most popular. If you stay on Koh Phi Phi (Don) you will have a hard time NOT to find a dive shop offering trips. It is a popular activity and with all sorts of soft corals and even sharks it is a great spot in the Andaman Sea.
Soft corals around Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
It was weeks later, when we organized a private speedboat trip from Phuket with a group of friends. Not the most economical and ecological regarding fuel but we got to be out a day on the water and by the time we arrived at Phi Phi all other operators were gone. We went with Sea Bees divers, who actually have a dive shop on Phi Phi as well, how ironic.
|Dive area name||Andaman Sea|
|Dive center||Paradise Diving / Sea Bees Nai Yang|
|Famous for||Rock formations with gorgonian fans, soft corals and black tip reef sharks.|
|Price||3-tank guided boat dive to Phi Phi from Phuket is $135,- for a full day including hotel pick-up/drop-off, breakfast/lunch/fruit, coffee/tea/water, towel, tanks and weights.|
|Hotel recommendation||Gypsy Sea View Resort|
SCUBA diving at Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Koh Bida NokThe first dive site was Koh Bida Nok, one of the little islands South of Phi Phi Leh. With the bottom at around 30 meters and the limestone cliffs continuing in steep underwater walls this is a really interesting dive site to explore.
Loh Sama BayLoh Sama Bay is a dive site South-East of Phi Phi Ley. It offers a small island where you can dive around which takes about the whole dive. This is another beautiful dive site with countless fish and colorful corals. Especially the soft corals and Gorgonian fans are stunning. Some huge Porcupine Puffers were swimming (more like floating) around while Scorpionfish were 'stuck' on the wall.
Palong WallOur last dive was at Palong Wall, North-West of Phi Phi Leh. On this dive we were lucky to see many black tip reef sharks!
Comparing dive destinations
|Bottom structure||Reef structure||Pelagic
(big stuff in the blue)
(bigger stuff on the reef)
(small stuff on the reef)
|Flat bottom with bumps/big rocks/pinnacles||Hard corals tree-shape
|Slope (going down slowly)||Soft corals tree-shape
(you can easily swim against it)
(steep but you see the bottom)
(you can swim against it for a little while/higher air consumption)
(steep and you can't see the bottom)
(you cannot swim against it)
|Sponges||Sardines/herrings||Puffers||Shrimps||Pumping/washing machine/OMG/hold your regulator
Marine life at Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
About the organization of Sea Bees DivingThe trip is a full day trip, from 8 AM until about 7 PM, with a two and a half hour speed- boatride to Phi Phi. The dive time is limited to 60 minutes, which is quite unique I guess for 3 dives at a large distance, awesome!
All was perfectly managed by Michael from Paradise Divers / Sea Bees Divers Nai Yang. The boat was really comfortable, dive briefings and safety standard perfectly organized and even beers for our return trip!
For the Sea Bees dive center on Koh Phi Phi itself you can visit the general website of Sea Bees Diving. Travel information about staying on Koh Phi Phi you can read here.
Dive o'clock "It's dive o'clock somewhere!"
Paradise Divers / Sea Bees dive boat at Koh Phi Phi.
Impressions of diving around Koh Phi Phi:
Impressions of diving Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
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