Diving in Phi Phi
Actually 2 main islands – Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh – these awesome sisters languish in the sea like a pair of emerald jewels studding the aquamarine waters of Phang Nga Bay. It’s one of the most picturesque islands in the world. You’ll marvel at the stunning movie-set desert-island scenery both above and below the waterline.
Scuba diving in Phi Phi ranks amongst the top 5 dive destinations in Thailand. Limestone cliffs rise dramatically out of the sea and plunge straight back down underwater, forming the colourful soft coral walls for which the islands are famous.
There are more than 15 different dive sites at Koh Phi Phi with many rugged walls, interesting caves and cavern penetrations. Swim-through entrances are often obscured by dazzling clouds of glassfish and gorgonians. Sea fans harbour pipefish, seahorses and shrimpfish, keeping even the most experienced divers entertained for days.
The islands lie in the Mu Koh Phi Phi National Marine Park in Krabi Province, so the sea life is substantially different to our other Thailand dive destinations. In many places, the islands are fringed with shallow coral gardens, where hard and soft corals and sponges prosper harmoniously amongst the myriad marine life. Here’s your best opportunity to happen across green and hawksbill turtles munching on bubble corals, black and white banded sea snakes, squid, angelfish, crocodile long-toms, black-tip reef sharks and leopard (zebra) sharks.
The diving in Phi Phi Islands, along with its beautiful movie-set beaches, seemingly endless number of coves and bays, and laid-back life style appeals to holidaymakers from all walks of life. Travellers, young backpackers, tropical island paradise seekers, and those simply looking for a few days of fun, easy living in the sun, are sure to be delighted by the wide range of diving adventures that these islands have to offer.
- Bida Nai
- Bida Nok
- Garang Heng
- Hin Dot
- Loh Samah Bay
- Maya Wall
- Phi Phi Shark Point
You can dive the Phi Phi Islands all year round, with optimal conditions existing from February to May. At this time the water temperatures are at their highest, peaking around 30°C and visibility is also at the year round high of up to 30m. 27°C is about the coldest you can expect underwater here and this occurs in the months of January and February.
Prevailing northwesterly winds blow between November and January, lowering the water temperature a little and disturbing the sea’s surface. At this time of the year you are likely to dive the sites on the western side of the islands as they remain the most sheltered.
South-westerly monsoon winds come from late May to October bring a drop in visibility and October can bring heavier rains to this part of the Andaman Sea. However, weather conditions are seldom bad enough to cancel daytrips and liveaboards run throughout the year in this region.
Great for: Wall dives, value-for-money, snorkelling and non-diving activities
Not so Great for: Wrecks and advanced divers
Depth: 5 – 30m
Visibility: 5 – 20m
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Water Temperature: 27 – 30°C
Experience Level: Beginner – intermediate
Number of dive sites: ~15
Distance: ~45 km east of Phuket (3 hours), 30 km southwest of Krabi (2½ hours)
Access: Day trips and liveaboards
Recommended length of stay: 5 – 7 days
You will have 2 dives at Phi Phi Islands and one dive on the way back at Shark Point or Anemone Reef or Koh Dok Mai
3 dive daytrip prices from 3800 baht per diver and 2300 baht for non divers
- Transfers from hotel (Patong, Karon, Kata)
- All meals, fruits and snacks
- Drinking water, tea and coffee
- Experienced dive guide
- Small dive groups of 5 or less
- Dive equipment (500 THB per day)
- Entrance fee (600 THB per day)
- Dive computer (500 THB per day)
- Lightg torch (300 THB per day)
- 15 liter dive tank (100 THB per tank)
- Nitrox (300 THB per tank)
- Soft Drinks
Attention! If you cancel your booking or you do not show up, a 100% charge of your booking applies.