Pretty disappointing. We felt like we'd wasted a day of our holiday.
After a pick up at around 7am, travelling to the dock and boarding etc, the boat left at about 8.30-45. It's about 4 hours (there and back) in all on the ferry/boat which is fairly basic, overcrowded and has very inadequate air con in the lower decks (which smells of petrol fumes) if you want to shelter from the sun for some of the time. Once you get to Phi Phi (c10.30), they continue to go around the island, so you at least get a bit of a look around. Next, you change boats to go to the bay where you can swim and snorkel for an hour. It's not a patch on the Barrier Reef in terms of the coral or variety of fish etc, but they throw bread into the water to bring the fish in, so of those that are there, there are quite a lot. It's not outstanding, but it's the best bit of the whole day.
We then went on to the island to the hotel for lunch, which was not great. The most generous description is to say it was very mediocre and definitely the most unappetising meal of our holiday. After a 30 wait in the queue for the toilets, we then had about 30mins to have a walk around the beach area, which was full of stalls similar to those in Patong, before we had to head back to the boat for the 2.30 departure back again. On arrival back at the port at around 4.30 we then joined our allocated minibus, with a group of others, to be taken back to our hotels. After a few stops to drop people off, we got back at about 6.
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