We were recently in Phuket and really wanted to go to Phi Phi Island as all the photos look absolutely beautiful. We did the full day speed boat trip. It was a really long day although the company we went with were really good and helpful.
We got to Phi Phi around 10-10.30 and I was amazed by the amount of speed boats and people crammed into Maya Bay. The Bay is beautiful, don't get me wrong but it was hard to really get a feel with the amount of people on the beach and the amount of boats pulled up to the beach. Our boat crew had to push boats out of the way to get ours up to the beach. We had about half an hour on the beach, but there was not much to do. We couldn't swim as there was no room and you had to be careful walking along not to trip over the ropes from the boats.
The amount of people heading here each day is going to ruin this beautiful spot. There was rubbish in the water everywhere.
After this we headed to another part of the island for lunch. Again over crowded. The snorkling was off the side of the boat and really wasn't that good.
I would not recommend a visit here as I am sure there are plenty of other beautiful spots in the area that is not as crowded and will allow you a better appreciation for its beauty.
If you do intent to visit Phi Phi, I don't book the tour through your hotel or resort. We booked in a booking place on the street and the price was more than half cheaper.
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