The Beach Beach, Snorkelling and Monkeys

Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2014

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today we are booked on a longboat tour of Kho Phi Phi Ley. Its the little brother of Phi Phi Don and the setting for the film The Beach. Nobody lives on the island but you can visit it and even camp on it for a night if you have the cash. We opted to sail around the island with a couple of stops to snorkel and then a view of the beach before heading out to sea to watch the sunset. Or so we thought. You don't always get what you expect here but sometimes things turn out for the better.

The boat takes us out to sea. There are about 15 on our boat and it takes about 20 min to get to our first stop. Its a stretch of beach inhabited by monkeys. We park up then hop off for photos, the monkeys have no fear and are obviously well used to visitors. They eat bananas, play in the trees and pose for photos (the monkeys, not the visitors). A lovely unexpected bonus :)

Next stop is for a snorkel in a little cove with limestone cliffs. As we get closer we can see makeshift wooden stairs climbing out of the water, leading to a gap in the cliffs which we assume leads to the interior of the island. Our Guide  informs us that we can snorkel here or for an extra 100baht we can venture up the steep stairs, through the island's national park, and spend some time on Maya Beach. Another happy suprise as we were only expecting to see the beach from the boat. 200baht and a trechorous swim/climb later (we both have cuts to prove it) we are treking through the middle of the island pretending to be Leonardo Di Caprio. The illussion is only spoilt by the touristy themepark campsite we pass through. And finally we emerge from the jungle and step onto Maya Beach. It is a wonder. The sand is white and pure and the water is warm and clear with the limestone cliffs framing the landscape. After a while we head back the way we came and find our boat. Time for a spot of snorkelling and fingers crossed we won't be eaten by a shark.

It is Ian's first time snorkelling and Anna holds his hand again as he splashes about, trying not to drown, while he gets his mask on. The fish are everywhere and the water so clear its as if you are looking at a fishtank. There are many different shapes, sizes and colours, and the more curious ones swim right up to your mask to get a closer look. We swim about for awhile and then its all aboard again for a doughnut and a slice of pineapple (complimentary and very tasty).

By the time we reach the next snorkelling spot, further round the island, the sun has become hidden by clouds and the tempurature is beginning to drop. Anna stays on board this time while Ian has another quick look at the fish and stuff. By the time everyone is back on board its become a bit chilly and there is no sun to be seen anymore. Abandoning the final leg to see the sunset we head off home feeling satisfied and tired after a day of adventure and looking at suff.

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