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Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

1. Phuket: Maya, Phi Phi, and Bamboo Island with Buffet Lunch

Depart from Phuket and cruise in a speedboat across the ocean to the Phi Phi Islands. Enter the picturesque Loh Sama Bay and walk across the sands to relax on Maya Bay. Spot local wildlife at Monkey Beach and indulge in a beach-side restaurant buffet before snorkeling on Bamboo Island. Get picked up from your hotel in Phuket and travel to the pier to meet your friendly crew and group for the day. Be welcomed onto the boat with a soft drink and seasonal fruits as you're briefed about the tour. Arrive at Loh Sama Bay, a famous site of Koh Phi Phi Leh, located on the eastern side of the island's southern tip. The bay has a small islet in the center, along with a tiny beach at the back of a small canyon on its northern part. From Loh Sama Bay you will walk over to Maya Bay, famous for being the set of the movie, The Beach. Here, spend time enjoying the view of the local white sand beach and take some time to walk around. Appreciate the restoration work around the bay, and respect the strict rules that have been placed to preserve its natural beauty for everyone. Visit Pileh Lagoon, an uninhabited national park, which truly allows you to take in the natural environment. It is one of the most stunning places to visit in Thailand due to being an enclosed lagoon with its bright emerald waters encircled by towering limestone cliffs. In front of the steep and dark cliffs, there is a narrow strip of fine white sand, where you can a small secluded beach. Ponder over your existence, let your toes feel the grains, and feel the peace of being where you are. Visit Viking Cave, an excellent way to discover one of the most profitable local industries in the past, the harvesting of swiftlet bird nests. Particularly prized in Chinese culture, these edible nests are believed to promote good health, specifically for the skin. Next, you will have the chance to visit monkey beach, one of the most unique locales on the Phi Phi Islands. Reach, an idyllic spot, surrounded by nature and steep rock formations that makes the whole vision of the beach a beautiful memory that will last forever. Limestone cliffs surround the beach and the wild monkeys can be seen up in these cliffs, chilling out on the sand or swimming in the sea. Here, take a moment to sightsee, but keep your distance from the wild monkeys to avoid a dangerous altercation. Enjoy a delicious International Buffet Lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Nui Bay, a dive site on the northwest coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. It offers a shallow dive and is also well-known for snorkeling trips inside the bay. Get excited for some free time on Bamboo Island where you will be able to swim, relax, or sunbathe for an hour and a half. The island measures roughly 600 meters wide by 700 meters long, and the island is shaped almost like a heart. Surrounding the island, is a strip of white powder sand, which boasts as a highlight of the Phi Phi islands. Afterward, return to your speedboat and enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.

From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

2. From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day of relaxation on this speedboat trip to Phi Phi Islands, lapped by turquoise waters and shaded by towering limestone rocks. Scene of the blockbuster movie “The Beach,” Phi Phi is a paradise destination just 30 miles from mainland Thailand. Composed of 2 islets, Phi Phi Don is the larger, known for its fine beaches and coral formations. Tourist facilities are available along the 2 beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Lodalam. During the day you can visit Maya Bay, where “The Beach” was filmed, swim in some of the world's clearest water, snorkel at beautiful Hin Klang, and explore Viking Cave, where thousands of swallows nest. Discover the hidden coves of Phi Phi Lee, such as Phi Lee Bay, where the limestone cliffs rise straight up from the waters and are only reachable by boat. Snorkel among the coral gardens of Ao Maya and Ao Lo Sama. Surrounded by flawless sand beaches, expect to see abundant reef fish and even the occasional leopard shark. You will also visit Monkey Beach, which is located on the southwestern side of Ton Sai Bay. It is a simply stunning 150-meter-long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water. During low tide, you can see a colony of monkeys having their breakfast down on the beach. The morning session will end on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the 2 sister islands. A rich Thai buffet lunch is served in the restaurant of Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort. Then it is time to explore the island path of Ton Sai along the beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Loh Dalum Bay. In the afternoon you will have to chance to swim and snorkel at Bamboo Island, a tiny and flat island covered by lush vegetation and entirely surrounded by a strip of white sand and a reef that spreads up to 500 meters from the shore. The uninhabited paradise located 3 miles (5 km) off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don provides visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium.

From Phi Phi: Full-Day Sunset Long Tail Boat Tour

3. From Phi Phi: Full-Day Sunset Long Tail Boat Tour

Set off around the Phi Phi archipelago on a longtail boat tour for 13 people. Discover the area's marvelous islands, beaches, lagoons, and bays, and round the day off in style with spectacular sunset views. Meet the local partner's staff in front of McDonald's in Tonsai Bay at 9:30 AM and make your way to the pier for a 10:10 AM departure. Set sail toward Monkey Beach, Shark Point, and Runtee Bay first, and enjoy time to snorkel in the sea. Next, head to Bamboo Island, a wonderful circular island filled with wild bamboo. Relax with some free time on the powdery white beach with soft sand and crystal clear water before savoring a picnic lunch right on this paradise beach. After lunch, visit Mosquito Island, the north-easternmost point in the Phi Phi Archipelago. Like Bamboo Island, Mosquito Island is completely uninhabited and has two beaches that are rarely visited by tourists. Enjoy time away from the crowds, and snorkel in the stunning waters of the southeastern tip of the island, home to an impressive abundance of marine life. Next, sail to discover the mysteries of the Viking Cave, famous for the seemingly prehistoric painting of a Viking boat on its wall. The cave was once used for the extraction of birds' nests, prized ingredients in Chinese culture for making medicinal soups believed to help with longevity. From the Viking Cave, prepare to marvel at Pi Leh Lagoon, a beautiful turquoise lagoon enclosed by towering, jagged limestone cliffs. At some spots, it even seems like the water is lit from the bottom of the sea, a spectacular sight to see. Relax and escape in the most spectacular site in the Phi Phi archipelago, and float in the crystal clear and still water of this gem of the Andaman Sea. Your next stop is Loh Samah Bay, famous for shallow still waters and a large coral reef filled with colorful fish. Snorkel here for a while, then hop back on to your longtail boat to sail toward Maya Bay. Admire the spectacular sunset views at this wonderful paradise made famous by the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, “The Beach.” At about 6:30 PM, transfer back to the pier from where you can walk to your hotel.

Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

4. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

Tour the paradisical Phi Phi Islands, and explore Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh on a guided speedboat day trip from Phuket. Dip below the waves with 3 snorkeling stops and tuck into a buffet lunch by the beach. Start your morning with hotel pickup and a complimentary coffee or tea with cookies. Hop on a speedboat, and make your way to Green Island for snorkeling while observing marine wildlife. Continue to Phi Phi Leh island, featured in iconic movies, including "The Beach." Sightsee along Maya Bay and Loh Samah Bay by boat before taking a swim in Pileh Lagoon, known for its emerald water encircled by limestone karst cliffs. Bring your camera to Viking Cave and see its bird nests. At noon, arrive at Phi Phi Don island. Here, regain your strength with a buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant. After, enjoy free time to discover this lush island with its many shops and cafes. Stop by Monkey Beach to catch a glimpse of the monkeys who call this beach home. Then, head to Nui Bay to swim, snorkel or soak up the sunshine. Finally, visit Khai Island and relax on its pristine shores or enjoy the water before a return transfer to your hotel.

Krabi: Phi Phi Sunrise & 4 Islands by Speedboat with Lunch

5. Krabi: Phi Phi Sunrise & 4 Islands by Speedboat with Lunch

Start an amazing day with an early pick-up from your hotels in Krabi Town, Klong Muang, Ao Nam Mao, and Ao Nang between 6:00 AM and 6:30 AM, to avoid the crowds at Phi Phi Island. Enjoy a 20-minute speedboat ride to Railay Island, where the boat will stop to pick up some remaining passengers, before a 40-minute boat trip to Maya Bay.  Relax at Maya Bay, known for being the location where 'the Beach' was filmed. Here you can go for a swim in the turquoise waters or relax on the white sand beach. Next is Pileh Lagoon where you can swim and snorkel in one of the world's most breathtaking natural swimming pools surrounded by limestone mountains. Continue to a Viking Cave where you can spot the birds' nests and wall paintings from aboard the boat. Visit and walk on the Monkey Beach which is home to a colony of wild monkeys. At around 11 AM, journey to Koh Phi Phi Don to enjoy a Thai buffet lunch at the hotel restaurant. From 12:30 PM, take some time to swim and snorkel around Phi Phi Don Island and see the tropical fishes and corals. Head to Bamboo Island and spend another 45 minutes swimming or relaxing on this beautiful island.  Head back to 4 Islands, taking a photo at Chicken Island and stopping at Talaywaek (divided sea), known for its unique beach located between the offshore islands of Koh Kai, Koh Tup, and Koh Mor. This phenomenon happens each day as the tide recedes. Make your way to the last destination at Poda Island, a long sandy beach and the largest island out of the famous four. Relax and swim in this crystal clear water before returning to the pier to be transferred back to your hotel to bring the day to a close.

Phi Phi: Half-Day Long-Tail Island Boat Tour Ticket

6. Phi Phi: Half-Day Long-Tail Island Boat Tour Ticket

Your first stops will be at Monkey Beach, Shark Point, and Runtee Bay. At Monkey Beach, interact with the cute, furry inhabitants - who are absolutely tourist-friendly. These crab-eating macaques live on the cliffs above and scramble down to the beach to find food.  Continue your tour to Mosquito Island, the north-easternmost point in the archipelago. Mosquito Island is also uninhabited and has two beaches rarely visited by tourists. The waters near the southeastern tip host an impressive abundance of marine life, making it a stunning snorkeling spot. Head to the famous Viking Cave, with its mysterious prehistoric-like painting resembling a Viking boat. Be amazed by Pi Leh Lagoon, a turquoise lagoon enclosed by towering limestone cliffs. Escape to paradise as you float in the calm, crystal-clear water. Next, visit Loh Samah Bay, famous for shallow waters and a large coral reef filled with vibrant marine life. Spend some time here snorkeling before hopping back on the long-tail boat. Sail towards Maya Bay, a paradise made famous by the Leonardo Di Caprio movie The Beach. If you have chosen the afternoon tour, you will enjoy the spectacular sunset views here.

Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands: Premium Day Trip w/ Seaview Lunch

7. Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands: Premium Day Trip w/ Seaview Lunch

Discover the natural wonders on the Phi Phi Islands on this boat tour from Phuket. Snorkel through colorful marine life at Bamboo Island and Maya Bay. Enjoy the stunning limestone formations at the Viking Cave and the turquoise waters of the Pileh Lagoon.  Following pickup in a minivan, head to the marina. There, listen to your guide as they give you a brief introduction to your day. Take in the scenery in style as you whizz to Bamboo Island on a speedboat. Stop to swim in the clear blue waters, snorkel to discover the amazing underwater world or take a walk on the white beach. Visit Yong Kasem, also known as Monkey Beach. There, continue your snorkeling experience, exploring the stunning coral reefs. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach-side restaurant on Phi Phi Don. After lunch, travel to Phi Phi Island to discover the unique Viking Cave. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon and swim in the amazing natural pool surrounded by cliff formations. Stop at Maya Bay, famous for the movie The Beach, and enjoy the local white sand beach. At 5:30 PM, return to the marine for a transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

Phuket: Phi Phi Island & Maya Bay Speedboat Tour

8. Phuket: Phi Phi Island & Maya Bay Speedboat Tour

Upon arrival at the pier, be greeted by your friendly host and enjoy a light breakfast with some tea or coffee. Then, begin your tour and visit 6 beautiful locations throughout the Phi Phi Islands.  Discover highlights of the islands including Pileh Lagoon, Phi Phi Don, Maya Bay, the Viking Cave, Monkey Beach, and Loh Samah Bay. Upon reaching the Phi Phi islands first visit the stunning Pileh Lagoon, which is encircled by towering limestone cliffs. Discover the serene surroundings up close as you cruise into the lagoon on a local wooden longtail boat.  Jump into the warm water of Pileh Lagoon and enjoy a relaxing swimming stop. Next, continue to the famous Viking Cave. Cruise past Maya Baya and see where the cult-classic movie, The Beach, was filmed. Enjoy a stop for some snorkeling at Loh Samah Bay. Discover vast and colorful coral reefs home to a variety of tropical fish. Stop on the island of Phi Phi Don for some exploring and relaxation time. Enjoy a delicious Thai-style buffet lunch, with optional champagne and cold cuts available.  Enjoy some free time exploring Phi Phi Don's charming cafes or hike to the stunning viewpoint. Afterward, travel back to Phuket by speedboat.

From Phi Phi: Half-Day Private Longtail Boat Charter

9. From Phi Phi: Half-Day Private Longtail Boat Charter

Depart from Ao Tonsai Pier or Laemtong Pier and start your tour with a visit to Monkey Beach, snorkel in the turquoise waters, and watch the naughty monkeys on the shore. See the mysterious Viking Cave and admire the wall painting within, before continuing to one of Phi Phi's most beautiful gems, the Pileh Lagoon. Snorkel in the turquoise lagoon surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, then sail to the crystal clear waters of Lo Samah Bay to discover the abundance of marine life and colorful corals there. The last stop will be just outside Maya Bay, the iconic site made famous by Leonardo Di Caprio in “The Beach.” On the afternoon charter, catch stunning sunset views as you head back to Tonsai Pier.

From Krabi: Phi Phi and 4 Islands Early Bird Tour

10. From Krabi: Phi Phi and 4 Islands Early Bird Tour

Start the day with an early pick-up from hotels in Ao Nang, Klong Muang, and Tub Kaek. Enjoy the morning at Koh Mor and Koh Tap, a group of islands with a white fine sand bar that links the three isles together. Visit Maya Bay which was made famous by the film "The Beach”. Explore the jungle behind the beach. Head next to the Pileh Lagoon to admire the towering cliffs surrounding an emerald-green lagoon. Stop for some swimming and to jump off the boat. Go to snorkeling spots to swim and snorkel. Explore the colorful tropical reef and marine life with tropical fish. Continue with a visit to the Viking Cave. Visit Monkey Bay, and see the wild monkeys' habitat. Discover the powdery white sand beach with crystal clear water at Bamboo Island, a great place to relax on the beach. Enjoy a Thai buffet lunch with a variety of options. After lunch, head to Koh Kai for taking photos of this island’s incredible rock formation in the shape of a chicken. Finish at scenic Koh Poda. Relax and swim in this crystal clear water before returning to the pier to be transferred back to your hotel.

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Worth five stars for the price! In addition to lunch, a light snack in the morning and fruit, drinks and local delicacies on the boat. Ice cream at the end of the trip. Lunch was good, rice, vegetables, chicken, fruit and soup. Bambusaari was the highlight of the trip. At the first destination, Maya Beach, there was a traffic jam, and tourists breaking the national park's swimming ban, which dampened the atmosphere. The other destinations were beautiful and more peaceful. Our group's guide was Paula and she and her team were great! We sat at the bow of the boat, which had the best views during the boat trip

very good value for money. We were picked up at the hotel and arrived at the port at 9am for drinks and sweet snacks. Then we went straight to the tour, whereby the tour guide changed the program due to the high tide and we snorkeled at the beginning. This was a very good decision. We were provided with drinks and fresh fruit throughout the trip. The food, which is often criticized here, was good for the price you pay for the tour! At the end everyone got an ice cream to say goodbye.

Really good experience. The guides are very helpful and kind. The speed boat ride, serene landscapes and snorkelling/swimming in those clear waters in this day trip is everything that’ll make your trip to Thailand worth it. Totally recommend!

Absolutely fantastic trip! We were in the most beautiful surroundings both on land and in the water. We had the sweetest guide with us, who made us feel comfortable throughout the trip. This tour has my warmest recommendation.

Great tour, enjoyed every moment. Goodie our tour guide was so friendly and funny! Lots of great snorkeling, lunch was delicious with good variety. Awesome views highly recommend.