For water-sports lovers, at Koh Phi Phi you will find moder diving
equipment as well as boats to heir for taking photographs and enjoying
the beauty of the scenery of various islands and bays like Maya
bay, Phi Phi Ley Bay, Tonsai Bay and Bamboo Island. Around diving
area, you will see one of the beautiful coral reefs in the world
and you will be impressed by an unforgettable experience.
You can rent kayaks along most of Phi Phi Don's main beach, but
a better bet may be to sign up for a daylong kayaking tour to Phi
Phi Le. You'll get a local's insight, plenty of snorkeling time,
and the chance to paddle with – or swim beside – benign black-tip
Kayaking tours can be high energy and action packed with surging
waves, caves, and blowholes, or more gentle relaxed paddling, depending
on the season and the tour. Paddle during the day, visiting islands,
snorkelling and swimming or take a sunset paddle and return by torchlight
under the stars!
Wonderful coral gardens, unusual cave fish, exotic tropical
fish, and sharks - probably the best snorkelling anywhere. Depths
vary from 2-7 metres (6-20 feet) and visibility is crystal clear.
You can hire equipment from local dive shops, but it's worth taking
a tour to the reefs which fringe the islands. Tours also go to offshore
reefs (about 1.5 km) which contain more unusual marine life.
Masks and snorkels are normally included in the price, although
these may be of varied shapes and sizes! Some operators have quality
equipment while others have a standard mask and fins in limited
sizes, so shop around, otherwise your underwater views may be limited.
The Andaman Sea is home to all the classic prize fighters of
the fish world. Black Marlin, Giant Travelly, Sailfish, and Shark.
Yellowfin, Dogtooth and Skipjack, Tuna are common, while Wahoo are
plentiful during the monsoon season. (June - October.)
Boat charter is available, or join a trip with other individuals
(depends on demand) or hire a local longtail boat. Don't expect
to take your fish home Phuket operates a "catch and release"
policy to maintain the stock of these remarkable fish.
Surprisingly, not really developed on the island - despite the great
potential. Although some routes are bolted, you'll need to consult
other climbers first and bring your own equipment!
Krabi is more organised with climbing shops and gear for rent,
although more crowded on the rock face.
If you want to see local climbers in action, visit the Viking Cave.
For 100 Baht, with no ropes or special equipment, just bamboo scaffolding
(and a prayer to the local cave gods) the locals collect the Swifts'
nests which form the basic ingredients for the gourmet Chinese Bird's