The Phi Phi Islands sit in between Phuket and Koh Lanta in the Andaman Sea. With Phuket being one of Thailand’s major tourist resorts, it is easiest to make the trip to the Phi Phi Islands from there. Understandably, all tours involve some form of boat travel, but the range of options and experiences really comes down to how much free time and spare change you have. Bear in mind that the tours have become increasingly popular over the last decade and getting these islands to yourself is rather unlikely.
The Phi Phi Islands are the impossibly gorgeous tropical islands that only seem to exist in movies and the imagination until you actually set foot there and see that it’s no mere illusion. The group of six islands are graced by dramatic karst limestone cliffs that pierce the sea and push up to the sky, with a halo of turquoise water at their base. This is the place where The Beach was filmed after all. They might not be the undiscovered paradise that the characters of the book and film were seeking, but they are certainly remarkable dots on the planet.
FROM: $122/per person
This is the perfect day trip for divers who are already Padi certified. The round trip from Phuket takes in several dive sites around the little group of islands. Breakfast and lunch are provided on board as well as plenty of fresh drinking water. Rental of diving equipment costs an additional fee however. This tour normally takes in three separate dive locations during the day, allowing a good amount of time to dive each.
From $78/ per person
This tour takes you on a round trip of various islands and serene spots from Phuket on a speedboat. While taking in the better-known locales of the islands, such as Viking Cave, you’ll also get the chance to see monkeys on Monkey Beach, have lunch at a beachside restaurant (included) and explore the small island of Khai Nai. Snorkel equipment is provided so that you can marvel at what lies below, as well as above, the surface of the water.
From $115/ per person
Although a little towards the higher price end for a day trip, the reviews are rarely anything but stellar. The hotel pickup to begin the day leads to a rapid speedboat trip across the Andaman Sea, which can get a little choppy but does land you at your destination faster so that there’s more time to be spent on the beach or snorkelling (masks and fins are provided). Usually the last stop is at a secluded beach, which is the closest you might get in this region of Thailand to that authentic castaway experience, before speeding back to Phuket at the end of the day.