The island might be small, but nature has blessed this little piece of land with so much beauty and natural wonder to explore that the things to do in Koh Phi Phi guarantee not one dull moment. Once you have come to terms with the beauty around you and have shaken the stresses of life on a sparkling beach, try some of these attractions and activities.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Here you can literally have the best of both worlds. The beautiful one with an array of wildlife and scenic beauty above water and the splendor and mystique of the bright tropical one beneath. Snorkeling is a must do to see amazing marine life. Better yet, hope on a longtail boat and ask the local to take you to a nice snorkeling spot. Alternatively most Phi Phi resorts and a selection of operators on the island can also arrange trips to several beautiful snorkel sites.
A few hundred meters away is Phi Phi Le featuring Maya Bay which served as the backdrop in the movie “The Beach”. Depths vary from 2 to 7 meters, the water is crystal clear and apart from many bright colored tropical fish, reef and wall coral can be viewed here. Snorkel equipment can be rented or bought on the island.
Scuba divers will appreciate 30 meter visibility and encounter strange cave fish at Camel Rock and at Hin Klang some remote coral gardens. Bamboo Island is a popular location for snorkeling just north of Phi Phi Don. Here, in shallow water one sees small sharks swimming. Mosquito Island, opposite Laem Tong Beach is another location offering scenic snorkeling.
The King Cruiser, a shipwrecked ferry, lies just over 10 meters below the surface and make an awesome wreck dive. The two pinnacles, Hin Daeng (red rock) and Hin Muang (purple rock) lie 60 kilometers north of Phi Phi where you can expect to find find great wall dives and see tropical under water gardens, Manta Rays and whale sharks.
KayakingSitting on a beach gazing out over the tropical Andaman miracles, limestone cliffs and small nearby islands is a beautiful sight. Sitting in a kayak on the water looking back at the islands and surrounding scenery is a wonderful experience in itself and probably the best way of sightseeing around this island's shores. Rent a Kayak and explore the cliffs, secluded beaches and bays and other attractions at your own time and leisure.
Rock ClimbingAnother angle at which to gaze over paradise. The island offers some of the greatest rock climbing opportunities in Thailand and it is made extra special by the sight that awaits you at the top. The main climbing area is Ton Sai Tower and Hin Taak which you can reach by a quick long tail boat ride. There are several good rock climbing shops on the island offering gear and instructors.
Boat ToursWith so many sights to see and explore, it is no wonder so many boat tours are available on the island. You can do your tour of the area either by long tail boat, speed boat or ferry. Tours include stops for kayaking around breathtaking cliffs and small islands, cliff jumps and snorkeling.
NightlifeThe fun does not to stop when the sun goes down. It is of course lovely to just sit on a quiet beach, stare at the stars, listen to the sounds of the night and appreciate where you are, but, if you want some lively night time entertainment, there are no bars, clubs, restaurants and beach parties in Tonsai.
Viking CaveWhen out on your kayak, be sure to stop at Viking Cave on Phi Phi Leh. The cave is more than 3 square kilometers and has cave drawings made by generations of fishermen for good luck.
Cliff JumpingMany tour operators on the island offer cliff jumping excursions. Jumps vary from 6 to 16 meters and special shoes and gloves are included in the deal.
ShoppingIn Tonsai Village there are countless vendor stalls selling clothes, jewelry, handicraft, CD’s, DVD’s, snorkel and other sports gear. There are tattoo parlors, pharmacies, book shops, restaurants and coffee shops lining the narrow lanes.