Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pure Paradise at "The Beach"

A day of adventure is always fun and easy to organize from Ko Phi Phi. Brendan and I decided to hire a private boat and guide for just the two of us (for only $45) for a 4 hour half day adventure replete with snorkeling, swimming and sunset boat trip around Phi Phi Lei, an uninhabited island chain whose natural beauty is gorgeous and unspoiled. The islands are mostly composed of towering limestone cliffs that spring up at right angles with the crystal blue water's surface. The water is brightly turquoise and laced with verdant lush greenery and festooned with abundant coral reefs and hundreds of colorful species of fish. There are several magnificent beaches and scenic islands standing offshore, made famous as a location for the Hollywood film "The Beach" otherwise known as Maya Bay. There are no accommodations on Phi Phi Lei, as most of the island is composed of sheer cliffs and small lagoons with teeming fish. Trips leave every day for sightseeing and snorkelling, especially good for beginners as the water is warm, absolutely clear, and shallow. Great for snorkelling, lots of coral gardens and colourful fish, although it can get a little busy in high season, it is a must do!

Photos of Paradise
View from the bow of our private longboat that took us to Ko Phi Phi Ley 
A look back towards Ko Phi Phi as we leave for the day trip 
Arriving at the first of the islands 
Crystal blue waters of Maya Bay
Paradise surrounds
Arriving at Maya Bay
Brendan standing next to what just may be Leo DiCaprio's
abandoned dressing room.
Me walking around Maya Bay

Girl picking up a shell on Maya Bay
Leaving for our sunset return
Brendan taking photos of the limestone cliffs 
Caves and overhangs over the water
Another long boat in the distance
Sunset from the boat

VIDEOS from Paradise

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