It is 7.30 in the morning, the sun is shining already and once again we are about to set out to one of Thailand’s dream destinations, the Phi Phi Islands. Or Ko Phi Phi, Ko meaning island in the Thai language.
As usual we all meet at the dive center, equipment is handed out and everybody is already thrilled and eager to get started. After a short ride on the minivan we board our comfortable speedboat Choktip, which is moored at Bang Rong pier on the north western coast of Phuket. Bang Rong makes a perfect launching pad for Phi Phi trips and with the Choktip the islands are reached in a bit over an hour. As we head out of the lagoon towards the open sea we rapidly gather speed until we have reached our approximate travel pace. As we are skidding out through the Malacca Strait we are setting up our dive equipment and chatting excitedly about the first dive site.
Ko Bida Nok will be our first stop on this day, one of the best dive sites around Phi Phi. There are different ways to dive this place, due to the conditions we decided to make drift dive along the western wall, starting south. The whole wall is beautifully covered in colorful soft corals. That alone would make for a stunning dive site, but in addition we see Yellow Fin Tunas, a Barracuda, a sea snake and lots of other reef fish.
After this first great dive we come back to the boat to relax in the sun and enjoy some pineapple and mangosteen. Mangosteen is a sweet and tangy, juicy, and somewhat fibrous fruit, typical for Southeast Asia. Soon the captain takes the Choktip to the next dive site, Losama Bay. Or more exactly, the dive site is a round rock in the entrance to the bay. This rock can be easily surrounded in one dive. Most spectacular is the outside wall of the rock which we reach after passing through a narrow canyon with lots of colorful soft corals. During the dive we find lots of different nudibranches on the wall and can observe huge schools of smaller reef fish while placidly floating past various kinds of corals around the rock, back to our starting point. And what a surprise, as we turn around the corner we even see the leopard shark which can be found here sometimes, resting in the sand. That is an amazing sight at the end of a very worthwhile dive.
Since we are already there we decide to set out our lunch at the small beach at Losama bay. There is still a second boat there, but after a short while they are gone and we have this lovely and secluded spot for us alone. We have plenty of time to enjoy the delicious Thai food and the serene bay. However, as always, time is over far too soon and we have to get back on the boat to go to the third dive site. We are concluding this day with famous Malong. Malong is famous for its numerous turtles, they can be found feeding on the shallow plateau. And we are not disappointed, we see 3 different turtles, one of them is very huge and impressive to look at. At the end of the dive we reach the big boulders at the northern end of the plateau where we spent some time diving through the natural swim throughs. Finally we come up to the safety stop and it is time to say goodbye to hundreds of small reef fish which surround us while we wait to ascent to the surface.
Much too soon it is time to start the journey back to Bang Rong and finally Nai Yang. But we can adore the beautiful scenery of Phi Phi one more time while the boat is making its way home.