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Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Speedboat Trip from Krabi

1. Phi Phi Islands Full-Day Speedboat Trip from Krabi

Enjoy a full-day of relaxation on this speedboat trip to Phi Phi Islands, lapped by turquoise waters and shaded by towering limestone rocks. Scene of the blockbuster movie “The Beach,” Phi Phi is a paradise destination just 30 miles from mainland Thailand. Composed of 2 islets, Phi Phi Don is the larger, known for its fine beaches and coral formations. Above average tourist facilities are available along the 2 beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Lodalam. During the day you can visit Maya Bay, where “The Beach” was filmed, swim in some of the world's clearest water, snorkel at beautiful Hin Klang, and explore Viking Cave, where thousands of swallows nest. Discover the hidden coves of Phi Phi Lee, such as Phi Lee Bay, where the limestone cliffs rise straight up from the waters and are only reachable by boat. Snorkel among the coral gardens of Ao Maya and Ao Lo Sama. Completely uninhabited and surrounded by flawless sand beaches, expect to see abundant reef fish and even the occasional leopard shark. You will also visit Monkey Beach, which is located on the southwestern side of Ton Sai Bay. It is a simply stunning 150 meter long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water. During low tide you can see a colony of monkeys having their breakfast down on the beach. The morning session will end on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the 2 sister islands. A rich Thai buffet lunch is served in the restaurant of Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort. Then it is time to explore the island path of Ton Sai which offers average tourist facilities along the beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Loh Dalum Bay. In the afternoon you will have to chance to swim and snorkel at Bamboo Island, a tiny and flat island covered by lush vegetation and entirely surrounded by a strip of white sand and a reef that spreads up to 500 meters from the shore. The uninhabited paradise located 3 miles (5 km) off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don provides visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. Itinerary: 08:00 - 08:45: Hotel pickup in Krabi 08:45 - 09:00: Meet the boat crew at Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang 09:15 - 09:30: Cruise by speed boat to Railay Beach to pick up other guests 09:30 - 10:15: Head further to Bamboo Island 10:15 - 11:00: Swim and relax at the white-sand beach of Koh Pai (Bamboo Island) 11:00 - 11:15: Cruise slowly past Viking Cave and Maya Bay 11:15 - 11:45: Swim in Pileh Lagoon 11:45 - 12:15: Spot monkeys at Monkey Beach 12:15 - 13:00: Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the Phi Phi Islands 13.00 - 13:30: Explore the island path of Ton Sai on the Phi Phi Islands 13.30 - 14.20 : Snorkel around the Phi Phi Islands 14.20 - 15:20: Head back to the mainland with a short stopover at Railay Beach 15:45 - 16:00: Arrive at Nopparat Thara Pier

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From Phuket: Deluxe Phi Phi Tour by Speedboat & Lunch Buffet

2. From Phuket: Deluxe Phi Phi Tour by Speedboat & Lunch Buffet

Start your day tour with a pick-up from your hotel in Phuket at 8.00 AM. Upon arrival at the marina, depart for the Phi Phi Islands and take in the scenery as you cruise to the first stop - Bamboo Island. Cool off with a swim in the clear blue waters, snorkel to discover the amazing underwater world or take a walk on the white sand beach.  Visit Yong Kasem, also known as Monkey Beach and continue your snorkeling experience, exploring the stunning coral reefs. Discover the many delights at Nui Bay, Camel Rock and marvel at its beautiful scenery. Around late noon, enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a beachside restaurant on Phi Phi Don, before proceeding to Phi Phi Lae Island and to discover the unique Viking Cave. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Pileh Lagoon and swim in the amazing natural pool, surrounded by cliff formations. Make a stop at Maya Bay, famous from the movie "The Beach" and enjoy the lovely white sand beach. Return to The Royal Phuket Marina at 4.00 pm and transfer to your hotel.    

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Phuket: Full Day Speed Boat Tour Phi Phi and Bamboo Island

3. Phuket: Full Day Speed Boat Tour Phi Phi and Bamboo Island

Explore the Phi Phi archipelago and its natural wonders on a splashy speedboat tour, with stops at Khai Nok, Phi Phi Don, and Bamboo Island. Leave your worries at home with no-fuss hotel pickup and drop-off. Arrive safely in the hands of your driver at Love Andaman Pier boat ramp. Check in and enjoy breakfast and drinks, munching away while you listen to your tour guide's briefing of the day's activities. Hop on the speed boat, heading directly to Khai Nok Island. There, enjoy swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on the white sandy beach. Visit closed-off Pileh Lagoon, known as the emerald swimming pool of the sea. Depart from Phi Phi Don heading to Bamboo Island, where the unique crescent-shaped beach stretches endlessly along the horizon. Surround yourself with crystal clear water and powdery white sand, and take a dive before concluding the tour.

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Phuket: Full-Day Phi Phi Islands Trip by Luxury Catamaran

4. Phuket: Full-Day Phi Phi Islands Trip by Luxury Catamaran

Start your experience with hotel pickup and head to Chalong Pier to board the catamaran. Relax and admire the beautiful ocean landscape as you enjoy snacks and drinks onboard. Arrive at Phi Phi Le and cruise along the towering karst rock coastline. Hop aboard a longtail boat and cruise into Pileh Lagoon, where stunning emerald waters are encircled by limestone cliffs. Visit the iconic Viking Cave and enjoy a snorkeling session to discover the underwater landscape of colorful corals. Arrive at Phi Phi Don for lunch and enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the island. Head back to the boat and continue to Maiton Private Island, for snorkelling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Enjoy some delicious BBQ chicken on the beach, before heading back to Phuket.

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Ko Phi Phi: Best Islands and Beaches Full-Day Boat Trip

5. Ko Phi Phi: Best Islands and Beaches Full-Day Boat Trip

The first stop of the day is Shark Point. Named after the black-tipped sharks you can find swimming in the area, Shark Point is a popular snorkeling spot among professional and amateur divers. The next stop is Bamboo Island, a pristine strip of land great for relaxing and snorkeling. Wade in the shallow waters and catch glimpses of the colorful fish. Lie down by the shore and soak up the sun, before climbing back on the boat towards your next destination. Take in the glorious limestone cliffs and azure waters at Mosquito Island or Koh Yung. Don’t let its name worry you; the mosquitos only come out in the evening. What you can look forward to are the spectacular rock formations, small quiet beaches, and crystal clear water for snorkeling. Next, you’ll head to Nui Bay, a tiny little alcove surrounded by rock formations. Take a few moments to relax on the sand or swim in the refreshing waters before making your way to Monkey Beach. This beach was named after the friendly primates that inhabit the island. Watch as they wander freely around the shore. You’ll also stop by Viking Cave, known for the Scandinavian-style ships painted on its walls, and Pileh Lagoon, another stunning locale with its emerald waters and towering cliffs. Then continue to Loh Samah Bay, where you can dive into the cool waters and swim with the colorful fish. After spending most of the afternoon in the water, you’ll board the boat and make your way to the famous Maya Bay, known for its appearance in the 1999 film "The Beach". You’ll circle the scenic bay, taking in the gorgeous scenery and watching the sunset, before making your way back to the pier.

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From Phi Phi: Half-Day Private Longtail Boat Charter

6. From Phi Phi: Half-Day Private Longtail Boat Charter

Depart from Ao Tonsai Pier and start your tour with a visit to Monkey Beach, to snorkel in the turquoise waters and watch the naughty monkeys on the shore. See the mysterious Viking Cave and admire the wall painting within, before continuing to one of Phi Phi's most beautiful gems, the Pileh Lagoon. Snorkel in the turquoise lagoon surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, then sail to the crystal clear waters of Lo Samah Bay to discover the abundance of marine life and colorful corals there. The last stop will be just outside Maya Bay, the iconic site made famous by Leonardo Di Caprio in “The Beach.” On the afternoon charter, catch stunning views of the sunset as you head back to Tonsai Pier.

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From Phi Phi: Full-Day Sunset Long Tail Boat Tour

7. From Phi Phi: Full-Day Sunset Long Tail Boat Tour

Set off around the Phi Phi archipelago on a longtail boat tour for 13 people. Discover the area's marvelous islands, beaches, lagoons, and bays, and round the day off in style with spectacular sunset views. Meet the local partner's staff in front of McDonald's in Tonsai Bay at 9:30 AM and make your way to the pier for a 10:10 AM departure. Set sail toward Monkey Beach, Shark Point, and Runtee Bay first, and enjoy time to snorkel in the sea. Next, head to Bamboo Island, a wonderful circular island filled with wild bamboo. Relax with some free time on the powdery white beach with soft sand and crystal clear water before savoring a picnic lunch right on this paradise beach. After lunch, visit Mosquito Island, the north-easternmost point in the Phi Phi Archipelago. Like Bamboo Island, Mosquito Island is completely uninhabited and has two beaches that are rarely visited by tourists. Enjoy time away from the crowds, and snorkel in the stunning waters of the southeastern tip of the island, home to an impressive abundance of marine life. Next, sail to discover the mysteries of the Viking Cave, famous for the seemingly prehistoric painting of a Viking boat on its wall. The cave was once used for the extraction of birds' nests, prized ingredients in Chinese culture for making medicinal soups believed to help with longevity. From the Viking Cave, prepare to marvel at Pi Leh Lagoon, a beautiful turquoise lagoon enclosed by towering, jagged limestone cliffs. At some spots, it even seems like the water is lit from the bottom of the sea, a spectacular sight to see. Relax and escape in the most spectacular site in the Phi Phi archipelago, and float in the crystal clear and still water of this gem of the Andaman Sea. Your next stop is Loh Samah Bay, famous for shallow still waters and a large coral reef filled with colorful fish. Snorkel here for a while, then hop back on to your longtail boat to sail toward Maya Bay. Admire the spectacular sunset views at this wonderful paradise made famous by the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, “The Beach.” At about 6:30 PM, transfer back to the pier from where you can walk to your hotel.

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From Phuket and Khao Lak: Phi Phi Island Tour

8. From Phuket and Khao Lak: Phi Phi Island Tour

Avoid the crowds with an early morning start on this 9-hour trip to the Phi Phi Islands. Experience the magic of Maya Bay and enjoy snorkeling, swimming in crystal-clear waters and discovering colorful fish at 4 different locations. See Loh Samah Bay and explore Viking Cave on Phi Phi Don, which is accessible only by boat. Continue to the Pileh Lagoon, surrounded by limestone mountains. Visit the hidden cove of Monkey Bay that’s home to a colony of monkeys. Enjoy an unlimited buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant, before spending some leisure time on the white sand beach at Bamboo Island. Snorkel along the coral reef 50 meters offshore or take a walk around the island.

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Phi Phi: Private Sunset & Bioluminescent Plankton Boat Tour

9. Phi Phi: Private Sunset & Bioluminescent Plankton Boat Tour

Explore the beauty around the Phi Phi Islands on a 6-hour tour in a traditional longtail boat. Customize the itinerary as you wish to make the most of your private experience. Watch the sunset over the Phi Phi archipelago and enjoy some included snacks, then take a dip with bioluminescent plankton once the sun has gone down. Make your way to the meeting point in front of McDonald's in Tonsai Bay at 1:30 PM. Once you have boarded your boat, depart for Monkey Beach, one of Koh Phi Phi's most interesting beaches inhabited only by monkeys. Encounter the macaques on the island, which are also known as crab-eating macaques as they are often seen foraging for crabs. Next, sail to discover the mysteries of the Viking Cave, famous for the seemingly prehistoric painting of a Viking boat on its wall. The cave was once used for the extraction of birds' nests, prized ingredients in Chinese culture for making medicinal soups believed to help with longevity. Continue your tour to Pi Leh Lagoon, and marvel at the azure/turquoise waters in this beautiful enclosed lagoon encircled by towering limestone cliffs. See certain spots glow from beneath the water, and take advantage of this fantastic photo opportunity. After Pi Leh Lagoon, head to Loh Samah Bay to snorkel with diverse marine life on a coral reef. Admire this wonderful paradise, which provides an alternative to the world-famous Maya Bay from the film “The Beach” due to its proximity. Maya Bay is closed for another 2 years to allow recovery from over-tourism but is separated from Loh Samah Bay by only one limestone mountain. Finally, enjoy a spectacular sunset with views of the Phi Phi archipelago before swimming with bioluminescent plankton at night. Delight in the glow of the plankton as they are touched in the water, making it look like you are swimming with stars in the night sky. The tour concludes back at the port at around 7:30 PM.

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Phi Phi: Island Hopping and Sunset Full Day Trip with Lunch

10. Phi Phi: Island Hopping and Sunset Full Day Trip with Lunch

Meet your guide in the morning and head straight to Shark Point for some memorable snorkelling. You’ll have time to marvel at the timid Blacktip reef sharks the spot got its name from. Next, hop onto your boat to make your way to the heart-shaped Bamboo Island for a light packed lunch. Explore the island’s secluded white sand beach and tropical bamboo trees, and wade or swim in cool shallow waters. Re-energized, marvel at Nui Bay’s picturesque alcove before heading to Monkey Beach, where limestone cliffs and emerald waters await you. Enjoy meeting the island’s macaques as they wander freely on the sand and in the trees. Move across to Viking Bay, a Pirates of the Caribbean-esque cave with historic paintings of Scandinavian ships on its walls. Then, return to your boat for more tropical island hopping and make your way to Pileh Lagoon for more swimming in turquoise waters. Cool off some more, and swim and snorkel at Loh Samah Bay before making your way to the iconic Maya Bay, where the movie The Beach was filmed. End your sun-kissed day by watching the sunset from a hidden spot, swimming among bioluminescent plankton — a truly magical end to a magical day.

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What people are saying about Viking Cave

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,947 reviews

A great experience. But we were lucky that because of the pandemic there are fewer tourists than usual. We were picked up at the hotel on time and after a small breakfast we set off with the speedboat towards Phi Phi. There you could snorkel or rent a private boat for a surcharge. We decided on the former and were able to take a lot of great pictures. Even reef sharks. The fish are not fed so that they do not interfere too much with nature. On Phi Phi itself there was a buffet and you could shop. Or swim and relax on Bamboo Island. Really all highly recommended.

It was great to be able to enjoy the Phi Phi Islands! However, whether the stay on Bamboo Island was 30 minutes or 1 hour, the guide's explanation was a joke and it was disbanded without knowing it well (I thought it was 30 minutes). Other participants were also 30. Those who returned in minutes, those who returned in one hour, were disjointed. Lunch is the main thing on Phi Phi Dawn Island, and the island is big, so you can't go sightseeing slowly. But overall I was happy!

Wow, what a beautiful area we got to see and explore. The tour was a little long for us we kinda wished it started at 11 or 12. Got on at 10am and didn’t finish the glowing plankton until 7:30 or so. But we saw so much amazing stuff in one day. Would definitely recommend.

Wonderf trip taking in all the points we wanted to see by sea on Phi Phi. Loved being out on the sea in the amazing long boat. Lots of snorkeling, swimming opportunities and we got to see the amazing monkeys.

Everything was super nice, although "The beach" is closed you could admire it from the water.