About Scuba Diving Koh Phi Phi
Scuba Diving Koh Phi Phi is as you can probably imagine, one of Phi Phi’s most popular activities In fact, Koh Phi Phi is one of the Thailands premier scuba diving destinations.
There are so many scuba dive sites surrounding the island of Koh Phi Phi that you are bound to find exactly what you are looking for, whether it is a relaxing drift dive, wreck dive, night dive, or a wall dive. And if you are a beginner, you will love scuba diving Koh Phi Phi just as much as an advanced scuba diver.
When is the best time to go scuba diving Koh Phi Phi?
Scuba Diving Koh Phi Phi is done year round. This tropical paradise offers warm temperatures every month of the year, along with warm ocean temperatures that make scuba diving Phi Phi comfortable and relaxing.
Even during the monsoon months, with the northeast monsoon from November through January and the southwest monsoon from May through October, the weather is still pleasant and sunny for the majority of the time.
Nevertheless, swimmers and divers need to take caution during the months of May through October because seas can become rough even if the island does not experience too much rain.
April and May and then September and October are the two hottest periods of the year, with temperatures reaching 30-36 degrees Celsius, or 86-97 degrees Fahrenheit.
The absolute best time of year to go scuba diving Koh Phi Phi is February through April, when the seas are calmest and it is also manta ray and whale shark season, increasing your chances of seeing these graceful creatures in the waters off the island.
In addition, because there are fewer tourists during this time, the dive sites are less crowded as well.
Dive Sites Found in Phi Phi
- Maya Bay – This popular site is great for more advanced divers who can enjoy the sheer wall leading down to overhangs and caves in depths that may be too much for beginners to handle.
- Shark Point – At this site, you can expect to see a variety of shark species, from nurse sharks to reef sharks and leopard sharks, and perhaps even whale sharks.
- Koh Bida Nok – Enjoy a variety of fish at this site, in addition to sharks, eels, and turtles, along with hard and soft corals, whether you are a beginner or an advanced diver.
- Hin Pae – This fairly shallow dive site offers views of sharks, hard and soft corals, eels, crabs, lobsters, and a variety of tropical fish.
- Hin Dot – Here you can explore the four pinnacles that house myriad marine species, including nurse sharks, lionfish, squid, and puffer fish.
- Garang Heng – If you really want to see a variety of corals and sharks, this is a perfect dive site for all levels of divers.
Marine Life Found in Phi Phi
So many species of marine life can be found in the waters off Phi Phi that it is no surprise divers from around the world visit the island each year. From tiny crabs and lobsters to a variety of colorful tropical fish, as well as reef sharks, Manta rays and of course hard and soft corals of all kinds. There is something to see during every Phi Phi scuba dive.
About Koh Phi Phi
Phi Phi is Thailand’s most popular island, and being that it is surprisingly affordable despite its otherworldly beauty and charm, it is a perfect vacation destination for anyone from around the globe. Large forested mountains give way to pristine beaches, where locals are friendly and the laid-back attitude is perfect for a relaxing getaway.
Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at one of the island’s many restaurants, go shopping at one of the many local stores, and then dance the night away at a bar where music plays until 2am. Adventurers will love the chance to cliff dive and rock climb, while those who want to retreat inward can enjoy yoga or lying in the sun on one of the island’s beaches.
How to Get to Phi Phi?
To get to Phi Phi, first travel to nearby Phuket by plane. Phuket International Airport accepts direct flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok. You can gain access to Phi Phi by boats that operate from Ao Nang in Krabi or Phuket. Expect the travel time to be about 1-2 hours long.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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