Phi Phi Ley is the second largest island in this group of islands, however there are no resorts or accommodation allowed on Koh Phi Phi Ley due to its status as a part of the National Marine Park. This is one of the main attractions to see at the Phi Phi Islands and not to be missed. To get to Phi Phi Ley you will need to rent a longtail boat, or better still go there on our PHI PHI LEY TOUR.
POINTS OF INTEREST
PHI PHI LEY NORTH
The towering north face cliff of Phi Phi Ley
As you approach Phi Phi Ley, you can't help but be amazed at the view of the 250 meter cliff face and wonder if it has ever been climbed. Look closely and you may still see the tattered ropes of an expedition that attempted the climb almost 20 years ago. The cliff face descends directly in to the Andaman Sea and beneath the surface the reef is covered in beautiful soft corals due to the abundance of nutrients provided by strong currents, suitable for experienced divers.
Phi Phi Ley Artificial Reef
At the north east side of Phi Phi Ley Island is the Artificial Reef which was constructed by THE ADVENTURE CLUB in 2006 with the use of 100 1 tonne blocks provided by the DMCR. This reef now provides a great habitat for hundreds of fish species and an exciting dive for the divers that dive this site daily.
The Viking Cave at Phi Phi Ley island
As you head along the east coast of Phi Phi Ley you will notice a number of cave like dwellings one of which is the famous VIKING CAVE. It is named after the cave drawings found on the walls that resemble four tall ships. The paintings are thought to be over 1000 years old and contrary to the name the Vikings never reached the Phi Phi Islands, except by Air Scandinavia that is.
The caves are inhabited by the Bird's Nest collectors which are collected as the main ingredient for the asian delicacy known as Bird's Nest Soup. The cave swiflets that nest in the caves produce a nest from their saliva and before they are able to breed the first of two nests is removed. The nests can then fetch a value of up to $2500 per kilo and sell on for a whopping $30-$100 per bowl of soup.
The beautiful lagoon in Piley Bay
Pileh Lagoon (AKA Pileh Bay) is a spectacular bowl-shaped bay on the east side of Phi Phi Ley Island. This bay is a beautiful spot to visit either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, although this is only possible during a mid tide to high tide since the shallow entrance is inaccessible during low tides. Once inside the bay you will be surrounded by tall limestone cliffs that offer a truly magical experience if the settings are right. After 1000 AM the bay does get very busy with speedboats visiting from the mainland and this can detract from the natural beauty.
LOH SAMAH BAY
Entry from Loh Samah Bay to Maya Bay
Loh Samah Bay is at the southern tip of Phi Phi Ley Island. A small island sits the mouth of the bay and is of great dive. There is also a small beach in Loh Samah Bay which is nice for a rest or a picnic, but is also only accessible when the tide is high. Snorkeling in the bay can be good but one should take care to keep an eye out for passing boats. One of the main reasons to stop here is to use the access point to get into the back end of Maya Bay. Guests will need to swim from their boat (50-80 meters) to the wall where there are ropes or sometimes even a ladder to climb up and over the rocks to enter the canyon which leads to Maya Beach. We recommend you wear a mask and snorkel and do not attempt it if there any waves or surges.
Maya Bay is a very large bay set on the west coasts of Phi Phi Ley Island. This bay has spectacular beaches and is totally an impressive site. No wonder it was used as the set for the Leonardo Di Caprio movie: "The Beach". Attempt to get there early as it is usually very busy with visitors during the middle of the day. It's possible to take a 5 minute walk along the canyon path from the beach and head over to Loh Samah Bay which is located on the otherside of the island.
PALONG AND MALONG
Turtle diving at Palong bay
As you exit Maya bay and head north there are two great sites known as Malong bay and Palong Bay. These sites are suitable for divers of all levels and offer superb opportunities to see turtles or black tip reef sharks. However if you are just snorkeling you can still see the turtles as they need to surface quite often to get air. Our PHI PHI LEY TOUR stops at this location also.