Ko Phi Phi consists of 2 amazingly beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea - - Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley. Most of the islands consist of sheer cliffs interspersed with spectacularly white powder-soft sand beaches. The islands are ringed with coral reefs which are home to all kinds of fish and other marine life and make for excellent diving and snorkelling. The sea is an incredible clear turquoise blue colour.
The island has been a popular tourist area for some time and there are lots of hotels, guest houses and services to be had along the beach areas. We opted to stay on a beach called Hat Yao or Long Beach; it's close to the main village and beach, but far enough away that it is much quieter. There are a series of beach-side trails that lead to the village and long-tail boats (a narrow wooden boat with a propeller mounted on a long iron shaft) shuttle back and forth throughout the day as well.
Our home base is a resort called the Phi Phi Paradise Pearl Resort -- a sleepy little collection of bungalows with a central building that serves as reception/restaurant/dive shop/laundry drop-off and transportation sales centre. We have a terrific bungalow opposite the beach with a large verandah and our own hammock strung between two palm trees on the edge of the beach. Our view is of nearby Phi Phi Ley, the uninhabited island off the coast. Phi Phi Ley is where the movie "The Beach" was filmed.
At the far end of the beach, a large coral reef and small rocky islands just offshore provide excellent snorkelling opporunities, especially in the late afternoon when the reef sharks (not dangerous) come to feed.
It's very warm and sometimes humid and the water is cool enough to be refreshing but warm enough to allow for extended immersion.
Our days are simple -- swimming, snorkelling, reading, playing frisbee and eating take up most of our time. Adrian and Robin spend a couple of hours per day on schoolwork during the week and take the weekends off. It has taken a little bit of time to get used to not having a busy schedule, but we are now settling into more of a "vacation" mode.
More to come as we explore Ko Phi Phi.........