- Dive Trip Type: Local
- Suitability: All Divers
- Depth: 5 to 30 metres
Phi Phi Ley is one of the two world famous Phi Phi Islands. Phi Phi Ley is uninhabited but has a claim to fame that has put it firmly on the world’s tourist map. Maya Bay was used in the filming of The Beach, starring Leonardo Decaprio. The island is stunning, surrounded by high limestone cliffs. We often go in to Maya Bay for the surface interval.
Whilst guide books and dive shops on Phi Phi Don claim there are upwards of 10 dive sites around the island there are really only 2 or 3 that could be classed as outstanding. The sites north and south of Palong Bay on the west side of the island are the creme de la creme of what Phi Phi Ley has to offer.
North of Palong Bay is an area often frequented by black tip reef sharks. When conditions are good divers have often reported over 50 sightings on a single dive. That’s not to say that the same sharks weren’t seen more than once though! Family groups of 7 or 8 individuals are not uncommon. Growing up to 1.5 metres these sharks are incredibly shy, and for those of you that are a little bit concerned about diving with sharks there is no need to worry.
South of Palong Bay is the favoured hangout of for the local Hawksbill Turtle population. These creatures often seem oblivious to divers and will happily pose for photographs as long as divers stay a respectable distance from them. Get too close and they’ll swim away. Divers must resist the temptation to reach out and touch these fantastic creatures. At Ocean Divers we operate a strict “no touch” policy that applies to all marine life.
Getting an honourable mention is the dive site known as Canyon Rock, located at the very south of the island in Loh Sama Bay. This site is a great macro site, including such rare and beautiful species as Harlequin Shrimps.