Thailand. – From Zeavola Resort I took to their name – Love the Sea – and spent a morning out with my guide Kong and a few of the other resort guests, on a half day snorkeling excursion that took us to two beaches, a deep salty swimming cove and three incredible snorkelling spots, as we blissfully hopped on and off between boat and warm water.
The above pic is of me at Ma-Ya beach where we started the tour, a beautiful bay that is sheltered by 100 metre high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay are several beaches, some that only exist at low tide. The main one that we stopped at is about 200m long and has soft white sand and colourful coral easily seen through the clear water.
Ma-Ya beach is one of Phi Phi’s main tourist attractions after the movie The Beach was filmed here. The best time to visit is first thing in the morning, as by 9.30am boats laden with tourists seeking the carefree existence so well demonstrated in the film are arriving, with as many as 30 speed and longtail boats there at any given time. Good to be aware of that, as I for one would not want to be there with the crowds.
Loh Samah Bay is a great place for snorkeling and the Viking Cave right at sea level and filled with bird’s nests, was interesting to see. I’m told that there are ancient color paintings resembling Viking boats on the cave walls.
From there more island hopping, floating in the big blue, snacking on cut fruit on the boat and casual conversation in between excellent snorkelling that offered rich reward, with many Clown Fish spotted.
- Zeavola Resort. Koh Phi Phi. For the Love of the Sea.
- Zeavola’s Tom Yam Martini Recipe.
- Zeavola Resort’s Award Winning Sustainable Practices.