Phi Phi Islands is still open
There seems to be a belief among many of our customers that the Phi Phi Islands have been closed. This is not true. Media reports have been misleading and some forum/facebook posters just don’t know what they’re talking about.
Phi Phi Islands is open. One beach (Maya beach) has recently been made off limits. It is no longer possible for boats to land on Maya bay beach. This is to aid conservation efforts, in particular to allow coral in the bay to recover. You cannot dive inside Maya bay (we never did anyway).
You can still see Maya bay. Boats can pass on the outside of the bay so you can take photos. The bay looks much more beautiful now that the beach isn’t full of people and boats.
Loh Samah bay is still open. Loh Samah bay is on the opposite side of Phi Phi lay Island to Maya bay. From Loh Samah bay it has, in the past, been possible to walk through the island to get to Maya beach. This back entrance to Maya beach is now closed. But you can still go into Loh Samah bay. You can still dive at Loh Samah Bay.
You can stay at the Phi Phi Islands. Phi Phi is still open for business, resorts on Phi Phi are accepting bookings as normal.
You can still visit Phi Phi by day trip from Phuket for snorkeling and diving. The Phi Phi Island group includes 6 islands with a land area of about 12 square kilometres. There are dozens of bays and beaches to visit other than Maya bay. Most diving is done at Koh Bida Nai and Koh Bida Nok. These islands are open to divers.
Bamboo Island, Camel Rock, Piley Cove, Palong bay, Tonsai bay, Loh Dalam bay, Long beach, Laemthong beach, Monkey beach, Viking cave. You can visit all these places and more.
We support the national park departments efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the Phi Phi Islands.