Last night was another tropical storm with thunder lightning and torrential rain, but once again we woke to a warm and somewhat overcast day.
We enjoyed a delicious full breakfast before being picked up in our long tail boat at 9:30AM. After a brief stop to pick up our snorkel gear we head out to Bamboo Island. The waves were a bit choppy so just Jane and I went in snorkeling this time. I wore my capris and long sleeve shirt as I was still sunburned from two days ago. This was even better snorkeling than before. The fish were bigger and more colorful and far more abundant. We saw huge sea cucumbers, giant clam like creatures with colorful mouths that opened and closed when fish passed by. We were just in awe of it all. There are hundreds of colorful fish swimming all around you and huge black spiked sea urchins below, crabs, and fish that are purple with yellow mouths, blue and yellow stripes, florescent orange and blue. I felt like we were in the Vancouver Aquarium tropical tank.
After an hour we headed to the beach on Bamboo Island which was miles of white sand fringed by large palm trees. It is a marine preserve so no food stalls or sellers there only picnic areas and washrooms. You can camp over night for a fee which looked like a great place to stay. We walked the beach a bit and then got back into the boat and headed for Mosquito Island. It was quite a bit calmer here so Lana came in with us. Once again it was amazing, and different from the other place we had been. There was so much broken coral here and lots of brain coral and some that was coming back as we saw smaller ones that were bright blue and pinks. Apparently what happened was that a couple of years ago the water heated up so much that it killed all the coral in Southern Thailand, it was a very unusual event and we cant get any answer as to what exactly happened. It is coming back however.
Unfortunately the colors dont show up well in these pictures, they get washed out on this site.
This spot unfortunately had millions of tiny little jellyfish. We would get to areas where they were so thick you could barely see anything and then a few feet later they would be gone. They just stung a little bit but after a while we decided to get out of the water and head back to our hotel.
After we freshened up and had a fantastic lunch at our hotel we spent a few hours at the pool reading and swimming. We walked to our neighouring beach and discovered this wonderful resort called Viking Nature resort which built the cabins all around the trees and looked like a fantastic place to stay, and very inexpensive too.
We headed into Phi Phi town later on and had a wonderful dinner, did a bit of shopping for more stuff we don’t need and then a drink at a bar with live music on the beach. Our guide for the day was working at the bar, ‘Boy’ was his name, ( really cute young man around 26 or so).
We arranged to have him take us out for the day again tomorrow. We stayed up into 11PM tonight! That’s a record.
Jan 21, Jane woke up to the chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ this morning. 38 again!!! After breakfast we went to the beach to wait for our boat guide and by 9:30A he was not here yet. Another fellow came up and offered us the same trip for less than half the price so we went with him. It took around ½ hour to get to Phi Phi Ley island and headed to the other side. There was this HUGE yacht anchored and we were quite intrigued as to who may have owned it. It was absolutely massive.
Maya Bay is where the scene from Leonardio De Caprios movie the “Beach”. It was an absolute zoo with the amount of people and boats there, I think the number one tourist site in southern Thailand, but absolutely stunningly beautiful. We got off and walked around for a bit and then headed to another area to snorkel. The waves were really high with all the big boats and ferrys going by so we didn’t stay long and headed to another spot which was a bit calmer. Every place we go is so different and I am just loving this snorkeling. The coral coming back here was greens and blues and we saw new varieties of fish.
The afternoon was spent on lounge chairs by the beach under umbrellas and it was pure heaven. There was a bar at our hotel that played Dance Music really loud, like in a night club. Boom Boom Boom…and kids dancing and drinking out of pails all afternoon. It was quite entertaining
We are now getting ready to go out on the town for Janes birthday. Not sure where, but looking for some place with good food and music.