Maya Bay is a stunningly beautiful bay that’s sheltered by 100-metre high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small and some only exist at low tide. The main one is around 200 metres long with silky soft white sand, underwater colourful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water; the whole bay is one big reef.
Maya Bay has become the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed here in 1999. It was always very popular before the film but now people around the world who haven’t even heard of Phi Phi have certainly heard of Maya Bay. You can only visit Maya Bay from November to April, as large waves make the entrance dangerous for boats during the other months of the year.
Facilities in Maya Bay
A small shack a little back from the beach sells drinks and snacks. Further back from the beach are toilets but you’d only want to use them if you’re desperate. There is no food available here; those who camp must bring their own food. Fires are not allowed but there is a permanent barbeque stand for cooking.
Activities in Maya Bay
Snorkeling is excellent throughout the bay, large underwater boulders are encrusted with coral and brightly coloured fish are numerous. Visibility is excellent. Many tour companies bring visitors here to snorkel from Phuket, Krabi and Phi Phi Don.
Sea kayaking is also popular. Kayaking tour boats come into the bay and moor while letting clients explore.