Scuba diving the Phi Phi Islands with an eco-friendly dive center
Struggle to find the right dive center for your scuba diving on the Phi Phi Islands?
If you’re planning to go scuba diving on the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand, you might get overwhelmed with the choice of dive centers on the island. To be honest, I felt a bit disappointed in the way certain dive centres out there are mainly focussed on the numbers without caring for the oceans or the island. I decided to first walk around a bit and also to do some research on Google before I booked my scuba diving on the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand.
Two eco-friendly scuba diving centers in Thailand (Koh Phi Phi & Koh Lipe) that stand for sustainabilty and ocean conservation!
Then I found an eco-friendly scuba diving center on the Phi Phi Islands, and not much later I realised they are related to Adang Sea Divers, the conscious diving centre & eco lodge, where I did my scuba diving on Koh Lipe! I was still working on my post about scuba diving on Koh Lipe, and so my choice for sustainable scuba diving on Phi Phi Islands was instantly made! This scuba diving center on the Phi Phi islands, like their sister dive center on Koh Lipe, show a big heart for the local people and the ocean with an attitude to keep the nature clean!
My enthusiasm for the concept of sustainable scuba diving on the Phi Phi islands
I just can´t name enough what a great job Blue View Divers is doing and what a big difference they make for scuba diving on the Phi Phi islands. This scuba dive center is highly involved in eco-friendly and sustainable projects and stimulates the local people to go scuba diving on the Phi Phi islands too. Click here for a post about all the sustainable activities this dive center is doing! The staff is also among the friendliest I spoke to of all the scuba diving centers on the Phi Phi islands. I just totally love the concept of eco-friendly scuba diving on the Phi Phi islands with this scuba dive center, and their sister company on Koh Lipe Island.
Next to sustainability, also a good service for your scuba diving on the Phi Phi Islands
Besides of all the eco and environmental projects, I think another big difference Blue Divers makes is their level of service. This is a scuba diving center on Phi Phi where I felt like the staff is actually having time and interest to have a chat with me, rather than just trying to sell me some scuba diving on the Phi Phi Islands quickly. Upon walking in and asking about their eco-projects, one of the instructors took the time to explain to me about all the recycling projects they’re involved in whilst in the meantime showing a big enthusiasm for it.
The dive center staff showed big hearts for the environment and marine life
Another time I came in, one of the instructors was showing her photos of the frogfish seen on the night dive the evening before. It´s obvious that these people have big hearts for the environment and the ocean life and are happily sharing that with all divers coming in. In my opinion, that’s the way dive centres should be. Also, it was clear from the beginning that they wanted to make sure to put me on one of the best scuba diving sites of the Phi Phi Islands, in accordance with my level of diving (I’m a diving instructor)
Personal service for your scuba diving on the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand
Another difference they make is that this dive centers offers scuba diving in small groups of divers on the Phi Phi islands. They dive from a Thai longtail boat in groups of 4 divers max per guide. This is also outstanding on the Phi Phi Islands. Many scuba diving centers on the Phi Phi islands take people scuba diving on huge boats crowded with divers. I was very much looking forward to scuba diving the next day, after signing up the evening before. The required paperwork was filled out and my equipment was packed. I was also asked what to have lunch for the next day, and could choose something from their lunch menu! I didn’t need to worry about anything, other than showing up the next morning.
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Scuba diving the waters around Phi Phi Islands with Blue View Divers
The start of my day of scuba diving on the Phi Phi islands
The next morning I was welcomed with a coffee and got to know the other divers who also were going scuba dive on the Phi Phi islands today. After a nice morning walk over the island, which was just waking up, we arrived at Ton Sai Bay to board Blue View Divers´ long tail boat. Usually, they always dive in a group of 4 divers max, however, today was a bit different because I was ´extra´ as an instructor myself and the plan to write this article about it.
The scuba divers were asked their preference for the dive spot on the Phi Phi Isladns
So besides me and the staff, which existed of a very skilled instructor and a divemaster trainee, there were only 4 guest divers. We were asked where we would like to go scuba diving today or, in order words: do we like to see turtles or sharks? The decision was made for turtles for the first dive, although the instructor told us that sometimes they reconsider the dive site upon arriving, looking at the number of other divers at the spot. They avoid the crowds!
Scuba diving the National Marine Park on the Phi Phi Islands
Most of the dive sites around Phi Phi Islands are located in the National Marine Park around the uninhabited island of Ko Phi Phi Lee. The scenery is absolutely beautiful here with high limestone cliffs, lush green jungle and some caves and beaches. After about 20 minutes we arrived at our chosen dive spot.
Change of plans to avoid the crowds: dive site Palong instead
However, upon arriving we saw many other dive boats coming to our direction too. So we decided to change our plans and avoid all the divers from the other dive centres. I was happy to hear that we´re going to avoid the coming crowd and it only took us another 5-minute boat ride. We arrived at the dive site Palong, known for the sharks! All excited, we jumped in the crystal clear water.
A nice start of the dive with a crocodile needlefish or houndfish
Upon descending I directly spotted a barracuda in the distance, but whilst having a better look I think it actually was a crocodile needlefish. This fish is officially called the houndfish, I believe. Wow, that’s a nice start of my dive day! We followed a rocky slope going down to about 15 metres. Colourful fish were here like sweetlips, snappers, boxfishes, porcupinefish and other reef fish. We spotted a very big moray eel at the beginning of the dive.
More marine life at the dive site Palong in the water around the Phi Phi Islands
There were also many crown-of-thorns sea stars, brightly shining their colours whilst laying on the rocky bottom of the sea. Nudibranchs were to be found on the bottom too. At some point we saw a huge jellyfish being chased by a triggerfish and a trumpetfish, it looked very funny! During our safety stop, a sea snake showed herself swimming up around the line of our surface marker buoy. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any sharks but apparently, this was just bad luck, normally they are seen very often and the site is especially known for blacktip reef sharks.
Lunch at Maya Bay between our scuba dives: reusable lunch boxes
For lunch, our boat captain took us to Maya Bay. This bay is sheltered by 100 metre high cliffs and became very famous after Leonardo DiCaprio starred here in the movie ‘the Beach’. We enjoyed our Panang curry, pad Thai, sandwiches or whatever each of us had chosen for lunch. We also relaxed a bit and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the bay. Of course, I was having a chat with the other divers about all the things we saw during our first dive. Our lunch was served in reusable containers, which are washed and reused every day to avoid plastic rubbish.
Nice corals at the second dive spot at Phi Phi: Mushroom Rock
Once our surface interval was finished, we headed down to our second dive site of the day called Mushroom Rock. This dive spot is, like Palong, located on the North-West of Koh Phi Phi Ley. We descended close to a cave and I especially enjoyed the corals on this dive spot. We saw hard corals, soft coral gardens, pinnacles, a brightly coloured wall full of corals and, like the name of the dive site already explains, a mushroom-shaped rock also covered in corals.
A turtle came to greet us at the end of the dive
Nudibranchs were to be found as well as anemonefish, the common reef fish and schools of fish. Once we were doing our safety stop, we saw a turtle at the bottom of the ocean underneath us, which unfortunately didn’t come up to show herself a bit closer to us.
Marine life whilst scuba diving the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand
After chatting to the staff of Blue View Divers I heard that the marine life in the waters here is very diverse. Divers can expect a lot of things during their scuba diving at the Phi Phi islands in Thailand! Bigger ocean creatures like blacktip reef sharks are usually seen and other shark types, like the leopard shark, are also spotted on a regular base. Hawksbill turtles are also to be seen here among things like porcupine fish, ghost pipefish and seahorse.
Reef dwellers and macro life is seen during scuba diving
More of the common sea life also includes octopus, moray eels, scorpionfish, barracudas, stingrays, shrimps, nudibranchs, cuttlefish among a variety of school of fish and the common reef fish. Shortly, there’s probably something to find for every kind of diver no matter if you like big fish or prefer to get some good macro shots.
Daily clean-ups & recycle projects with this eco-friendly scuba diving center on the Phi Phi Islands
Blue View Divers is doing daily island clean-ups in the following way. Upon returning from the dive, and during the walk back from the jetty to the dive centre, the staff is picking up all rubbish they see on their way. You´re more than welcome to help them. In the dive centre you can find a recycling station where plastic bottles are transformed into eco-bricks to, cans into ashtrays, broken flip flops go to an organisation who makes new ones out of them and biodegradable products are going into a composter and the compost is given to local people for their garden.
The eco-conscious dive centre spreads awareness and keeps the tourism on Phi Phi sustainable!
The number of straws found as waste on the island are counted and written down to make people aware of it and reusable bamboo straws are sold to reduce the use of plastic straws. Stainless steel bottles from Trash Hero can be bought and refilled for free at Blue View Divers. These are some of the things they do, but this article will be too long if I name it all. You can read more about all these activities in this post. They just do a very good job!
A short overview of the eco-projects which Blue View Divers is involved in
In this article, I try to focus on my experience scuba diving with Blue View. However, I´m already working on a second article about all the eco-friendly activities they do and how they make people more aware of the need to protect the environment. Just to name a few examples, I will explain what a ´plastic bottle eco-brick´ is and what they do with it. I will describe in more detail each project they are working on and list all the organisations they are involved in.
See below a little video in which I explain some of their eco-friendly and environmentally conscious projects they do with their sustainable dive travel concept. Please don’t forget to subscribe to Splashpackers’ YouTube channel 🙂
PADI Green Star Award dive centre, GreenFins Thailand & Shark Guardian Centre, just to name a few…
So click in the link above for my other post about Blue View Divers as a PADI Green Star Award Dive Centre and Shark Guardian Centre besides of being a member of Phi Phi Island Protection & Conservation Team, GreenFins Thailand, Project Aware Foundation and Trash Hero. Some of these projects involve working together with marine biologists, government departments and are even supported by the United Nations Environmental Programme. You can also read more about all this on this section of Blue View Divers´ website.
Location of this conscious scuba diving centre on Phi Phi Island
Beside of the awards named in the paragraph above, Blue View Divers is PADI 5-star Dive Centre. The dive centre is located in the northern tip of Loh Dalum Bay, close to the View Point Resort. I receive a small commission on your purchase through the previous link to Booking, and also if you purchase through this link on Agoda. You can find them on Google maps if you experience any difficulties finding them. There’s a nice view from the dive centre overlooking the Andaman Sea.
Professional dive instructors and a swimming pool for a comfortable scuba diving course on the Phi Phi islands
Most staff members of Blue View Divers are long term on Phi Phi Island so they know the dive sites really well and are happy to share all their knowledge about marine life with you. The dive centre has access to an infinity pool and this makes it an ideal dive centre for your dive courses too. Learn to dive nice and comfortable in a swimming pool in contrast to many other dive centres using a confined part in the sea.
Some practical travel information about the Phi Phi Islands
Where are the Phi Phi Islands located and how to get there?
The Phi Phi Islands are located in the Andaman Sea and the group is officially part of the Krabi Province. The islands can be reached within 90 minutes by ferry (or 45 minutes by speedboat) from either Phuket or Krabi. You can also travel to Phi Phi from Koh Lanta in about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Tip for combining your scuba diving holiday with another Thai island
Combine your scuba diving on Koh Phi Phi with some great, and slightly different, diving on Koh Lipe. You can read more in this article in which I share my experience diving with their sister company Adang Sea Divers. You can use 12go.asia to book your travels to Koh Phi Phi from anywhere in Thailand and Splashpacker will earn a small commission by using the link provided!
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How many islands include the Phi Phi Islands?
The Phi Phi Islands consist of six islands. However, there are only two main islands named Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Lee. Koh Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited Phi Phi island and this is also the island where all travellers are staying. Koh Phi Phi Lee is, on the other hand, uninhabited but daily visited by many tourists on a day tour. The islands became very famous after the movie ´The Beach´.
What about all those different names for Koh Phi Phi Le?
The island of Koh Phi Phi Lee is situated in the National Marine Park. Please note that if you got referred to Koh Phi Phi Le, Lee, Ley of Leh, that´s all the same but just a way of spelling the name in different ways. Similar, the Phi Phi Islands are also called Koh Phi Phi and Ko Phi Phi.
Where to stay during my diving holiday to Koh Phi Phi Don?
Unlike most of my other articles in which I share some of my accommodation research, I didn’t do any research on Phi Phi Islands. However, I highly enjoyed my stay in Tapear Resort due to the quiet location and the friendly Thai family running the place. It’s located away from the party scene and gave me good nights of sleep in a fan-cooled simple bungalow. I receive a small commission on your booking through this link on booking, and also if you prefer to book this place on Agoda.
A few more accommodation and room options on Koh Phi Phi
I know that places like Golden Hill Bungalow and Tropical Garden Bungalow are located within the same quiet area and they both also offer a swimming pool. Phi Phi View Point Resort is also located in a quiet area next to the dive centre of Blue View Divers. However, please note that I don´t know anything about the level of service or experience of other travellers staying here. You can do your own research on booking.com or by using the search box below. Please note that I receive a small commission on your purchase through the links or the search table below. You can also check Agoda to find accommodation on the Phi Phi Islands. Here I receive a small commission on your purchase too.
Tip for booking a room for your scuba dive vacation to Phi Phi
Keep in mind that Ko Phi Phi Don is a party island, please consider picking a quiet location for your scuba diving holiday on the Phi Phi Islands. You might end up being very annoyed in you can´t get a proper night of sleep if your room is located in the party area.
Extra information on National Park fees for snorkelers and scuba divers in the Phi Phi Islands
Since the summer of 2017, National Marine Park Rangers have been started to charge an entrance fee for the Phi Phi National Park. No matter from which island you are coming and with which dive centre you are diving, all divers and snorkelers on dive boats must pay 400 Thai Baht for a 3-day Marine Park ticket plus 200 Thai Baht extra per day for scuba diving. Park Rangers will charge this fee at the pier before you board your dive boat.
A big thanks to Blue View Divers on Koh Phi Phi
I like to thank Blue View Divers for providing some of the photos in this article. Also, in my opinion, they deserve a big thanks for making such a difference on the island of Phi Phi and for making a personal and conscious experience of scuba diving available to all of us.
Last tip for excursions or day tours on the Phi Phi Islands
Would you like to book your excursion on the Phi Phi Islands in advance or even online whilst being there already? I can recommend using ‘Get your Guide’. They provide an overview of almost all activities that can be booked on the island. I receive a small commission on your purchase through the ad below.
Do you like those kinds of posts, focused on companies that help with environmental issues?
Next to the upcoming article about the environmental projects on Phi Phi Islands, you can read about their sister company Adang Sea Divers. However, Splashpacker is going to focus more on that kind of companies. You can expect articles about Maldives where I support the local companies rather than the big resorts and also write about my visit to an eco-friendly dive centre on the Philippines.
Do you also want to travel more consciously and scuba dive in an environmentally friendly way?
There are many things you can do yourself to help preserve the environment. In addition to choosing an environmentally friendly accommodation or environmentally conscious scuba dive centre, you can choose to refill a stainless steel bottle with water instead of buying plastic bottles. And what about biodegradable hair conditioner or sunscreen? I earn a small commission on your purchase through the Amazon ad below.
What else to expect on Splashpacker?
I´m also in the process of writing articles about how I became a diving instructor and my experience working as a diving instructor in 5 different countries all over the world. Stay tuned as well for my upcoming book ´Safety Stop´. The Dutch version is coming close to finish now and after that, it depends on how much time my translating takes.