Maya Bay History
Maya Bay, a breathtakingly beautiful cove nestled on the idyllic island of Phi Phi Ley, has long been considered one of the most iconic sites in the Phi Phi archipelago. Its turquoise waters, powder-soft sands and towering limestone cliffs have captivated visitors from around the world, earning it a reputation as a true paradise on earth.
However, it was not until the year 2000 that Maya Bay truly rose to worldwide fame; when it was chosen as the primary filming location for the blockbuster movie “The Beach,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film’s plot centred around a group of travellers who sought to establish their own utopian sanctuary, free from the constraints and chaos of the modern world; and Maya Bay served as the perfect backdrop for this quest.
Since then, people have flocked to Maya Bay, eager to witness first-hand the stunning beauty and natural wonder that so enchanted Hollywood filmmakers, and it has become a must-see destination for anyone visiting the Phi Phi Islands.
Why Does Maya Bay Close?
Tourists were originally allowed to return in January 2022 after Maya Bay was closed for almost three and a half years (by order of The Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation). The stunning Bay has been closed for a few months at a time since this point in order to aid continued rehabilitation efforts.
The area closes in an effort to help the recovery of marine life, coral reefs and underwater gardens. These periods also allow for infrastructure repairs on the island. Park authorities have previously planted new coral reef areas and additional trees have been positioned by the beach in order to help prevent erosion; all of this was as part of efforts to recover the whole area. The closures serve as a good reminder of the huge efforts that continue to go into restoring this area.
When Will It Close In 2023?
It is predicted that Maya Bay will once again close in order to undergo a period of natural rehabilitation from August 2023 (updated 13 May 2023). This will allow the delicate ecosystem to recover and flourish, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy this stunning location in its full glory.
However, fear not – This does not mean that you cannot still experience the beauty of Maya Bay on your Phi Phi Island private luxury speedboat Tour. While walking on the actual beach will not be permitted during this period of rehabilitation, you can still take in the incredible scenery from the comfort of our private speedboats. Marvel at the towering limestone cliffs, crystal-clear waters and white sands that have captured the hearts of travellers. In fact, this private boat tour offers a unique perspective on the bay, as you can enjoy the beauty of Maya Bay from the water; soaking in the serenity of nature in all its glory.
After the rehabilitation closure period, when Maya Bay reopens once again, you will be able to see how the wildlife has returned and thrived; the bay is home to clownfish, lobsters and even blacktip sharks. The Marine Park continue to work tirelessly to get Maya Bay back to its previous paradise condition; so, at 5 Star Marine we ensure that our tours adhere to new rules and help demonstrate respectful tourism.
Please contact us to find out more about Phi Phi, Maya Bay closure dates or to book a bespoke private day trip itinerary.