Is Maya Bay At The Phi Phi Islands Open?
One of the highlights of touring around Phuket via Private Speedboat is visiting Maya Bay. For those of you who may be a little younger, you may not know why Maya Bay is so well known. You see, Maya Bay was featured in a movie that had Leonardo DiCaprio as the major actor. Ever since this movie was released crowds of tourists have rushed to Phuket to board a Private Boat and head to Maya Bay and walk on the same sand that Leo walked on and swim in the beautiful blue water that he swam in.
The problem this caused was that due to a lack of a Tourism Management Plan there were thousands of people visiting Maya Bay every single day which led to the destruction of the reef and Marine Life leaving the bay. While this is a horrible side effect of the popularity of the bay for the local people of Phuket and Krabi the movie was a great way to feature the beautiful area to the rest of the world.
Due to the Coral Reef destruction and over-tourism, the Thailand Government made a decision to close Maya Bay for restoration.
Maya Bay at Phi Phi Island is still closed and will remain closed most probably until 2021.
Here at 5 Star Marine, we hope that it stays closed even longer as the coral regrowth rate is slow, and while marine life is returning to the bay, opening up the bay will just destroy the good work that has been done.
In fact, if you ever come with us on a Private Boat to Phi Phi Island you’ll realize that we don’t even below Maya Bay to be the most beautiful Bay out of all of the Bays out at Phi Phi Island. For example, you have things like Camel Rock, Pileh Lagoon and more to go and explore.
Just like James Bond Island is an icon attracting people into Phang Nga Bay, Maya Bay is just an icon attracting people to go visit, swim, snorkel and explore the Phi Phi Islands. While it’s worth a photo, a visit and a little reminiscing of the movie The Beach in our opinion it is not the only reason why you should be visiting Phi Phi Island.