Have you ever travelled by Speed Bump? No? Oh, you MUST try it! What it is, is a speed BOAT on route to Phi Phi Islands from Phuket mixed with a rollercoaster ride and it goes bump, bump, bump, BIG BUMP, bump, bump. With a LOT of laughing, squeals and screams and “that was a big one!” coming from inside the cabin. It’s actually hilarious. When we first arrived at the pier from our pick-up with Gembira Tours, there was complimentary pastries and tea/coffee, we also noted that there was complimentary motion sickness tablets…thinking nothing of it RJ n I were like “sure, why not, I mean…if they’re complimentary?” well…there was a reason for it. Definitely TAKE the tablets…in fact…take two! That’s what we did, and we enjoyed our 45minute speed bump to Phi Phi Island with giggles and an ab workout – no dramas!
We get to the first POI – the infamous spot where Leo’s “The Beach” was filmed and we have 40 minutes to be shuffled off and on to enjoy it. Note: hard to distinguish between beach and tourist. BUT not to fear, I’ve got it solved for you! When we first stepped out it was pretty nuts, there were SO many tourists everywhere it was like there was going to be a raver that people had all rocked up to, me, being all about YOU guys, thought…
how am I going to get this bloody photo without a gazillion heads in it…I looked around and saw just a short swim away was a deserted tiny section of beach…I asked our lovely (lady boy….legit) tour guide Ms. Jennifer if there was any way across, she said, yes….swimming! But reminded us on our time schedule, alas, my cam cam is NOT waterproof, so I left everything with Ms. Jen and grabbed our GoPro and off we swum.
BEST idea I’ve ever had. There was a swing there, I got my photos, we built our names out of these sandy white rocks, I dare say we even frolicked in the shallows, arms wide, with total stretchy space to revel in. I’m not just highly recommending the 5min swim,
I’m insisting on it! If you want your enjoyment of the iconic film spot without
being in a tourist sandwich, this tiny little slice of heaven to your right is the way to do it. However, definitely be conscious of time, we got distracted and were 15minutes late…woops…sorry other cruisers!! Definitely copped a bit of stank-eye when we boarded back on the speed bump but we shared our peanuts with everyone for the monkey beach later and all was forgiven…I hope! :/
Next up, now salty skinned and beach hair curls, we zipped up towards a cove where we didn’t get off the boat but just kind’ve semi circled around to take a look at Viking Cave, get a few happy snaps, marvel at just how crystal clear blue this water is, and then whack those life jackets on again to get to our next point: Monkey Beach! Off we hopped to barter peanut for picture with these cuties on the beach, I started wondering…how did they even get here? I’ve never seen a monkey swim…curious and curious-er.
Alrighty…it’s optional scuba and snorkel time! This is what we want!
We opted for snorkeling because we had bought bread for the fishies and figured we’d look less scary in skin colour then black-suited-bubble-breathing creature mode. Well, I didn’t have to worry about them being shy…they were on me like white on rice! It was a tiny bit overwhelming at first, because, I couldn’t see a thing but fish swarm, but then, I realised…this is what Ariel dances in in ‘Under The Sea’ OWN IT! And I did. And I danced. And I made RJ film it on the GoPro. Yay, $3 Bread paid off!
After our fish dances, we snorkeled through the crystal waters, watching all the bright coloured clams closing up when we came close, and then slowly trusting us and opening again if we just hovered over them calmly, so beautiful and SO colourful!
We went exploring closer to the shore, followed a lone rainbow-coloured parrot fish for a bit, and then heard them whistling for us to come back on, so sprinted back to the boat to board with everyone else….didn’t want to be THOSE people again, holding up the group. I kind’ve walked in with a really proud look on my face too “see…see everyone…i wasn’t late this time….we’re all friends again…yay!”
After, we all were back on the boat…it was my favourite time…lunch time! Food! Yay!
So of course it was a buffet and of course I abused it…again…then after stuffing our tums we went and laid down on the beach in some shade and let it all settle, taking it the beautiful rock formations and beach life scenery.
Once everyone was relaxed and satisfied, off we went to our last stop of the day Phi Phi Don! Where we sat underneath rainbow umbrellas, did handstands on the beach, had our last swims in the crystal island waters before jumping back on our favourite ride – the speed bump boat!
We got back to the pier at Phuket, said our goodbyes to the comical Ms. Jennifer and back into our shuttle bus to the hotel where, like a toddler who has had too much fun at the park, fell asleep instantly!
All in all it was an action packed day at the Phi Phi Islands, courtesy of Gembira Tours
NOTE: I truly feel to get the most out of Phi Phi you’d probably want to stay on one of the islands, even just for a couple of nights, you can see the main attractions sans tourists before all the tour boats arrive, in saying that, it’s depending on what you’re after and how much you want to see.