Phuket Day 2 – Phi Phi Islands

Our second day promised a lot of fun and some really good memories. Simba Sea Trips was highly recommended by TripAdvisor members and we booked two tours with them, the first being Phi-Phi Islands. The tour is run by Geoff and Jenny who are British and Australian respectively and safely chose a place halfway from their respective countries to live after they married. Everybody on the tour seemed to think they were wonderful hosts and we all ended up being very good friends. The tour included pickup and dropoff from hotel, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, life jackets and snorkeling equipment and was to include a trip to the famous Maya Bay (of Leo Caprio’s ‘The Beach’ movie). We stopped at different islands throughout the day and Sanika had a BLAST playing in the water. She easily forgot and forgave her previous day’s fun at the Patong beach. The excursion took us away from the touristy Phuket and into the exotic picture-postcard type locales in the Andamans. Here are some photos from the trip:

Phi Phi Islands, Phuket

Phi Phi Islands, Phuket

Rohit at Phi Phi Islands, Phuket Sanika at Phi Phi islands, Phuket

Phi Phi Islands, Phuket

Lunch was served at ‘The Beach’ (Maya Bay) where we all were glad to follow in the footsteps of Leonardo Di Caprio.

‘The Beach’ - Maya Bay, Phi Phi Islands, Phuket

 View of ‘The Beach’

Maya Bay, Phuket

View from ‘The Beach’

The day was also very important in my life as I did something that I had never done before – and nothing so adventurous for the past few years. I don’t know how to swim but did not want to miss out on the fun ohters were having. I mentioned it to Jenny and she encouraged me to snorkel with her. She actually held my hand while we headed towards the middle of the ocean and gave me an experience to remember. What I saw beneath, I could not capture (did I mention I do not even know how to swim, leave along having an under-water camera?) and neither can I attempt to describe the marvels of nature that unfolded before me under the sea, but I can only tell you that what I saw will forever remain with me, that I was far off from this world and into a very different one when I was looking underneath and that I cannot wait to do it again. And since everyone wants to get a glimpse of the Nemo fish, it was only proper that I try my luck at it – and I did discover Nemo! Poor Rohit could not do it, although he wanted to do it as badly as I did. He has a moustache and the water kept getting into his mask because of his moustache.

 Snorkeling at Phuket

Me (mask on) and Jenny of Simba Sea Trips

 Geoff and Jenny and their team of seamen were seasoned enough to know the best spots for Snorkeling and dropped the anchor of the boat right in the middle of nowhere to give us a chance to snorkel at the best spots. We also snorkeled at every island beach that we stopped at. Tired after swimming and snorkeling the entire day, we came back delighted with our choice for the excursion and on making new friends from all over the world. Sanika fell asleep on the way back.