Tourists often take pleasure in feeding the macaques they wander around on the beach, even though it is not allowed. This has made it a habit for them to expect food from people they come across, leading to snatching of personal belongings and attacks in the event they don’t get what they want.
Monkey Beach is also a popular and highly favoured snorkelling spot, because of its shallow, clear, blue waters and the colourful and diverse aquatic flora and fauna, giving one the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. It is not to be confused with Monkey Bay as happens frequently. It is another spot popular for snorkelling, situated at the entrance of theDalumBay. Just like the Monkey Beach, the Monkey Bay is also a habitat for the long-tailed macaques hence creating the confusion. A difference would be the colour of the sand which is more yellowish in the Bay than in the Beach.
The best time to visit the Beach would be early in the morning or late in the afternoon. These would be the time when there are low boat traffic, not many visitors and not many monkeys either. More people mean more food for the monkeys, and more monkeys mean monkey attacks if you’re not careful enough. However friendly they might seem, always keep in mind that the monkeys are wild creatures and people for them are a source of food. After all, no one would want to end their vacation in a hospital in a foreign land getting shots for rabies.
There are no infrastructures in Monkey Beach, so one has to find accommodation in Phi Phi Island. A number of hotels, resorts, and even dorms are available at very reasonable prices. Finding a long tail boat or a kayak will also be not a difficult task. So, pack your things and book your stay and head to the Monkey Beach! Make sure not to feed the monkeys and take your trash with you. Keep the beach clean and habitable for those who belong there.