The place has its own reputation was only known to a few, until the bay was portrayed in the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, expressing the story of young travelers dropping out from society and trying to lead a life in an exotic lagoon. Along with the popularity the place also had to go through a series of under goings. As part of the shooting, some of the vegetations were moved till the period of the shooting and was later replanted but followed by high tides and sand storms the place suffered severe soil erosion and also damages to the coral life. Many efforts were made by the production team to bring the place back to its former glory. Being located in Phi Phi Lee, one of the islands in the collection of Phi Phi islands, the place is uninhabited all along its 2km stretch.
The island has mountains with abrupt drops to the sea, white beaches, and abundant caves form the home for the bay. From Krabi, Trang, and Phuket each having airport access, it has direct boats connecting to the Phi Phi islands. From the main island, Phi Phi Don one can rent the long tail boats to take you to the bay. Very early morning or late afternoon visits to the bay are recommended if one desires for some privacy from the crowded usual state of the bay.
Once there, one can find shacks that serve drinks and snacks and can enjoy a little laid back time from the beach. Also, snorkeling and diving activities can be spotted easily as the place is excellent to watch colorful corals and fishes all along. Kayaking boat activities are also available that allow clients to row on your own through the water and to explore the bay and more. There are many caves near the bay and one can just pull over and go exploring or diving off from a cliff into the water if you are so daring.
The best time to visit the Maya Bay, Thailand will be between the months of November and April during which it is the peak season and the sea will be calm and you can snorkel safely in the pristine waters of the bay. It’s better to avoid the bay during the months of May and October as the water can be a little choppy even though the bay is open all around the year.
There are many luxurious and premium budget hotels available in and around Phi Phi Island and some of them are Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, Phi Phi Banyan Villa, Zeavola Resort, etc to name a few.
In short Maya Bay is a beautiful and magical island one should explore at least once in their lifetime, it’s surely worth it.