6 islands make up this beautiful and world famous location, situated in the southeast Andaman Sea.
We concentrate our tour on the two main islands famous for their natural beauty and spectacular underwater scenery. Phi Phi Don, the largest island, is the only one of the six to have accommodation and its surrounding waters have been a Mecca for divers and snorkelers alike for well over 30 years.
Phi Phi Leh is the smaller of the two main islands and is a designated Marine National Park. It is, of course, world famous for Maya Bay where the movie The Beach was filmed. It takes us between an hour and an hour and a half from Royal Phuket Marina to reach the Phi Phi Islands. The Phi Phi Sunrise tour is therefore suitable throughout the ‘High Season’ (late October – May) due to the variable sea conditions and its isolated location (50kms from Phuket in the open sea).
We do not guarantee you will see the Sunrise on each trip and the timings for sunrise do vary. Cloudy days can make it difficult to see the sunrise. ‘Sunrise’ for Simba is defined by an early start, in most cases AT LEAST 2 hours before most other companies depart Phuket for Phi-Phi Islands.
Remember 10,000 visitors flock to Phi Phi every day in the high season. That’s a lot of people to share these small islands with.
Be warned… it is an early start…but well worth it! We aim to leave the marina at 6/6.30am and be back by 2/2.30pm.
To give you the very best day we can, our tour is very flexible. We juggle the tide, weather, customer ability and the crowds to give you the best day possible. This may mean the omission of some locations, but never at the expense of your enjoyment! Other companies may promise you the world, but we want to enjoy the places we visit.
Below a “sample” itinerary and general over view of the places we visit on this trip destination.
Duration 7/8 hours on the water (approximately).
Maya Bay - tide dependant for 1st stop
Normally (however it is tide dependent) our first stop, Maya Bay was made famous by the film "the Beach" staring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2000. This is a "must see" for most tourists so it gets very busy, however we usually arrive before everyone else so you can enjoy the bay to yourselves for a while and take a few photographs without the crowds. If this is our first stop we will enjoy a light breakfast on the beach.
Pileh Lagoon - tide dependent
Our next port of call if tide allows is Phileh Lagoon, among the Simba staff (on and off the boats) this is our favourite location on Phi Phi. It is a spectacular emerald green lagoon surrounded by high limestone cliffs on 3 sides, one of the worlds most gorgeous natural swimming pools. This location has become famous for our traditional jump off the front of the boat and of course that shot of yourself in mid air (please have a look at our photo gallery). If you are less adventurous, you can simply use the steps at the side of the boat and enjoy these beautiful waters.
It is now time to explore the magical underwater world with some snorkelling. We have a few locations to choose from, Viking Cove, Loh Somah Bay, Dragon Lagoon, Straight Rock or Par Dang. Which location we choose will depend on the sea conditions, tide and other tour groups on the day. We supply all your snorkelling equipment including flippers (fins) and floatation aids such as life jackets and swim noodles. The staff are always there (in and out of the water) ready to help any first timer with encouragement, advice and sometimes just a helping hand.
See some Monkeys and Viking Cave
During the tour we will stop by one of the local Monkey Beaches for a viewing of the monkeys. We respect that monkeys are wild animals and ask guests not to feed the monkeys, they are lovely to watch though. The Viking Cave is home to the special Birds Nests used to make Birds Nest Soup. It is not possible to enter this enormous cave but we will show you from the outside and you can see the armed guards guarding the birds nests from looters!
Picnic Lunch on a beach
We will find a nice secluded beach to relax at and enjoy a delicious mixed gourmet picnic lunch with a selection of tasty dishes. Relax after lunch under a Palm Tree or have a swim if you wish.
After lunch it's time to say hello to the fishes again with another snorkeling stop if we did not squeeze 2 snorkels in before lunch. Or we can have an extended swim and relax on the beach. We are flexible with our itinerary to ensure the best day possible.