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Dive Review of Adventure Club in
Thailand/Phi Phi Island

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Elizabeth Crapo, ID, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 6637
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Guam, Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Fiji, Dominica, Bay
Islands, Bali, Manado, Sipadan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
I ended up unexpectedly spending the night on Phi Phi Island after learning
that I couldn't take the afternoon ferry from Phuket to Krabi in one day.
Since I had to spend one night, I decided to just make it two, and I'm glad
I did. It's green and beautiful, with interesting geology.  There are no
cars on the island. The beaches are beautiful, the attitude is laid-back
and there's a wide price range in accommodations. I arrived at the very
beginning of the low season, so there were still plenty of people but it
wasn't too crowded. I stayed in town (a guesthouse called The White, for
approx. $30) rather than at a resort for access to a better variety of
I did a two-tank dive with one dive off Phi Phi Leh (the main, populated
island is technically known as Phi Phi Don) with the surface interval in a
peaceful cove, and the second off another nearby smaller island. Visibility
wasn't great due to recent rough weather and a full moon-related plankton
bloom but the coral was nice and abundant, and there were lots of tropical
fish, plus several moray eels and stingrays. The diving here was better
than some of the places I dove in the Similan Islands on this trip. We went
on a large boat with about 20 divers. All the shops here seem to own big
boats, and then pool their divers on one boat during the low season. It was
fine, though, as the boat was big enough to have plenty of room for
everyone. Groups went into the water in shifts, so I didn't see lots of
people underwater. The DM was good at finding and pointing out critters.  
There are plenty of topside activities for non-diving companions.  I highly
recommend chartering a longtail boat for a tour to Phi Phi Leh, the island
where The Beach was filmed.  There are beautiful beaches, rock formations
and hidden coves for swimming.  For $50 you get a 3-hour private tour for
two people.  Leave by 7:30 and you can get there and away before the cattle
boats from Phuket arrive.
If you are looking for a hard-core, dive-only vacation you'll do better
somewhere else in SE Asia, but if you're looking for a tropical getaway
with a variety of activities, Phi Phi is a great choice.
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