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Dive Review of Adventure Club in
Thailand/Phi Phi Island

Adventure Club, May, 2012,

by Elizabeth Crapo, ID, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 6637.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 activities.
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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