Phi Phi has some truly superb dive sites. The outlying islets of Koh Bida Nai and Koh Bida Nok are rightly famous for their marine life.
The distance involved has often proved punitive for divers who want to dive these sites from Phuket, which as a place to stay of course offers superior variety, comfort and amenities for the discerning traveler. Diving these sites by dayboat is cheaper than by speedboat but the journey times involved mean that travellers will get up early and come home late.
This season Jonathan Cruiser has teamed up with an experienced niche operator successfully running speedboats to Phi Phi five times a week. After a generally later hotel pick-up than usual, the boat leaves Chalong Pier in Phuket at around 9 am. Fresh baguettes and fruits are offered for breakfast. After the first dive there is time for some sightseeing around the island and a luxurious lunch.
There is time after lunch to see some more sights, including perhaps the cute island monkeys, from the comfort and safety of the speedboat while you digest the food. After all, when one has a fast mode of transportation, there is no need to skimp on the surface interval, now, is there? Why stress? It's your holiday.
After the second dive we head for home, hopefully with some great memories of Phi Phi both above and below the surface. Checking in at your hotel around 6 pm, you can have a sundowner in the bar pondering the fact that your fellow Phuket divers on slower day boats most likely still are at sea …