There are different ways to get to Maya Bay, if you are traveling from Phi Phi Don then can get a long tail boat for 1,000 baths (the US $ 33) for three hours or for little more you could also rent it for a full day. They allow max 6 people. I went there with a Tour group from Ao Nang, as a result, I had limited time to spend on the beach. If you are entering the bay on your own then there is a National Park entry fee of 200 baths. Since we were part of a package tour so, that cost was included in the package.
My first stop was at Bamboo Island and then to Maya bay, it was about 40 minutes bumpy boat ride from Bamboo Island to Maya Bay.
It’s a stunningly beautiful bay that’s sheltered by high cliffs on three sides. Inside the bay there are several beaches, most are small and some can be seen at low tide. The main beach is around 200 meters long with silky soft white sand, underwater colorful coral and exotic fish in exceptionally clear water; the whole bay is one big reef.
Phi Phi and Maya Bay was always a popular tourist spot but it got exceptionally busy since ’The Beach’ was filmed here in 1999. They claim between Nov and April is the best time to visit that part of Thailand because seas are calm and access to the islands are easy but it is not necessarily always the case. I was there in Nov and Dec but had practical experience how bumpy and rough the sea could be. But anyway that was a completely different experience never to forget.
Since this is so beautiful and so well known that it is always a crowded place there are many speed boats and long tail boats lined up on the beach, beautiful it is but not private. if you try to avoid crowd then early morning or evening is the best time to visit.
You will find toilets in Maya Bay but you’d only want to use them if you’re desperate. There is no food available here; if you are camping you must bring your own. Fires are not allowed but there is a permanent BBQ stand for cooking.
Our tour boat took us snorkeling and diving in a remote bay, there is a lot of colored fish to be seen and the visibility was excellent. I also saw people kayaking but I was not lucky enough to do that as we need to move on to another island for more adventure.