We didn't get a very good sleep last night. The worst yet! Because the rooms is so awful we slept in our own sheet sleeping bags, to hopefully avoid getting bit more too! The sheet was uncomfortable and warm and too restricting! I need to be able to sprawl! The air con didn't seem to really cool the room down either. I also kept feeling all night like migis were crawling on me! Obviously a bit paranoid but it stopped me from sleeping! The walls were also really thin and we could hear every sound- if there was a bang or noise, it sounded like it was in our room which was pretty freaky, especially as it was pitch black. I was glad when morning came and I got up!
We got up to more good news- Nath heard on the tin roof in the bathroom that it was pissing it down. I went and looked outside as we didn't have windows and it was raining- it wasn't too heavy but still not good for a boat trip! We needed sun!! To make matters worse, the rain was leaking in through the roof in the bathroom and the air con was leaking too! We told the woman at reception and she came and had a look at the air con- when she opened it up the inside was frozen and it was the ice that was melting that was leaking! She told us to leave our key and she would sort it out for us- great!
We headed down to the booking office to meet for 9.30 for the trip. The rain kept stopping and starting but it was still warm anyway. We waited for ages for these three girls to decide to turn up late and then go to the shop whilst we were all waiting to set off! The guy didn't seem very happy! We set off anyway and got down to the boat at the pier. It didn't really look like what it did in the pictures. It was bright blue and had wooden benches downstairs and wooden benches around the outside on the top deck. They wouldn't let us sit downstairs for some reason so everybody had to sit side by side on the benches upstairs.
They had tea and coffee and water available all the time and they had some little biscuits for breakfast that we snacked on all day. The first stop was Shark Point- a little rocky area in the sea near the south of the island, where we could snorkel- we didn't see any sharks mind. We saw lots of types of fish though. After swimming and snorkelling for half an hour we got back on the boat and set off to the Viking Cave. We didn't get off here but stopped near to see it and to take photos. The caves were jagged and build into the side of the cliff. The guide told us that people have been living in the caves for the last year. You could see a hut built into the side of the cliff.
We then went to Pileh Bay, which had a beautiful green lagoon. He said that we couldn't stop there as there were too many boats around and we wouldn't be able to snorkel. We just drove in, around and back out. He told us that at certain times of year he couldn't bring the boat into the lagoon as the water was too shallow. It was amazing paradise looking clear water though!
Next we stopped in the sea near a cliff- we could see a rope ladder up the side of the rocks. The guide told us that this is where we would stop for Maya Bay. We had to get in the sea and swim over to the cliff edge to climb the rope ladder. The swim was pretty tough as the sea was pretty wavy and it was quite a way to swim. It was fun though and so was the climb up the ladder! At the other side there was Loh samah bay, a tiny little sandy bay which we had to walk through the water to get to the jungle. It was about a 5 minute walk through the jungle until we came out of the trees onto Maya Bay Beach- where they filmed The Beach. It was the most beautiful place with the clearest water we had seen. I felt like I could just stay there forever- just like the film! I would have loved to camp there!! It was obviously very overcrowded with boats and tourists though doing the same as us- which took a little away from it- but it was still breathtaking. We had an hour to relax there, take photos, had a swim in the sea which was so warm and then we had to head back through Loh Sama Bay and back down the rope ladder. It was a bit harder trying to get back down!
We swam back to the boat and then we both did the jump back into the sea from the top deck of the boat. Nath didn't particularly like it but I thought it was fun and it gave me a buzz! Hadn't done that since I was young!
After the lovely experience of Maya Bay we got back on the boat to lunch waiting for us. It was egg fried rice with vegetables and it was just what we needed!! Whilst eating, we headed to Monkey Island- the name is pretty explanatory- the island is inhibited by monkeys! They were all on the beach waiting for all the tourists- we didn't get too close because apparently they bite! But some people were getting very close and then the monkeys were chasing them away! It was pretty mean really- they probably just wanted to be left alone! We got to kayak there so we had a wander around the island and then got back into the kayak to have a paddle around the island. I got in the sea at the end and swam back to the boat and Nath paddled back on the kayak.
We then passed mosquito island but didn't stop at it as it has too many Mosquitos on it! The last stop was Bamboo Island. We got to kayak to this again, which was fun! We kayaked around the sea for a while before getting on and seeing the island. The beach was massive and had like two levels to it- there was a hill up to a flat bit from the beach. We a look at the island and got back in the kayak. The kayaks were so good- we could just paddle and chill in the open sea! The views from Bamboo Island were brilliant too! We could see loads of other islands in the distance- it looked surreal and couldn't believe that's where we were relaxing in the middle of the sea!! I got in the sea again to snorkel and my god it was amazing! I went to part of the sea that was rocky and full of different corals and I saw so many fish and different reefs. It was the best snorkelling so far to say the least! I was in awe- it was brilliant!! Fish were just literally swimming past my head!! The water was so clear too that Nath could see to the bottom of the sea bed from the kayak and could see all the fish swimming past me!
We had an hour at Bamboo Island and then had to get back on the boat to head back to Phi Phi Don. That was the end of the day :( We were suppose to see sunset on our way back but it was too cloudy to see anything. The weather really changed once we got back on the boat and it was like the storm was brewing! It got really windy and the sea got a bit choppy!
We had to hand back in our snorkels to the guide on the way back and tick of your name. Either he didn't tick somebody's name or somebody was been dodgy but he was really mad that someone hadn't handed their snorkel in so he told the captain to stop in the middle of the sea and said we would just stay there until someone handed it in! It got sorted in the end but it was pretty funny! Not a nice end to the day for the guide though as he was peeved and he had been brilliant all day!
It was such a fantastic day and we saw soo much! Also- the Admanan sea is the first sea where I can float!! The sea was so warm everywhere we went too. The weather really held off for us for the day which was great after worrying about the rain this morning! We both got a right colour from today! Can't describe anymore how much of a fab day it was! Was worth the trip to stay on Phi Phi itself!
We got back from the trip at 6.30pm, chilled out and had a few drinks and got ready at our room and then headed out into the madness. It didn't seem as busy as the night before but was still bad and there were still touts everywhere. We went into a bar that had a live singer playing his guitar and had a drink there. We then went down the beach area and bought a can from the shop and watched some of the fire show. We still hadn't eaten by this point so finished our drinks and went to a street vender which had stool outside for us to sit and eat. I had chicken fried rice and Nath had a burger and some spring rolls.
After food we got a vodka bucket to share and went back down to the beach. There were fire performers who were doing tight ropes and they also had the fire chicken limbo and skipping. There were two main bars on the beachfront, both that had performers and were pretty similar. We saw a couple from the boat trip that we had been on that day and ended up talking to them and spent the rest of the night with them. They were really nice- called Adrian and Charli- it turned out they were both living in leeds at the moment and he used to study at Northumbria too. Small world! The rest of the night we just had more drinks, chatted, danced and had a laugh with them. Everybody was really friendly and we ended up talking to different random people as well. The party shut down about 2..we think..and we started heading back to our room- we managed to go the completely wrong way! God knows how as the beach is two minutes away! We eventually found the way..Nath more than me to be fair..he had to guide me home and put me into bed! I was a bit worse for wear! Nath was too, just never as bad as me!! It was a brill night though!!! It was about 3 am when we got back and crashed out!