There could be hundreds of words to describe how picturesque Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi is but in my case, I was speechless. Despite the long tail boats coming in and going out of the bay, the view never underwhelmed me perhaps because I was expecting the place to be crowded but I was glad it wasn’t that elbow to elbow scenario kind of a thing. The moment I saw the bay, that line of Leonardo Di Caprio from the movie The Beach “I still believe in paradise” pop into my head all of a sudden. Well, as cliché as this may sound but he was right after all and the only thing I thought about was me and the beach or possibly to be fair, Me, the beach and Leonardo. No pun intended.
Maya beach is the crème de la crème of our Phi Phi Island Tour. It was totally a tropical bliss thus making my heart strike the joy of a beach bummer in me and still couldn’t believe I was there in the island. I took a lot of photographs as that part of the tour was the only thing I’ve been eyeing for so long. I explored the island bare footed, I don’t need to run like Leo did in the film. I savored fresh air, the scent of fresh natural leaves, the calm waters of the bay, the innate sound of the nature minus the little noise of the crowd and everything there is.
The scorching heat of the sun did not bother me. Not at all! The truth is I love how the warmth of the sun touches my skin. I tried to avoid our tour guide as much as possible because she had a lot of negativity going on her brain, for instance; our group just started to enjoy snorkeling when she told everyone to get into the boat because we might hit by a speedboat. We were like rolling our eyes off like hello we just felt the water for just perhaps 10 or 15 minutes only. Another thing, we didn’t dock to see the monkey island because according to her, monkeys will attack us when in fact most of the boats docked and their guest were able to step on the Monkey Island’s soil. So we were just there staring from afar. Wishing we were those guest from other tour groups that were able to land. I’m not sure if she was just lazy, double-dealing, taking precautions or simply just scaring us.
I somewhat like the long tail boats parked in the shoreline. The boats look unique to me. It’s a sign that I’m in Thailand. Maya Bay with the speedboats view is a different story. I don’t like the sight of the beach with speedboats all over. Guess I just don’t like the idea that speedboats blocked the magnificent view of the bay. Regardless of how speedboats ruined the background, it did not stop me from playing in the turquoise water of the beach like a happy child splashing her newest kiddie pool her mommy bought from toys’r’us.
I wished I could stay forever but just the thought of our tour guide nagging me makes me sick so I cooperated by making sure I was right on time to get to the speedboat. When I reached my seat, my friend’s face was disgusted. He raged how he loathes our tour guide for not letting him to at least bathe because we were running out of time. He regretted that he joined my exploration throughout the island while taking snapshots. He wished he had just dipped in the water instead of returning his camera back to the boat. I enlightened him that at least he was able to run and screamed on the top of his lungs “I will not die today!” through the somewhat forest where Leonardo scampered in the film. He added that the tour guide gave him fresh water melon as if she’ll succeed by seeking solace with his revulsion. He even created a curse video about it and sent it to our friends in Malaysia. It was hilarious but one thing’s for sure I was contented.
Maya Bay is a part of my wish lists to see before I die and with high spirits, I finally ticked it off my list.
To be honest, I love Maya Bay but the corals, the lime stones, the waters of Palawan knocked it off. I’m just happy I did not expect anything in this Island. I just went there to fulfill my once long dream. There could be some rubbish at some areas and it wasn’t like a dream I ever dreamed of being in Maya alone because of the crazy crowd but I never regret glancing Maya bay. Perhaps for some it may be disappointing but for me, Its still “The Beach” I once dreamed of!
Will I ever go back to this touristy island?
Definitely without second thoughts! I mean, is that even a question? I’m sure I’ll be in the mood to camp for a change.