You can hire a private boat to take you from Phi Phi Don to the uninhabitated island of Phi Phi Le. The boatman may speak little English and so better to make sure that you specify your itinerary when you book the boat.
Have some key phrases written in Thai. Had an English-Thai phrase book with me in case any miscommunication while on high seas or stranded island.
The waves are less in the morning so that early. Pack your lunch and do not forget your swimming, snorkelling or fishing gear. And watch out for changing weather to ensure you get back home and safe.
If you are in Phuket, you can take a day tour to Ko Phi Phi.
Tourists will come ashore and spend a hour or so on Ko Phi Phi Don. Laze in the sand, swim or climb up to the hill top for a view. And perhaps lunch.
Then continue to Ko Phi Phi Le for snorkelling, view the caves for bird nests collection and swim a bit for heading back to Phuket.
Worth the daily trip if you do not have much time and if weather is fine.
The only way to get around island is taxi boat. although they always try to overcharge you (but this is every where you go) the price as quite standard so don't nee to shop around every single day...but just the first :)
If you do not want to go on an organized excursion, simply cross the bay to snorkel or just explore the islands by boat you could hire a longtail boat. This Thai version of ocean travel offers quick access to most of the areas in and around Phi Phi Island. Negotiate with the boats owner, tariffs vary between 800 bath for three hours to 2000 bath per half day - depending on season. You find those boats on both sides of the island.
The only way to get to the island is by boat... except if you are a long distance swimmer.
The times are below:
PASSENGER BOAT TIMES TO PHI PHI EVERYDAY:
Phuket -- Phi Phi: Phi Phi -- Phuket:
Dep 08:30 Dep 08:30
Arr 10:30 Arr 10:30
Dep 14:00 Dep 14:30
Arr 16:00 Arr 16:30
[Phuket means Rassada pier, Phuket town]
[Phi Phi means Ton Sai Bay , Koh Phi Phi Leh]
Krabi -- Phi Phi: : Phi Phi -- Krabi:
Dep 09:00 Dep 09:00
Arr 11:00 Arr 11:00
Dep 14:00 Dep 14:30
Arr 16:00 Arr 16:30
During the high season [October to April] there are also some passenger
boats between Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, and Phi Phi and Ao Nang.
Obviously flying to either Phuket or Krabi is the easiest most convenient option of getting to Phi Phi . Phuket has direct flights from many destinations such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Europe as well as connecting flights with just about anywhere in the world. Also direct domestic flights from Koh Samui, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. There are many flights everyday between Bangkok and Phuket. Krabi airport also has direct flights from Bangkok and Koh Samui.
The best way I think is just to walk, unless you are going to a different island around Phi Phi. There are no cars or scooters that I saw while we were in Koh Phi Phi, most people are walking or riding a bike.
After getting our room booked we made the mistake of getting a "taxi". After waiting for about a half hour our taxi showed up. It turned out that it was a little Thai boy with a wagon, he tossed our bags into it and proceeded down the path. Little did we know but our room was only about a ten minute walk away. In order to get to most places near the beach, shopping and bars, the island is small enough to walk with no problem.
In downtown Krabi tourists can take a boat at Chaofa pier which will take around 2 and a half hours to reach Ko Phi-Phi. There are 2 boats that leave 1 is faster will take around 1 hour and a half but i never saw this 1. These boats go daily around 3 times a day.
You may also be best to book your place to stay in Ko Phi-Phi while at the Krabi pier as some1 will be waiting for you at the port to carry your bags to your accomodation, prices are quite reasonable.
Getting to Koh Phi Phi Don is easy....just take one of the many high-speed boats out to the island. During the rainy season, it is advisable to take some dramamine first because sometimes the Andaman Sea can get pretty rough.
Getting around Koh Phi Phi? Well, it's a really small place, so walk, walk, walk....but beware the bicylists! These idiots are nothing but an annoyance if you ask me. All the while I was there, I seemed to be involved in this PHI PHI DANCE to save my life from being hit from one of these fools.
But, remember your temper! Temper flares don't go over well in Thai culture, so just bite your tongue, mutter *** YOU under your breath and go have a beer somewhere cool.
Long boats are available almost twenty four seven to take you anywhere your money will buy, around the surrounding islands.
One of the greatest things about this small island is that there are absolutely no cabs or tuk-tuks anywhere. This was very nice for us as it meant no haggling with drivers to get to where we wanted to go. Nothing was more than a 20 minute walk from our guesthouse.
The drivers will hunt you as soon you are close to the beach, I paid about 800 ThB for a ride to Maya beach (4 pers) and 400 ThB for a ride to Monkey Beach, remember to bargain! Ask other people what they paid for their trip.
Getting to the island is easy and comfortable. There are year-round ferries (some even with ac) from/to Phuket, Krabi, Raileh East and Ao Nang. The trip takes between 1,5 -2,5 hours depending on your starting point and is an attraction in its own right as you travel through the beautiful island world of the Andaman sea.
As there are no roads on Phi Phi Le or Phi Phi Don transportation consists of Long Boats. I stayed on a resort and found you could barter a cheaper price with the sea gypseys than the boats provided by the resort.
The main means of transport around the island is by the rickety long-tail boats. Mainly, they are to take you to more remote parts of the island, and not for a beach adjacent to the one you are on, though you can take them anywhere you want. The price is cheap, but they will try and strike hard bargain, or make you wait until they have more people for the journey so they can make more money from the trip. Just have in mind that they are trying to earn a living from this, and that a few cents to you means alot more to them. Most are overly friendly, so it makes the trip fun.
You can get to Phi Phi Don Island by ferry from Phuket or Krabi, and also from Lanta or Ao Nang in Krabi province. The journey takes about 2.5 hours. Ferry tickets and transfer to the pier can be arranged through your hotel or any travel agent. The routes, schedule and fares depend on the season. Please check e.g. the following site for more information: http://phi-phi.com/travel/getting-there.htm