National Park Fees and Rules to be implemented for Phi Phi Diving
A couple of years back the entry fee for the Phi Phi Island Marine National Park jumped to 400 THB for all tourists + 200 THB for divers.
After months of collecting the fee from our diving guests in the morning and then returning it back in the afternoon, we finally gave up.
No National Park officers came to collect the fees but the Thai government has announced that they will begin strictly enforcing the fee collection in 2018.
We have heard this before and to be honest we’re not 100% sure if they will collect the fees but we have to be prepared. Our tour leaders will have to collect 400/600 THB from our guests on the Phi Phi Island trip, in turn, if the fees aren’t collected by park officials then it will be returned to you at the end of the day.
No Try Diving at Phi Phi Island
In an effort to preserve the health of corals around Phi Phi, Try Diving program has been banned from Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai and Phi Phi Ley, the aforementioned are the best dive sites at Phi Phi and the where we visit on our day trips.
The Try Diving program will only be available at Racha Yai.
The new restrictions should not be a big blow to perspective Try Diving students, the Racha islands are far more favorable for the program and where we always recommend for your first scuba diving experience.
As long as the rules are enforced then it should hopefully see an improvement in the health of the reefs and for this reason alone we have to say that the new rules are a good thing.
Seasonal dive site closures
This will have a slight impact in low season, Turtle Rock, Palong Wall, Maya Bay, Loh Samah Bay and other dive sites around the main Phi Phi Island will be closed from 15th May to 31st October. Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai and Viking Cave will remain open throughout the year.
In truth, most of these rules have been around for a long time but have never been enforced. We’re unsure what will happen then. If the park officials to collect the entrance fee then we’d much prefer our guests to be prepared, having to fork out an additional 400 respectively 600 THB for your dive day is not a pleasant surprise.
Thank you to Local Dive Thailand to posting this information