Having spent some time in Phuket, we could easily have gone for the ferry. But speedboat transfer has become part of the experience for us, and that’s the way we went.
I arranged it all before we left London and received a fax at WhiteBeach confirming all the details. H.I. sent us the name of the boat, the boat drivers name and his cell phone number in case of any delays. We were picked up from the hotel at 11.00a.m. and arrived at Rassada Pier just before noon. The speedboat was there waiting for us.
The journey was as exciting as ever. A little bumpy, but quite comfortable. We know from experience that looking behind us and waiting for Phuket to just about disappear is the moment when Phi Phi comes into view ahead.
Mosquito Island viewed from our bungalow.
The unmistakeable shapes of the two main islands, particularly the unique outline of Phi Phi Ley. Mosquitoe and BambooIslands soon come into vision and then before we know it we are skirting round the northern headland, past Phi Phi Natural, the engine revs are reduced and we just drift right up to the beach at H.I. The little landing jetty is wheeled out to us, we paddle the last few steps and we’re on the beach, surrounded by familiar faces and an unforgettable welcome. Cold flannels and drinks await us at the open air reception area and we are very quickly checked in. By one o’clock, we were sitting on our veranda enjoying the complimentary bottle of wine which was sitting in an ice bucket in our room. We were once again given our favourite bungalow…..116, which I believe is the best bungalow at the resort, and utterly unique. It was built as a prototype for the design of the new bungalows and has lots of features that are not present in any of the other rooms. And its location is just perfect. It didn’t take long for us to grab our snorkels and take the five paces or so from bungalow to sea and check out the condition of the water and the coral. We were not disappointed! The water was crystal clear and there was abundant, beautiful sea life.
We were having our second dip when the 13.30 ferry from Phuket arrived at around 16.
The ferry arriving.
45. So we spent fifteen minutes or so just bobbing around in the sea, watching the local longtails servicing the ferry. Transferring passengers and luggage to the shore and unloading provisions for the resorts. It’s an activity we’ve seen many times before but one that I never tire of watching.
For dinner on our first night of ten, we headed off down the beach to Jasmins. A rustic little beach restaurant run by the local sea gypsys. Beautifully fresh fish cooked right in front of us and served in a fabulous location. Bare feet in the sand looking out to sea, past the longtails and with the horizon a mass of twinkling lights from the squid fishing boats. A black clear sky filled with billions of stars. Yes……we’re back……to a little piece of paradise!And we have nine more nights to go.
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