The famous Maya Bay at Phi Phi island in Thailand closed indefinitely
Whether you live in Thailand or you are coming here to visit on holiday, you may have heard by now that the Famous Maya Bay and “The Beach” at Phi Phi Island has closed earlier this year. The decision was made by the department of National Parks fisheries and wildlife to close the area due to the adverse effects of long term over tourism.
Basically over 130 speed boats entered the Bay per day and roughly 5000 tourists trampled the area every day. The long-term effects have caused most if not all of the coral in the Bay to die, many fish simply don’t go in there any more because it was like a highway for speed boats, and a lot of trash and other effects of the human foot print.
Over the past few months over 1000 new corals were planted in the bay, and the black tip reef sharks and other fish species have started to return because of the inactivity which is amazing. BUT it is not enough, the decision has been made to close the Bay indefinitely. I mean the growth rates of coral are roughly 0.3 to 2 centimeters per year for massive corals, and up to 10 centimeters per year for branching corals, it can take up to 10,000 years, so the coral wont bounce back quickly.
At this stage they are unsure if they will ever open Maya Bay again or not. It is a wonderful thing that something is being done to assist the environment, better late than never!
A school of Blacktip Reef Sharks have been seen swimming in Maya Bay, increasing Phi Phi Islands National Parks hopes as they try to restore the damaged ecosystem of the world famous tourist destination.
The Phi Phi island tours are now being diverted to other areas to Phi Phi and surrounds and don’t worry it is all amazing so you are not missing out on anything.