Maybe you should keep this cute little secret to yourself. While day-trippers come from far away to join the crowds and step on one another’s toes at the well-known “The Beach” in Maya Bay, it is a lot quieter here at the much smaller but no less magical Nui Beach. This is despite the fact that it can be reached in only few minutes by boat from the centre of Koh Phi Phi. After we have failed to keep this secret to ourselves, perhaps you should make sure that you only share this with someone who deserves to experience such a gem of a beach.
Nui Beach - Exquisite, unspoilt, natural dream beach with white sand and black cliffs
You can reach Nui Beach on Koh Phi Phi from Lo Dalam Beach in the centre of the island in only a few minutes by using a motorised long-tail boat as a water-taxi. You can also paddle yourself across in a kayak, which will take about half an hour. From the neighbouring beach on the other side of Loh Lana Bay a climbing path also leads to Nui Beach, but this can only be used at low tide without having to swim.
However you get to Nui Beach, once you have arrived you won't want to leave again. This beach seems like the kind which you read about in a novel where somebody is stranded on a remote island but finds paradise there. The fine, sandy beach is surrounded by high, dark cliffs and further inland you will see hills densely covered with palm-trees. The steep rocks to the left and right are also generously covered in lush greenery.
The crystal clear water shimmers in a turquoise-blue shade and snorkelling is ideal near the cliffs along the beach. The imposing offshore rock island of Nui Rock is one of the popular diving locations of Koh Phi Phi. There are only a few people to be seen at the beach, which is surprising as although Nui Beach is smaller, it is generally just as nice and also much nearer than the much better known Maya Bay on the neighbouring island.In addition to the natural beauty of this picturesque, idyllic spot, many of the visitors who have been here have created their own work of art by writing their names on pieces of coral and white stones found on the beach. These have then been placed in the steep, black rugged walls of the cliffs to form a mosaic memorial created by the many people who have taken this magical place to their hearts.