Maya bay is located on Koh Phi Phi Leh, the tiny island next to its much larger sister island Koh Phi Phi Don. This is where they filmed the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. This incredible beach closes down at around 6 PM. Jeff and I found a tour that allowed us to stay the night on a boat anchored in the bay for the night. We were two of 30 people who stayed after hours at the beach. They do a big BBQ dinner on the beach, give you a few cocktails and let you enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world. The entire group was back in the eating area while we sneaked off for a stroll down the beach on a near full moon night. It was peaceful and seemed too good to be true. During the day this little bay is very crowded so it was an amazing feeling to be the only ones on this beach at night. After a fun night we went swimming in the dark with photo luminescent plankton that live in the bay. The plankton glow bright when you disturb them, like underwater fire flies. It was magical to swim and dive down into the darkness with only glittering lights around you. It was definitely a night we will never forget.
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