The Resurrection of the Fiery Isle: Phi Phi Islands
In a time of social and environmental distancing, nature is taking the opportunity to resurrect one of the world’s most beautiful groups of islands, the Phi Phi Islands.
“A healthy ocean is not a silent ocean… Creatures chattering, rasping, and singing are all signs of a normal environment.”* These words resonated within me as I read about recent research on underwater noise pollution. On my trip to the southern islands for this photo essay, I became more aware of the sounds under the ocean.
- The Phi Phi Islands are a group of six islands located between Phuket and the Straits of Malacca coast in Thailand. The islands are part of Krabi Province.
- Phi Phi Don, the largest and most populated island in the group, is famous for its lively shores.
- Phi Phi Le, the second-largest (but uninhabited) island, hosts stunning bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which is where “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed.
- It is believed that the area was home to one of the oldest communities in Thailand, dating back to the prehistoric period.
- The name Phi Phi originates from Malay. The original name for the islands was Pulau Api-Api (the fiery isle). The name refers to the Pokok Api-Api, or “fiery tree” (grey mangrove), which is found on the islands.
*Quote from: “In the Oceans, the Volume Is Rising as Never Before” By Sabrina Imbler, New York Times.