Stunning Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi has been a picture of
Six months on, a group of journalists visited the island to see how it’s looking now.
What they found is pretty remarkable:
The sun is emerging from the horizon. Gently, the boat glides towards a deserted beach, bypassing young corals. On board, marine conservationists get ready to meet a group of new visitors to the bay – blacktip reef sharks.
About 90 of them are cruising back and forth along the shoreline. Many more are further away in the calm glass-like water of Maya Bay. Their presence would have been unimaginable only monthsFull story: Channel News Asia
ago,when the area was packed with hundreds of tourist boats.
Video: Sharks in Maya Bay
Maya Bay’s recovery is encouraging, but when looking at tourism development in Southern Thailand as a whole there’s still a long way to go in shifting to a more sustainable model. Until more brakes are applied, there’s a huge risk that Thailand will continue down a path to destroy the very things that brought tourists here in the first place.
But for now, let’s just enjoy seeing the sharks swimming free in those crystal clear waters.