If you are staying in Koh Phi Phi the prices are much lower - they will be around 500 B - because Maya is next door.
We leave in a speedboat from the port of Ao Nang, about 15 minutes drive from Krabi. We were about 25 or 30 tourists on board, including a group of 8 kids from Madrid who enjoyed the last 2 days of their Thai vacation at Railey Beach, well known for the backpacker party.
The first stop to dive was regular due to poor visibility underwater but the second was spectacular.
Then we enter with the boat to Phi Phi Leh. This island is a nature reserve and no accommodation is allowed. The place is beautiful with a turquoise blue water and rounded mountains that emerge from the sea creating a kind of natural harbor. Although there is no construction on the island, its waters have an agglomeration of boats typical of the M-30 after work. This takes away some of the charm.
Soon we arrived at Maya Bay. Although on this trip I have gone through some places where I was in 2003, I think that none remembered it as clearly as this one. Nothing had changed and the number of tourists also remained overwhelming. Still, it is a nice place to see.
A few days later I played soccer with some English kids on a beach in Koh Lanta and they told me something I didn't know. Apparently there is a company in Koh Phi Phi that organizes night tours to Maya Bay. They have exclusivity so you can enjoy the place at your leisure. They did it to celebrate the birthday of one of them. The boat leaves them there at 4 or 5 in the afternoon, when the last tourists have left, and they stay drinking, dining and sleeping there. Apparently they caught a big blind and slept with sleeping bags on the beach. The truth is that it has to be very big to spend the night there.
We ate at a restaurant in Koh Phi Phi and they left us an hour and a half of relaxation that we took advantage of to lay on the beach and take a bath. In the afternoon we dived another bit and at 5 we arrived back at Ao Nang.
A quite touristy roll but we really enjoyed the day without stopping doing things.