I wanted to stretch myself and kayak around Phi Phi, exploring the tiny beaches along the coast. Get away from the tour boats. The last time I kayaks was to Monkey Island off Sam Roi Yot, and paddling a couple of kilometers isn't really that hard.
You see things you wouldn't normally see from the boat. The fish don't mind a kayak, you can get closer to them, and I even spotted a wreck. The divers have their wreck sites to explore, and us Kayak folk have our own!
I hold a minutes silence to remember kayaks lost at sea! There are plenty of micro-caves, and tiny beaches, well strips of sand one tree wide! To explore here. I tie up the kayak at one end of monkey beach and enjoy the strip of sand free from tour boats.
The Kayak rental place I chose is at the west end of Tonsai beach. The best thing to take with you is a waterproof pack, and waterproof camera. Even if you don't want to get into the water, it will splash on everything and you will get wet. The Kayak rental place had waterproof packs to use if you want them. I had my own, I like to use it as a float.