Hi. Next week (April 2018), we are flying into Phuket for our first trip to Thailand. First 2 nights we will stay in Phuket and we are wondering if we should stay in Phi Phi the next 2 nights (before departing to Koh Yao Yai) or just day trip there instead?
We want good snorkeling, no party crowds, uncrowded beaches (if that truly exists), romance and outdoor adventures (kayaking, hiking, caves, etc). TA "things to do" tab has day trips etc but if it's worth it, we want to know how easy/cheap it is to explore the island and Maya Bay, Bamboo Island, etc. for overnight guests. Can you just rent a long tail for the morning and or wander around and visit places on your own?
Our budget for hotels and activities falls into the mid-range and cheaper category, if that helps.