The Thai bay made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio’s 1999 film, The Beach, is set to close due to environmental damage.
Maya Bay, on the Thai Island of Koh Phi Phi, off the west cost of Thailand, will be closed to all visitors for four months annually, starting this June, to allow the island’s battered reefs and sea life to recover.
The secluded bay is hit by about 200 boats and 4000 visitors each day – putting huge pressure on the bay’s fragile sea life.
Thailand’s national parks and wildlife department made the decision this week.
“If you ask me if it is too late to save our islands, the answer is no. But if we don’t do something today, it will be too late,” said Thanya Netithammakum, head of the parks department.
When the bay does reopen there will be a daily limit of 2000 tourists and boats will have to dock on the opposite side of the island on floating piers.