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Thai authorities don’t know if Maya Bay will re-open to tourists

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Thai authorities say they still do not know when they will re-open Maya Bay.

The bay, made famous by the movie The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has been closed to visitors since 2018, after mass tourism destroyed bay’s coral ecosystem.

Sharks have now returned to the bay – a sign that the ecosystem is starting to recover, but it could be decades before it fully recovers, experts have said.

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In a fascinating interview with the BBC, who were given special access to the beach, scientist Thon Thamrongnawasawat said that up to 60 black tip reef sharks have now been spotted at the bay.

According to the BBC, about 171 people per day visited Maya Bay.

But by 2017, 3,520 people per day were visiting the famous beach.

At its peak, it is estimated that as many 5,000 people per day visited Maya Bay.

In June 2018, officials announced Maya Bay would be closed indefinitely to tourists. 

In October 2018, a boundary of buoys was installed to warn boats not to access the beach. 

Boats can still visit but they must stop 300 metres away from the beach – just close enough for tourists to take photos.

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