I am going there in July (not the best time to avoid tourists, I suppose, but then, I hear these places are visited all year round).
My main interest is photography and, therefore, I would like to get to such beaches when tourists have not yet arrived. I have only been to Maya Bay, Rya, Coral, and Phi Phi once before via speedboat so my photography options were extremely limited.
Short of camping on the beach overnight, is there any way to get there early on, before the speedboats arrive? (say, by hiring someone to take you there at the crack of dawn). Many thanks for your input.