Snorkeling Phuket

by Guest

Phuket Island is one of the visited areas of Thailand. There is much to do from exploring the jungles, visiting the temples, eating at the many Thai and international restaurants and the fantastic nightlife. However, most people come to Phuket for the beach life and snorkeling, some of the top places to experience Thailand’s marine life. Here’s a list of some of the best spots for snorkeling in Phuket.

Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach is located on the west of the island just south of Patong. This little golden sand beach is flanked by palm trees, jungle and rocky boulders that jut out into the sea from both sides. Though the beach is small, the beautiful spot draws in plenty of day crowds who travel over from Phuket to settle into a day of sunbathing. Snorkelling is excellent along the southern edge of the beach where the tide brings in a constant flow of colourful fish. Remember to bring your own snorkeling equipment as there is few places offering it for rental. 

Banana Beach

This remote little beach in the north of the island near to the Sirinat National Park is a little more tricky to get to. This keeps the crowds away and you’ll often have vast swathes of the beach to yourself, particularly in low season. Rent snorkeling equipment from the one restaurant along the beach and jump into to discover some excellent marine life including the occasionally tiny shark. An excellent place to while away an afternoon before returning back to the Phuket Town or Patong.

Snorkeling in Phuket

Snorkeling in Phuket

Nai Thon Beach

Right up in the beautiful Sirinat National Park to the north of Phuket, Nai Thon beach is remote making it one of the quietest beaches on the island. Snorkellers enjoy plenty of underwater wildlife to spot including bat fish, barracuda, butterfly fish, eels, trigger fish and turtles. There are no water sports here, which makes it feel even more secluded and calm. Those who make the effort to go snorkeling at Nai Thom Beach are not disappointed.

Similan Islands

The Similan Islands can be visited on a day trip from Phuket or its possible to spend a night there in tents (there are no permanent structures on the tiny island). This is probably our favourite place to snorkel. Little boats take you out to the reef which is rich in colourful coral and plenty of fish. The reef is only just below the surface making it easy to see without diving down and the visibility is almost always good. The island can be walked around in just 10 minutes and there are some lovely little secluded beaches to relax on.

Ya Nui Beach

The tiny coves and bays that make up Ya Nui Beach in the south of Phuket are beautiful. The little islets are teeming with marine life who come to the area for the calm waters. The shallow waters go out quite far making it a good spot to take children.

Laem Ka Beach

Laem Ka is a compact little beach located off the southern tip of Phuket Island. The beach is pretty enough, as they almost all are in Thailand, but the reason most visit is the excellent snorkeling opportunities. The beach never really gets huge crowds, so much of it you’ll have all to yourself. Snorkelling is great here, with lots of marine creatures to get up close to around the rock formations. It also has particularly good visibility. 

Ao Sane Beach

This rocky beach located in the southwest of Phuket is one of the islands best kept secrets. Palm trees create natural shading along the 200-metre beach, the perfect place to relax a little in between snorkeling sessions. Don your mask and fin and jump into the clear, warm waters to discover clown fish, eels and even little sharks. Go to Ao Sane Beach, you won’t be disappointed by either the snorkeling or the beach. For longer stays, there are some small rustic bungalows to stay in.

Phuket has great beaches and nearby islands for snorkeling

Phuket has great beaches and nearby islands for snorkeling

Paradise Beach

One of the busiest beaches in Phuket, but for good reason. The beautiful spot is surrounded by jungle, rocks and palms and just 100 metres out to sea is a large shallow reef where a ton of marine life can be seen with snorkels. Look out for colourful clown fish, crabs and the beautiful coral. It’s not uncommon to spot little turtles. The waters are calm, so it’s not difficult to reach from the beach. Paradise beach is located on a peninsula on the western side of Phuket Island.

Freedom Beach

This amazing beach is only accessibly by boat. Taking one of the long-tail boats costs around US $20 for four people and takes a half hour. The cost is well worth it to reach this tropical paradise. The effort keeps the majority of the crowds away and there are myriad marine creatures to spot under the surface of the water. Look out for angelfish, eels, clown fish and turtles. Afterwards, relax on the golden sands and work on your tan.

Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi Beach is huge stretching for almost a kilometre on the south-western coast of Phuket Island. The shallow waters and coral reefs make spotting wildlife a pleasure. Look out for parrotfish, angelfish, turtles, sting rays, banner fish, anemone fish and the occasionally small shark. The waves can get rough here during the low season, so it’s not the best time to visit.

There are a few tips to remember when snorkeling, wherever you are in the world, to ensure that you make the most of your time under the surface. First, when you are hiring fins and snorkels, be sure to check the quality of equipment. Try it on, and make sure you can fit the mask to your face so it creates a good seal and is comfortable. Fogging can really ruin the experience of snorkeling. Make a mix of water with washing up liquid and swill it around the inside of the mask. Don’t rub with your fingers or you will leave an oily streak. When choosing your fins, be sure to get ones that aren’t too tight or too loose. To tight are going to get uncomfortable quickly, while if they are too loose, you run the risk of them falling off. If you are a first time fin user, they might feel odd, but you will get used to them and they are invaluable for getting up close to marine life and diving down under the surface.

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