Set on the west coast of the island of Phuket, Kata Beach has all the hallmarks of a Thai classic. Stunning white sands, aquamarine ocean, beach bars and hammocks, and all the water sports and activities you could ask for. Kata Beach is one of the most popular in Phuket and at times it can be busy, but it is always worth spending a few hours on the shore. Here’s more about Kata and its charms.
All About Kata Beach
What is known as Kata Beach is actually two areas – Kata South and Kata Center. Kata Center is at the northern end of the beach, near to Karon, and Kata South is the location for a number of resorts. Kata Beach is surrounded by mountains and enjoys a relatively set-back location away from the other beaches on the west coast of Phuket. On the whole, Kata is more laidback than Patong but busier and with more amenities than Karon. Kata Beach attracts families, couples, and groups of friends looking for a relaxed time in the sun, with plenty to do.
Kata Beach is a favorite with families for its large stretch of sand and its calm waters (during the high season). The beach has all the amenities you need if you are visiting with kids – restaurants, cafes, shops, umbrellas and beach chairs etc. – but the beach is not too raucous and the nightlife is not too crazy. Kata Beach is also home to Dino Park, a mini golf attraction with a dinosaur theme – it even has its own volcano. Good for the kids if you take plenty of water as it gets hot.
Hotels on Kata Beach
You’ll find a variety of hotel accommodation all very near to the beach. Kata South features the Kata Beach Resort and also the Boathouse, among other resorts. Many of the resorts provide excellent access to the beach and some have stunning views. You’ll also find some spa boutique hotels and smaller, more traditional, guesthouses.
Shops and Restaurants
The style of dining on Kata Beach is low key yet distinctive – you’ll find gourmet restaurants with fine seafood as well as local Thai places serving great Pad Thai and curries. A lot of the restaurants have views over the ocean to make your meal one to remember. Kampong Kata Hill has a good reputation, as does The Boathouse. Kata has many different shops, including clothes boutiques, beachwear stores, music shops, and more.
Surfing at Kata Beach
During the low season – May to October – the sea is not safe for swimming but it becomes a paradise for surfers. If you want to catch some waves, this is the ideal beach to do it during the summer. There is also an artificial surf experience on Kata, which is great for beginners and when there are no waves in the bay. If you want to swim, come between November and April when the sea is calm and tranquil once more.
Watersports and Activities
You’ve got no excuse not to indulge in some activity when you visit Kata Beach – the beach is the perfect location for activities like snorkeling, hobby cat sailing, parascending, and fishing. Snorkeling at both ends of Kata is good, although the reef is not the same quality as you will find elsewhere on the island. For an adventurous and scenic daytrip, kayak to Koh Pu. If you don’t want to spend time on or in the water, why not try a Thai cooking class, or an elephant trek? Or take a trip to the Kata Viewpoint, a great spot for surveying the bays and the ocean which is located a couple of kilometers from the south of Kata Beach.
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