Snorkeling in Phuket is an activity not to be missed. Swimming gently in the calm, clear waters and checking out the marine life is an enjoyable activity for all the family. But not every beach in Phuket is perfect for snorkeling. Some areas of the island have better beaches with peaceful sections and clear water – the best locations are often the most secluded, where the boats and the tourists don’t disturb the wildlife and you can have the ocean almost to yourself. Here are 10 of the best beaches in Phuket for snorkeling
The beach at Laem Ka is located close to Rawai in southern Phuket. This beach is little-known and also boasts a good section of undisturbed, clear water. Snorkeling is good here and there are a few facilities like beach chairs to help make you more comfortable.
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2. Banana Beach
Visit a hidden beach that is actually close to the main airport in Phuket. This beach is secluded and it boasts crystal-clear waters – ideal for swimming peacefully with whatever wildlife you can find.
3. Ao Sane
This small beach is actually split into three separate areas thanks to jutting rocks and it is a good place to go a little deeper with your snorkeling gear. You should be able to spot some creatures in the water as well as relax without too many people around.
4. Kata Noi
A popular beach because it is easy to access yet also harbors a good deal of marine life. Find a restaurant, bars, and all the facilities you need to make a day of it.
5. Freedom Beach
On the other hand, Freedom Beach is a difficult place to reach but worth it for the good snorkeling. You can get there by taking a longtail boat that leaves from Patong but there is also a road that reaches the beach – it is not easy to access so you need to be active.
Go to the south end of the beach at Naithon for the best wildlife. This attractive beach is on the west side of Phuket and it is not very busy because it is not close to the main tourist regions. Snorkeling is decent here and there are also facilities such as a restaurant.
7. Laem Singh
The Laem Singh beach is not the most peaceful in Phuket – it is often full of people and therefore you won’t get such a secluded experience in the water. However, there are more facilities like a restaurant and a bar, plus all the other amenities you come to expect like beach massages and food vendors.
8. Ya Nui
This is one tiny beach – Ya Nui Beach is set between Windmill Viewpoint and Promthep Cape. It attracts quite a few people in high season but it is worth a visit for the good snorkeling and the nice waters.
9. Paradise Beach
Maybe you won’t exactly find paradise here because there are a lot of people in high season but there are a few interesting rock formations to check out and the beach is interesting and clean.
As a final point, it is important to remember that some of the best snorkeling is found by taking a boat to one of the islands. Slip off the side of the boat into the calm water and you’re ready to snorkel. The marine life is abundant and the surroundings are peaceful and stunning. Check out the many different boat trips you can take for a snorkeling tour of the Phuket islands.
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Bring your own gear if you are swimming in the more remote areas as not every beach will have facilities for mask and fin rental. And keep in mind that in low season it can be dangerous to swim in the ocean. If in doubt, ask for advice locally. If you’re looking for more information and inspiration about Phuket, things to do and places to stay, check out Phuket On. Find all the guidance you need on the best beaches, activities and hotels in Phuket.
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