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11 Best Beaches for Snorkeling in Phuket

Where to Go for Snorkeling in Phuket?

What are the best snorkelling beaches in Phuket? Not all the beaches here are suitable for admiring sea life, and as we were often asked which is best, we listed beaches with nice rocky areas here. None will be as beautiful as Coral Island or Similan Islands, but they will have enough marine life to make your day. The best beaches are often remote and hidden, not disturbed by boats and swimmers.

As a disclaimer, you must know that swimming can be dangerous on the west coast during the low season. It is also best to bring your snorkelling gear as not all beaches can rent you one. See all the snorkelling beaches on Phuket Map.

1. Snorkelling in the Islands

Similan Islands

Without a doubt, the best snorkelling is on nearby islands. All you have to do is to put your head in the water and enjoy the show. The best we’ve seen so far was the famous Similan Islands, but you can have a great time on Phi Phi Island, Coral Island, Koh Khai nearby and Bon Island even closer. Read more

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2. Ao Sane Beach

Ao Sane Beach Phuket

The small Ao Sane Beach consists of 3 tiny coves divided by rock formations and is ideal for underwater exploration. The beach has a small restaurant and a dive centre where you can rent snorkelling gear for 150 Baht a day. Read more

Snorkelling: Great
Beach condition: not very sandy
Facilities: restaurant, diving and bungalows

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3. Merlin Beach

Merlin Beach

This little hidden beach in front of the Marriott Phuket Resort Merlin Beach is not well known but is the only beach with its natural reef. If you are a hotel guest, you can enjoy using the snorkelling reef program offered by the hotel, but if you are a visitor, there is a small road on the left of the hotel that will take you to that beach. You can also meet sea turtles on this beach. Read more

Snorkelling: Great
Beach condition: good but not excellent for swimming, just snorkelling
Facilities: massage and nice restaurant nearby

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4. Ya Nui Beach


Ya Nui is tiny but has the charms of a small beach, tucked in a cove between the Windmill Viewpoint and the famous Promthep Cape in the very south of Phuket Island. Coming from Nai Harn Beach, you would drive through, keeping your eyes on the curves, and miss it if it was not for the number of cars parked along this hollow road. Read more

Snorkelling: Good
Beach condition: good but small beach
Facilities: restaurants, bars and chairs

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5. Banana Beach

The hidden Banana Beach in Phuket

This hidden beach is one of the least known in Phuket, and it takes a bit of effort to find it, but you will be rewarded with the pleasure of seeing a secret beach with very clear waters. Located near Phuket Airport, it is only 800 metres long. Read more

Snorkelling: Good
Beach condition: great hidden beach
Facilities: restaurant and longtail

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6. Laem Singh Beach

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Laem Singh Beach is partially reopened to the public – read here how to get there

Laem Singh, located just between Kamala Beach and Surin Beach, used to be a bustling and top-rated beach. In recent years, access was closed, and Laem Singh became a deserted beach and still is today. But there is still an easy way yo get there if you know how to! Read here how to access this deserted beach

Snorkelling: Great
Beach condition: a beautiful beach with no one on it!
Facilities: only one restaurant left

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7. Naithon Beach


Naithon Beach is one of these little-known beaches on the west coast of Phuket, mostly because it is far from central areas. Here again, the southern end is conducive to marine life. Read more

Snorkelling: Acceptable
Beach condition: great beach
Facilities: restaurants, massage and chairs

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8. Kata Beach (and Kata Noi Beach)


Kata Beach’s north end is rocky enough to shelter many marine life. The beach is excellent and easy to reach. Read More

Snorkelling: Good
Beach condition: great beach
Facilities: chairs, restaurants, massage

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9. Freedom Beach

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Not an easy beach to reach. The easiest way is by longtail boat from the south end of Patong, but it costs a bit, and the beach is only open during high season. There is now a road, but you must be fit to walk down and up the slope leading to the beach. During high season only, you’ll find restaurants and bars. Read More

Snorkelling: Good
Beach condition: great beach in high season
Facilities: restaurants, chairs and massage

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10. Paradise Beach

paradise beach 2021

Despite its fancy name, Paradise Beach is a bit disappointing at some times of the year, especially during peak season, as it gets crowded. However, at other times, it’s a beautiful little double beach with plenty of rocks to explore. Read more

Snorkelling: Good
Beach condition: beautiful beach but paying fee
Facilities: restaurants, bars, massage, chairs

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11. Laem Ka Beach

Laem Ka Beach

Note: Laem Ka Beach is currently closed to the public.

Laem Ka Beach, in the very south of Phuket near Rawai, is a little gem hidden from view; only the ones in the know might find it. Plenty of rock formations and calm water make it a fun place to wander. Read more

Snorkelling: Good
Beach condition: hidden small beach
Facilities: chairs and basic food and drinks

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Map of Phuket Snorkeling Beaches

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Willy Thuan

Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!