11 Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket and Around

11 Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket and Around
11 Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket and Around
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What are the Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket

Not all Phuket beaches are suitable for good snorkeling, so as we were often asked which is best for this activity, we listed beaches with rocky and peaceful areas. None will ever be as rich as Coral Island or Similan Islands, but will have enough marine life to make your day. The best beaches are often the remote and hidden ones, not too disturbed by boats and swimmers, so we sorted them by preference. As disclaimer you have to be aware that swimming is dangerous in most areas during low season. It is also best to bring your own snorkeling gear as not all beaches can rent you one. See all the beach on Phuket Map.

1. The Islands

Snorkeling in Islands near Phuket

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

2. Banana Beach


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

✩ Snorkeling: good
✩ Beach condition: great hidden beach
✩ Facilities: restaurant and longtail

3. Ao Sane Beach


Not yet listed in our beach page is the small Ao Sane Beach, which consists of 3 tiny coves divided by rock formation, therefore ideal for underwater exploration. The beach has a small restaurant and even a dive center where you can rent a snorkeling gear for 150 Baht a day. Read more

✩ Snorkeling: great
✩ Beach condition: not very sandy
✩ Facilities: restaurant, diving and bungalows

4. Merlin Beach

Merlin Beach

This little hidden beach located in front of the Marriott Phuket Resort Merlin Beach is not well known, but is the only beach having its own natural reef. If you are a hotel guest you can enjoy using the snorkeling reef program offer 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. Apparently you can meet sea turtles. Read more

5. Laem Ka Beach


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 formation and undisturbed water make it a fun place to wander. Read more

✩ Snorkeling: good
✩ Beach condition: hidden small beach
✩ Facilities: chairs and basic food and drinks

6.  Laem Singh Beach

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Laem Singh, located just between Kamala Beach and Surin Beach, used to be Phuket secret beach. It’s not the case anymore and you will find small restaurants and plenty of beach chairs. This beach is small and full of rock formation to explore. Read more

✩ Snorkeling: good
✩ Beach condition: nice beach, can be busy
✩ Facilities: restaurants, bars, massage, chairs

7. Ya Nui Beach


Ya Nui is tiny but has the charms of a small beach, tucked in a cove between the Windmill Viewpoint and 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 amount of cars parked along the road of this hollow. Read more

✩ Snorkeling: good
✩ Beach condition: good but small beach
✩ Facilities: restaurants, bars and chairs

8. Naithon Beach


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

✩ Snorkeling: acceptable
✩ Beach condition: great beach
✩ Facilities: restaurants, massage and chairs

9. Kata Beach (and Kata Noi Beach)


Kata Beach north end is rocky enough to shelter a lot of marine life. In addition the beach is great and easy to reach. Read More

✩ Snorkeling: good
✩ Beach condition: great beach
✩ Facilities: chairs, restaurants, massage

10. Freedom Beach


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 need to 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

✩ Snorkeling: good
✩ Beach condition: great beach in high season
✩ Facilities: restaurants, chairs and massage.

11. Paradise Beach


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

✩ Snorkeling: good
✩ Beach condition: nice beach but paying fee
✩ Facilities: restaurants, bars, massage, chairs.

See also ‘35 Beaches of Phuket by Name
see all the beach on Phuket Map.

View Phuket Snorkeling Beaches Map

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com