Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket
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11 Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket (Updated)

Best Beaches for Snorkelling in Phuket

What are the best snorkelling beaches in Phuket? Not all the beaches of Phuket are suitable for excellent snorkelling, so as we were often asked which is best for this activity, we listed beaches with nice rocky and peaceful areas. None will ever be as beautiful 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 disturbed by boats and swimmers. As a disclaimer, you have to be aware that swimming is dangerous in most areas during the low season. It is also best to bring your 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 snorkelling is 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 was 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. Ao Sane Beach

Ao Sane Beach

The small Ao Sane Beach consists of 3 tiny coves divided by rock formations and is ideal for underwater exploration. The beach even 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

3. 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 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

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 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 the road of this hollow. Read more

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

5. Banana Beach

Banana Beach in Phuket

This hidden beach is one of the least known of Phuket, and it takes a bit of effort to find, but you will be rewarded by the pleasure of having seen 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

6. Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach Phuket

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 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 formations to explore. Read more

Snorkelling: good
Beach condition: beautiful beach, can be busy
Facilities: restaurants, bars, massage, chairs

7. Laem Ka Beach

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 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

8. 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, southern end is conducive to marine life. Read more

Snorkelling: 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. The beach is excellent and easy to reach. Read More

Snorkelling: 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

Snorkelling: 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 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: nice beach but paying fee
Facilities: restaurants, bars, massage, chairs.

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11 Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket (Updated)
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