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Coral Island Phuket (Koh Hey) ๐Ÿ๏ธ

What to Do on Coral Island?

Coral Island, or Koh Hey, is one of the few beautiful islands you can reach within 15 minutes by speedboat from Rawai Beach in south Phuket. You can spend half a day or a full day playing on the beach, snorkelling or even scuba diving, even during low season. It might seem strange to go from a tropical island to another tropical island, but the colour of the sea over there is pretty unique; look at the photos!

Coral Island near Phuket

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The Beaches of Coral Island

Coral Island has two beaches: Long Beach, where Coral Island Resort is, and the smaller Banana Beach, where most of the crowd has moved to.

Long Beach

Long Beach is a long and superb beach with beautiful white sand and water so blue youโ€™ll need sunglasses to look at it. There are a few restaurants and bars along the beach and many water activities: banana boats, parasailing, snorkelling and even beach scuba diving! Best of all, you can spend a night or two in a bungalow right on the sand at Coral Island Resort (subject to availability, obviously)

long beach

Of course, with such a fantastic setting and so close to Phuket, Coral Island became the victim of mass tourism, and a few years ago we would have discouraged anyone from going to Long Beach and walking to the next beach instead. But things have changed. We unexpectedly spent most of our day here and enjoyed the quality of the sand and the tropical blue background. The many trees provided plenty of shade to relax under, and a breeze gently flowed through.

long beach coral island

As we didnโ€™t want to go back to the crowded buffet lunch included in our package, we stayed and ordered chicken cashew nuts at Coral Island Resort. The food came slowly, but it was relaxing and peaceful.

coral island resort restaurant

You can book a day trip from any tour counter in Phuket to go to Long Beach. It often comes as a package including a speedboat, lunch and snorkelling equipment for about 1,700 baht per person. You can also self-drive to Chalong pier and join one of the boats departing from there.

More photos of Long Beach


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Banana Beach

Banana Beach used to be an unknown beach. There was an abandoned restaurant and a couple of longtail boats. It was a great escape from the madness of Long Beach, but very few would make an effort to walk there. Today, everything has changed! Massive Restaurants and shops accommodate a non-stop flow of tourists disembarking by speed boats starting at 9.30 in the morning.

banana beach coral island 2

First, the staff will assign each tourist a beach chair in a dedicated row. Someone will then give an orientation speech on what to do and when to do it when the buffet lunch is, and of course, how much each activity costs. (The package only includes the boat transfer, snorkelling gear and the buffet lunch).

Banana Beach on Coral Island

If you arrive with the first speedboat, you may have the beach for yourself for 30 mn. More boats will soon come and disembark more tourists who take their selfies exceptionally seriously. Every girl seems to think she is a model, and many dress up for the occasion. Watching it would almost be funny if it wasnโ€™t so loud and crowded.

coral island restaurant

Many Asian tourists seem satisfied with such a fully assisted way of spending the day on such a beautiful island. But this was a little much for us, so we walked away, searching for a bit of peace, and we found it!

If you want to spend a day on Banana Beach to enjoy the many activities, you can easily book it from any street agency or hotel. The cost is 2,200 baht, including hotel transfer to Chalong Pier, boat ride, snorkel equipment, lunch set and a beach chair.

More Photos of Banana Beach

How to find a bit of peace on Coral Island?

1. Walk away from Banana Beach

way to long beach

If you donโ€™t like crowds on the beach and the overwhelming infrastructure built all over the place to accommodate hundreds of tourists, walk to the left end of the beach when facing the sea. There is a small dirt path leading to the other beach, just a ten to fifteen-minute walk, but youโ€™ll be quieter there. Just remember to come back in time for your trip back!


2. Move to the end of the main beach

banana beach long beach

Right in front of the Coral Island Resort is a good place, but the hotel might reserve the use of their beach chairs for their customers. Still, it is quiet, and you can have a nice swim with plenty of fish to play with.


3. Stay at the Coral Island Resort is the best option

Coral Island Resort

Spend a night there; the island is all yours once the last boat has left. Itโ€™s not very sophisticated, but bungalows come with a hot shower and air-con, and the resort has a large pool, a restaurant, a bar and even a dive centre. Dining and breakfast on the beach is the romantic highlight, and itโ€™s a great way to get away from the day trip crowd.

coral island selfie spots

If you want a bungalow facing the sea, you should book in advance. As mentioned earlier, the cottages on the beachfront are the most demanded, but out of the 64 villas, there are only 11 beachfront rooms, so book early!

coral island selfie

Fast Facts about Coral Island

โ›ฑ๏ธ Beach condition:Excellent
โ›ฑ๏ธ Beaches:Banana beach, Long Beach
โ›ฑ๏ธ Activities:snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and some water sports
๐Ÿงณ Hotel on the island:Coral Island Resort
๐Ÿšค How to go:15 mn Speedboat from Rawai
๐Ÿšค Distance to Phuket Island:9 km
โœˆ๏ธ Distance from Phuket International Airport:51 km

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FAQs about Coral Island


a. Coral Island Resort is the only hotel available on Coral Island.

a. You can rent a longtail boat from Rawai Beach or Chalong Pier, or book a speedboat return trip at 900 baht per person from local tour agents.

a. You can rent a longtail boat from Rawai Beach or Chalong Pier, or book a speedboat return trip at 900 baht per person from local tour agents.

a. The best time to visit Coral Island is between November and April, which is the high season in Phuket, but the island is open all year round.

a. Coral island is good for snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming and some water sports. Next to the main beach, Banana Beach is another place to relax.


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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!