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What to do in Ya Nui Beach?

Ya Nui Beach is a charming tiny bay tucked in a cove between the Windmill Viewpoint and the famous Promthep Cape in the very south of Phuket Island. It looks like a secret beach, but it is very well known and can be busy sometimes. Don’t expect to find a deserted secret beach such as Banana Beach, north of Phuket Island, or the hard-to-reach Nui Beach nearby.

Ya Nui Beach Video


What to Do on Yanui Beach?

The Beach

As usual, the beach is the main reason people drive and stop here. It is tiny and easily recognisable from the unique rock formation splitting it into two bays and a large island in front of it. The water is blue-green and beautiful, except maybe in the northern part where a small stream reaches the sea, and the sand is thin and powdery.

Ya Nui Beach in Phuket island


You’ll find an occasional beach chair and even a diving centre operating near the beach. What makes the small cove of Ya Nui beach unusual and attractive is the small cape in the middle, the big island in the background and the grassy slopes on each side.

Yanui Beach in south Phuket

The bay frequently shelters yachts and fishing boats and is also a beautiful beach for easy snorkelling, with clear waters and plenty of rocky areas. You can rent a kayak if you like going further away. If you fall in love with the beach, you’ll find the ‘Yanui Bungalows’ across the road, a very local accommodation with a restaurant and diving centre.


Where to eat in Ya Nui?

Two tiny thatch-roofed restaurants serve all the usual Thai food, nothing fancy, but you get to cold drink with your feet in the sand, and this only is enough to stop for a break.

Ya Nui Bungalows Restaurant

There are two or three restaurants around, which also rent basic bungalows. One is called Ya Nui Bungalow, and it’s just across the street from the beach, set in the welcome shade of tall trees; it is a perfect place for lunch. They serve excellent Thai food at the right price, so don’t hesitate.


How to get to Ya Nui Beach?

The Road to Ya Nui Beach

Ya Nui is easy to find. If you come from Kata or Patong, take Nai Harn Beach’s direction and keep driving. Follow the signs to Promthep Cape and Rawai beach. The road curves a lot and goes up and down.

Yanui Beach

Keep your eyes on the side of the road not to miss it: in the lowest curve, you will see cars parked on one side and a restaurant under the trees. You will understand as soon as you see it. There is little parking in front of the beach, but you can also park on the road that turns right, perpendicular to the main road.

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Ya Nui Beach Map


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What’s Around?

Windmill Viewpoint in Ya Nui Beach (Wind Turbine Viewpoint)

Promthep Cape Sunset Viewpoint in south Phuket

Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 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 Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.