Ya Nui beach is a charming tiny bay, tucked in a cove between the Windmill Viewpoint and famous Promthep Cape in the very south of Phuket Island. It looks like a secret beach but it is in fact very well known and can be really busy on some days. Don’t expect to find a deserted secret beach such as Banana Beach, in the north of Phuket or the hard to reach Nui Beach nearby.
The beach is very small, with a characteristic rock formation splitting it in 2 bays, and a large island in front of it. The water is blue-green and very attractive, except maybe in the northern part where a small stream reaches the sea, and sand is thin and powdery.
You’ll find a occasional beach chairs and even a diving center operating near the beach. Tiny thatch roofed restaurants serve all the usual Thai foods, nothing fancy, but you get to cold drink with your feet in the sand, and this only is enough to stop for a break.
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. The bay is frequently sheltering yachts and fishing boats and is also a nice beach for an easy snorkeling, with clear waters and plenty of rocky areas. If you feel like going a bit further away, you can rent a kayak. In case you fall in love with the beach, you’ll find across the road the ‘Yanui Bungalows’ a very local accommodation with a restaurant and diving center.
There is only one restaurant in Ya Nui, which happens to also rent basic bungalows. It’s called Ya Nui Bungalow and it’s just across the street from the beach, set in the welcome shade of tall tress, it is actually a perfect place for lunch. They serve a good Thai food at the right price so don’t hesitate.
Ya Nui is actually very easy to find. If you come from Kata or Patong, take the direction of Nai Harn Beach and keep driving through. Follow the signs to Promthep Cape and Rawai beach. The road curves a lot and goes up and down. 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 on the other side. You will understand as soon as you see it (see photo below). There is a tiny parking in front of the beach but you can also park on the road that turns right, perpendicular to the main road.