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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 Ya Nui 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.

Yanui Beach in south Phuket

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.

. 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.

Kayaking, Snorkeling and SUP

Ya Nui Beach in Phuket island

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. Snorkelling equipment is available for 100 baht. You can also rent a kayak for 100 baht per hour or a Stand Up Paddle for 300 baht per hour if you wish to explore further away.

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 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.

Address: 4030 Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Hours: 9 am – 7 pm

Royros restaurant

Royros Restauarant on Ya Nui Beach in Phuket Island

Address: 93 Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83130
Hours: 8 am – 7 pm
Phone: 082 623 5959
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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.

Street View

Fast Facts about Ya Nui Beach

⛱️ Beach condition:Good
🤿 Best for:Sunbathing, snorkelling, Kayaking
⛱️ Beach nearby:Nai Harn Beach
⛱️ Hidden Beach:Nui Beach
📷 Best viewpoint nearby:Windmill Viewpoint
🍴 Restaurant nearby:Royros Restaurant
🧳 Budget accommodation:Ya Nui Bungalows
🛎️ Luxury hotel nearby:The Nai Harn
🚙 Distance to Patong Beach:22 km
🚙 Distance to Bang Tao Beach:39 km
✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:51 km

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What’s Around?

Phuket Windmill Viewpoint

Promthep Cape Sunset Viewpoint

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FAQs about Ya Nui Beach

  1. Q. Where is Ya Nui Beach located in Phuket?

    a. Ya Nui Beach is located on the southwestern coast of Phuket, just between Nai Harn Beach and Promthep Cape.

  2. Q. Are there any restaurants or cafes near Ya Nui Beach?

    a. There are two restaurants across the street in Ya Nui Beach serving Thai and international cuisine.

  3. Q. Is it safe to swim in the water at Ya Nui Beach?

    a. It is generally safe to swim at Ya Nui Beach and there are lifeguards on duty. However, caution should always be exercised when swimming during the low season.

  4. Q. Can you rent water sports equipment at Ya Nui Beach?

    a. You can rent out equipment for activities such as snorkelling, Stand Up Paddle and kayaking.

  5. Q. What is the best time to visit Ya Nui Beach in Phuket?

    a. The best time to visit Ya Nui Beach is during the dry season, which runs from November to April.