Ya Nui beach is tiny but has the charms of a small bay, 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 amount of cars parked alongside the road of this hollow.
Ya Nui beach is a popular though, so don’t expect to find a deserted secret beach such as Banana Beach, in the north of Phuket. The water here is blue and rather tempting, except maybe in the northern part where a small stream reaches the sea, and sand is thin and powdery. You’ll find a good number of beach chairs, the compulsory reggae bar and even a diving center operating right from the beach. Tiny thatch roofed restaurants serve all the usual Thai foods, nothing fancy, but you get to drink cold and eat 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.