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Snorkeling around Phuket

Snorkeling around Phuket

WHERE CAN I GO SNORKELING AROUND PHUKET

Whoever has done it needs it again and again, or even becomes addicted to it … snorkeling in the sea. Thousands of colorful and beautiful fish, endless beautiful corals and what else can be seen in our seas. Snorkeling around Phuket is like looking into another world and this is also one of the reasons why it attracts many holiday makers to Phuket.
Not all of the more than 35 beaches on Phuket offer good snorkel spots, but if you go a little further (by boat) you will not regret it to see even more beautiful snorkeling spots. On this page we introduce you to best places to snorkel in Phuket.

Snorkeling around Phuket

YOUR EXPECTATION – OUR COMMITMENT

If you are staying in Phuket, Krabi or Khao Lak you have a lot of Snorkeling and Sightseeing tours to choose from. There are the Similan Islands and Surin Islands north west of Phuket. To the north east you find Phang Nga National Park and Krabi. The Phi Phi islands and Rok Islands are to the east and Racha Islands to the south. There is even an option to explore the west coast of Phuket Island by speedboat. Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak is also the starting point for many longer snorkeling tours including multi day liveaboard trips to the Similan Islands, Surin Islands and Koh Tachai.

Where you choose to go snorkeling while in Phuket, Krabi or Khao Lak will depend on many factors including how much time you have available, where your accommodation is and what time of year you are here in Thailand. Your budget and whether you are traveling with children may also be fconsiderations. We have Sightseeing and Snorkeling Tours for everyone. You can browse the options available on this website or just ask us if you want our expert advice.

  • Snorkeling Excursions – We organize quality snorkeling and sightseeing excursions at the best sites in Phuket, Khao Lak and Krabi.

WHY BOOK A TOUR THROUGH US?

At our professionally managed dive center, you will always receive special, personalised attention specific to your needs. We are committed to responding to your questions – no matter how simple or complex – in a timely manner and as clearly as possible. We work responsibly and conscientiously with a transparent price policy. We will always provide you with advice based on our extensive experience and technical knowledge. Honesty and transparency in our approach and a commitment to safety at all times, are the hallmark of the Aloha Ocean Adventures business model. This ensures that you can always rely on us to provide you with a tailor-made snorkeling & sightseeing experience and carefree tours in your holiday in Phuket.
We promise to get you the best trip at the best possible price!

We advertise all trips at the official rates agreed with the boat operators. If you are offered the same trip at a lower price, tell us!

Because we promise an experience, not just a boat tour, your comfort is our priority. The quality speedboat are made for feeling you relaxed during the ride. You can get from one end to the other without elbowing your way.
All our packages are inclusive of pickup, high-quality snorkeling equipment and meals – small breakfast and lunch for Sunrise Tours and lunch for others, multilingual and experienced guides and the best boat crews.

The early morning tours are not only designed to give you get a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise over the ocean, but also ensure you avoid tourist crowds. This is the best way for you to fully appreciate the beauty of these tropical destinations.

Your safety is our priority, and you can rely on the tour operator to take care of you from the moment you step inside the boat and right up to the end of the tour.

Frequently asked questions for Snorkeling around Phuket

If I can’t swim will I still enjoy the tour?

Phi Phi Sunrise Tour

We do often have non-swimmers onboard all the various trips we do. Phang Nga involves more sightseeing, cave exploring and canoeing so it has a little more action for non-swimmers. Yet Phi Phi Islands National Park also involves sightseeing and stopping at magical islands so you can explore from the safety of solid ground! For those adventurous yet maybe weak swimmers, we can provide life jackets and floating aids for more confidence. We also try to select snorkeling spots that are protected and don’t have strong currents.

Will I get seasick?

As a general rule, most people do not get seasick on our boats. However if you suffer badly from motion sickness, we do offer you seasickness tablets in the morning. It is advisable to take these at least one hour before the trip if you already have some. If you suffer from severe seasickness, then perhaps reconsider booking a boat tour.

If I have a back problem or other health issues will it be okay to undertake the tour?

This is a very difficult question for us to answer, as we do not personally know your health issue nor are we doctors. If you have any mobility issues maybe this is not a trip for you, as you will have to climb up and down ladders going on and off the boat. If you have severe medical conditions (back pain etc). Please seek your doctor’s advice before booking a trip. Only you can tell whether you are capable of undertaking this trip.

What is the weather like in monsoon season?

Snorkeling around Phuket

The monsoon season in Phuket sometimes have stronger winds, bigger swells and a higher chance of rain, but it also means less tourists! Before we undertake any of our trips, whether in the dry or monsoon season, we check the tides, swell chart, satellite images and weather reports. The boat operator will cancel a trip if they feel anyone’s safety is compromised. Because of the pattern of weather in monsoon season we recommend Phang Nga Bay National Park Tours during May to September as the bay is more protected from the elements and generally has smaller average swells. The concept of ‘safety first’ is extremely important to us.

If I am pregnant can I undertake the tour?

If you are pregnant it is not advisable to undertake tours on speedboats for medical reasons. Our insurance company will not cover any pregnant women and accordingly we are not comfortable booking pregnant ladies.

Is there snorkeling on the Phang Nga Bay tour?

Destination Phang Nga

There are no visible reefs on Phang Nga Bay so unfortunately not.

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Tips on snorkeling

What is your first time snorkeling experience going to be like? Will you have an amazing time swimming with the fish and exploring reefs?
Get expert tips and tricks how to wear your mask properly, how to breath from a snorkel and how to use fins in the video explained be diving professionals. Visit us in person for a consulting conversation.

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Snorkeling around Phuket and Snorkeling Beaches

Freedom Beach

Approximately four kilometres southwest of the popular Patong Beach, the far quieter Freedom Beach offers one of the best snorkel spots in Phuket. The shallow water at both ends of the beach has an excellent underwater fauna and flora. There are no jet skis or other noisy seaside resorts on Freedom Beach and the only audible engines are the longtail boats that bring visitors and pick them up again. Besides sunbathing, the most popular activities at Freedom Beach is snorkeling, beach soccer and beach volleyball.

  • Snorkeling: Super
  • Beach: powder sand beach with enough space
  • Amenities: Restaurant
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Kata Noi Beach

A snorkel destination for the high season, Kata Noi Beach is the epitome of a turquoise tropical paradise. Its cool blue waters crash dramatically against its rocks on either side of the beach, creating underwater niches for marine life. The colours are most bright in the early afternoon and the visibility is clearest when the sun is high.

  • Snorkeling: Okay to good
  • Beach: Not very big beach, but enough space
  • Amenities: Restaurant, Massage, Bars
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Laem Ka Beach

Far down in the deep south of Phuket and only little known is the Laem Ka Beach and keeps an almost insulated existence. It is far enough away from the tourist hustle and bustle and should be calm even in the high season. Protected from trees, this small sand patch is definitely worth a visit. At this more exposed beach the conditions are more dangerous, because undercurrents and a heavy surf are more common here than elsewhere in Phuket. The Laem Ka Beach is host to a number of beautiful sea creatures.

  • Snorkeling: Good
  • Beach: Hidden and in good condition, but very small
  • Amenities: Streetfood and drinks
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Laem Singh Beach

Nestled between the more famous Kamala Beach and Surin Beach, Laem Singh Beach is a hidden tropical paradise. It is still a small “insider tip” and everyone was once here wants to come back again. In view of its picturesque location, its turquoise water, it is not difficult to guess why it is so popular. The numerous rocks rise from the water in the vicinity of the coast and offer visitors a lot of shallow water and a good snorkel spot where there are many colorful fish to see.

  • Snorkeling: Good
  • Beach: Beautiful beach, but mostly very fast busy in the high season
  • Amenities: restaurant and bars
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Karon Beach

Popular by visitors of all ages, the Karon Beach is the best place get their first taste of snorkeling. The shallow water is perfect to make the first snorkeling experience. Karon Beach is the home of numerous colorful fish schools which flock around the coast.

  • Snorkeling: Okay, ideal for beginners
  • Beach: Enough space, very large beach, ideal for families
  • Amenities: restaurants, massage, bars
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Naithon Beach

High up the at the north west coast of Phuket the Naithon Beach is still undetected. For the connoisseurs of the island it is one of the most popular beaches. When it comes to snorkeling, then the southern end of the beach with the rocks is of interest. There are numerous species of marine life to admire.

  • Snorkeling: Okay to good
  • Beach: Large beach with enough space
  • Amenities: Restaurant, Massage
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Kata Beach

Many beaches in Phuket provide opportunity to simply hire a snorkel gear and go off into the waves. This is certainly the case at Kata Beach and there are some notable snorkel spots at the two ends of the popular family beach with the nearby rock that shelters a variety of marine species.

  • Snorkeling: Okay to good
  • Beach: Long beach but at high tide not very wide, very fast full
  • Amenities: Restaurant, Massage
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Yanui Beach

Just a catwalk from Ao Sane Beach, in a quiet southwestern corner of Phuket, is the lonely Yanui Beach. The beach itself is very popular, but Yanui’s best-kept secrets include the exotic diversity of maritime life and clear waters. Grab your snorkel gear and swim by anchored yachts where you will be rewarded with schools of colorful tropical fish swimming around the warm water.

  • Snorkeling: Good
  • Beach: Good condition, little space
  • Amenities: Restaurant and bar
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Ao Sane Beach

Located at Phukets South Point, the Ao Sane Beach, secluded from the city is far away from the crowded coastal stripes further north. However, it is an excellent place for snorkeling, parrot and clownfish roam the waters off the rocky coast. A nearby coral reef offers a second snorkel spot at high tide. The Ao Sane Beach is an ideal beach for snorkeling, as the water is relatively quiet all year round.

  • Snorkeling: Great
  • Beach: coarse sand, enough space
  • Amenities: Restaurant
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Buddha Island, Bon Island and Potato Island

In the very south of Phuket off Rawai Beach there are some unspoiled Islands. These Islands are not popular at all for a simple reason. It is not accessible by big tour boats. you can take a longtail boat for a half day sightseeing, swimming and snorkeling tour at Rawai beach. Sightseeing can be done all year around. The only restriction is the tide level. You have a 4 hour window per day where the water level is high enough to go out with the longtail boat and more important to get back to the shore of Phuket Island.

  • Snorkeling: Great
  • Beach: Coarser sand, untouched
  • Amenities: No infrastructure
  • Can be reached by Longtail-boat
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Koh Poo Island

This small deserted island gets top nods for its close proximity to the beach, good amount of marine life, almost no crowds, and decent water clarity for being so close to the main island of Phuket. A very long swim or a short longtail boat ride from Kata Beach, Koh Poo (crab island) is a great snorkeling site in Phuket. depths range from 2-3 meters to 10 meters plus. On the East side of Koh Poo (closest to Kata Beach) you will find good snorkeling. We suggest taking a longtail boat from Kata Beach. The longtail boats on the Southern end of the beach tend to be a bit cheaper and more open to negotiation. Snorkeling at this site is only available in the winter months when the longtail boats are available and the seas on Phuket’s West coast are calmer.

Be advised – even in the winter there can be strong currents that run between Koh Poo and the Phuket mainland.

  • Snorkeling: Great
  • Beach: No beach
  • Amenities: No infrastructure
  • Can be reached by Longtail-boat
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Coral Island

Coral Island aka – The Disneyland of the Anadman Sea. This is by far the most popular snorkeling destination due to the low cost and close proximity to Phuket. The large number of visitors to Coral Island have killed off the majority of corals in close to the beach. However, for advanced snorkelers and strong swimmers the deeper waters approximately 120 meters off the beach have a lot of beautiful staghorn corals and plenty of tropical fish. There are two beaches to snorkel from – Long Beach and Banana Beach. Long Beach is more crowded, but is a much bigger beach. Banana Beach is smaller and has nice restaurant facilities. The snorkeling situation on both beaches is about the same. EXTREME CAUTION should be excersised while swimming and snorkeling further from the beach due to the large amount of boat traffic in the area.

Be Advised: the Coral Island Club on Banana Beach offers a ‘power snorkeling’ or “SASUBA” option at Coral Island – This is NOT a licensed SNUBA® Recreational Center, NOT affiliated with SNUBA International, or ALOHA SNUBA Thailand. The equipment is home-made and in violation of the Trademarks and Patents owned by SNUBA International.

Before joining any diving activity – ask to see the operator’s license (PADI, SNUBA, SSI, NAUI) and your instructor’s license to ensure your safety.

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Racha Yai

Racha Yai is located about 32 km from Phuket’s Southern tip and can be reached by Large dive boats, speedboats and even longtails (we do not recommend making the long journey in a longtail for safety reasons). There is great snorkeling at the outer edge of Siam Bay, The entire East Coast of the island and even the more populated Bungalow Bay. Stay closer to the granite walls for shallower depths. Watch out for boat traffic in the area as Racha Yai is also a very popular diving location. We advise wearing a brightly colored life jacket to make yourself more visible and help keep you afloat if you become tired.

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