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Phuket Snorkelling Sites and where to snorkel best

Snorkeling at Phuket’s Beaches

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 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.
In this free guide we introduce you to best places to snorkel in Phuket. If you are more interested in scuba diving, you can find more informations under Diving in Phuket

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Karol Kreienbuehl
03:26 13 Jul 17
Aloha diving made it possible!We had a great time with amazing dives and met wonderful peoples. The service you get is just on top of the top. Transferring you like a VIP from your hotel to the boat and back...all you need to do is to slip in your gear and jump in the water....just awesome! Also during the boat ride where enough food and drinks for all to keep everyone happy. Briefing and De-briefing was good and easy understandable for all and made the dives even more enjoyable. They also look after your diving skills to make sure you got the best dives for your comfort level. Alice and the team did great and we would go diving with them any time any place again! Companys like Aloha diving became rare. Where peoples get treated like individual personalities and taken the way they are. We really appreciate that personal touch!read more
Katy Fatchen
00:54 25 Jun 17
We traveled to Phuket in June 2017 with a focus on spending the majority of our time diving. We went with Alice from Aloha diving and are so very pleased we did! This is a great small company it was just my husband and I and Alice. From our transport to and from the hotel, to the high quality equipment, local knowledge, safety and experience it was simply outstanding.We had booked 2 days diving with 3 dives per day and on the final dive I was so impressed we booked another day and ended up having 9 dives in total with Alice and Aloha Ocean Adventures.Having our Open Water dive certificate but not many dives under our weight belts having a professional instructor / guide who put our safety first was so very important to me and Alice and Aloha Ocean Adventures did not disappoint.Alice met us at the marina and brought us onto the shared large diving boat, she had an excellent working relationship with the crew and boat leader who were very helpful and knowledgeable. Alice explained everything to us, since it had been over a year since we dived, Alice walked us through our equipment by the end of the first dive we were handling, using and setting up our equipment like pros. Before each dive Alice would sit with us on the boat and go through the dive site, our plan for the dive and the marine life we were likely to experience. Her professionalism and love for diving made for some amazing dives! Her guidance and education has taken us from being novice divers up to the next level - she has invigorated our love of diving again.I am already planning another dive trip to Phuket and certainly be using Aloha Ocean Adventures again. Highly recommend.read more
Arid Hills
02:35 23 Jun 17
My wife and I booked for two days diving (6 dives) with Aloha. It was so good we added a third day's worth of diving. We dived with one of the owners, Alice and met the other owner Simon. They were great - transfers from our resort were seamless. The dives were wonderful and Alice not only provided great guidance while diving by spotting and pointing out the various forms of aquatic life but also provided great company in between dives. As a bonus she also provided us with photos from all of our dives for free rather than at a price (as is the usual custom among tourism operators.Aloha's diving equipment was in excellent condition and the dive boat which they used was spacious and comfortable. I'd thoroughly recommend Aloha Ocean Adventures to anyone interested in diving around Phuket and we'll be diving with next next year when we return to Thailand.read more
Miles Bennett
02:21 18 May 17
Went to Phuket for our anniversary, my wife has been wanting to try scuba diving as long as I can remember. I was nervous at first to jump right in without any training or prior knowledge, but our Aloha Guide, Simon, was an incredible instructor who kept us calm, well-informed, and allowed us to have 3 amazing dives! By the third dive, I felt like a pro already!We tried the "Try Scuba Diving" full day trip with 3 dives, and it was everything we hoped for - easy transportation, great service, delicious food, beautiful views and incredible diving. Would absolutely come back and scuba-dive again with Aloha!read more
Daria Patyutko
08:24 23 Apr 17
This was absolutely amazing! My first diving experience was with Alice and she is a super-caring, experienced and lovely teacher. I was very scared to try diving for the first time, but with Alice everything went well and super smooth. She explained everything perfectly, she was by my side every moment, at the same time giving enough freedom to feel the real diving experience. Alice took great pictures and, unlike many other diving centers, Aloha Ocean Adventures don't charge an additional fee for the pictures. Alice is easy to get along with, she knows all the best spots and can find a right approach to any person. The boat is super comfortable, food is delicious, staff is helping and caring. I had one of the brightest experiences in my life and I highly recommend this diving center. This is a great example of people, who love what they do and know exactly how to make you love it as well.read more
Marina Schmidt
21:12 07 Apr 17
I've had a great experience with Aloha Diving. It was my first time diving and I did a 2 day Scuba Diving course. Alice was a very competent and extremly nice instructor. I felt very safe at all times and learned a lot in those 2 days. It definetly made me want to continue to dive and if I'm ever again on Phuket, I will revist Aloha Diving.read more
schmidt_jonathan
20:37 15 Mar 17
I strongly recommend Aloha Diving when looking for a reliable diving company. We went for a try scubadive last december and had a great time with Simon. He is patient, very professional and especially passionate about what he does. It was the first time for us and we felt comfortable during the whole trip. We did 3 dives in different sites around the Racha islands. We loved it!!!read more
Kamal Nicholas
09:58 26 Feb 17
Wow! I wanted to scuba dive do an open water diver course since many years but never really had the chance. As I traveled to Phuket/Thailand I was looking for excellent diving schools and soon found Aloha Diving based in Rawai. Although I was based in Karon this was no problem as Aloha Diving will picks you up nearly everywhere in Phuket. Ok, so I gave it a chance and must honestly say that my expectations were excelled by far. Simon —one of the two founders— gave me the perfect introduction into the theory and practice of Open Water Diving and made sure that I felt completely comfortable and secure at all times. After preparing my theory via app and with Simon's help I took the test and made it easily on the first try. Now to the practical part: Starting in a very nice and exclusive pool (day 1) we stepped up the game the next day and went for 3 dives. Before entering the ocean (what a view) I was a little afraid I'd feel a little unwell as I never tried diving before (only snorkeling), but man was I wrong. I can say absolutely the same for day 3, which was even better (and another 3 dives, which is more than other diving schools give you) as I felt even more secure and understood the before learned better. I saw some amazing underwater life, we even dove through a small shipwreck. And now I am a diver!!! If you ever come to Phuket and want to give diving a try I highly recommend you check out Aloha Diving and do a beginner's course. I don't have any comparison to other schools but with this experience I don't need one. 6 stars 🙂 I'll be back for more!read more
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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All you need to know about Sightseeing and Snorkeling around Khao Lak, Phuket and Krabi.

Snorkeling around Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak

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 north west of Phuket. The Phi Phi islands to the east and Racha Islands to the south. There are so many beautiful places to enjoy the underwater World, all within a short boat ride from Phuket. 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.

Choosing a destination is one of the hardest holiday decisions to make, so we have designed this guide to help choosing a snorkeling or sightseeing tour right for you.

Koh Rok National Park

  • Possible from Khao Lak and Phuket
  • Best Snorkeling from Phuket
  • Only possible from November to April

Do you want a Phuket snorkeling tour that focuses on just snorkeling and some relaxation on amazing powder white sand beaches? At this destination you find the best snorkeling sites in Thailand.

Rok Islands If you want to visit a real paradise on earth, this is the tour we recommend. The twin islands of Ko Rok Nok and Ko Rok Nai have remained almost completely undisturbed by the outside world, and a snorkeling trip to visit them can feel quite dream-like. With more than 30 metres underwater visibility and incomparable beaches, it’s easy to spend the whole day snorkeling among the square kilometres of abundant coral and colorful underwater sea life.

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Surin Islands National Park

  • Possible from Khao Lak and Phuket
  • Best Snorkeling and Sightseeing from Khao Lak
  • Only possible from November to April

Remote and uninhabited make this an ideal snorkeling tour for those who want to see one of the last untouched areas near Phuket. Those who join this excursion will be rewarded with probably the best snorkeling around Phuket starting from Khao Lak – In our opinion it is even the best snorkeling in Thailand! The whole day is spent snorkeling with a midday stop for lunch on a jungle island where you can opt for more snorkelling or rest up on the powder white sand before getting back on the boat for more snorkeling at amazing coral reefs.

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Phi Phi Islands National Park

  • Possible from Khao Lak, Krabi and Phuket
  • Good Sightseeing and Snorkeling from Phuket

If you are looking for a nice mix of both snorkeling and sightseeing destination is perfect.

World famous for its setting in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The BeachThe Phi Phi snorkeling tours are a wonderful way to see some awe inspiring scenery and plunge in for some pretty good snorkeling. Along the way, you will see Maya Bay, Pileh Cove, Viking Cave and Monkey Beach. Want to avoid the crowds? Check out the exclusive Sunrise Tour (aka – the Phi Phi Early Bird Snorkeling Tour) – see Maya Beach before it looks like a rock concert and stay one step ahead of the masses.

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Similan Islands National Park

  • Possible from Khao Lak and Phuket
  • Only possible from November to April

One of the world’s most famous diving destinations is also one of the best snorkeling and sightseeing destinations in Thailand. Donald Duck Bay has become a favorite snorkeling destination for those who want to get away from Phuket and into some amazingly clear waters filled with marine life and green sea turtles.

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Phang Nga National Park

  • Possible from Khao Lak Krabi and Phuket
  • Recommended in the rainy season

Phang Nga is a complete contrast to the Phi Phi Islands. This is why many guests choose to do both, but if you can only do one, this is a very good choice. This is especially prevalent during the monsoon season as it is situated in a sheltered bay, therefore it is not subject to the large sea swells that are found on the crossing to the Phi Phi. Some people in the Siam office say this destination is the only reason to come to Phuket, with only two places in the world like this, so quite special.

The Phang Nga and Beyond trip has become popular with families, single travellers and guests of all age groups that are not keen on rough seas. It’s great for non-swimmers too! This is a more relaxed sightseeing tour but still with plenty of activity to keep the interest for both young and old.

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Swimming, Island Hopping & Beaches Koh Kam

  • Possible from Khao Lak and Phuket
  • Only possible from November to April
  • The perfect choice for families from Khao Lak

A get away tour to the north of Khao Lak int the mystique Laem Son National Park. This tour we recommend to Khao Lak repeater guests as well as families and older persons. The Speedboat ride is smooth protected from wind through the mangroves.

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Koh Kradan and Koh Mook

  • Possible from Khao Lak and Phuket
  • Only possible from November to April
  • The best option for Sightseeing, Snorkeling and Beach from Phuket

Experience a unique and remote beach set up with sun umbrella and beach mats. The lunch is served in the middle of the jungle. Snorkeling, Swimming and Sunbathing at several locations.

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Koh Tachai National Park

Want to be like Tom Hanks in Castaway? Join the snorkeling tour to Tachai Island!

  • Possible from Khao Lak and Phuket
  • Only possible from November to April

The water and the beach – two reasons to visit this remote deserted island known for the softest white sand in the world! The waters look like a giant sea of mineral water. Swimming and relaxing in the sea here is like being on the world’s most remote island oasis. Not for hardcore snorkelers, the waters here are ideal for beginners that want an experience similar to the Caribbean waters – flat, calm and an inviting sand bottom with some small coral reefs.

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Koh Racha Noi

  • Possible from Phuket
  • The perfect choice for families

If you want a great day of swimming, sunbathing, relaxing and snorkeling check out our Phuket local favorite Racha Noi Island.
This day trip we recommend families, also with infants, because you can start your favorite activity from the beach.
Racha Noi (Raya Island) is located only 60 minutes from Phuket by speed boat. There you will find stunning crystal clear blue waters and lots of fish waiting for you to jump in and join them on a full day tour. Do what you prefer most, swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and relaxing.

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