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Phuket is known for its beautiful secluded beaches hidden from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re looking to snorkel in and amongst nature, in small beaches with crystal clear warm waters, this is your destination! While a lot of Phuket has been developed, many of its small beaches remain quiet and undiscovered (especially the ones that are difficult to reach.)
Whether you’re looking for a tropical holiday in a luxury resort or an adventurous time out in the tranquil outdoors, you’ll find it in Phuket. The snorkeling here isn’t world-class or especially unique, but the snorkel sites are. Enjoy exploring the island’s beautiful diverse beaches and its small restaurants and food vendors with this rundown on where to go snorkeling in Phuket.
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Where: Tambon Rawai, Mueang Phuket District
Details: One of the less-visited snorkel sites in Phuket, this 200-metre long leafy beach is made up of 3 tiny coves separated by granite boulders. With pristine blue waters and soft white sands, each of the small coves is perfect for snorkeling and lazing around in the sun or shade. Since it’s safe from all the bout tours, the living corals here are healthy and abundant, as well as the sea life. There are lots of untamed fish to discover here, from parrotfish to clownfish and more, making this spot one of the best in Phuket for free snorkeling.
Where: West Phuket
Details: If you’re looking for the turquoise waters Phuket is famous for, this is where you’ll find them. Kata Noi Beach is a beautiful long beach that’s lined by resorts, restaurants, bars, and offers some of the island’s best snorkeling. The rocks on one end of the beach are the best spot to snorkel, and you’ll be swimming amongst an abundance of tropical fish and coral life – you might even spot octopus and eels! With barely any waves, the visibility at this beach is great, especially at midday.
Details: One of Phuket’s hidden gems hidden from plain site, this beach is perfect for adventurous snorkelers who want to go off the beaten track. Undisturbed, pristine, and tranquil, this beach has calm clear waters, lots of palm trees, and an abundance of sea life to discover. You won’t find anything different in the waters here than elsewhere in Phuket, but it’s a great spot to relax and chill out away from all the other tourists.
Details: Phuket’s only beach with a natural reef, this is another hidden gem that’s perfect for snorkelers who want to be amongst natural untouched beauty. Technically owned by Marriott Resort Merlin Beach, there is a small dirt road next to the hotel that can take snorkelers straight to the beach. You’ll find calm clear waters, lots of coral life on the sea bed, and tropical and colourful reef fish to discover.
Where: Patong, Kathu District
Details: Just next to the bustling Patong Beach is this quieter snorkel destination with amazing views of Patong Bay. You’ll find the main parts of the reef just in front of the beach and around the rocky edges, with colourful patches of hard corals and plenty of fish. Calm and peaceful, this small beach club is a prime spot for snorkeling, perfect for beginners and children.
Where: Rawai, Mueang Phuket District
Details: Another one of Phuket’s ‘secret’, hidden beaches, this spot is popular with the swimmers but less so with snorkelers – meaning you can enjoy all the reef life to yourself! A beautiful beach of warm turquoise waters, white sands, and lots of lush greenery, the marine life here is populated with colourful schools of fish.