Popular but quiet snorkelling beaches in Phuket

If you think about Phuket, I am sure not the calm and relaxing words come into your mind first. Yes, the place has changed a lot in the last twenty years, but there are still some quiet snorkelling beaches in Phuket where you can take a rest and enjoy the marine life.

We feature today two snorkelling beaches

Ao Sane Beach

Ao Sane, a rocky beach on Phuket’s southwest coast, is a lovely snorkelling beach in Phuket. To get there, from Nai Harn Beach you need to drive through a tunnel under the Phuket Yacht Club. You will arrive on the other side on a small road that winds along the coast and up a hill. When you come down the hill you will see the sign for Ao Sane Beach on your left.

Ao Sane is a tiny beach (200 meters long). It consists of three very small sandy bays and you can walk from one to another through the few beach bungalows, The bungalows were hit by the tsunami, but have been rebuilt.

ao sane snorkelling beaches

The first bay, the largest, has everything you need for the day, a beach restaurant, beach bar and also a dive shop.

The second and third bays are mostly used by the Baan Krating Resort but you can go there and have a drink or a massage.

Ao Sane has enough trees lining its perimeters to provide shelter from the sun at all times of day.

The beach is rocky, with large boulders buried in the sand. It really is quiet scenic and is always quiet. The rocks located close to the beach are home to much colorful fish (like parrotfish and clownfish) as well as a large number of black spiny sea urchins. The water always is clear and calm year-round, so this is one of the best snorkelling beaches in Phuket!

Ya Nui Beach

Ya Nui Beach, another beautiful snorkelling beach in Phuket, located in a small bay between Nai Harn beach and Phromthep Cape. Ya Nui is a different side of Phuket compared to the main beaches, it seems quiet, undeveloped.

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. The small cape in the middle, the big island in the background and the grassy slopes make the Ya Nui Beach very attractive.

ya naui beach Phuket

The tsunami hit the beach hard. It destroyed the beach restaurant and bungalows.

After the tsunami, the beach was left untouched for a year and a half. There are now a couple of touching memorial plaques on the rocks at the northern end of the beach.

The beach is now very much back on its feet. They have rebuilt the bungalows, in the high season a restaurant, bar, and dive center are also in operation, but the Ya Nui Beach is still a quieter place than the most popular beaches.

ya naui beach

Snorkelling here could be interesting because the place has two faces. The northern headland has a few corals and some beautiful fish. It is a shame to see all the flattened dead coral on the seabed. It is a reminder of the tsunami and the terrible damage it inflicted. The rock formation that juts out from the center of the beach offers better snorkelling. The corals here survived the tsunami quite well and there is plenty of fish.

You could hire a kayak and paddle to Koh Keyao Noi where the snorkeling is even better.

If you have snorkeled somewhere in Thailand, know good snorkelling beaches, share with us, and we will publish your post here on the blog!

Anett Szaszi

Anett is a certified scuba diver, freediver and an expert in snorkeling with more than 10 years experience. She fell in love with the ocean when she put her head underwater in the Red Sea in 2008. Since then , she is traveling all over the world to discover our waters. Wherever she goes, she takes her mask, fins and underwater camera with her. Visiting mega-cities is not her style but getting lost in tiny coastal villages, capturing the beauty of the sea while snorkeling. She is interested in sustainable traveling and marine conservation. She is hoping to inspire people to protect our oceans by sharing her underwater stories. Find her photos on @anett.szaszi Instagram too!

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