Kata Beach's 1.5km (1 mile) strip of golden sand is one of the most popular beaches in Phuket due to its combination of beauty, facilities and activities. Hundreds of people come each day to soak up the sun and swim. Often busy but never crowded, this beach is perfect in many ways.
During the north-east monsoon season (November to April) the warm sea is often as flat as a pancake, crystal clear and turquoise in colour. The south-west monsoon season (May to October) can make for rougher swimming conditions, but it's this time of year that the surfers flock to enjoy the waves. On the days red warning flags are flying you should not enter the water due to dangerous rip tides and swells but on these days you probably wouldn't want to go the beach anyway.
Late in the year as the waters turn calm, Kata Bay fills up with beautiful yachts which arrive from all over the region to compete in December's King's Cup Regatta, Asia's premier sailing event.
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Kata Beach Facilities
Sun loungers and umbrellas are available to rent on Kata Beach on a total of 10% of the sand, at intervals along its length. Beachgoers can also purchase small umbrellas (a few hundred baht in local shops and supermarkets near the beach) and beach mats (at the entrance of the beach, near Kata Beach Resort). The southern end has shops, restaurants and toilets close by.
At the top of the beach, and for most of its length, there are shaded areas, sheltering beach massage parlours and street vendor stalls selling a great variety of snacks (fruits, grilled chicken and more) and drinks. The far south is ideal for families with small children as it becomes shaded later in the day and is also close to amenities. Wandering vendors roam the beach with ice-creams, fresh fruits, sarongs, sunglasses and beachwear.
Kata Beach Restaurants
Many restaurants serving seafood, Thai and international dishes line the southern part of the beach. Hawker stalls can be found at both ends of the beach road, particularly in the car park at the southern end next to Kata Beach Resort.
Kata Beach Watersports
There's a small island at the north end with good snorkeling around it and kayaks can also be used for exploring. Parasailing is also good here as the reefs at either end can be seen from the air. Windsurfers and Hobie Cats are available for hire by the hour. Scuba diving enthusiasts and students are active at the northern end, particularly during the high season, when the water is at its calmest. The rougher conditions of the low season make swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving impractical, but are ideal for surfing.
Surfing in Kata Beach
For many, the southern and central parts of the beach offer the best surfing in Phuket, which is why Kata Beach can get rather busy at times, even in the low season. The waves are fast but manageable and at times can really buck high at the sandbar.
The south end of the beach is the best place to watch or join in on the surfing action because there is a beach break there. Rentals are available for those who leave their boards at home or just want to have a try. Pay for the day and you can use any of the surfboards or keep switching until you find one you like. The waves are a nice size for beginners and surfing tuition is also available.
Close in to shore, the waves have far less power and are perfect for little ones, so boogie boards can be rented for children. This will keep them amused like nothing you've ever seen.
Photos of Kata Beach
Hotels Right on the Beach of Kata
Beyond Resort Kata
Kata Beach Resort& Spa is a 275-room four-star resort located on one of the most picturesque beaches in Phuket - Kata.Designed in classic Thai lines with a grand open lobby, the resort goes in for bold lines, high ceilings, grandiose restaurants and a stylish seaside look and feel to it.The aptly named Atrium Coffee Shop & Terrace serves breakfast with all-day dining consisting of international and Thai cuisine and has live music in the evenings while Peppino Italian Restaurant and Pub will serve up tasty Italian delights.The Poolside Bar is perhaps the most photogenic place in the resort with its heady mix of turquoise pool, tropical foliage, and sea views and it stays open until 23:30 while there is a good selection of cakes and patisseries at the Coffee mill next to the Atrium outlet. Read More...
The Boathouse Phuket
Boathouse by Montara is quite simply one of Phuket Islands most iconic boutique hotels.Located directly on Kata Beach and facing due West, Boathouse by Montara is the most refined absolute beachfront accommodation on the island.With just 38 rooms and suites, personal service is at premium with the emphasis on quality in every Boathouse by Montara facility whether it is fine dining, a spa experience, and an afternoon at the adjacent RE KA TA Beach Club or simply surfing.Mention the name Boathouse by Montara to those in the know and it will be regarded as synonymous with five-star luxury, fine dining, and the best wine cellar in southern Thailand. Read More...