The Beach of Kata

Your Guide to Phuket Beaches

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.

Kata Beach Activities

Around 16:30, a game of beach soccer begins most days at the south end of the beach, and anyone can join in. At about the same time, volleyball starts at the nets halfway along the beach.

Many joggers can be seen running up and down the length of the beach in the morning and evening. To round the day off, there's a great beach bar on the rocks right at the south end of the beach, perfect for a beer and Bob Marley while the sun goes down.

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