Paradise Beach (near Patong)
Everything you need to know about Paradise Beach0
Paradise Beach is one of the most attractive of the many wonderful beaches Phuket has to offer. It's compact and has a great view right across Patong Bay. The beach itself is barely 150 metres long and there is another small beach next to it, reached by a path through the rocks.
Paradise Beach features shade-giving palm trees and tropical almonds. There are large granite rocks at both ends of the sand and a coral reef some 100 metres out. Jet-skis are actively discouraged from approaching the beach, resulting in a calm, peaceful location. Set on private land, the access to Paradise Beach is charged at 100 baht (this includes the use of a sun-lounger in front of the restaurant).
Situated about five kilometres southwest of Patong, you get to Paradise Beach by heading south along the last stretch of Patong's Beach Road to Amari Phuket, taking a left at the fork and going past Baan Yin Dee up on the hill. Drive past the entrance to Tri Trang Resort, pass Merlin Beach Resort and follow the road to Emerald Bay. There's a steep gradient and the road is not so wide and is certainly twisty, but keep on going until it finally swoops down into Paradise Beach car park.
Activities at Paradise Beach include snorkelling (you can rent a mask for 100 baht, fins for 80 baht and snorkel for 20 baht an hour), sea kayaking (400 baht an hour), body boarding (100 baht an hour), and scuba diving. Dive centres located in Patong Beach come here with their students or already qualified divers to explore the reef that lays 100m off Paradise Beach; this is Paradise's main aquatic attraction. Snorkellers can also explore the three rocky capes at both ends and in-between the two beaches.
There are long-tail boats for hire (price is negotiable), but these vessels will not go out if the waves in Patong Bay are too high. The beach opens at 09:00 and closes at 18:30. There are no beach vendors here. People have a lot of fun swinging from a rope with a buoy attached to an overhanging tree branch and dropping into the water (at high tide). Paradise Beach is also a good spot to observe Thai fishermen at work on their nets and long-tail boats.
Paradise Beach features a medium-sized and reasonably priced restaurant standing back towards the car park. Beachgoers can sample a good range of Thai and international dishes, with the onus on seafood. From squid BBQ (70 baht per 100g) to fried crab with yellow curry (80 baht per 100g) to club sandwich (150 baht) to fried fish with ginger (80 baht per 100g) to spaghetti seafood (180 baht) to phad thai (chicken/pork/beef at 80 baht), and more, there is something here for most tastes. You can also order a meal and drinks from your sun lounger or eat at tables set in the open-sided dining room. The restaurant hires out the snorkelling sets and other water sports equipment mentioned above.
Summing up, Paradise Beach is really up to its moniker: even though it can be crowded in high season - a few hotels in Patong, such as Holiday Inn Phuket and Burasari Resort, assure direct transfer to Paradise Beach for their guests - it is still a wild and charming area. The entrance fee also ensure that the beach is clean and remains appealing to its visitors.