Surfing in Phuket is a great low-season activity. From April to November Phuket’s west-coast beaches are too dangerous to swim at, and red flags are placed to remind reckless swimmers that it is not a good idea to defy the dangerous rips and currents. At this time of year Phuket’s shores belong to surfers and body-surfers who, with their equipment, take considerably less risk when frolicking in the water.
Most of Phuket west coast beaches are surfed during low season. Even though the waves are not as impressive as in Hawaii, Sidney or Biarritz, you can still have a lot of fun surfing Phuket’s waves; here are the five favourite surf spots in Phuket: Kata Beach, Kalim Beach, Kamala Beach, Surin Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Check them out below and remember: "If it swells, ride it!"
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Kalim Beach is certainly one of the best surfing spots in Phuket. Located just north of Patong Beach, the central part of the beach is where to head to with a properly waxed surfing board. Here, surfers can ride the swell on a 100-metre-long spot, with waves reaching up to three metres.
It’s best to go at mid to high tides and cautious landing is advised as the shore is pretty rocky and hides a shallow coral reef. Kalim Beach hosts yearly surfing contests including a few races sponsored by the Quicksilver Thailand Surf Competition. Read More...
Kamala Beach offers a great surfing spot at its northern part. This beach has three main parts: its southern part – from the temple to the village – offers a gentle swell which can be surfed when over one metre (good place for beginners); The central part starts with the first guesthouses and ends parallel with Phuket FantaSea, its sandbanks create waves up to three metres, making this section a great place for advanced and experienced riders. For the latter, a small and tricky reef point break is located near the northern end – the third part of the beach, which is the best spot of the area. Read More...
Kata Beach is considered the ‘Surfing Mecca’ of Phuket Island. The Southern end of this beach is where to head to for a great surfing experience. Due to its popularity the place can be crowded at times but the atmosphere remains friendly. Check out for the surf shops – equipment for rent or sale and courses available – the best breaks are right in front of them.
With a maxiuml height of two metres, beginners and advanced riders can have fun here. If you’d like to experiment surfing in a super-safe environment beforehand, try out the new Flow Rider simulator machine at Phuket Surf House, a cool venue opened in 2013. Kata Beach hosts yearly international surf contests. Read More...
Nai Harn Beach is flanked to its left by Promthep Cape (the southern tip of Phuket Island) and by Ao Sane (a great snorkeling spot) on its right. Surf-wise it offers a beach break at its southern end and a beach and reef break at its northern end. Winds are variable and waves can reach up to three metres. Surfable at all tides; Nai Harn is not considered a too challenging place by experienced surfers.
The two ends of the beach allow two different surfing experiences: at the north end right in front of the Royal Phuket Yacht Club, a coral reef and rocky break holds big swells; the southern end of the beach has a permanent sandbank – in front of a small lagoon – and it offers a fast and long ride even with small swells. Read More...
Surin Beach is a great surfing spot: it has some of the heaviest waves in Phuket and is only recommended for advanced and experienced surfers as the sea can be really challenging here. The two ends of the beach are good for surfing, and you should be aware that there’s a rock formation in the central part of the beach, visible at low tide.
The northern end of this rock formation sometimes creates a small sandbank which results in a fast and short wave to ride. The central part of the beach also has a sandbank which creates a nice break at mid tide. The sand bottom all along the beach (apart from its extremities) assures a safe landing. Waves can be up to two metres. Read More...