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  • Phuket Snorkeling

    Snorkelling in Phuket, Phi Phi, Similan Islands

    The tropical waters of the Andaman Sea are ideal for snorkeling - clear, calm, balmy and bursting with brilliant marine life. Snorkeling can be done year-round in Phuket, but the best time of year is November-April, when the sea's at its most placid.

    Take care through the May-October low season, when the undertow can become dangerously strong along the west coast. The warm water temperature (27-28°C) means that snorkellers don't need to wear wetsuits, though wearing a t-shirt is advised to prevent sunburn.

    At some beaches it is possible to rent snorkeling gear for the day, though it may not be of great quality. Many shops around the island sell a range of masks, snorkels and fins.

Snorkeling in Nearby Islands

The Phi Phi Islands are an outstanding snorkel destination, with an incredible variety of tropical fish and bright coral. Join a day tour or arrange a private boat charter - trips run every day, year round. Closer to Phuket are the Coral, Racha, and Khai Nok islands, each featuring clear waters and abundant marine life just offshore. A bit further away are the spectacular Similan Islands. The Similans are world-famous for diving but snorkelling in this pristine marine wonderland is a fine experience too.

If you do go on a snorkeling excursion, make sure to use the services of an operator with good safety standards. Also, be advised that many of the cut-rate tours take people to the most crowded bays at peak periods - not so enjoyable when all you see in the water are other snorkellers! Chartering a boat is a great way to avoid the crowds.

  • Kamala Beach Snorkeling

    Kamala Beach

    The north end of Kamala has a fair-sized coral reef, though it's not as colourful as it was in the past due to the high boat traffic in the bay. Not a bad place to snorkel though, if you get tired of swimming and sunbathing on the beach. Read More...

  • Kata Beach Snorkeling

    Kata Beach

    Most Kata's length is soft sand, but the north end of the bay is rocky with clear water and lots of coral.  Read More...

  • Karon Beach Snorkeling

    Karon Beach

    At the corner of its south end are some rocks and coral. Quite shallow so good for kids. Read More...

  • Laem Singh Beach Snorkeling

    Laem Singh Beach

    This small beach just north of Kamala has a rocky bit at its south end, offering some decent snorkelling. Read More...

  • Patong Beach Snorkeling

    Patong Beach

    The north side of Patong up through Kalim Bay is rocky and has a fair bit of coral and fish to look at.  Read More...

  • Surin Beach Snorkeling

    Surin Beach

    There are quite a few fish to see around the rocks at Surin's south end, though not much coral. Easy to access from the beach. Read More...

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