Some of the best things to do in Kata Beach involve its beautiful 1.5km-long beach and the Andaman Sea. Shaded by Pandanus and tropical almond trees, the beach is among the prettiest parts of Phuket. You can enjoy surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, diving, snorkelling and swimming.
There’s also plenty to see and do on land, with fantastic viewpoints and popular sporting facilities. This laidback part of Phuket is definitely a place for active travellers and families. Check out our list of things to do in Kata Beach below and you’ll see why it’s among our favourite beaches on the island.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
Karon Viewpoint is one of the most popular viewpoints in Phuket. It's possible to take in views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, it's busy most days of the year as a staple of many tour itineraries.
There’s plenty of parking space at Karon Viewpoint. When the area does get a little crowded, people usually park on the roadside. You’ll find drinks and snacks stands, along with a large gazebo (with seats) providing ample shade. Read More...
- Location: 4233 Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Some of Phuket's most spectacular viewpoints are along a winding and hilly road between Kata Beach and Nai Harn Village. Just above Kata Noi, you’ll come across several adjacent hillside bars/restaurants – After Beach Bar, Chang Cafe & Restaurant, Baan Chom View, and Som Tam Yay Tik – that offer expansive views of the Andaman Sea. You get pretty much the same angle as the popular Karon Viewpoint, minus the crowd. Read More...
Dino Park Phuket is a mini-golf course and restaurant located between Karon and Kata beaches. The 18-hole course has many large and life-like cement statues of dinosaurs, along with an erupting volcano and a themed restaurant.
Because of Phuket’s high humidity and heat, it’s best to visit the open-air Dino Park Phuket in the evening. Wear mosquito repellent, dress light and pack some bottled water. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
- Location: 47 Karon Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 330 625
Surf House Phuket lets you ride the waves from day to night, regardless of weather conditions. There’s a trendy and busy café/restaurant to the side of the wave pool. It has bamboo trimmings, buffed concrete floors, heavy wooden furniture, and wall-mounted mini surfboards as a decorative theme.
Located on Kata Beach, Surf House Phuket is centred on a high-pressure wave-generating machine that throws a 4-inch-deep sheet of water up a sloping pool. Beginners can hold onto a guiding safety rope held by a staff member. If they happen to fall or slip, the artificial waves make sure they fall upwards instead of downwards. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 12am
- Location: 4 Pakbang Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)81 979 7737
Kata Noi is a cosy little bay around 2.2 km south of Kata beach. There's not much to do in this area, apart from relaxing, walking along the shore, snorkelling, and swimming. Most of the beach length is ‘occupied’ by Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, small bars and rows of sunbeds run by locals. Kata Noi is one of the most popular spots for surfers in Phuket, especially from May to October. Read More...
- Location: Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Kata Beach offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in Phuket. There is a small coral reef between the northern tip of Kata Beach and the nearby Koh Pu, which has interesting marine life. You can buy cheap snorkelling gear from stalls around Kata Beach, but sign up for scuba diving lessons if you really want to explore the undersea landscape. Read More...
Kata Night Market is a covered shopping area with an expansive food court and mostly tourist-oriented stalls. Located on Patak Road, it's impossible to miss the giant gorilla and Hulk statues by the market's entrances. You can find plenty of good bargains for meals and souvenirs. Kata Night Market offers fairly typical items, including herbal treatments, t-shirts, bags, flip-flops, souvenirs, swimwear, beach toys and local artworks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 10pm
- Location: Patak Rd, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
The warm and clear waters surrounding Phuket, especially Kata Beach, are excellent for stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). You only need a couple of tries to balance yourself on the surfboard, use the long-handle paddle, and move your board according to the flow. SUP is best attempted during the high season when the waters of Kata Beach are calm and flat. Read More...
Surfing in Kata BeachSouthern end of Kata Beach
Kata Beach is the surfing capital of Phuket. At Kata there are two surf shops and seven beach outlets where you can rent a board. Renowned for its consistent waves, this is the logical venue for the island's biggest annual surfing competition. For many, the south end of the beach (outside Kata Beach Resort) offers the best board riding in Phuket and this is why Kata Beach can get rather busy at times. Still, the vibes you get whilst sufing the waves or just relaxing on the beach itself is friendly, international and laid back. Many surfers join in at the volleyball net afterwards and there is even a surfer's bar close by.
With a maxium height of two metres, beginners and advanced riders can have fun in Kata Beach. 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.
It is best to surf at mid tide. Winds blow southwest to northeast. Read More...
Wat Kitti Sangkharam (Kata Temple)
Wat Kitti Sangkharam (Kata Temple) lies on the eastern part of Kata, at the foot of a forested mountain. The Buddhist temple dates back to 1832, and has a beautiful ordination hall housing a statue of Lord Buddha, a monastery pavilion, monks’ dormitories, and a primary school. Wat Kitti Sangkharam is an impressive sight, with bright and fresh colours throughout most of its buildings. Make sure you dress conservatively during your visit.
- Location: 44 Kata Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand