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Phuket Has Some of the Best Surf Beaches in the World - Ride the waves of the thrilling tropical blue

Year-round sunshine, thrilling waters and waves—the turquoise blue seas that lap the stretches of golden Phuket sand present ideal conditions for tourists vacationing in the tropical island paradise to catch a wave or two. Grab yourself a surfboard and ride the waves of the wide-open tropical blue.


Kalim Beach

Spanning the stretch of beach just north of the renowned Patong Beach, Kalim Beach is, without a doubt, one of the best spots on the island for surfing. However, it is advised that only seasoned surfers attempt the waves of Kalim. The waters are pretty rocky and have a submerged coral reef that makes for a cautious landing. All surfers on the beach flock to the middle stretch of the sea, where waves reach as high as 3 metres, treating you to a fantastic surf. Thanks to the beach's popularity for surfing, Kalim Beach plays host to a number of surfing events and competitions throughout the year.


Kamala Beach

The breathtaking beauty of the Kamala Beach, affectionately known as Kamala by locals, draws tourists in droves, but the beach is particularly popular among surfers for its promising waves. What makes Kamala stand out among Phuket's host of surf beaches is its favourable sea conditions that allow everyone from newbies to sea-savvy surfers to catch a wave. The beach's northern part with a small and tricky reef point break offers a thrilling and challenging surf while the southern section welcomes amateurs to put their balancing skills to the test.


Bang Tao Beach

Are you an avid adventurer who hears the calling of the tropical blue to ride its waves but have no experience in the sport whatsoever? Head to Bang Tao Beach, one of the best surf beaches on the island of Phuket for absolute beginners. The middle section of the beach almost always has welcoming swells that make it ideal for you to try your hand at surfing. Aside from the easy swells, Bang Tao Beach also has some of the finest luxury hotels in Phuket in its vicinity, such as Anantara Layan Phuket Resort.


Kata Beach

Considered the surfing mecca in Phuket, Kata Beach sees hordes of surfing enthusiasts hit its golden sands every month. It isn't the ideal stretch of beach to savour a moment of mellow beach vibes, but certainly is one of the best spots on the island to catch some thrilling waves. There's an abundance of surf shops on the shores as well to help you with surfboards and other equipment and materials for the sport.


Surin Beach

Surin beach is, without a doubt, one of the most visited beaches in Phuket, but you won't find many surfers due to its rough and strong waves, making the waters appealing only to well-versed surfers. So, daring adventurers looking forward to taking on the waves of Phuket, Surin Beach promises to deliver that much-awaited rush of adrenaline!