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Best Snorkeling Beaches in Phuket and Around - Top Beaches for Snorkelling in Phuket

A water sports lover's dream Phuket is one of Thailand's snorkelling heartlands. Boasting visibility and easy access the holiday hub's most popular beaches for snorkelling activities are as follows.


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Ya Nui Beach

Ya Nui Beach

Quietly nestled between renowned Promthep Cape in southern Phuket and the Windmill View point Ya Nui Beach is a small but tranquil stretch of beach that is ideal for snorkelling activities. Hard to miss on the road from Nai Harn Beach the venue boasts reliable snorkelling conditions in the privacy of a quaint beachscape that is lesser known among tourists.


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Banana Beach

Banana Beach

Often regarded as Phuket's best kept secret among seasoned snorkellers vacationing in the island Banana Beach lies off the beaten track both metaphorically and geographically. Although the beach is not easy to locate the excellent snorkelling conditions and the rewarding experience of having snorkelled in a "secret" locale in Phuket Island is what draws the curious few to this venue. Sprawled across 800m the beach is ironically located within close proximity of the island's main airport.


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Ao Sane Beach

Ao Sane Beach

Perfectly suited for snorkelling enthusiasts in search of diverse landscapes Ao Sane Beach is a tiny beach which encompasses three intriguing coves. Separated by equally curious looking formations of solid rocks the locale offers snorkellers a thrilling underwater adventure due to its unique topography. Home to its very own dive centre visitors can learn the sporting activity as well as hire snorkelling equipment at affordable rates here.


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Laem Ka Beach

Laem Ka Beach

Occupying the southernmost fringes of Phuket Island Laem Ka Beach is situated close to Rawai and is another lesser known snorkelling hub in the holiday hub. Offering good visibility and a seabed full of rock formations and other interesting nooks and crannies the venue is ideal for adventurous snorkellers in search of fascinating underwater landscapes.


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Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach

In spite of issues regarding accessibility Freedom Beach is a not to miss highlight for snorkelling enthusiasts. The best method to reach Freedom Beach is by taking a long tail boat from Patong's southern reaches. Open to visitors only during peak tourist season the venue offers great snorkelling conditions for beginners as well as experts.


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Naithon Beach

Naithon Beach

Occupying the scenic confines of Phuket's western shorelines Naithon Beach is another hidden snorkelling hotspot on the island. Boasting a fantastic beach with good restaurants and Thai masseuses the trip to Naithon Beach for a snorkelling excursion is well worth the time due to the sheer volume of marine life occupying its southern reaches. Visitors based in a Phuket beach resort such as the Anantara Phuket Villas will enjoy easy access to the site and other around the island.


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Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is aptly named as the locale offers good snorkelling conditions for most of the year although visitors should avoid visiting this pristine beach during peak tourism months as the venue attracts hoards of visitors from all around the world. As a rock laden beach with an intriguing underwater geography the venue is a popular haunt for seasoned snorkelling enthusiasts vacationing in Thailand.


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Kata Noi Beach

Kata Noi Beach

The northern end of famed Kata Beach is another must-experience highlight for avid snorkellers as it boasts some of the best conditions for the underwater activity in the island. With its large rock formations serving as a thriving breeding ground for many marine creatures snorkellers peeking beneath the ocean's surface at this familiar hotspot will not be disappointed.