Things to do on Karon Beach

Surfing and snorkelling

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Surfers on Karon face the same problems as on Bang Tao and Mai Khao beaches further north, Karon Beach is very exposed and the shifting sands make for unreliable, though at times, very big, waves. Basically if you can find a surfable wave on Karon, you're almost guaranteed a better wave elsewhere on Phuket.

The best snorkelling on Karon is at the southern end of the beach, around the rocky headland -- the rest of the beach is a complete waste of time unless you just like snorkelling in clear water looking at sand.

Jet ski hire is available, but, as elsewhere, your Second Class Helmsman's license is officially required -- of course this is rarely checked, especially not by the guy whose job it is to rent out the jet skis! Both passenger and driver should always wear a life jacket.

Sunrise Divers 269/24 Patak Rd, Karon Plaza, Karon Beach. T: (076) 398 040

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