Snorkelling at Kata

Try the northern end

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What we say: 3 stars

For snorkellers on Kata, the best bet is the northern end of the beach, where the rocks host coral and ample sea life.

If you're on Kata Noi, hire a longtail for the trip south to Nui beach -- a sliver of sand that has good snorkelling off both the north and south headland. If you want to do Nui but want to find it yourself, just continue past Karon Viewpoint and head towards Laem Promthep to get to the entrance of Nui.

The dirt road leading 2km down to the beach has seen some improvements in the last few years but is still by no means safe. Pot holes and 60 degree drops in the road are not for the faint-hearted nor inexperienced driver. You can safely park your bike halfway down the road and walk the rest of the way — be sure to bring water with you as the hike back is strenuous. It costs 250B to enter Nui beach but it's well worth it as you get a beach chair, umbrella, towel and soft drink. The beach is one of the best in Phuket.


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