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The beach is Kamala’s main attraction with plenty to do here aside from lazing on the sands.
Take a longtail boat trip to nearby beaches or even just a sunset cruise around the bay. Parasailing and jetski rental are popular here, but, well, try these at your own risk since safety standards are not always up to par on Phuket.
Kamala is home to some surfing and SUP boarding with a few surf and standup paddle board rental shops found along the main central area of the beach and also at the north end near the Novotel resort. Surfing is possible during the months of May through October while SUP is best during the calmer months of November through April. The northern side of the bay is more suited to experienced SUPers because the waves can get high and a handful of rocky outcrops add an element of danger.
Diving off Kamala Beach can be arranged with Merlin Divers, who offer half-day diving trips for 2,500 baht plus 500 baht for equipment rental. The trip departs from the beach with a longtail boat to nearby sites including Ko Weo, a tin mining excavator wreck, Nakala reef and Laem Son.
Out of the water, Phuket FantaSea is an over-the-top cultural theme park with a nightly performance that's been likened to a Vegas show with elephants. Though we’re not fans of animal entertainment, it gets rave reviews from adults and kids alike. Tickets are 1,800 or 2,200 baht including a buffet dinner at the humongous Golden Kinnaree Restaurant. Any hotel or travel office can sell you a ticket and will charge an additional 300 baht for round-trip transportation. Phuket FantaSea is on the highway back off Kamala Beach -- you can't miss it.
Just behind FantaSea is the Kamala Lawn Bowling Club, which holds regular tournaments for its members but non-members are welcome to try. The attached restaurant puts on barbecue nights and happy hour specials. Non-members are charged 350 baht per person, with night-time play possible on the floodlit pitch.
Tsunami Memorial Park is Kamala’s only visual reminder of the 2004 disaster, with a large bronze circular statue commemorating the tragic loss of life here. Though most will only pass through this small park on their way to the beach, a few benches offer a pleasant place to rest in the shade.
Merlin Divers (Kamala Dive Centre): 74/3 Moo 3, Rim Had Road, Kamala Beach; T: (076) 385 518; phuket-diving-thailand.net.
Phuket FantaSea: 99 Moo 3 Kamala Beach; T: (076) 385 000; www.phuket-fantasea.com.
Kamala Lawn Bowling Club: 71/26 Moo 5, Kamala Beach; T: (076) 385 912.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 28th January, 2016.