Surfing at Kata

A few breaks to choose from

Photo of Surfing at Kata, , Phuket

What we say: 3.5 stars

For surfers, Kata Noi gets a fast right hander that comes in near the northern headland of the beach, while bigger Kata Yai gets what many regard as the best waves on Phuket.

The later is a beach break, crowded at times but certainly surfable. The Phuket Surfing Contest takes place here every year in late August, early September.

There is a pretty small surfing community based at the southern end of Kata Yai, with board rental available for about 200B an hour. Two shops in between Kata BBQ and Ska Bar have lots of information on good surf spots, wave conditions and can provide surf lessons. If you are feeling brave and don't mind sharing the waves with hundreds of swimmers, rent a board from one of the beach boys on Kata Yai.

With far more freedom to paddle but often dangerous conditions, boards are also for rent at Kata Noi for 150-200B.

Last updated: 14th June, 2014

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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.

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