Coral Island

Coral Island

Beautiful at times

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Coral Island is an easy 15-minute boat trip away from Phuket’s southeastern coast. Though Coral’s main beach gets busy with day-trippers, if you plan it right it’s possible to enjoy the island in the idyllic glory promised on the postcards.

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Long Beach lounging. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Long Beach lounging. Photo: Lana Willocks

Most of the action is on Long Beach, a one-kilometre stretch of white sand, with rocks offshore at each end for snorkelling. The various tour companies have set up their own little sections along the beach with shaded beach chairs and snorkel equipment for their guests. There’s one rustic shop selling souvenirs as well as renting out snorkel equipment.

Long Beach is where the island’s only choice for accommodation is found: Coral Island Resort, a collection of basic air-con concrete bungalows and rooms set around a swimming pool. The price depends on the bungalow’s proximity to the beach, but none are more than a two-minute walk away. The resort restaurant puts on a buffet lunch, which is nothing to write home about, and has a Thai menu with cocktails and beer.

Clear waters. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Clear waters. Photo: Lana Willocks

At one end of the beach is another restaurant called Komodo. You’re extended an incredibly disinterested greeting on arrival, and it has standard Thai fare, but the big attraction here is the “komodo” sighting. Every so often the restaurant staff will hack up a raw chicken and throw the meat bits over a low fence behind the restaurant. Before the chicken even hits the ground a family of monitor lizards make a thunderous appearance as they amble down the hill for their ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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