SUP, diving, Phuket FantaSea and bowling
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th May, 2018
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.
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.
Kamala Lawn Bowling Club: 71/26 Moo 5, Kamala Beach; T: (076) 385 912.
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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