Everything you need to know to plan your next Phuket island hopping adventure!
We all know Phuket is known for having some of the best beach island getaways. With multiple islands, each more beautiful than the next, there’s no better way to discover this incredible part of the Thailand than by doing some island hopping. If you’re unsure on which islands you should head to, we’ve made it easy by highlighting each island and how you can get there! Besides, the beautiful sunny beaches and colorful landscapes are your best bet if you’re looking to escape from the cold weather back home.
The new Klook boat for your Phuket island hopping
The Klook Catamaran Yacht
We've got good news for all our Phuket-bound travellers! Klook has recently launched two new vessels for some of the best island-hopping routes. You’ll get to enjoy a light breakfast (choose from tea, coffee, juices, toast, biscuits, chocolate buns and Thai desserts) at the Klook departure pier before you set off on your journey.
Once out on the ocean, you can use the snorkeling equipment onboard (with a single-use mouthpiece, so no worries about hygiene) together with a life jacket. You can also choose to go kayaking, bottom fishing, or just lounge on the floating pad and get your tan on.
Klook Motor Yacht
All that activity is going to make you hungry, so you’ll be glad to know that a delicious Thai lunch buffet is served on board. The best part? You’ll get to wash it all down with a glass of champagne at sunset.
P.S. Beach towels and waterproof bags are also available onboard!
Klook Catamaran Yacht
Islands around Phuket
Apart from Maithon Island and Racha Noi Island, Klook runs day tours to a number of other islands around Phuket. Check out this list of islands sorted by distance from the main Phuket Island, so you can find the best one that suits your itinerary.
1. Coral Island
Coral Island is the place to be if you’re looking to conquer a range of water activities! A top traveller favourite, the island is accessible via a 15 minute speedboat ride, 20 minute yacht ride or a 30 minute sailboat ride. If you’re looking for an exciting day out on the waters jet skiing, banana boating or parasailing, you definitely don't want to miss out on visiting Coral Island.
Best of all, it is uncommon to be faced with large crowds at this popular destination. That being said, if you’re hoping to snorkel or dive, this isn’t the best place to do it. Similar to Koh Rong, there is no single island tour to Coral Island and it is commonly paired with Koh Racha. Perfect for families and beach bums, this is one of the best places to catch a tan!
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One of the best ways to fully explore Coral Island would be to cruise on your own private Catamaran! Book yourself the ultimate day out onboard our Racha and Coral Island Day Tour Catamaran! Enjoy a private party out on sea and indulge in snorkeling at Coral Island, Banana Beach, and Racha islands.
With all your meals taken care of, there’s nothing to worry about during your time out at sea! Simply enjoy the best of the waves and top the day off with the amazing Andaman sunset, complete with a glass of bubbles. Book your Racha and Coral Island Day Tour Catamaran today!
2. Banana Beach on Coral Island
A private beach located on Coral Island, the Banana Beach is one of the best secrets of the island. Part of a national park and a marine preservation area this is one of the best scuba diving spots! The crystal clear blue waters surrounding the beach is perfect for snorkelling. Be greeted by an array of corals and colourful fishes while submerged or even when kayaking using clear kayaks that are available for rental on the island.
Perfect for snorkelling enthusiasts, this beach is much quieter as compared to the grounds of Coral Island simply due to the fact that fewer activities are available on this beach. This gem is also less visited by tourists.
Similarly a short distance from Phuket, this part of the island can be easily accessible under 30 minutes. To fully enjoy the scenic area, why not take a 30 minutes sailboat ride.
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Book yourself a Racha and Coral Island Speedboat tour from Phuket for a hassle-free holiday! Have a splashing day of fun swimming and snorkelling around the different islands. With a whole day mapped out for you, and even pick up and drop off at your hotel in Phuket, you won’t have to lift a finger in planning anything.
3. Koh Rong
Located on the southeast of Phuket, Koh Rong is the second largest island that is also part of Cambodia. Famous for its sandy beaches & coral reefs, the island is just a short ride from the mainland! It only takes 10 minute on a speedboat, 15 minute via a yacht or 25 minute via sailboat.
One of the best beaches on the island, Long Beach is perfect for team sports like beach volleyball and football. Perfect for families, there are also a range of resorts to choose from where you can indulge in both canoeing and kayaking. Or you could trek through the jungle and spot monkeys, or even go for a treetop walk while at Koh Rong!
One thing to note is that there is no single tour to Koh Rong, and it is commonly paired with a visit to Koh Mai Thon. But the best way to maximise your time on this island is to take a 10 minute speedboat straight there!
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4. Koh Khai & Koh Khai Nai
A convenient 20 minutes away via speedboat, embark from Phuket Boat Lagoon Pier to get to the Koh Khai & Koh Khai Nai islands! This island is one of the commonly visited by tour groups, so expect large crowds while on your visit there. Plus, it is the only island you can complete a half day tour from Phuket. You can participate in common water activities such as jet skiing and banana boating, or simply have a beach picnic at one of the many beaches located on the island.
Popular for families with young children, the shallow water allow kids to feed and get up close and personal with a variety of marine creatures. With lots of activities and food spots around the beachfront, the convenience is perfect for families travelling together.
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5. Koh Yao Islands
One of the biggest islands around the area, Koh Yao Islands is home to one of the longest beach areas and is pretty convenient to access. Take a 30 minute journey via speedboat and you will arrive at an isle filled with luxurious 5-star hotels and private resorts.
If you’re looking for the perfect couples retreat destination, take a trip to the Koh Yao Islands. A popular honeymoon spot with young couples, the islands around this area are quiet and gorgeous – perfect for long romantic strolls during sunset! Enjoy a private afternoon of exploration at the various limestone caves along the shores of this island. The landscape here is very similar to the Coral Islands and Koh Lone.
However, most tours offered from Phuket do not offer single trips to the Koh Yao Islands but is commonly paired with a tour to Koh Khai.
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6. Koh Mai Thon
A secluded private island tucked away, Koh Mai Thon is one of the best islands to head if you’re interest in some deep water scuba diving. Did we mention that about half of the tourists that have visited Koh Mai Thon have encountered dolphins during their time there? Epic!
A less common pick among many travellers, you can expect a relaxing day at the beach without having to fight for a spot along the shore. This island is said to be the best diving spot for diving enthusiasts. Otherwise, if you’re searching for a getaway from the crowds of tourists on their island hopping conquest, this is definitely the hidden gem you've been waiting for.
If you’re looking to spot some dolphins, start your journey on a sailboat and keep your eyes peeled during the scenic ride as you might just spot some of these majestic creatures swimming alongside you! Accessible via a 35 minute speed boat ride from Chalong Pier, this ride would take 45 minutes via a yacht or 1 hour cruising on a sailboat.
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7. Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island)
Sail on emerald green waters upon approaching Phang Nga Bay, which is iconic for being the filming location of the Bond movie, “The Man With the Golden Gun”. You can spot the various limestone cliffs on the perimeter of this island that you may find familiar if you’ve caught the movie!
If you’re looking for a beach, you won’t find one here! Instead, Phang Nga Bay is home to various limestone caves that you should definitely set aside some time to explore. Trek around the mangrove areas and keep a look out for fiddler crabs and fishes swimming around the shallow waters.
P.S. The best time to visit would be at sunset, as you get to catch a glimpse of Thai water lanterns at dusk!
A perfect choice for families, children and elderly travellers, visit Phang Nga Bay for a relaxing escape from the normal busy island scene. Go on a guided kayak tour and experience the islands’ unique limestone caves up close, or have a go at fishing at the nearby Muslim fishing village that was built solely on stilts. Most places within the area is easily accessible via boat!
Though you can kayak around this island, diving is a no-go as there isn’t much to see under the sea around this area. To fully enjoy your time at the island, hop on a speedboat ride that will take approximately 50 minutes. Though it is a little more further out than the neighbouring islands, a trip here is definitely worth the ride if you’re looking for a different landscape from the usual island sights.
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8. Koh Racha (Emperor Island)
Think clear waters, a large variety of fishes and corals, all available at Koh Racha! A great diving destination, get to the island on a speedboat in just 45 minutes. Koh Racha is a mini paradise on earth with crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches that is great for catching some waves. The beautiful bay is also perfect for some night time stargazing due to its distance from the city!
This island is most popular with solo travellers or adventure seekers looking to catch some waves or a tan at the beach due to its relative distance from the main docks. If you’re a surfing enthusiast, the perfect months to practice your sport would be from June to November. And if you aspire to paddle in the salty sea and take a vitamin D nap on the beach, it is best to come during the months of December to May.
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9. Phi Phi Islands
Yet another famous island that made it to the big screens is the Phi Phi Islands where Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie – The Beach was filmed at! A group of six islands, this scenic location is famous for having 8 beautiful beaches including Monkey Bay and one of the most spectacular – Maya Beach!
The Phi Phi Islands has it all – beaches, mountains, caves and even cliffs that you can rock climb on! If you’re seeking adventure in the jungles, then you don't want to miss out on this spot. The diving grounds here is also comparable to the scenes you will find at Koh Racha, making it a perfect spot for travellers seeking to swim amongst marine life .
Despite it being a further out compared to other smaller neighbouring islands, the best way to travel here would be via a full day Phi Phi & Maya Area Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket along with a Premium Lunch Buffet.
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Bonus: If you’re looking for a fuss free way to cover the best the islands have to offer in the area, why not Klook yourself Maya Bay & Phi Phi Island Speedboat Tour! With local transfers from your accomodation in Phuket included, enjoy a day out by the sea hopping to the islands with best views the Andaman sea area has to offer. Get a chance to snorkel with the fishes and explore the caves unique to Phi Phi.
10. Similan Island
The furthest island away from the mainland, Similan Island is only open for six months from November to May as part of conservation efforts to protect the massive ecological environment of the area. If you’re searching for a new ocean terrain to conquer, don’t miss out on Similan Island.
Visitors to the island have even spotted turtles and sharks while snorkeling! But you don't have to worry as the sharks won’t attack. You can even deep dive around this area provided you have an Advanced Diver Certificate (AOW).
Much bigger than Koh Racha and the Phi Phi Islands, this is a must-see island when visiting Thailand!
However, the journey here takes much longer compared to the rest. Be prepared for at least a 3.5 hours journey on a speedboat from Phuket! This island is not recommended for young children, elderly or travellers with health issues due to the limited amenities available on the island.
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Bonus: We know that travelling by sea is not for everyone, as some are more prone to getting seasick than others. Here are some Klook tips for preventing seasickness!
- Sit outdoors and enjoy the scenery instead of sitting indoors or staring at a single spot
- If the boat makes a pit stop, do get off and participate in some water activities instead of just sitting around
- Chew on some gum or suck on some mints
- Before your boat ride, prevent from eating too much and keep breakfast light
- Sleep more before your excursion out to the islands!
- Avoid reading or constantly staring on your phone as it can give you a headache and make you feel worse
Sun, sand and sea are calling your name! Book yourself on the next flight out to ultimate paradise and don’t forget to pick up your 4G SIM Card on your way out of the airport!
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