Kata Beach is a laid-back sandy crescent stretching for around 1km along the southwest coast of Phuket. Although it can be busy, it is nowhere near as crowded as Patong. It has a more local “villagey” atmosphere making it popular with families and couples looking for a relaxing place to spend the day. It’s also known as Kata Bay or Kata Yai.
Protruding tree-covered headlands separate it from Karon beach to the north and Kata Noi Beach further south. Soft golden sand is edged with blue waters that have steady surf and the backdrop of trees provides welcome spots of shade. There are plenty of stalls selling food, drinks, handicrafts and local souvenirs and masseurs offer relaxing massages in the shade.
You’ll find plenty of beach activities and watersports on offer including sunbed rentals for around 100 baht ($US$3) per day, but you’ll have to get there earlier to be sure of availability in high season. The beach has banana boat rides, windsurfing, surfboard and boogie board rentals and lessons, parasailing rides and boats for hire. There are no public toilets but the hotel has some for customers of the bar and restaurant.
If you want to snorkel, the best area is at the north end of the beach towards Koh Pu Island. The small reef has colourful fish and marine life. The island also makes this a top spot for taking sunset photos and selfies.
In the low season when there are more waves, Kata Beach is popular for surfing; in fact it has some of the best wave action in Phuket.
- Diving & snorkelling
- Kite surfing
- Wheelchair accessible
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