1. Yanui Beach
Yanui Beach is a quiet little cove located near Nai Harn Beach and Phrom Thep Cape.
It’s a beautiful little cove perfect for snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. During high season there are sun loungers for hire as well as a stand that rents out snorkeling equipment, kayaks and body boards for very reasonable prices. The sand is beautifully soft and children love to collect shells on this beach.
There are a couple of restaurants here which sell great seafood and Thai dishes.
2. Banana Beach
Banana Beach is gorgeous as well as nearly abandoned. It’s occasionally known as ‘Banana Rock Beach’ or ‘Hat Hin Kluay’ and isn’t known by many locals because it’s fairly remote. Even so, it truly is among Phuket’s most sparkling jewels when it comes to beaches and contains the atmosphere of a ‘hidden beach’. The name of the beach in Thai is not really banana. It is called after the rock form located in the area which symbolizes the beach. Banana Beach is located between Bang Tao and Nai Thon beaches.
3. Ao Sane
Ao Sane, a small rocky beach, can be found on Nai Harn’s northern end and is one of the island’s loveliest secrets. While it is not the best beach for sunbathing, it’s one of the best for snorkeling and diving as it boasts an abundance of sites. The beach is fringed by lush, green vegetation and trees that give a nice natural shade.
This 200-metre long beach has a small restaurant and a few budget bungalows. You’ll meet some visitors here but the area never gets crowded.
4. Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is a beautiful little beach located just to the south of Patong.
The beach, which can be no more than 100 meters in length, is set in a secluded bay with soft pale sand, surrounded with beautiful green forests and palm trees. This private bay is very clean and well maintained and is somewhere to go to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach, and to make things even better no jet skis or beach hawkers are allowed here. The water at Paradise beach is a beautiful turquoise colour and is crystal clear.
Due to the fact that there are large granite rocks at both ends of the beach there is a great feeling of privacy and there is a coral reef about 100 meters from the beach, which makes for perfect snorkeling.
5. Laem Ka
Just north of Rawai beach is a small rocky bay, known as Laem Ka. Laem Ka is the only eastern-facing beach in the south of Phuket that offers good swimming and it’s a total full-on Thai experience. This sheltered, 150 metre long, boulder-framed beach is the ideal picnic spot, as from midday on it is shady and cool. For many locals it offers the opportunity to chat away Sunday afternoons while their children splash around in Laem Ka’s safe and blue waters just metres away.