Not far from Phrom Thep cape, in the south of Phuket, is a tiny but very popular beach. Just off shore is a tempting island, too far to swim unaided, but a short kayak trip out.
Snorkeling is a favorite here, coral around the island is worth seeing, as are the bright blue star fish. But you don't need to kayak out to the island to see the fish, this beach has plenty of fish, and they're quite use to the swimmers. I was quickly surrounded by fish.
There's another reason to come visit this beach, you can rent kayaks and snorkels here and go explore in relative safety. It is a sheltered beach bay, there are plenty of boats around, so you're unlikely to come to harm. Life jackets are available too, free of charge if you're a weak swimmer.
I opt for a life jacket and head off to the island which seems far far away, but I know is less than half a kilo.
It doesn't take long to paddle there, 15 minutes at most. The wind is blowing out to sea, so it practically carries me there. There's plenty of places to tie the kayak, and go snorkel in the sea. At this point I wish I had a waterproof camera to photograph the fish and coral. Maybe when my travel blog gets more popular. For now I only have my fry pack and Nikon.
Ya Nui looks far off now, I wonder how long it will take me to get back against the wind, but since the bay is sheltered, the wind just isn't that strong. I'm quickly back.
There's parking behind the beach, for a charge of 20 baht, and a toilet at the beach side next to the restaurant and bars can be used for changing into your swimming costume.
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