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AO PO

9 miles from Boat lagoon

AO PO. 8°03.314N, 98°26.083E

The safest keel-boat approaches from the north use the passages either side of Koh Raet. In the eastern passage, favour Koh Naka Yai until 300 metres south of Koh Raet before turning northwest into the bay. This is to avoid off-lying rocks detached from the main fringing reef on the south of Koh Raet.

In the western passage stay close to Ao Po Marina entrance and follow the markers between the mainland and Koh Raet. Anchor on the muddy bottom in 3-6 metres.

If approaching from the south, stay close to Koh Naka Yai. The three drying rocks marked on the chart definitely exist, and none of these has any navigation markings or buoys. Some 400 metres long, the new jetty is the main departure point for day boats to the Naka Noi Pearl Farm and for most of the sea canoe operators.

A few local-style shops can be found ashore. There is transport to either Phuket Town or the airport. Fuel, provisions and ice can be bought in the small village.

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