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13 miles from ao Chalong

KOH KHAI NOK (A) 7°53.574N, 98°30.916E. (B) 7°53.432N, 98°30.848E

This is a great daytime anchorage. The brilliantly white, all-tide beach on its northern end can be seen from miles distant.

Anchor in 15-20 metres and be careful, as the bottom rises very quickly onto a sandy ledge scattered with coral heads. Or, preferably, pick up one of the many orange moorings that are safe for daytime usage. In either monsoon season, you will find a couple of places to tuck in close to avoid the occasional ground swell, which can occur in this open anchorage.

A wide variety of fish and corals make this island a favourite for scuba divers and snorkellers at slack water and neap tides. An excellent day destination for families because of the small cove teeming with brilliantly coloured sergeant major fish, which will feed from your hand — although fish-feeding is now illegal.

By far the busiest destination for speedboat trips from Phuket, there is a daytime restaurant on the beach. A 200 baht fee per boat and 40 baht per non-Thai visitor are levied by the local council for visiting vessels. There is also a 150 baht charge per couple for deck chairs, whether you use them or not! Take your wallet. (None of this applies at the time of posting due to Covid-19 impact.)

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Koh Khai Nok – feeding fish, once popular with day trippers, is now illegal | Photo by Grenville Fordham
Koh Khai Nok – feeding fish, once popular with day trippers, is now illegal | Photo by Grenville Fordham
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