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11 miles from Boat lagoon

KOH NAKA YAI. 8°02.994N, 98°28.351E

This pretty anchorage in 5-10 metres on a sandy bottom is a suitable overnight stop in either season. On the northeast coast, two beaches divided by a rocky outcrop afford great swimming together with shady coconut groves.

The silica sand middle beach is all-tide, whilst the north and south are accessible only at high tide. Great for exploring but footwear is essential. The middle beach has the best swimming in the North Bay.

There are three floating jetties on these east coast beaches for easy access ashore and numerous F & B outlets.

A favourite daytime stopover for tour boats from Yacht Haven, Ao Po Grand Marina, Royal Phuket Marina and Boat Lagoon. It is the last, early-afternoon, stop on their return from the caves for up to 100 sea canoe clients.

Beware swimming from the beach on spring low tides, as painful, but not poisonous, cone shells are a seasonal annoyance on the shallow sandy sea-grass bottom.

Despite the many mid-afternoon visitors, it’s an excellent anchorage for the independent yachtsman. It offers a great beach for a barbecue and has a stunning panorama of the dramatic islands of Phang Nga Bay.

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