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Nai Harn to Kata Beach

  • A


8 miles from Ao Chalong

NAI HARN. 7° 46.449N, 98° 18.147E

The most favoured anchorage on the west coast in the high season, holding can be found in 8-10 metres virtually anywhere in the bay. The surf can make dinghy landings exciting early and late in the season. This southwest facing beach is particularly attractive, with The Nai Harn (formerly the Royal Phuket Yacht Club), a recently renovated 5-star resort of considerable fame, perched on the north side of the bay. The evening view from the hotel’s deck is unbeatable.

Naiharn is one of the favourite gathering points for cruising yachts over Christmas and there are many bars, massage huts and local style beach restaurants, with several upmarket restaurants a short taxi ride inland.

Phuket Town is 45 minutes away by taxi or bus. Just behind the beach is a fresh water lake with running track and children’s play areas inside.

South, and inside the islet, is the famous Ya Nui Beach, a throwback to what Phuket was like 30 years ago.

  • B


8 miles from Ao Chalong

JUNGLE BEACH. 7° 46.567N, 98° 17.774E

There is secure anchorage in 10 metres in front of a boutique resort or just to the east in front of a smaller bungalow resort. The access road passes underneath The Nai Harn resort.

Ya Nui Beach – Photo by IMAGE asia

  • C


9 miles from Ao Chalong

NUI BAY. 7° 47.087N, 98° 17.324E farawayfrom: 9 miles from Ao Chalong

This deep, rocky bay nestles in a deep cleft in the mountainous north headland of Nai Harn, where anchorage is in about 12 metres. There is a small beach onshore with a restaurant, and only enough swinging room for two or three boats.

  • D


10 miles from Ao Chalong

KATA NOI. 7° 48.357N, 98° 17.814E

Anchorage is in 8-10 metres off the sandy beach. Kata Noi is home to Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, which occupies most of the beach, and to other smaller bungalows on the southern hillside.

Behind the hotel is a road leading to Kata and Karon Beaches, with a branch south to Nai Harn. Phuket City is 45 minutes by road.

The ultra-luxury Kata Rocks, on the headland between anchorages (D) and (E), has a private floating jetty in high season, which is open for use by visiting yachts who wish to use the resort’s facilities. Kata Rocks has been a supporter of yachts racing on Phuket for many years and is host to the annual Phuket Superyacht Rendezvous.

  • E


12 miles from Ao Chalong

KATA BEACH. 7° 48.932N, 98° 17.807E

The southeast corner of the bay offers anchorage in 8-10 metres on sand. This bay offers one of the best beaches on Phuket. For a passing yacht looking for a beautiful beach, with activity – but at a quieter pace than Patong, Kata is difficult to beat.

There is a public road that follows the beach from north to south. Behind the beach road, Club Med covers almost half of the bay.

On the south side is Kata Beach Resort, a 400-plus room hotel, host to the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta since 1998. This 4-star resort is the largest of many reasonably priced resorts here. On the road behind the hotel frontage are numerous restaurants, bars and shops within easy walking distance.

Beside Kata Beach Resort is The Boathouse, a long-time favourite of the yachting community. Its former owner and designer, ML Tri Devakul, was one of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta founders. The Boathouse used to call itself “a restaurant with a few rooms attached”and it still affords a similar experience. Reservations are a ‘must’ in high season. The wine cellar is excellent, with upwards of 250 labels.

Diving and snorkelling around Koh Pu (Crab Island) is good. A note of caution, however: the passage between Koh Pu and the headland is not recommended without local knowledge; there are rocks awash in the channel.

Kata Beach in front of Club Med  the new normal: no sunbeds – Photo by IMAGE asia

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