The Ultimate Travel Guide to Coral Island (Koh Hae), Phuket – 2020

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Koh Hae (Coral Island) is an island located south from Phuket, Thailand, and is locally known as one of the best snorkelling spots in the country with beautiful coral reefs. It’s white sandy beach and clear waters are perfect for those who yearn for a relaxing beach day out!

Getting to Koh Hae

Located 5KM away from Raiwai and 10KM away from Chalong, visitors to Koh Hae can travel via longtail boat or speedboat from Phuket.

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Longtail Boat rides:

  • Price: From THB 2,000/round trip (estimated; depends on tour company)
  • Capacity: 10 persons/boat
  • Great for private experiences, small groups, freedom to travel freely based on guests’ own itineraries
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Speed Boat rides:

  • Widely available on most travel tours
  • Capacity: 30 persons/boat
  • Faster than the longtail boat, can visit many islands
  • Price: From THB 15,000/round trip (estimated; depends on tour company)

Travelling tip: Book a day-long snorkelling trip with some of the renowned travel tour agencies that may cost approximately THB 3,500/person to save money and time! Most of these tours include snorkelling equipment and a buffet lunch.

Explore Koh Hae’s Beautiful Beaches

#1: Banana Beach

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The hottest spot within Koh Hae for snorkellers, scuba divers and swimmers, Banana Beach is the place to be if you’re interested in exploring the beautiful corals here. Less crowded compared to Long Beach, Banana Beach has many loungers for you to lay on and bask in the sunshine. There is also a restaurant here and rather clean toilets. Banana Beach is an ideal place to hang out and play for the young and old.

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#2: Long Beach

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Highly populated with tourists, Long Beach is 800 metres long and is the most popular destination among all the beaches on Koh Hae. This can be due to the various accommodation and fun activities that can be found here, such as paragliding, banana boat rides, beach volleyball, sea-walking, canoeing and more! Bring out your swimwear, swimming and beach essentials and relax yourselves while taking in the beautiful island views and cooling sea breeze.

If you’re an avid scuba-diver, you can also swim approximately 100 metres away from the shore to observe the magnificent coral reefs and sea life below you.

#3: Freedom Beach

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The most deserted out of all the three beaches listed, Freedom Beach is located at the opposite side of Koh Hae where it is a bay hidden by surrounding mountains. If you’re lucky (or unlucky!), you may even spot giant lizards hunting for treats!

Koh Hae’s Magnificient Neighbouring Islands

#1: Khai Islands

Khai Island consists of three smaller islands, all three with equally as impressive white-sanded beaches and crystal clear waters.

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In Khai Nok, if you look closely, you’ll definitely notice fishes swimming in the shallow waters, making it a cool and memorable experience for not just kids, but adults too!

Secondly, Khai Nai, the largest island among the three, is largely renowned as a popular snorkelling and swimming spot. The third island, Khai Nui, is the smallest island. Over here, their coral reefs are absolutely stunning to look at, making it a great snorkelling spot too.

#2: Racha Islands

Racha Islands are also made up of two smaller islands – Racha Yai and Racha Noi.

A little bit more developed compared to the Khai Islands, there are hotels here on this small island, providing you the flexibility to try other activities such as horse riding, bike riding, and scuba diving.

With approximately ten diving spots spread throughout Racha Yai, there are many opportunities for you to explore and observe the coral reefs and beautiful tropical fishes. Scuba diving fans, take note.

45 minutes away from Racha Yai, Racha Noi is slightly deeper than Racha Yai, with many large granite boulders and a white sandy bottom. As you scuba dive here, you’ll be able to see manta rays, whale sharks, and spotted eagle rays! How cool is that?

What Else Can We Do in Koh Hae?

Other than scuba diving, swimming and snorkelling, there are tons of other fun things to do here in Coral Island, such as:

  • parasailing;
  • sea-walking;
  • hiking;
  • body massage;
  • banana boat ride!

Of course, there is no obligation for you to do any of those things as well – even relaxing by reading a book or taking a nap while sunbathing under the hot sun is great too, just to find that inner peace away from the hustling of your busy lives.

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Koh Hae is also a great place to pick up scuba diving lessons, so if you’ve not tried scuba diving prior to reading this article, why not do some research and find out how you can sign up for a scuba diving course? No worries about language barriers – there are plenty of scuba diving courses that are conducted in English.

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Do you think you’ve found the next best location for your summer island getaway? Start organizing your travel plans to Koh Hae, Phuket, Thailand then!

NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know by email and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!

This article is published by Travelog.
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