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Karon to Freedom Bay

Karon Beach

This lovely 2-mile sand beach, backed by salt ponds and dunes, provides protected anchorage in 6-10 metres on a sandy bottom along its entire length. For easy access to shore facilities, position (A) directly off Karon Circle is most convenient.

Karon Beach has experienced significant development, with several major high rise hotels easily recognised from far offshore. Phuket Town is about 30 minutes away by tuk tuk.

In the northern corner of Karon the new Centara Resort is close to completion at the time of writing.

The newly completed 45 metre Big Buddha on top of the southern peak overlooks all of south Phuket.

Meridien Bay

Anchorage is in 10 metres on a sandy bottom.

This picturesque beach, formerly known as ‘Relax Bay’, is now dominated by the Meridien Hotel, one of the island’s largest resorts with over 400 rooms and a huge pool.

Freedom Bay

This is a favourite day excursion from Patong and Karon, since access by road is difficult. Anchor in 10 metres on sand.

A small restaurant caters to visitors. Off the small headland at the south of the bay, there is good snorkelling and diving. In the deeper water off the north headland, the diving is excellent.

To the north of this anchorage on the other sandy beach is the Patong Merlin Resort which is accessible at high tide. From this beach it is a 10-minute walk over the headland to the beaches on the southern end of Patong Bay.

Karon to Freedom Bay
Chart courtesy of Southeast Asia Pilot
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