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Nai Harn to Kata Beach

Nai Harn

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 Puravana Phuket Yacht Club, a 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 a few local style beach restaurants. Phuket Town is 45 minutes away by taxi or bus.

Jungle Beach

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

Nui Bay

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.

Kata Noi

Anchorage is in 8-10 metres off the sandy beach. Kata Noi is home to Kata Thani Hotel, 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 Town is 45 minutes by road.

Kata Beach

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 at a quieter pace than Patong, Kata is difficult to beat.

The Club Med covers about 60 percent of the beach, from the northern headland. Outside guests are not catered for.

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 it is The Boathouse, a long-time favourite of the yachting community. Its owner and designer, ML Tri Devakul, was one of the King’s Cup Regatta founders. The Boathouse calls itself ‘a restaurant with a few rooms attached’. Reservations are a ‘must’ in high season. The wine cellar is excellent, with upwards of 250 labels. Passing yachts may replenish wine supplies at retail, not restaurant prices.

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 is a rock awash in the channel.

Nai Harn to Kata Beach
Chart courtesy of Southeast Asia Pilot
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