If you are staying in the Nai Harn and Rawai area, and looking for things to do while in Phuket on Holiday here is some information about local restaurants and attractions which we hope you will find helpful. Check out our blog for further information and reviews.
If you’re looking for places to eat near Ocean Geo Divers, there is plenty of choice in the area! There are some lovely local Thai restaurants where dinner should cost you no more than 200 THB per person, as well as a wide selection of ‘farang’ (Thai word for tourist) restaurants with all kinds of Western food; but these of course can be more pricy.
There are several good Italian places, a French restaurant, a German bakery, even a great burger place which hits the spot! At the local fish markets in Rawai, you can buy your freshly caught fish and shellfish, and then take it to the restaurants across the road where they will cook it to order. With a good number of choices within easy distance, eating out is affordable, hassle free, and family-friendly.
If you’d like a recommendation - just ask!
Nai Harn Beach
Popular with locals and tourists alike, the tranquil Nai Harn Beach is set within a crescent shaped bay, offering a stunning location for numerous water sports, family fun, and pure relaxation!
For those who just want to enjoy a relaxing day by the sea, there are sunbeds with parasols for rent at 200 THB per person, as well as several stalls offering many different types of soothing massage, in a truly idyllic setting. Scattered along the beach you’ll find plenty of low-key stalls selling cold drinks, fresh-fruit, ice-creams and other snacks, and set back from the beach is a modest selection of restaurants, minimarts and beachwear shops.
The beach has a great view of Promthep Cape and its graceful parascenders, and if you’d like something a little more active, there are a wide variety of watersport options. Boogie boarding, paddle boarding, sea canoeing and windsurfing are available, and the east end of the beach is a popular spot for surfing, though with kite surfing becoming increasingly popular in Phuket, surfers have to share their waves!
Depending on the time of year you choose to visit, there can be rip currents and strong undertows at Nai Harn beach during our green season, May to October. Fun in the sea is still very possible, the local lifeguards will set out flags to indicate safe areas; just keep an eye on these flags since their position is regularly adjusted as the tide changes.
If you’re looking for a beautiful haven in the sunshine, head to the eastern end of the beach. Here, the water from nearby Nai Harn Lake runs into the sea, creating a shallow and safe lagoon area which is both secluded and ideal for kids.
Much beloved by the locals, the aptly named Big Buddha sits 45m high and 25m wide atop a peak of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata. Visible from almost the whole southern part of Phuket, the construction and upkeep of Big Buddha is paid for solely by charitable donation. Up to a thousand visitors per day come to purchase tiles of gleaming white Burmese marble on which a personal message can be inscribed; these are then incorporated into the statue itself for posterity.
Sitting amid tropical rainforest about 6km off the main road, the Big Buddha site is best reached by vehicle, although of course the (very) adventurous can consider a more demanding hike or bike-ride to its hilltop resting place.
However you arrive there, Big Buddha is the place to learn more about the Thai perspective on Buddhism and catch spectacular views of southern Phuket, including its memorable sunsets.
As this is a religious site, the underdressed can borrow wraparound sarongs, but please do try and ensure you wear appropriate clothing, as with all Buddhist sites in Thailand.
Ao Sane Beach
One of Phuket’s well-kept secrets, Ao Sane beach is a quiet and secluded getaway - perfect if you’re looking to escape the buzz of the larger beaches, and find that even nearby Nai Harn beach is still too crowded!
Composed of three small bays, the first and largest is where you’ll find a handful of sunbeds and parasol for rent, and one very relaxed restaurant serving local and western food, fruit shakes and fresh coconuts. Further back from the beachfront, beautifully set amongst the giant rocks and trees, you’ll find basic bungalows for rent.
Conditions here are ideal for snorkelling and diving , and if you’re looking to just take some time out and enjoy the amazing natural beauty of Phuket in peace - this is the place to come.To reach Ao Sane, starting from Nai Harn beach, head through the tunnel underneath the Royal Phuket Yacht Club, and follow the cliff-side road.
Extending into the Andaman Sea from the most southwesterly point of Phuket Island, Promthep Cape offers the chance to enjoy some of Phuket’s most spectacular views. These scenes feature on many a postcard and marketing brochure, and the cape can be easily picked out when arriving into Chalong Pier by boat due to its single windmill which can be seen for miles.
During the day Promthep Cape is popular spot for local parascenders due to its grassy slopes, sheer drops and rising thermals. It also features a small lighthouse with maritime museum and viewing balcony, as well as a modest assortment of market stalls selling drinks, snacks, clothing, souvenirs and trinkets.
A short, but steep path from beneath the lighthouse leads south-west toward to the end of the cape itself. If you are looking for a peaceful place to escape the crowds, of all places on the island, this is a favourite spot amongst tourists and locals alike to watch the sun go down. Take a picnic, a few beers, a camera and even a guitar, and enjoy the amazing light show created as the sun drops down behind the waves.
Kata (Karon) View Point
For classic views across the sand-and-sea crescents of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches, Kata View Point (or Karon View Point, depending on who you talk with!) is a perfect place to stop and soak up Phuket’s natural beauty.
A popular photo opportunity for tourists, it is located on the road north from Nai Harn which leads to Kata, Karon, Patong and beyond. It is a little commercialised with stalls selling jewellery, typical Thai souvenirs, drinks and snacks, however this does not detract from the stunning views of Phuket’s western coastline.