If you travel to Phuket at the correct time of the year you can totally find some decent surf. While Phuket itself isn’t consistently a surfing nirvana, it definitely holds it’s own if you go to the right place at the right time.
We’ve compiled a list of the best surfing spots to make things easier for the would-be traveller.
Kata Beach is considered the ‘Surfing Mecca’ of Phuket Island. The Southern end of this beach is where to head to for a great surfing experience. Due to its popularity, the place can be crowded at times but the atmosphere remains friendly. With a maximum height of two meters, beginners and advanced riders can have fun here.
When the surf is too big elsewhere, Kalim is one of the better breaks on Phuket, where a righthand reef break unfolds over shallow coral, plus there’s an occasional left. The ride is about 50-100m (165-330ft) long and gets very shallow at the end. When it gets crowded, it usually remains very friendly in the line-up. The mid-incoming tide is usually better.
Kamala Beach offers a great surfing spot at its northern part. This beach has three main parts: its southern part – from the temple to the village – offers a gentle swell which can be surfed when over one meter (good place for beginners); The central part starts with the first guesthouses and ends parallel with Phuket FantaSea, its sandbanks create waves up to three meters, making this section a great place for advanced and experienced riders. For the latter, a small and tricky reef point break is located near the northern end – the third part of the beach, which is the best spot in the area.
Surin Beach is regarded as one of the more heavier waves in Phuket and surfing here when it is big, can be a real challenge. On better days, the waves barrel and get quite fast.
Beware of a group of large rocks, which are located in the middle of the beach. Most days they are visible. The last rock at the northern end can create a great sandbank with a fast left-hander.
Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn is probably the best spot on the island. Most of the surf crowd travel as far as Kata Yai or Kata Noi and stop there to surf, leaving Nai Harn (further south) uncrowded. There’s a nice left at the south end of the beach (at the cliff face) and, when conditions are ‘on’, there’s a nice A-frame peak about 25-30 meters north of the cliff face.