Rawai boasts a plethora of extraordinary beaches. Here are six of our favorites for you to check out.
Rawai boasts many incredible beaches.
Almost every beach in the area has fine white sand and calm, crystal clear blue waters. Many are superb for snorkeling and diving.
We encourage visitors to take precautions to protect themselves from the sun. High strength suncream is indispensable. Many visitors reduce their exposure to the sun by visiting beaches in the early morning and late afternoon. At other times of day, you might enjoy sightseeing, city tours, island tours, shopping or night shows. These activities are outlined in separate articles.
We describe our favorite beaches on the island below.
Developed beachfront just steps away from Rawai VIP Villas.
The entire coastline of Rawai Beach is framed by tall trees, where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the many shaded beachfront cafés and restaurants. There is a wide selection of international and Thai food, bakeries and coffee shops.
Rawai beach isn’t ideal for swimming because there are many docked boats along the coast . However, it’s a perfect place for walking. A walk along the beachfront is a great way to enjoy the area’s vibrancy. At low tide, you can see many stones and collect seashells, which hobbyists are sure to love.
Rawai Beach is also a major hub for activities and a jumping-off point for excursions. Tours and trips to many nearby islands depart regularly from the beachfront. If you already know which island you would like to visit, but don’t see it on a list, you can always negotiate with the captain.
Nai Harn Beach
Five kilometers away. Breathtaking beach and sporting hub.
Whether you would prefer a shaded spot under palm trees or a place in the sun, there’s plenty of room on this dazzling white sand beach. A huge advantage is the river (which you can see on the right) with warm and clear water, which is fun and safe for kids “Naiharn kid’s corner”.
Slightly up the beach there are restaurants, markets, and shops with fruits. Naiharn beach is perfect for swimming and surfing during the “low” season from May to October, when waves tend to be larger.
An enchanting small cove four kilometers away.
Yanui beach is a sheltered cove with fine-grained white sand and incredibly clear azure waters. It is located between Promthep Viewpoint and Naiharn Beach.
Yanui is just four kilometers from the Rawai VIP Villas community, or five minutes by car. This little cove is ideal for snorkeling, and it is beloved by many families. At Yanui, you can rent masks with snorkels, kayaks or Stand Up Paddle boards.
The lush Man Island is just 700 meters from the beach. In calm weather one can swim there and explore the island and its forest and corals. There are small also cafes at the beach that serve fresh fruit juices and other drinks.
Ao Sane Beach
One of the secret beaches of Rawai. Six kilometers away.
This rocky beach is located in the shade of tall trees on the southwest coast of Phuket. Since this beach is relatively unknown, amenities are less extensive than elsewhere; there are small bungalows and a restaurant nearby.
Although relatively few tourists know of the beach, it is very popular among divers and snorkelers, because it is exceptionally beautiful underwater. You can rent all the necessary equipment and hire an instructor at the beach. We also love the homemade swing hanging from a palm tree, where you can sit and forget about everything.
Laem Ka beach
A hidden beach with quiet waters all year round. Two kilometers away.
Here you’ll find both shaded spots and areas perfect for sunbathing. This beach has no waves all year round, so it’s great for swimming, particularly for families.
Bon Island Beaches
Beautiful island two kilometers away.
Bon Island is a small, beautiful island that is just 15-20 minutes from Rawai Beach by longtail boat. The island is best suited for day trips.
It has two beautiful white sand beaches, extensive corals and superb views. It also boasts a renowned restaurant (run by an Englishwoman named Dawn) which serves quality local food.