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Banana Beach, Phuket Overview

One of the few untouched beaches of Phuket, Banana beach is situated on Coral Island (also known as Koh Hey), which lies south of the mainland. The beach looks tranquil, with clear blue waters and talcum-white sand. Mostly crowded during the high season, the prolific aquatic life makes for some great snorkeling and diving experiences. It is accessible by a speedboat ride from Chalong Pier.

Coral island is part of a national park and a marine preservation area with limited buildings.

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Things to Do at Banana Beach, Phuket

1. Snorkelling

Due to the island being considerably untouched, the aquatic life at the beach has not been adversely affected to a large extent. This makes Snorkelling a much sought after activity here at Banana Beach. Venture out a safe distance from the shoreline and be instantly surrounded by corals and colourful fish at your feet. Bear in mind that feeding the fish is not advisable. 

2. Kayaking

3. Scuba diving

4. Sea Walking

5. Parasailing

6. Banana Boat Rides

7. Walking on the seashore

Restaurants at Banana Beach, Phuket

Coral Island of Phuket has two beaches, Long Beach and Banana beach. One can find a couple of restaurants on both shores.

There are two restaurants on Banana beach -

1. Coral Reef Restaurant

This eatery serves mouth-watering Thai dishes and excellent seafood. One can also find some western food. A bit pricier than the restaurants at the Long Beach, one doesn’t mind to pay extra for the quality of the food served here.

2. Freedom Restaurant

Built on the waterfront rocks with a small beach to swim and snorkel, this little place is a perfect hideaway. It is situated on the west side of the coral island and is open only during the high season (November to April).

Note: One can walk from Long Beach to Banana beach (700 m distance) through the scenic rainforest headland. Other options to travel between the beaches include renting a double kayak or ferrying in the traditional longboats.

Here are the food joints on Long Beach -

1. Coral Island Resort

A top-rated resort set under shade trees overlooking the beach with views of islands in Chalong bay, the place serves an excellent buffet, mocktails and snacks in a vast dining area.

2. Nikorn Marine Restaurant

This place is known for its less spicy Thai dishes with great views of the island.

3. Local Thai

Situated at the northern end of the Long Beach and managed by a local family, this restaurant serves authentic Thai dishes along with standard western cuisine, fruit shakes, cocktails or a cold beer. It is.

How to Reach Banana Beach, Phuket

One can reach the banana beach by renting a long tail boat from Chalong Pier or Rawai beach.

If you have booked a day trip with any agency, then you will travel in a speedboat within 15 minutes from Chalong or 30 minutes from Rawai. From Chalong, a speedboat trip will cost you around 1000 – 1500 THB and is much quicker than long-tail boats. Round trips can cost roughly 2000 THB for eight people.

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