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-Kalim Beach: This is one of the best spots for surfing in Phuket, owing to favorable waves and depth of coral reef. The wave ride is approximately somewhere between 50 and 100 meters and gets very shallow in the end. The upper limit of the swell is 3 meters.
-Kata Beach: The suitability of Kata Beach as an ideal surfing location can be understood from the fact that Phuket Surfing Contest is held here. With boards on rent, experienced instructors and favorable waves, aspiring surfers can be assured to have a fun time here. May to October is the best time for surfing here.
-Surin Beach: This beach has a great atmosphere for surfing with at both ends. You can expect to enjoy waves up to 2 meters high at Surin Beach. On the low waves the tides are low-mid and on the high waves, the tides are big. It is advised to be careful about the rocks.
-Kamala Beach: A delight for surfers in Phuket, Kamala Beach is popular for Kamala Go Surfing Contest. If you are a professional surfer, do participate in this contest organized on the northernmost end. Stable sandbanks and consistent waves that are up to 3 meters in height are the features that make this beach popular for experienced as well as beginner level surfers.
-Nai Thon: This is a rocky beach and an ideal choice for surfing among experienced surfers. One can expect to swell up to 3 meters high on a windy day here. The beach is not usually crowded, so you can have some exclusive surfing experience. Shallow lurking reef is one of the major characteristics.
-Nai Harn Beach: The most appropriate part of the beach for surfing enthusiasts is a permanent sandbank at its southern end. You can indulge in a fast and intense surfing experience here with waves escalating up to a height of 3 meters. For the most favorable waves visit between May and October.
-Karon Beach: If you are a novice in the world of surfing, Karon Beach is one of the most recommended options for surfing in Phuket. The sandbanks are ever-changing due to the volatility of tides. You can enjoy small swells in low wind conditions. Waves rise up to a height of 2 meters.
-Laem Singh Beach: This is one of the prettiest beaches where you can indulge in surfing in Phuket. Swell ranges between 0.5 and 3 meters, making Laem Singh Beach an interesting choice for surfing. Bodyboarding is a popular style due to the fast waves created due to the presence of rock formations.
-Layan Beach: North-west to South-East wind bringing swells up to a height of 3 meters makes Layan Beach a favorite surfing spot in Phuket. However, the beach is mostly frequented by experienced surfers as the coral reef is quite shallow here.
-Mai Khao Beach: A treat for real daredevils, Mai Khao Beach features a rough surfing experience in volatile tides. Winds direct from northwest to southeast, giving birth to swell up to 2 meters high. The drop-off at the beach is steep, so inexperienced surfers need to be careful while indulging in surfing here.
Yes and no, depending on the beach you are opting for. Some beaches in Phuket are not safe for inexperienced while some beaches are capable of catering to beginners. There are plenty of beach clubs in Phuket where you can take surf classes and surf with experienced instructors.
If you are a professional, just a surfboard would suffice. However, for beginners, the gear includes surfboard, wetsuit, fins, leash, and wax. You can easily get surfing gear on rent at beach clubs in Phuket.
There is no rule as to the age of the person willing to participate in surfing in Phuket. However, it is advisable to not let kids try the activity as surfing is not free from risks and waves are unpredictable.
There cannot be a perfect estimate of surfing expenses in Phuket as it largely depends on what all you need for the gear. The surfboard is a basic requirement which can be hired at an approximate rent of 150 Baht per hour and 500 Baht per day. Although, the rent may vary from one beach club to another.
The months of September and October are the best for surfing in Phuket. But you can enjoy surfing anytime from April until October.
If you are not an experienced surfer, you can easily get instructors to teach surfing. You can either find an instructor there or you can book a surf lesson beforehand. Booking a private group surf lesson costs around INR 1900 per person.