Phuket islands holiday guide (2020)

Phuket islands


Thailand Phuket islands Guide

Phuket islands promise an array of exciting day trips within easy reach from Phuket. Reclining amidst the mellow Andaman Sea is a wealth of quaint fishing villages, quiet beaches, and thrilling diversions. Experience vibrant reefs in Coral island, learn about pearl-making on Koh Naka Noi, discover splendid beaches on Maiton island, kayak around Koh Rang Yai, play with monkeys on Coconut island – your Paradise voyage is only just beginning as you leave Thailand’s largest island.

Being a province of Thailand, and not only the largest island in the Kingdom, Phuket Province covers around 30 smaller islands within easy reach of Phuket Island. These islands include Coral island, Maiton island, Rang Yai and Rang Noi islands, Coconut island, and more. Phuket Island features an international airport, and it is the main hub to use if you wish to visit surrounding islands of Phuket. All these beautiful islands can only be reached by Boat, which you can find and Book instantly with Islander.

There are close to 30 islands around Phuket that belong to Phuket province, with many being just tiny dots in the sea. There are six islands you can visit that are the most popular. They are Coral, Maiton, Naka Noi, Naka Yai, Coconut, and Rang Yai. Phuket islands are also the only place in Thailand where, from May to October, you can do some surfing. It is a perfect place to spend a few relaxing days from beach to beach and with options to go out and eat well.

Due to the stable tropical temperatures, Phuket is suitable as a holiday destination throughout the year. If you want to spend a vacation in Paradise without rain, with the most hours of sun and pleasant humidity, the best time to travel to Phuket is from November to May. In these months, you will have the best weather conditions.
The rainy season begins in May and ends in November. In these months, the probability of rain and humidity is slightly higher than in the other months. However, they are considered the best time to travel to Phuket.
Phuket has a tropical climate. Therefore, it’s always summer on the famous islands. Temperatures and humidity are stable. You can expect to find temperatures around 30 degrees throughout the year. Sometimes, they are lower but it is always summer. Even at night, temperatures rarely drop below 24 degrees.

Few surrounding islands near Phuket offer decent accommodation options. So the most popular choice is to stay on Phuket main island itself. Phuket offers a diversity of types of beaches. The most visited place to stay in Patong Beach and Karon, followed by Kata Beach. There are quieter ones but with a good level of services like Kamala, Surin or Bang Tao. In Phuket Town near the beaches of the south coast, there are cheaper hotels on the island. The rest of the beaches are more touristy. Therefore, the prices are generally somewhat higher and are more determined by the season.

  • Best water sports on Banana Beach on Coral island
  • Snorkel in shallow reefs around Long Beach of Coral island
  • Perfect romantic hideaway on the private Maiton island with the softest White Sand imaginable
  • Learn about traditional pearl farming on Koh Naka Noi
  • Explore cozy fishing villages and mingle with locals on Koh Naka Yai
  • Enjoy serenity, mangrove forests, and long tailed macaques on Coconut island
  • Canoe or bike around Koh Rang Yai island with its enchanting beaches
  • Koh Hae – or Coral island due to the abundance and variety of corals of its seabed – is a small tropical island located 20 minutes by speedBoat from Phuket. With beaches of fine White Sand and crystal clear waters, Coral island is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Phuket. You can charter a Boat to Coral island with Islander, or join a day trip with other travelers throughout the year.

    On the other hand, the island of Maiton is considered as “a jewel in the Andaman Sea.” It has a reasonable distance from Phuket. It is a private island. It can only be visited every day by a very limited number of tourists.

    Best places in Phuket islands

    Coral island


    Maiton island


    Coconut island


    Rang Yai


    Naka Yai


    Naka Noi