One among plenty of islands around Phuket stands out especially. It is Koh Maiton – a tranquil private island hidden in the glistening turquoise blue waters of the Andaman Sea. It is interesting to note how this small island has been able to take itself away from the shadows of Phuket, even though they are relatively nearby.
Maiton Island (occasionally written as Maithon or Mai Ton) is also known as Honeymoon Island. The name befits every romantic story when you look at the luxury bungalows when approaching the island. Only 2.6 km across at its widest point, Maiton Island is ringed by nodding palm trees swaying in the breeze and beautiful golden sands, as well as crystal-clear waters and vibrant coral reefs. Koh Maiton is an unspoiled gem promising the most incredible private island experience with only a handful of guests allowed on the island at a time.
Koh Maiton beaches
This beautiful tropical island is tucked away in the crystal blue waters of Andaman Sea, only a 30 minutes boat ride off Phuket’s east coast. Maiton island is complete with a soft-sand beach full of stunning washed-up corals and seashells, and a lush green natural forest inland. Relax and bask in the gleam of the glorious warm sun by the shore and feel the waves as they touch the soles of your feet. Look out into the horizon, and one might spot some dolphins frolicking in the sea. And as you dip into the crystal clear water, a spectacular whole new world underneath reveals.
Koh Maiton snorkeling
The waters surrounding Maiton Island are abundant with marine life. Some even compare it with Koh Lipe as the Maldives of Thailand. During December-May, the sea around Koh Maiton is crystal clear like a blue mirror. There is a coral reef near the beach full of sea flowers, while dolphins can be spotted roaming around often. Besides, Maiton Island is also the point where the marine species conservation center uses tiger clams to breed in front of the island. It has been a coral conservation project for many years. Therefore, it is always a good idea to dive Maiton Island, exploring its underwater treasures.
Koh Maiton activities
When on Koh Maiton, one of the popular activities is trekking to a spectacular view. Witness the idyllic scenery from all four angles and see how the beauty of the blue waters resonates around the exotic landscape that the island enjoys. While out here, there is also a selfie spot for those who are inclined to take some pictures.
Maiton Island features a fine restaurant that will treat you to an affordable, light breakfast with some coffee to get the day started. This treat will be enough to get you active for seeing the rest of the island from the viewpoint, appreciating the underwater beauties and more. The restaurant is also famed for serving one of the gourmet lunches in the area. It treats tourists to a premium buffet that comes with all the traditional food to fantastic tastings of seafood and everything in between. Only those who are booking an overnight stay at Koh Maiton will have to go for some dinner.
Koh Maiton island day trip
Even though Koh Maiton is known as a private getaway destination, you can get the best out of the island in one day. Sunset trips to Koh Maiton by catamaran from Phuket are also very trendy. With excellent coral reefs, it is also no surprise why many Phuket snorkeling tours end up taking tourists to Koh Maiton. They always say to watch out for the dolphins when sailing the back to Phuket from Koh Maiton. Although dolphins have their season when they come out to play more, they are common in Maiton Island. Enjoy this tiny paradise island with immaculate beauty, magnificent natural views, untouched shores, and beautiful white sandy beaches. Koh Maiton is the last private island with an untouched nature among Phuket archipelago. It is so worth it for a day trip, visit it while you still can.