Haad Kata Noi Beach Phuket
Kata Thani beach
Noi means small in Thai, so Kata Noi is the smaller Kata beach. Beach is Haad ( หาด) in Thai so Haad Kata Noi is small Kata beach. Lesson over.
Kata Noi is located just south of Kata beach. You can walk between the two over the headland, or get a tuk tuk. There is a stone step path down from the top of road to the north end of the beach. Or follow the road past the Kata Thani resort for beach access.
Kata Noi is about a kilometre long and dominated by the Kata Thani resort which takes up more than half of the beach front.
The Kata Thani is an upscale resort and Kata Noi feels like a more upscale beach than Kata. This is one of Phuket’s best beaches. The restaurants and shops in Kata Noi are a bit more expensive than Kata.
Kata Noi is a lovely swimming beach with a gentle slope into the sea. As with all Phuket’s west coast beaches the sea is generally calm from November to April during the northeast monsoon. Then from May to October the southwest monsoon brings the waves and the surfers start to have fun.
Snorkeling at Kata Noi beach
There is a reef at the the south end of the beach, just swim out along the rocks. On a good day the water can be quite clear. The local dive shop (Seafun divers) which is attached to the Kata Thani hotel can organise beach dives. When you get out far enough the reef takes a 90 degree turn and runs parallel to the beach for a short length. You can see stingrays in the sand here.
The road into Kata Noi is a dead end. When driving out of Kata Yai before entering Kata, take the right and go up the steep hill. You can follow the road all the way south to Rawai past Nai harn beach, Ya nui beach and Promthep cape. Along the way there are viewpoints and elephant trekking camps. There are also some excellent “after beach bars” built on stilts into the mountain overlooking Kata Noi. They are a great place to go for a sunset beer or cocktail.