Beach and sea fun at Coral Island
Coral Island (or Koh Hey in Thai) is just 15 minutes by speedboat from Chalong bay Phuket and it’s a fun day out for the family.
At Coral Island you can snorkel and swim in shallow water that is protected from boats in designated swimming areas. The coral reefs are close to the beach so you you don’t need to swim out too far to see the fish. You can try a scuba dive if you are curious to see what it’s like to breathe underwater. You can also go para-sailing or take a banana boat ride.
Coral Island day trips are cheap and include lunch on the island and use of beach chairs. Day trip packages here.
Coral Island is a good option if one of your group fancies trying scuba diving for the first time but isn’t sure if they’ll like it. The Discover Scuba Diving package is great value at just 2,900 baht and the dive is from the beach. Compare this to the regular Discover Scuba program which is 4,900 baht and the dives are from the back of the boat into deeper water. It is easier to walk out from the beach and get comfortable slowly. Plus if you decide that diving is not for you it is easy to go back and enjoy the day on the beach, you are not stuck on a boat all day.
Coral Island is also good for anyone prone to sea sickness because the boat ride is just 15 minutes in sheltered water.