Kayak rental Phuket
Where to rent a kayak in Phuket
Kayaks can be rented on quite a few Phuket beaches including Patong, Kata, Karon and Naiharn. Rawai also has kayaks for rent but you can only get out and back when the tide is up. Yanui beach is a lovely spot to kayak from, you can easily reach the small island off shore and go for a snorkel.
The west coast beaches are ok for kayaking when the sea is flat, which is usually during the high season months of November to April. From May to October only experienced ocean kayakers will be comfortable and safe in the rough seas on the west coast. The kayaks available for rent are the molded sit on top style that are suitable for flat water only.
So at this time of year we head to Ao Yon (Yon bay) on the east coast which has flat sea all year round. You can rent kayaks for just 100 baht per hour. It’s a local place and at weekends Thai families come for a picnic and a swim. So there are a few street sellers offering somtam and bbq sticks to eat.
Another nearby attraction to Ao Yon is the Phuket aquarium at Cape Panwa. It’s small but worth a look if you are nearby. Make sure to walk around the back of the building to see the turtles.
Also close to Ao Yon is the Khao Kad viewing tower. It offers 360 degree views across Phuket and the surrounding islands. On a clear day you can see all the way to Phi Phi.
Kayaking in Phang Nga bay
The other option for kayaking from Phuket is to do a tour to Phang Nga bay. Most of the tours are called sea canoe but they are actually kayaking. These are guided kayaking tours through the beautiful limestone caves of Phang Nga. These tours are suitable for almost anyone young or old, experienced guides do most of the paddling for you. Some tours include a stop at James Bond Island, some even include night kayaking. Highly recommended.