Phuket offers an array of stunning islands for sun-seekers, and among the most convenient and pretty choices are Koh Khai Nok and Koh Khai Nui. There’s also Khai Nai not far away – offering three small islands all in one day trip. Even better, the three islets are only 10-15 minutes from Phuket’s east coast piers.
Khai Nai Island is the largest and boasts breathtaking views, a pristine sandy beach, making it perfect for snorkelling and swimming. The smallest of the trio, Khai Nui, features spectacular coral reefs, ideal for snorkeling. Meanwhile, Koh Khai Nok offers a variety of restaurants and kiosks for souvenir shopping from the locals who set up shop there each day.
The archipelago, though relatively small, have gained immense popularity due to their rich offerings. Visitors can enjoy lively bars, snorkelling, scuba diving and water skiing, or simply relax with a picnic on the beautiful sandy beaches.
The crystal-clear waters, colourful corals, white sandy beaches, and diverse marine life make Koh Khai Islands a paradise for photography and exploration. However, it’s essential to remember that feeding, or even touching, the marine life is strictly prohibited and illegal.
Due to its popularity, the islands can get crowded, making it an ideal destination for families due to the shallow waters that allow for up-close encounters with fish. Numerous restaurants, water sports and beach activities provide ample entertainment options for families.
Food is abundant on the islands, with a variety of fresh tropical fruits, snacks like grilled corn and seafood skewers and bars serving cocktails and playing music. The best time to visit Koh Khai Island is between December and May when the weather is mild and ideal for swimming and island exploration.
To reach any all of the three Koh Khai Islands, many visitors opt to book tours through tour companies. For a more personalised experience, consider a private speedboat charter from Phuket.
Unfortunately, there are no accommodations on Koh Khai Islands, as resorts or hotels are not available. Visitors planning overnight stays will need to consider options on nearby islands. A recommended option near Koh Khai is the Koh Lipe hotel, approximately 18 kilometers away.
Alternatively, government-operated bungalows on Koh Adang or camping may be possibilities. However, most visitors typically explore the islands in a single day. Best to ask your tour operator or boat captain as they’ll be up with all the latest changes with visits and accommodation options.
You can visit the three islands with 5 Star Marine.