Located: Off the south coast.
How to get there: Longtail boat from Rawai Beach or Chalong Pier.
Coral Island is about 10 miles off the southeast coast of Phuket and the island significantly more developed for tourists than most of the other islands surrounding Phuket. There is only one luxury resort (Coral Island Resort), however, which is large enough. There are also fancy dining venues as well as other smaller hotels for those on a budget.
You’re probably wondering whether the island really lives up to its name. It does, certainly. Coral Island was named as such because it is surrounded by several major coral reefs of all shapes and sizes. This Phuket island is also home to a variety of interesting tropical fish.
Naturally, this means that snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving are all very popular on this Phuket island. Unfortunately, over the years, there have been numerous people cutting off chunks of the reefs, a little piece at a time.
The coral has also sustained damage from the major storms around Phuket, as well as the boats that are constantly swarming the island. However, environmentalists are currently working to protect the reefs, so while visiting Coral Island, be sure to remain eco-friendly. The coral will stay beautiful if you let it.
For those who prefer other water activities, there are banana boats, parasailing or, if you want to dive but aren’t experienced, there are also scuba-diving classes at the Coral Island Resort.
For people only visiting for a day, don’t worry because there are plenty of beachside restaurants, ranging anywhere from high-priced luxury cuisine and buffets for travelers on a budget budget to basic eats for families. There are also trails that lead through the jungle, running from Long Beach to Banana Beach, for experienced hikers or mountain bikers.