Kata Beach, also known as Kata Yai Beach, is one of the most popular beach destinations in Phuket. Trailing behind only Patong and Karon in terms of visitor numbers, Kata Beach is about one mile of appealing beach front.
Being such a popular tourist spot, Kata Beach isn’t the secluded tropical haven it once was. Instead, you have a modern beach destination complete with all the usual suspects in terms of sun, sand and sea, along with modern conveniences, such as restaurants, hotels and guesthouses.
Kata Beach is always busy, even during low season, but there is much less of the overcrowding that you see at other Phuket beaches, such as Patong Beach.
As Phuket is relatively popular, you can be assured that there will always be rows upon rows of sun loungers and parasols, which can spoil the scenery a little. There are also a few spots where you can get a Thai massage or buy souvenirs. The southern part of Kata Beach is pretty much lined with restaurants of varying quality. It is possible to order mediocre food from the comfort of your sun lounger.
Hawkers will try and sell you everything from sunglasses to fruit while you’re sunbathing. As with most of Phuket’s beaches, there are jet-skis, parasailing and banana boats everywhere. Waterskiing and wakeboarding are also possible. Snorkeling is popular at Kata Beach, thanks to the variety of marine life you can see.
During the peak-season months, from November to May, the water is still and the weather scorching. From May to October, the weather conditions become a little more adverse, leading to slightly choppy waters at Kata Beach.
Though not a perfect spot, Kata Beach attracts a large number of surfers during the low season. The waves suit beginners and are fast, but small. Boards can be rented at the beach.
Swimming at Kata Beach is always a pleasure and rarely dangerous, although if the red flags should come out, they do so for a reason.
At the end of each year, Kata Bay plays host to dozens of world-class yachts, all taking part in the ever-popular King’s Cup Regatta.