5 Incredible Water Sports You Should Try in Phuket

April 10, 2019
The Nai Harn

Phuket is known to be the capital of water sports in Thailand. Are you planning a trip? If so, here are some of the tops ideas for you adrenaline junkies who are headed this way:


The Andaman Sea has some of the biggest catches, making it a place well-loved by professional and amateur anglers alike. Our of all the provinces, Phuket has some of the best fishing spots. Thanks to the fact that Phuket is an island surrounded by the open sea, many warm water currents pass by, bringing large catches of fish including tuna, sailfish, and marlin. Another reason why Phuket is wonderful for fishing is that the weather in the area is predictable, as it’s typically sunny throughout the year.


If you’re looking for a boating experience that isn’t big boat sailing, kayaking is a great alternative that you may love. Since the waters around the east coast of Phuket are relatively calm, it’s a location that kayakers of any skill level can enjoy. There are many places that offer kayaking services. Some of the best are located on the Yanui, Nai Harn, Ao Sane, and Tri Tra beaches. A single-seat kayak will cost you around 100 baht (USD 3.30) per hour while a double seater will cost you twice as much. If you’re new to kayaking, we recommend that you stay away from the western coast of Phuket. Since that side faces an open sea, the current may be too powerful for an inexperienced kayaker to handle.

Wakeboard Cable Skiing

Waterboard cable skiing is currently as close as you can get to true hoverboarding. You get to put a water jet pack on your back and feet, propelling yourself off from the surface of the water with water pressure! The Phuket Cable Water Ski Park is located in the freshwater lake in the middle of the island, making it one of the most accessible locations on the island. The lake is shaped like a track course. If you get tired of plain old boarding, there are many other obstacles such as a jumping ramp that you can use to test your skills! A full-day course will set you back 2,000 baht plus a 500 baht equipment fee. It’s certainly not the cheapest activity in Phuket, but we’re sure that you will enjoy it.

 Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is one of the most exuberant experience when it comes to water sports. It’s similar to driving a high-powered motorcycle, except you’ll be in the water! There are no roads and other vehicles that you have to be wary of in the ocean, so all you’ll have to do is turn on the jets and let the wind and the water embrace you. Most places will charge you around 1,500 baht for a half hour ride. Again, this is not the cheapest thing you can do in Phuket, but it’s definitely a worthwhile experience.

One thing you have to be wary of when renting a jet ski is the fact that some shops will look to scam you out of your money. They may hand over a sub-par ski that has already been damaged. When you bring it back to change or return it, they will claim that you broke it and demand that you pay for the repairs. Therefore, you need to make sure that you check the condition of the vehicle before signing off on it. It’s also important to take photos of the entire jet ski to show its original condition. While scamming is not the norm for most jet ski shops, it’s definitely a possibility that you should be prepared for. You need to protect yourself so that you don’t fall victim to these scammy shops.


Parasailing is an amazing way to experience the sun, the wind, and the sea. You’re secured to a glider and then pulled around by a jet ski. The glider will catch wind until it lifts you up from the surface of the water and into the air. If you’re a first-timer, you will have an instructor strapped to your back to show you what to do. After a couple of tries, you will get to do it on your own! This can be the most liberating activity you can ever enjoy. It’s a lot of fun for any adrenaline junkie! You can expect to pay around 1,000 baht plus the equipment fee if you’re a first-timer, but the rates will get cheaper if you’re more experienced.


While Phuket may not have crazy rip curls like Honolulu or Bondi Beach, it’s still an excellent place to learn to surf. Since the water surrounding Phuket is quite safe, it’s a fantastic place for newbies to learn how to stand and catch a small wave. You can either rent your own surfboard and try your luck with the waves until you get the hang of it or book a course with one of many surf shops on the island.


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