Which Islands to Visit on your stay in Phuket

Phuket, located in Thailand, is a popular destination for island hopping due to its proximity to numerous beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea. There are several stunning islands near Phuket that offer diverse landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and exciting activities.

Here at Phuket Yacht Club we organise family days and fun sailing trips to nearby islands every now and again, you can check out our social events by visiting our events calendar to see what is coming up

Here are some of the popular islands you can explore during your Phuket island hopping adventure:

Phi Phi Islands

A big favourite among PYC members and visitors alike are the Phi Phi Islands, including Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, renowned for their picturesque beaches, towering limestone cliffs, and vibrant marine life. Maya Bay, featured in the movie "The Beach," is located on Phi Phi Leh. You can go snorkeling, diving, or simply relax on the pristine beaches.

Similan Islands

Too far for a simple sailing trip from Phuket Yacht Club but very popular especially within the diving community, the Similan Islands are a group of uninhabited islands known for their incredible underwater beauty. The islands offer fantastic snorkeling and diving opportunities with vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and clear waters. Richelieu Rock, a popular dive site, is located near the Similan Islands.

James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan)

Famous for its appearance in the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun," James Bond Island is a must-visit destination for movie fans. The island features a distinctive limestone karst tower rising from the emerald-green waters, creating a unique and memorable sight.

Phi Phi Islands - Phuket, Thailand
Many and varied sea creatures can be seen if diving or snokelling
The world famous Similan Islands in the Andaman sea

Racha Islands (Racha Yai and Racha Noi)

The Racha Islands are known for their pristine beaches, excellent snorkeling spots, and tranquil atmosphere. Racha Yai is the larger island with beautiful sandy beaches, while Racha Noi is a smaller, uninhabited island that offers more secluded and pristine surroundings.

Coral Island (Koh Hae)

Located just a short boat ride from Phuket, Coral Island is known for its vibrant coral reefs, making it an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving. The island also offers a range of water sports activities like parasailing, jet skiing, and banana boat rides.

Koh Yao Islands

Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are two peaceful islands that provide a more authentic and laid-back experience. These islands are perfect for those seeking relaxation, stunning beaches, and a glimpse of traditional Thai island life.


Remember to check the weather conditions and plan your island hopping trip accordingly. Many tour operators in Phuket offer island hopping packages, allowing you to visit multiple islands in a day or over a few days. Make sure to bring sunscreen, swimwear, and snorkeling gear to fully enjoy your island hopping adventure in Phuket - of course after you have sampled all we have to offer at Phuket Yacht Club!.