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Kata Beach

Kata Beach, Thailand

For lively family holidays to Phuket, Kata Beach always delivers. Whether you fancy spending the day relaxing on its palm tree-lined beaches, surfing its bright-blue waves or enjoying its vibrant nightlife, Kata Beach has plenty on offer. There's so much to do that you'll want to plan your holiday in advance, and pick out the activities you want to try.

Kata Beach holidays are popular with everyone, from families with young children to surfers who travel the world in search of the best swells. On top of this, you're in a town with some of the best restaurants in Phuket – serving anything from traditional Thai to gourmet cuisine.

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It's all happening at the beach

Holidays to Kata Beach undeniably revolve around its namesake – the long stretch of sand and warm, turquoise sea. Spreading out for just over a kilometre, Kata Beach has everything you could ask for: beautiful surroundings, great facilities, fun activities and nearby restaurants.

Come the low season, surfers flock to experience this beach's impressive waves, while in the high season, the waters are beautifully calm, making them perfect for divers, snorkellers and swimming. If you're in the town in December, you'll be able to spot yachts arriving in the bay for the start of the prestigious King's Cup Regatta, which is a spectacle not to be missed.

The beach is lined with restaurants serving lots of different types of food, and there are umbrellas and sun-loungers to rent too.

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Surf's up!

Kata Beach holidays offer some of the best snorkelling and diving sites in Phuket. The northern tip of the beach is home to a small coral reef, which is easy to explore using snorkelling gear. Scuba diving is also popular. There are easily-accessible sites from the beach, as well as more adventurous areas further off the coast.

One thing that Kata Beach is known for is its surfing. The south and central parts of the beach have the best waves, so even in low season the area is busy. The waves are fast and challenging but the smaller waves close to the shore are perfect if you're a beginner too. You'll also find plenty of vendors hiring our boards and offering lessons along the shoreline.

Enjoy the best seats in the house

To take the best photographs of Phuket and Kata Beach, head up to the Karon Viewpoint. It's one of the most frequented spots in Phuket – and it's easy to see why. You can see almost everywhere: Kata Noi, Kata Yai and the Karon beaches too.

Karon Viewpoint can get busy because of its popularity, but it's well worth heading there for the spectacular sights. You'll see the best of the island from the viewpoint, from the dazzling turquoise sea and frothy white surf, to the region's luscious green hills.

Find a quiet beach

The benefits of staying in Kata is its proximity to Kata Noi Beach, a secluded small beach on Phuket's west coast. It's just to the south of the town's main beach, but is often less frequented by tourists.

You'll find some of Phuket's top-class restaurants and luxury resorts just off the waterfront, so it's worth taking a wander along the soft sands to check them out. The bars on the hillside road behind the beach have incredible views at sunset, as you can see directly across the beach with its rolling waves.

Swimming is excellent at Kata Noi Beach. The seabed is free from rocks, and the headlands provide shelter from choppy waters if you're swimming. It's also great for snorkelling.

Learn to surf safely

Surfing can be a struggle if the conditions aren't on your side – but the Surf House Phuket eliminates that concern. Using a high-pressure wave machine, Surf House lets everyone try their hand at this fun watersport.

You can start off by holding a piece of rope, guided by an instructor, and if you do fall off, the waters are shallow enough and current fast enough to keep you afloat. More experienced surfers can head to Surf House for a bigger pool, so there's plenty of space for trying new tricks.

When you're finished, settle down for some great food in the aptly-themed restaurant with sunset views over the beach, or enjoy a few drinks with fellow surfers.