Written by Administrator
Thursday, 25 March 2010 13:37
KataBeach - one of
the most beautiful
Beach in a Beautiful Bay
And more soft coral sands, and warm, crystal water
Kata is certainly one of the most beautiful of Phuket’s beaches, a half-moon
crescent of white sand lining a bay cut deep between two green headlands. Just
outside the bay lies a small rounded island that seems to wave its coconut
haircut to those on the beach.
Kata's exceptional beauty comes from several sources: its crescent moon-shaped
bay and beach, the especially soft white sand, the line of trees that backs the
beach and the high hills that give it a green backdrop.
In the high season the water here is crystal clear, calm and warm. From
November to March the winds blow from the east, putting all west-coast beaches
in the lee, often leaving the water glassy smooth and a delight for swimming.
There is no coral reef off this beach, and the water is deep enough for
swimming at all tides. At this time of year the beach is ideally safe for young
During the monsoon season, when conditions create a good, after-storm swell,
Kata becomes the favourite beach for the few dozen surfers on the island. At
this time of year all of Phuket's west coast beaches can become sporadically
dangerous due to big waves, and swimmers should take care.
Club Med dominates Kata beach, occupying two thirds of its entire length. To
the credit of the designer, it is built low amongst the trees, and from the
water is almost invisible, making this two thirds of the beach appear natural
and green. The southern end of the beach is busier with one large hotel (Kata
Beach Resort) a boutique hotel (The Boathouse) and several restaurants lining
the sands. But the atmosphere here is simply delightful.
Kata is about 12 kilometres from Phuket town. Phulic transport is available to
town, though not to the other beaches up and down the coast. Getting to these
requires the services of the small tuk-tuks, four wheeled mini-trucks in
which the passengers sit at back. The road to town must cross the high hills at
the back of the beach, and it is a steep, winding route on which many a tourist
riding his own motorcycle has come to grief.
While Kata has quite a few small to medium size hotels here, it is far from
‘spoiled’. There is a real village atmosphere to the community of private
homes, shops, guesthouses, restaurants and bars at the back of this beach.
There are small business, shopping and entertainment centres at the back of
both ends of the beach, just 1.5 kilometres apart. The northern one is the
larger of the two, and has many resraurants and bars. Near the southern
shopping-eating centre there are many small guesthouses, some with rooms
creeping up the hill, giving excellent ocean views.
Yachts big and small often anchor in this bay during the high season, and the
annual King’s Cup Regatta has been based here at Kata Beach Resort for the past
several years. The photo here of yachts anchored in front of the small island,
Koh Pu, was taken during the annual regatta.
For details of accommodation on Kata
Beach, click and go to our page Hotels/Kata Beach.