Racha Islands

Everything you Need to Know about Racha Islands

The Racha (or Raya) islands, some 12 km south of Phuket, are best known as excellent diving and snorkelling daytrip destinations. Racha Yai, however, is quickly developing into a place to stay on for a while with a number of bungalow and resort operations springing up in recent years.

Racha Yai reveals itself in splendid fashion, with most arrivals landing onto a strip of fine white sand tucked deep into the long, U-shaped main bay, called Ao Tawan Tok or Ao Bungalow. The water here is clear and perfect for snorkelling, though the bay gets quite busy with visiting boats in the afternoons. The other large bay, Ao Siam, is a pretty place where lonely strolls in solitude are possible.

Racha Noi is uninhabited and has no services or accommodation, but there's some great diving in the area.


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There are a number of bungalows for rent on Racha Yai, a luxurious resort operated by Sanctuary Resorts, called The Racha and the newly opened Rayaburi Resort. There are no cars on the island, so expect to do lots of walking. Dining and nightlife is restricted to a few restaurants and some open-air bars - nothing fancy but quite friendly and relaxed. Read More...

 

Getting to Racha Islands

Long-tail and speedboat transfers may be arranged from Chalong Pier or Rawai, and the trip takes from 45 minutes to more than an hour depending on the boat.

All-inclusive day tours for snorkellers or divers are also available. See Racha Island Tours

 

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Racha Island Snorkeling by Speedboat Racha & Coral Islands Tours

Reach these two beautiful islands by speedboat, there you will find unspoilt fine white sand beaches and crystal-clear water. They are among the most famous snorkeling spots near Phuket. Read More...

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