Phuket is ringed with 39 fine little satellite islands. Of special interest are the following.
Ko Racha Yai or Raya Yai’s gleaming beaches can be reached by shared or chartered boat from Phuket’s Ao Chalong. A hilltop viewpoint offers a magnificent view of the whole island. On nearby Ko Racha Noi or Raya Noi there are more rocks than beaches; it is a great fishing, but not swimming, destination. Ko Mai Thon, off Phuket's southeast coast, is highly prized for its fine white beaches and crystal-clear waters and is ideal for swimming, diving, or fishing. Busy little Ko Hae, part of a marine preserve, is so well known for its coral reef that it is often referred to simply as Coral Island. In addition to the splendid reefs there are two fine beaches on the north and west of the island. Ko Nakha Noi is popular for its pearl farm and has fine sandy beaches suitable for swimming and a good seafood restaurant. Ko Bon has a white sandy beach and is just ten minutes offshore from Phuket.
All the above spots are swarming with hordes of people during high season. If you want to get away from the crowds, take a daytrip to Koh Yao Noi island.
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