Phuket Viewpoints Kata - Nai Harn - Panwa
There are many viewpoints looking out over east and west Phuket affording sunrise as well as sunset views. Ok, so everyone goes to Promthep but it doesn't make it any less spectacular. There, you'll get fabulous views over the ocean stretching as far as Phi Phi Island on a good day. Check out Phuket's other viewpoints such as the 'Three Beaches' hilltop venue on the road between Nai Harn and Kata or sip a cocktail at the After Beach Bar (also on the same road) while the golden ball slips into the western horizon.
Scuba Diving in Phuket
Diving in Phuket and liveaboards in Thailand, the Andaman Sea offers dive sites considered to be among the top ten scuba destinations in the world. It boasts crystal clear water, spectacular reefs and rock formations, plus a colourful selection of marine life. Check our information book found on the shelves behind the bar, where we recommend Monique’s dive shop at Kamala, just 10 minutes drive away. She speaks fluent German and English, is great with the kids, and will come to the villa to discuss your requirements.
In Asia, and Thailand in particular, the spa has evolved into a concept focussing on the spiritual and natural, drawing from traditions of meditation, respect for nature and the desire to achieve physical and mental well being. The Ayara Hilltops Hotel offers a full range of spa facilities and they provide very attractive discounts for visitors to the villa. Just tell them where you are staying when you phone or visit them and they will provide you with a door to door Songthaew (tuk tuk) service. Alternatively, you can wander to the beach and opt for the simpler but clean massages found all along Surin Beach.
The tropical waters of the Andaman Sea are ideal for snorkelling - clear, calm, balmy and bursting with brilliant marine life. Snorkelling can be done year-round in Phuket, but the best time of year is November-April. At some beaches it is possible to rent snorkelling gear for the day, and many shops around the island sell a range of masks, snorkels and fins. The rocky outcrop between north Surin Beach and Pansea Beach has particularly vibrant marine life.
In case you didn't know it, Phuket's West Coast is gaining a reputation as a surf destination. Okay, so this is no Waikiki, and surfers here would be the first to admit that, but the island's West Coast aais the best place for surfing in Thailand. There are three main annual surf contests in Phuket.
One of the most popular spectator sports in Thailand is the martial art of Muay Thai. Exciting enough on TV - the furious punches, crushing elbow strikes, lethal kicks and artful feints are even more riveting when seen live. Phuket has a lot of training camps open to all ages and genders. The training programmes cater for those who simply desire to improve their health and boxing skills.
Phuket Cable Ski & Wakeboarding
Phuket Cable Ski & Wakeboarding near Kathu Waterfall is one of the most fun and challenging activities in Phuket. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can enjoy many exciting rides from water skiing to kneeboarding and wakeboarding on a large freshwater lake.
Splash Jungle Water Park
Unmatched in southern Thailand, Splash Jungle Waterpark at Mai Kao Beach offers a great day out on exciting water slides, rides and more all in one themed water park. If you’re looking for a place to take the kids for an exciting and invigorating day out, Splash Jungle is the perfect destination.
Kitesurfing is presently one of the fastest growing extreme sports in Phuket and the island has all it takes to be a popular location for many kitesurf enthusiasts. Beginners appreciate the shallow waters and gentle breezes of the southeast coast while over at Nai Yang and Layan beaches in northwest Phuket, more practiced kitesurfers really let rip with acrobatic stunts.