Looking for Phuket island hopping destinations? Here are the best islands near Phuket!
There are hundreds of gorgeous islands near Phuket, and it would take forever to visit all of them. It is not easy to decide which islands to include in your island hopping journey from Phuket. But here are some recommendations for the best islands near Phuket that all type of travelers have loved the most.
Phuket Island Hopping 1. James Bond Island (Phang Nga Bay)
Since it was featured in the James Bond movie in 1974, the James Bond Island has been a must-visit place for tourists. Phang Nga Bay, where the James Bond Island is located, offers a jaw-dropping seascape. It’s a great photogenic spot and the reason why it was selected for the movie. It’s always fun to see the real place from a movie, even the old one!
In Phang Nga Bay, there are many small islands besides James Bond Island. Joining a tour with speedboat is the easiest way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Phang Nga Bay.
During the tour, you will visit 3-4 islands in Phang Nga Bay, exploring the caves and canoeing. You will have some time to swim and chill by the beach also.
It’s a nice day trip filled with various fun activities so make sure you try all the activities in the tour.
Phuket Island Hopping 2. Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Islands are some of the most visited islands from Phuket or Krabi. They got very popular after Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Beach” in 2000.
Since they are some of the most popular destinations from Phuket, there are many day trips you can join for the Phi Phi Islands. If you want to book a day tour to the Phi Phi Islands at a reasonable rate, click here.
There are 2 main islands in Phi Phi, one is Phi Phi Don where the main town is, and the other is Phi Phi Leh where the movie “The Beach” was filmed at.
Phi Phi Don has the main town with many shops and restaurants. It is crowded with many travelers and an energetic vibe that offers a lot to do.
Phi Phi Leh is where Maya Bay, also known as “The Beach” filming location, is. Maya Bay has been a widely visited tourist spot since then. It really has a stunning scenery that just like the movie. There are several nice beaches that have silky soft sand and exceptionally clear water. Great spot for snorkeling for sure!
Phuket Island Hopping 3. Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are the hidden gems of the Andaman Sea. They offer some of the best diving experiences in Thailand. The islands are so strikingly beautiful; you don’t even need to be a good photographer to take some amazing photos.
The best way to enjoy the Similan islands trip is to book a tour that takes you around for some snorkeling spots. Similan Islands consist of 9 islands, and by joining a tour, you will get to see the most popular spots in the Similan Islands.
Water near Similan Islands is warm and incredibly clear. If you’re looking to dive into Thailand, it’s certainly the spot to put on the top of your bucket list.
Note that Similan Islands are only open from mid-October to mid-May. So, don’t miss a chance to visit them when they’re open to the public! The time varies each year so always check before planning a trip out there.
Phuket Island Hopping 4. Surin Islands
If you want to experience a real paradise, Surin Islands is the perfect place for you!
While most of Thailand’s islands and beaches are becoming very popular and busy with so many tourists, Surin Islands remain less busy and well-protected by government where you can surrender yourself to the clear water and quiet beach. The water is crystal clear and perfect for snorkeling.
There is no food vendor or loud tourists ruining the vibe in Surin islands. Just string up your hammock and relax with a good book or dive into the clear water for snorkeling.
Since it’s further to reach from Phuket than the other islands mentioned above, consider taking a premium tour. It’s definitely a longer speedboat ride so having a comfortable boat ride is important. A premium tour to Surin Islands is an all-inclusive tour with premium boat rides, breakfast, lunch, snorkeling gear, and even beach towels.
Like the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands are only open from mid-October to mid-May. So, don’t miss your chance to visit there when they’re open to the public! The time varies each year so always check before planning a day trip out there.
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