Nui beach is a picture-perfect little beach nestled between large forest-covered hills in the southwest corner of Phuket, near Cape Promthep. The beach is accessible by a dirt road leading off Highway 4233, but it does become difficult to drive and you’re advised to walk or take the taxi down to the beach. As the rainy season wears on in September to November, the roads are destroyed here. There are two beach clubs on this small beach if you believe Google Maps. We think it’s the same one. The number of people varies, but it seems to be increasing with time as Phuket welcomes millions of visitors each year.
In 2015, Thailand’s military destroyed the beach club buildings here because they were charging a 350 THB fee for entering the beach and had no public beach access. The staff of the old club were allegedly reported numerous times for threatening visitors for not paying the fee. Currently the beach is open, and no fee is being charged. That might change as the military relinquishes their hold on the country with elections coming in the near future.
Nui Beach Clubs
There is no Beach club in Nui Beach.
Nui Beach Restaurants / Bars
- Water Beach Club Phuket – there is a restaurant here where you can eat and drink. Drink prices are not too bad, but some other prices are high. You’ll find rather expensive food (200 THB for pad Thai with shrimp) and 100 THB small Thai beers. A can of soda will cost you 60 THB and bottled-water is a whopping 40 THB.
Nui Beach Accommodations
There are no accommodations right at Nui Beach, but you can stay close by in one of the following resorts.
- The Nai Harn – with a large number of reviews, The Nai Harn aces the ratings – getting 4.6 out of 5 at Google Business listings. The rooms are small and clean, and the hotel is right on the beach, and a short drive from Nui Beach. Rooms start at 5,000 THB per night. Easiest way to Nui Beach is a longtail boat from nearby Nai Harn Beach.
- Sunsuri Phuket – for considerably less money, but also with high ratings, you can stay at Sunsuri for around 3,000 THB per night. Though not on the beach, they have a couple of big swimming pools and also get great ratings. To reach Nui Beach quickest, just take a longtail boat to Nui Beach from Nai Harn Beach.
Nui Beach Facts
- Location in Phuket: Southeast corner of Phuket Island
- GPS Data: 7° 47’ 12” N, 98° 17’ 27” E
- Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 17 / 19 / 50
- Taxis available: No
- Surrounding Beaches: Kata Noi is in the north; Krating Beach (Jungle Beach) is south.
- Direction Facing: Southwest
- Beach Length: 135 meters (148 yd.)
- Beach Width: 21 meters (23 yd.)
- Estimated Beach Area: 2’835 m2 (3,391 square yd.)
- Beach Quality: Nui Beach is small and exceptionally beautiful. There are rocks all over the beach, but there is enough sand to drop a mat down.
- Ocean Bottom: Very rocky in the water and on the beach. Ideal for snorkeling!
- Restroom / showers facilities? There are restrooms at the club.
- Beach features: Steep, rocky hills make coming to this beach after a rain rather treacherous and isn’t recommended. The 2-kilometer-long (1.2 mi.) road is very hard to navigate on a scooter, and you’re advised to either walk, or pay the 100 THB each way for the 4×4 to take you down to the beach and back. Bright, emerald green water when it hasn’t rained for days. Large rounded rocks fun for exploration. Excellent snorkeling location!
- Lifeguard Available? No
- Sunbeds Available? Yes
- Umbrellas? Yes
- Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, and nobody mentioned fees, but transportation to the beach in a 4×4 costs 100 THB each way.
- Water quality: Very Good
- Boat anchorage possible? Longboats are here, but it’s so rocky, it isn’t advised for bigger boats.
- Boat dock and marina? N/A
- Longtail boat rental possible? No
- Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? No/No
- Sea inflow:: Unknown
- Slope into sea until 1m deep: 3-5m
- Convenience shop available? No
- Attractions: The beach is the attraction. Nui Beach is in a remote location and is one of the most stunning beaches on Phuket.
- Activities: Snorkeling is great here. You can take a longtail boat to other beaches from here, especially nice is a short trip south around the point, to see the large bay where Ao Sane Beach and Promthep Cape are. Sea kayaks are sometimes available to rent, and there are always massage ladies for Traditional Thai massage – nothing naughty.
- FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
- Massage available? No
- Picnic possible? No
- Surfing? Yes, surfing is theoretically possibly at Nui Beach, but the submerged rocks are a danger. Nobody is talking about their incredible time there. Be ultra-cautious if you decide to explore Nui with a surfboard.
- Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
- Warnings: During high waves the undercurrent can be strong and dangerous. Be aware.
- Waste runoff into the sea? Unknown
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