The west coast of Phuket not only has stunning sandy beaches, but is also the best place for surfing in Thailand. With many location to choose from, including our own Nai Harn beach, conditions are perfect for beginners to learn to surf or for experienced surfers to enjoy the large rolling waves. Further afield, surfers can travel up the coast heading north to Kata, Karon, Kalim, Kamala, Surin and Bang Tao beaches, but one of the best beaches to rent equipment is in Kata, about 10 minutes north from Sapphire Villa. There are several rental outlets in Kata, mainly located right on the beach, but prices do vary, so we recommend you ask the price of renting boards in a few different places, to make sure you are getting the best deal. As a guide you should expect to pay about 150 Baht for one hour, 500 Baht for one day and for the committed surfer, about 7,000 Baht for one month.

Located at Kata Beach, Nautilus Divers offers surfing and boogie boarding lessons for both beginners and professional, and rents out boards and kayaks. Contact them directly for prices and details on packages available.

Located at the south end of Kata beach, Phuket Surf offers everything required when learning to surf, either as a complete beginner, including board and equipment rental, lessons and everything you need to know about safety and culture, or you can rent equipment and have more advanced lessons if you are already hooked. The experienced and patient instructors believe they can teach anyone to surf, but it all begins with instructions on safety, understanding the waves, weather conditions and currents, and slow steps to gain confidence and experience, all with the instructor at your side. There are a variety of lessons and packages available, and we suggest contacting Phuket Surf directly for detailed information, but these are a few options to consider: