Koh Phangan is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water and has some incredible weather all year-round… particularly this time of the year when the wind picks up! So what better way to spend your days than getting the adrenaline pumping with a wide range of watersports? Dive, swim and surf into island fun - here are some of our favourite places to get your watersport on here in paradise.
Diving and Snorkelling[Image Credit: Phangan International Diving School on Facebook] Thailand is one of the world’s most popular dive destinations thanks to its crystal blue waters, coral reefs, tropical fish and countless dive schools. While there are many schools to be found, we recommend getting your diver’s certification at one of these. Several courses are available; recreational or for the more serious enthusiasts - advanced, rescue, first-aid and professional courses.
- Pirate Divers in Haad Salad; +66 81 077 4470
- The Dive Inn; +66 77 374 262
- Chaloklum Diving; +66 77 374 025
- Reefer’s Diving; +66 878 940 637
- H2O Scuba; +66 85 127 8461
- Phangan International Diving School; +66 77 377 261
Stand-Up Paddleboarding[Image Credit: Koh Phangan SUP via Facebook] Have you heard about SUP? SUP, or stand-up paddling, is among today’s most popular water sports. Not only is it a fun way to cruise on the open water, it’s also a killer workout, targeting shoulders, legs and core as your muscles hold your balance atop of the paddleboard. For a chance to head out into the surf on an open battle board, check out Phangan SUP at Charm Beach Resort. The resort also offers SUP Yoga - an even more challenging activity but definitely worth it. Another option is SUP Phangan, where you can also rent windsurfing equipment and kayaks to ride the waves in style.
Kiteboarding[Image Credit: Breeze Kiteboarding]
- KiteFlip Kite School; +66 98 731 5940
- Breeze Kiteboarding; +66 82 277 3374
- Kitesurf Asia; +66 80 692 6812
- Infinity Wake Club, +66 93 654 3392
- Kiteboarding Asia; +66 80 600 0573
Kayaking[Image Credit: Safari Boat] For a relaxing watersport experience, look no further than kayaking. The calm, open waters make the bay a great place to kayak around, allowing you to explore the island from just off the shore. One of our favourite local journeys is to take a kayak out towards the open waters - or even to just circle the island - seeking out secret beaches, exotic wildlife and incredible views. To kick off your kayak adventure, walk down to Haad Salad or to nearby beaches where you'll find lots of small shops which offer kayaks to rent at an hourly or daily rate. Another option? Enjoy a boat tour to Ang Thong Marine Park, where you have the opportunity to kayak through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.
- Safari Boat (also offers boat tours to Ang Thong Marine Park); +66 77 238 232
- Kayaks are available on most beaches for hire