Surfing Bang Tao Beach
Bang Tao surfing conditions
under 1 metre-mid tideover 1 metre-high tide
Bang Tao beach is an 8 km long bay with white sand and rows of casuarina trees. There are many access points to this beach. The main entrance to Bangtao beach is 2 km north of Surin Village through the Laguna Phuket complex that takes up most of the middle of the bay.
The complex consists of, The Banyan Tree Resort, The Allamanda, Dusit Laguna, and the Angsana Resort.
The southern end of the beach has a small fishing village and some of the more budget priced hotels and guesthouses in bang tao.
There are many tracks leading down to the beach at the southern end and this section of the beach is protected from the swells by the southern headland, on big surf days (over 3 metres) some nice smaller waves appear here. It also makes this end of Bang Tao beach ideal for learning to surf.
It also has a sand bank that runs from the headland to the Sunwing Hotel, making it a nice area for swimming. Heading further north there are a few sand banks, but the beach drops off steeply in large sections.
Moving north towards the middle of Bang Tao beach the waves get bigger. The middle of the beach is exposed to the winds, shifting sand banks and steep drop offs, which make the surfing waves unpredictable, but on its' day the surf at Bang Tao can be perfect.
At the far north end there is an island called Koh Ta, which is joined to the mainland by a sand spit, the area is called Layan. Over the years there have been some epic waves here, but it is not consistent and you will need to check often until you get the right conditions.
Bang Tao Bay is also a great place for stand up paddle boarding. Particularly in the high season when waters are flat. There are coral reefs at each end of the bay to explore on paddleboards.
Stand up paddleboards are relatively new to Phuket and the Saltwater Dreaming surf shop has a range of paddle boards for rent and sale.
With the protected southern end, Bang Tao beach is also by far the best beach in Phuket for learning to surf and is the home of the Saltwater Dreaming Surf School.
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