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Coral Island or Hey Island

Coral Island or Hey Island (Koh Hey) off Phuket's south coast is so well known for its coral reef that it is often referred to simply as Coral Island. In addition to the splendid reefs, there are two fine beaches on the north and west. Coral Island is part of a marine preserve, but accommodations, restaurants, various water sports, and diving are all available. Boats leave from Rawai Beach and Chalong Bay. There are also package tours available.

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Raya Islands or Racha Islands

Two island running roughly northeast to the southwest off Phuket's southern coast.

Raya Yai Island, PhuketRaya Yai Island
Raya Yai Island or Racha Yai Island (Koh Ra Ya Yai or Koh Ra Cha Yai) on the west coast is a fine beach closed in by the hills that stretch away from it like two arms of a horseshoe called alternately Tawan Tok Bay or Bungalow Bay (Ao Ta Wan Tok or Ao Bung Ga Low). The sands are sparkling clean and the waters crystal clear like those of the Similan Islands. From the top of a hill on the bay's south is a view point from which the whole island can be seen. On the east, at Kon Kae Bay (Ao Kon Kae), is a coral reef where diving is excellent.

Raya Noi Island
Raya Noi Island or Racha Noi Island (Koh Ra Ya Noi or Koh Ra Cha Noi) 10 kilometers from Raya Yai Island, is the result of coral reef build up, and there are more rocks than beaches. In a small bay on the west is a boat anchorage. The waters at Raya Noi Island are emerald green, and fishing is famous, but swimming is not advised.

To get there contact a charter boat at Chalong Bay or Rawai Beach, or go to a travel agent for details on package tours to the island. By long-tailed boat, the travel time is about two hours. Larger boats operated by tour companies will make the trip in about one hour. Speed boats take only half an hour. Travel to the Racha Islands is restricted to the dry season and periods when the monsoon is not blowing.

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Kaew Island

A fine beach, natural surroundings, and coral are on this little Kaew Island (Koh Kaew) 3 kilometers from Rawai Beach, south of Promthep Cape. There is also a giant statue of the Buddha. The island is 15 minutes by chartered boat from Rawai Beach.

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Bon Island

Bon Island (Koh Bon) is a small island in the south of Phuket. A beautiful white sand beach and crystal water is good for swimming. The Island is 10 minutes by chartered boat frm Rawai Beach or Ka Cape.

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