Kata Yai Beach – Surf Break Overview
Another one of Phuket’s most popular west coast beaches is Kata Yai, the northern bay of the two Kata beaches (Kata Noi is the smaller and southern bay). The first distinction you’ll notice here is a small island off in the distance, named Koh Pu, or AKA Crab Island. Unfortunately, there are no surfable waves out there but there are plenty of them along Kata Beach during Phuket’s surf season.
Kata Yai is known by locals to be Phuket’s surf capital with several surf schools offering lessons and board rentals for anyone interested in learning to surf. The southern end is where you’ll find three different surf shops right on the beach (practically on top of each other). They each have plenty of boards of various lengths to choose from and all of them have top notch friendly surf instructors ready and willing to get you newbies up and riding, then joyfully yelling yeewww!