Do you want to make a splash on a Phuket family holiday? Whether you prefer the hotel swimming pool, the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, a fun-filled water park, or a little of them all, our island has the aquatic adventures you need!
While we may be leaders in ethical elephant activities in Phuket, we know our part of paradise inside out — and that includes where to find the best water sports and activities for families with kids.
Of course, every child is unique. Comfort and capabilities in the water may vary with age and swimming ability, so it’s important to prioritise safety and activities at the appropriate level. As such, we have picked a range of activities that offer something for everyone.
Let’s dive into our picks for the best kids’ water activities and water sports in Phuket! If you have any questions about our Phuket elephant experiences, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Blue Tree Phuket: So Much More Than a Waterpark!
Blue Tree Phuket is a family-friendly, resort-style complex located in the heart of our island — and it’s only a 5-minute drive from our elephant sanctuary! To call Blue Tree Phuket a waterpark is both accurate and also selling it short. This incredible place is an activity and entertainment hub!
A dazzling Crystal Lagoon (the largest in Thailand) sits at the heart of the park. It’s here that you can find water activities for all ages, including Thailand’s longest Superfly, jumping slides, paddleboarding, skimboarding, aqua scooters, ziplining, and a ninja warrior course!
With a covered open-air amphitheatre, a huge natural Forest Park, a lifestyle shopping village, delicious dining options, and so much more, Blue Tree Phuket has something to keep everyone happy.
When you’ve finished this blog, be sure to read our Visitor’s Guide to Phuket. It’s filled with local tips and insights to help you make the most of your time in our part of Thailand.
Snorkelling: Explore Phuket’s Underwater Wonderland
Phuket’s warm, crystal-clear waters are a playground for marine life, and snorkelling is a fantastic way for kids to discover the underwater wonders. Just some of the best snorkelling beaches around our island include:
- Kata Noi
- Paradise Beach
- Ya Nui
- Merlin Beach
However, you will find the very best snorkelling on nearby islands, including Similan Islands, Phi Phi Islands, and Coral Island (Koh Hae).
Equip your little explorers with snorkel masks and fins, and they can observe vibrant coral reefs and a myriad of colourful fish darting through the sea.
Many tour operators offer family-friendly snorkelling excursions, complete with knowledgeable guides who will ensure a safe and educational experience.
Have you decided where to stay in Phuket yet? If not, check out our blog Where is the Best Place to Stay in Phuket for Families? for our recommendations.
Sea Kayaking: Paddle into Paradise
Sea kayaking is an ideal way to introduce your kids to the serene beauty of Phuket’s coastline. As with snorkelling, the most captivating experiences are around nearby islands.
Picture your family gently gliding through the calm waters of Phang Nga Bay, exploring hidden caves, and observing limestone karsts towering above you.
Choose a guided family tour for peace of mind. Guides are not only knowledgeable about the area but are also experts in keeping the little ones entertained and safe.
With a sturdy kayak and a child-sized life jacket, your family can embark on an adventure that will create lifelong memories.
When you’re back on dry land, why not head to our picks for the must-visit places in Phuket?
Surfing: Ride the Waves at Bangtao Beach
Bangtao Beach is famous for its white sand and aquamarine water, but it’s also a fantastic spot for kids to take their first steps into the world of surfing. During the high season (Nov-April), the water here is shallow and safe, so even total beginners can try their hand at surfing here.
Lessons are readily available from various surf schools beside the beach, and kids as young as seven can take part in this thrilling water sport. Experienced surfers lead these lessons, so your children will build their confidence and skills under the guidance of a true expert in a safe and welcoming environment.
For an idea of what you can expect from surfing at Bangtao Beach, check out Talay Surf School’s family surf lesson.
Surfing isn’t just a sport in Phuket; it’s a culture. Your family can become part of it while catching some sun and having fun at the beach.
Surfing is a great way to work up an appetite. Make sure you fill up like a local by visiting one of our tips for the best Thai food places in Phuket.
Flowboarding: Surfing but Without the Sea
For those seeking a different kind of wave adventure, head over to Super Surf Kata or Surf House Phuket in Patong Beach. Here, your kids can try their hand at flowboarding, a cross between surfing and skateboarding.
With a soft, wave-like surface, kids can test their balance and body control, riding an endless wave without worrying about being dumped by the sea. Flowboarding is the perfect way to learn surfing basics in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.
Instructors are there to guide and ensure the safety of all participants. Whether it’s bodyboarding or stand-up flowboarding, this is a thrilling activity for the whole family.
Continue Your Family Holiday with Our Phuket Elephant Activities!
Now that you know some of the best kids’ water activities and water sports in Phuket, it’s time to plan some more adventures! For even more unforgettable experiences, look no further than our ethical elephant activities in Phuket.
Adults and children alike love observing our rescued elephants as they live the kind of life nature intended for them. And with our focus on education too, your family will leave us with a new appreciation for these beautiful, gentle animals.
Browse our range of activities and find the perfect fit for you. If you have any pre-booking questions, please feel free to get in touch.