Northwest of Phuket Town, the snorkeling at Banana Beach is known for its shallow, clear blue waters. Banana Beach can be hard to find. From the Phuket Airport, follow the signs to Naithon Beach. Continue past the Andaman White Beach Resort. There is sometimes a sign point to the Banana Beach turnoff, and you’ll know if you’ve passed it when you reach the Trisara Resort.
This Banana Beach located to the northwest of Phuket Town on Phuket Island should not be confused with the Banana Beach on Koh He Island located south of Phuket Town off the coast.
Keep in mind that the beach-accessed snorkeling dive sites on Phuket Island are known to be unsafe except during high tourist season.
To reach the snorkeling in Phuket Island by air, fly into Phuket International Airport (HKT) which is located north of Phuket Town on the north end of Phuket Island. From the airport to your hotel, you’ll most likely use a regular taxi car. There is also an Airport Bus to the Phuket City bus terminal #1 and does stop at the Pearl Village Hotel complex. The public bus called Song Taew also runs to the main beaches, and for instance, can be picked up from the local bus terminal in Phuket Town in front of the Central Market on Ranong Road. They run about every 30 minutes. For public transport between beaches, you’ll need to use the Tuk-tuks (communal pickup trucks), which have the exclusive rights for inter-beach transport. The rates charged by Tuk-tuk drivers will seem quite high. While it may sound like a good idea to rent a car, it is generally considered to be quite dangerous to drive yourself around with all the steep winding poorly maintained roads.
Overall, Banana Beach is the 11th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 13 snorkeling dives in Thailand.