Coral Island or Koh He
Less than three kilometres to the Southeast of Phuket, the island known locally as Koh He is really on our doorstep but only accessible by boat. It makes for a great short day trip. There are two main beaches, our favorite is the less crowded Banana beach, where fish are always ready to nibble bread from your hands and at certain times of the year friendly hornbills come to feed in the surrounding trees.
Ko He has a lovely open air restaurant where you can relax under the trees while watching all the action on the beach. It has a large roped off swimming area right in front of the restaurant, making it perfect for kids too. Sometimes you just want to relax on a beautiful tropical island without going longer distances, Koh He will be a great choice.
The coral reefs from which the island gets its name are ideal for snorkeling. Neighboring Lon Island also boasts several scenic anchorages, great for a last night stopover on longer trips. What follows is a brief selection of the most alluring. They can be reached in a day, although for some you will need a fast boat and an early start.
7 Kilometers to the east just off Cape Promthep, lies Koh Kaew Yai a very small Buddhist memorial island with a large Buddha statue and many other memorials. It has a small community of monks, mostly on retreat to this special place. Legend has it that the Buddha took his first step into Siam on this Island before arriving at nearby Rawai beach, Further north dominating Kata Bay is the waterless Koh Poo (Crab Island); pretty, but without any easy access. The story goes that it has been sold several times to gullible developers.