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Join in the Fun!

25 October 2018

Join in the Fun! – A Guide to the Water Sports in Patong Beach, Phuket.

Patong Beach is a Hub for Water Sports in Phuket

Every holidaymaker long to get out in the warm water and make the most of their time in Phuket and the water sports of Phuket can be exciting. But we’ll begin our guide with a note of caution.

If you want to enjoy the thrills of water sports on your Phuket holiday, it’s wise to always carry travel insurance or medical insurance that will be honoured by hospitals in Thailand. Accidents can and do happen and you need to be covered. Do not rely on the vendors of water sports to cover your medical expenses in case of an accident.

With that said, here are the top four water sports activities along Patong Beach while you are staying with us.

Try Parasailing for a Birds-eye View of Phuket

Parasailing is exhilarating and gives you a birds-eye view of Patong and the surrounding hills. For those who are new to the sport, it’s always best to watch others for a bit before you give it a try, so you know what to expect.

Each ride lasts around five minutes. You start off from the beach where an attendant straps you into the harness connected to the parasail and a speedboat right off the beach. When the speedboat tightens up the line, get ready to take off. The attendant will go along with you, climbing into the rigging as you ascend and begin your five-minute tour of the bay. You should plan on spending around 1000 Baht for a five-minute ride.

Banana Boat Rides are Great Fun for Groups of Travellers

Banana boat rides are designed for groups of four to six riders. The shared experience of a group makes them all that more fun. Your ride will generally last about ten minutes after your group has all donned lifejackets that will be provided by the vendor.

A banana boat ride consists of grabbing onto the handles and straddling a long, colourful inflatable tube towed by a speedboat as it speeds around Patong Bay. Expect to pay around 500 Baht per person for a Banana Boat ride.

High Season Provides the Perfect Weather to Try Windsurfing for the First Time

For people who have never experienced windsurfing, Patong Beach provides the perfect gently winds, flat calm seas and a wide bay setting to try it for the first time.

There are a number of windsurfing shops in Patong beach who provide windsurfing lessons with instructors, ask your Holiday Inn Resort Phuket concierge to arrange a lesson with one that they recommend. The vendor will provide you with a life jacket. All you’ll need to provide is a swimsuit and a sense of balance to enjoy the sport of windsurfing. Expect to pay around 1000 Baht for an hour of windsurfing instruction.

Jet Skis Can Be Fun If You Take Some Precautions

Renting a jet ski can be a fun experience, but unfortunately, there have been some vendors that have put a bit of a black mark on the business of jet ski rentals in Phuket.

For this reason, it’s always best to ask your Holiday Inn concierge for a reputable vendor to trust in hiring a jet ski. And you should always hire a new looking jet ski, and take photos of the craft, noting any damage, before you take it out for a ride.

The vendor will provide you with a life jacket and you should plan on spending about 1000 baht for a half-hour’s use of the jet ski. Be sure to stay out of all roped off areas along Patong Beach as these areas are reserved for swimmers only.  

There are Lots of Other Water Sports Available in Patong Beach

These four water sports are some of the most popular to be found along Patong Beach, but for those who travellers crave more adventure, there are still others to be explored.

Snorkelling, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, Hobie-cat sailing and paddle boarding are all available at vendors and hotels in Patong Beach. And Phuket Thailand is one of the world’s premier areas to enjoy all these sports surrounded by warm crystal-clear, calm waters. So, join in the fun and make the most of your stay at our Holiday Inn Resort Phuket.


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Patong, Kathu,
Phuket 83150

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The Holiday Inn Resort Phuket is located just opposite Patong Beach, just steps away from golden sands and within a short walk of Patong shopping, dining and entertainment. 

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