Off Phuket's southern coast are a number of small islands whose pristine shores lure scuba-divers and beach bums away from the mainland. Most of them are undeveloped, but Coral Island is one exception.
Only a 15 minute speed boat trip from Chalong pier, Coral Island is the more commercial of the two islands. During the day, it plays host to a steady stream of day-tripppers who come to enjoy the island's long white sandy beach and excellent year-round swimming. The snorkelling is pretty good and you don't have to go out very far before you start to see colourful reef fish, making this an excellent beach for kids to learn how to snorkel.
Other beach activities like diving, banana boat rides, and para-sailing are available (for an extra fee, of course). A host of souvenir shops, restaurants, and services operate along the beach. If you're aching for an oil massage, in need of a cold drink, or forgot your swimmers, all can be purchased on the island.
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