Merlin Beach in Phuket – one of the best snorkeling beach
Merlin beach is probably one of Phuket’s best snorkeling beaches located on the west coast. The beach remains quiet all-year round, despite being close to Patong beach. It is not difficult to find unless you are a guest of the Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach which ends up being the same. Being a hidden beach and not visible from the road, many tourists lose it. Just before this large resort on the left side there is a small dirt road that leads to the beach. Take it and you will arrive there. You will immediately see a Thai massage hut, but now these are located in all Phuket beaches.
This beach is touched in a silent bay with crystal clear blue water. Merlin beach is not really a swimming beach because the seabed is rocky, but perhaps it is the best place for snorkeling in Phuket. Try it for yourself!
Unfortunately the beach is not managed with umbrellas and beach chairs and there are no trees to shelter from the strong rays of the sun. Probably this is the reason why it is an unknown beach. There are no beach activities for the moment, but sometimes you can find canoes of the resort. The famous Freedom beach is located behind the headland to the south, so don’t hesitate to rent a canoe to see its unique crystal clear waters. It is really worth it!
On the hill at the southern end of the beach, following a flight of stairs, you will find a small and welcoming restaurant. The Little Tiger restaurant with a superb view of Merlin beach. The restaurant serves Thai food at a good price and is also a great place to enjoy sunset drinks. During the high season, I often come to this area to take photos also to enjoy a drink with a fabulous sea view! The green hills and the turquoise water give a picturesque touch to this silent bay. If you want to see more photos of Phuket, please do not hesitate to visit my Instagram gallery on Joeysantiniphotography.
You may not know but on the opposite side less than 200 meters away you will find the hidden Tri Trang beach. Tri Trang beach is very similar to Merlin beach. This is a much longer and shaded by tall coconut trees making a truly tropical atmosphere. It is perfect for spending hours in total relaxation and is also excellent for snorkeling!
A 15-minute by walking will take you to Paradise beach located just behind the hill. The beach remains hidden but is very popular for its full moon parties. Patong, Karon and Kata beach is located further away from Merlin beach and in this case you should take a taxi to reach them. You will always find taxis right in the front of the entrance to the prestigious Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach ready to take you to your destination.
Where to stay around Merlin beach
In this quiet area near from the busy Patong, there are some hotels to spend your well-deserved holidays in Phuket, let’s see some of them! As noted above, the new 5-star Phuket Marriott Resort Merlin Beach built right on Merlin Beach is surrounded by green hills and nice beaches. With more than 450 rooms and three beautiful swimming pools, the hotel extends over the entire area behind the beach, but I remind you that the beach is not private. Private beaches in Thailand are not allowed!
Nearby there is the new Lets Phuket Twin Sands Resort & Spa at more reasonable prices, but from there you have to walk a bit to reach the beach. If you are looking for a chic hotel with a new design I recommend the Crest Resort and Pool Villas. This sea view hotel is located less than 10 minutes by walking from Merlin and Tri Trang beach. For luxury lovers the majestic Rosewood Phuket is located right on the peaceful Tri Trang beach but it doesn’t come cheap obviously! Well, make the right choice and have a great holiday! For more info about Phuket, please read PHUKET 101.