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Racha Island (Raya Island) Tours

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Racha Island (Raya Island)
Racha Island (Raya Island) is, in fact, two islands—Ko Racha Yai and Ko Racha Noi—both known for their excellent snorkeling and diving. Whether for day-long underwater exploring trips or stays of a few days to relax on the unspoiled beaches, the southern Thai islands are popular with water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

The Basics
Around 20 miles (40 kilometers) south of Phuket, Racha Island is quintessential Thailand—white sand, turquoise ocean, and softly swaying palm trees. Koh Racha Yai has a small number of resorts and bungalows, and is becoming a popular place to stay for visitors to Phuket, while Koh Racha Noi is uninhabited. Both islands offer excellent diving offshore, and you can snorkel right from the beach on Racha Yai. Many travelers choose to visit the islands as part of an organized snorkeling, diving, or catamaran tour from Phuket. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Racha Island is ideal for snorkelers, divers, and those looking for a quiet island escape from Phuket. 
  • Most tours leave Phuket in the morning to spend the day around both Racha Yai island and Racha Noi island.
  • Snorkelers and divers can expect to see colorful corals and many types of tropical fish. 
  • If snorkeling or diving is not your thing, catamaran trips are also available.
  • Many tours include lunch, refreshments, and water sports gear.

How to Get There
Racha Island, located south of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, is accessible only by boat. Speedboats travel from Ao Chalong and Rawai on Phuket, or you can book a snorkeling, diving, or catamaran tour to access the islands.

When to Get There
High season in Phuket runs from November to March, when the weather is warm and sunny. April and May can be very hot, and tropical rainstorms are possible from June to November. Some resorts and tour operators close up shop or run only limited services in the rainy season. 

See Phuket’s Big Buddha
For a photo opportunity extraordinaire, take a trip to see Phuket’s Big Buddha, a 150-foot-high (45-meter) statue sitting atop the Nakkerd Hills, close to Kata. The statue was constructed in 2004 and is made of concrete overlaid with glittering white jade marble. From the base of the Buddha you can enjoy panoramic views over the whole island. 
Address: Racha Island, Phuket, Thailand
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48 Tours and Activities to Experience Racha Island (Raya Island)

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Racha Island Snorkeling Tour By Speedboat From Phuket Day Trips

Racha Island Snorkeling Tour By Speedboat From Phuket

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• Go on an island hopping day trip to Racha(Raya) Island, Phuket's most beautiful islands. • Soak in the beautiful views of coral reefs and fish, whilst snorkeling through crystal-clear water and relax in picturesque locations. • Search for hidden coves and pristine beaches on the islands or simply relax on the white sandy beaches. • Swim and explore the amazing world underwater while snorkeling at Racha (Raya) Island. • Get a chance to set your eyes on the abundant tropical marine life and multi-colored coral reefs.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Maiton, Coral and Racha Island Snorkeling Trip By Speedboat From Phuket Day Trips

Maiton, Coral and Racha Island Snorkeling Trip By Speedboat From Phuket

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Maiton, Coral and Racha Island Snorkeling Tour by speedboat is a complete tour that brings you to visit Phuket's most well known destinations and popular. The coral reef in these islands is especially suitable for great snorkeling time. • Discover the white sandy beaches of 3 beautiful islands : Maiton, Coral and Racha Island • Enjoy a wide variety of water sports like parasailing, diving, banana boat and more at Coral Island. • Get experience of fun and enjoy sightseeing, swimming, and snorkeling at wonderful coral reefs. • Enjoy delicious buffet lunch in the restaurant. • Snorkel through the sheltered reef between the islands and if you are lucky you can watch dolphins frolicked in the sea.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Racha Island Game Fishing & Trolling From Phuket Day Trips

Racha Island Game Fishing & Trolling From Phuket

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• Spend a day fishing for big fish in the beautiful islands around Phuket. • Soak in the beautiful views of coral reefs and fish, whilst fishing through crystal-clear water and relax in picturesque locations. • Swim and explore the amazing world underwater while fishing at Racha (Raya) Island. • Get a chance to set your eyes on the abundant tropical marine life and multi-colored coral reefs. • Enjoy a delicious lunch on board and free time for a swim in the warm waters. • Enjoy the convenience of pick-up and drop-off direct from your hotel.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Diving Trip at Racha Noi and Racha Yai from Phuket include LunchDay Trips

Private Diving Trip at Racha Noi and Racha Yai from Phuket include Lunch

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Racha Yai and Racha Noi are two of the most popular dive sites around Phuket and this private full-day tour is ideal for first-time or uncertified divers. Benefit from the undivided attention of your expert instructor as you enjoy three thrilling scuba dives; look out for marine creatures such as moray eels, lion fish, and scorpion fish; and tuck into a hearty breakfast and lunch on-board.
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  • 10 hours
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The Best Phuket 3 Islands Snorkeling Tour By SpeedboatDay Trips

The Best Phuket 3 Islands Snorkeling Tour By Speedboat

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• Take a relaxing trip to Phuket's most well known destinations and popular : Maiton Island, Racha Island and Coral Island. • Discover the white sandy beaches of 2 beautiful islands at Racha Island and Coral Island. • Enjoy a wide variety of water sports on Coral island like parasailing, diving, banana boat and more! • Get experience of fun and enjoy sightseeing, swimming and snorkeling at wonderful coral reefs on Coral Island. • Enjoy delicious buffet lunch in the restaurant at Coral Island • Snorkel through the sheltered reef between the islands and if you are lucky you can watch dolphins frolicked in the sea at Maiton Island.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Raya Island Tour by Speed Boat From PhuketDay Trips

Raya Island Tour by Speed Boat From Phuket

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Go swimming and snorkeling at Koh Racha Yai on this full-day tour by speedboat from Phuket. Get to the picturesque island quickly by speedboat, and have more time to enjoy the white-sand beach, warm ocean waters, and colorful marine life. This island is less visited than some nearby island destinations, with quiet beaches, excellent snorkeling spots, and beachside restaurant where you can purchase lunch.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Big Game Fishing Full-Day TourDay Trips

Big Game Fishing Full-Day Tour

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Enjoy a day on the water with this guided fishing adventure in the Andaman Sea. After a convenient hotel pickup, board a modern, comfortable boat and head out with an expert. Enjoy access to everything you’ll need—bait, lures, and other equipment—as well as snorkeling gear and a delicious complimentary lunch. Try and catch tuna, mackerel, and other local fish, and take a dip in Andaman’s beautiful waters.
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  • 7 hours
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Full-Day Racha Noi and Racha Yai Snorkeling from PhuketSnorkeling

Full-Day Racha Noi and Racha Yai Snorkeling from Phuket

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Spend the day in the waters surrounding Phuket on this full-day diving and snorkeling trip from one of Thailand's top cities. Enjoy breakfast on board your ship as you make your way to Koh Racha Noi with your experienced guides. You'll also have the chance to check out Koh Racha Yai after lunch. These two sheltered areas rank among the region's top sites for underwater adventure and are guaranteed to provide travelers with close encounters with fish and marine life.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Raya Island Tour by Speed Boat from PhuketDay Trips

Raya Island Tour by Speed Boat from Phuket

Escape the bustle and crowds of Phuket with a day trip out to idyllic Racha Yai Island. Enjoy scenic views as you swim and snorkel at Kon Kare Bay and Siam Bay, then relish some time to yourself on the beaches and nature-laden trails of Racha Yai. - Pristine, day-long island escape from the bustle of the city - Beach stops with clear, calm waters ripe for swimming - Fish encounters while snorkeling at Kon Kare Bay & Siam Bay - Free time to relax, swim, or explore on Racha Yai Island - Free time to explore the sea & amazing underwater vistas
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Raya Island Tour by Speed Boat from PhuketDay Trips

Raya Island Tour by Speed Boat from Phuket

Escape the bustle and crowds of Phuket with a day trip out to idyllic Racha Yai Island. Enjoy scenic views as you swim and snorkel at Kon Kare Bay and Siam Bay, then relish some time to yourself on the beaches and nature-laden trails of Racha Yai. - Pristine, day-long island escape from the bustle of the city - Beach stops with clear, calm waters ripe for swimming - Fish encounters while snorkeling at Kon Kare Bay & Siam Bay - Free time to relax, swim, or explore on Racha Yai Island - Free time to explore the sea & amazing underwater vistas
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Coral and Racha Islands full day tour from PhuketDay Trips

Coral and Racha Islands full day tour from Phuket

In one day, you will have time to visit three stunning islands in the Andaman Sea. You will visit the newly opened private island of Rang Yai, open the snow-white, flour-like beaches of Coral island, surrounded by colorful reefs, and on Racha Yai Island swim in one of the beautiful lagoons and have lunch at a pleasant local restaurant.
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Luxury Ocean Boat Club *Party Yacht* - Racha & Coral IslandDay Trips

Luxury Ocean Boat Club *Party Yacht* - Racha & Coral Island

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A day trip on VIP Luxury Boat Club, where you can explore the beautiful island around Phuket and enjoy floating beach club on your day cruise. During the trip there will be cold towel and and cocktail available. On the cruise, there will be at least two stops to enjoy snorkeling and swimming as well as water sport activities (with extra charge). Chilling out and sunbathing on your day bed in a lounge atmosphere, admire the panoramic view. The a glass of champagne to get the party started under the sunlight of the sunset with the live DJ setting the mood to dance.
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  • 7 hours
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Racha Noi and Racha Yai Dive Trip from PhuketSnorkeling

Racha Noi and Racha Yai Dive Trip from Phuket

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Koh Racha Noi and Koh Racha Yai are two popular dive sites you can visit on this hassle-free day trip from Phuket. Certified divers head deep down to see marine life on wild coral reefs, while uncertified divers can still participate by snorkeling or opting for a shallow discovery dive. A small-group tour ensures personalized attention from your guide to suit your needs.
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  • 10 hours
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Relax and Snorkel on Koh Racha Yai and on Banana Beach, Koh Hey IslandDay Trips

Relax and Snorkel on Koh Racha Yai and on Banana Beach, Koh Hey Island

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Escape on a tropical Island and enjoy the serenity on a full-day tour in an authentic white sand beach away from the crowd of the popular Phuket Island. Discover during a full-day tour the 2 beautiful exotic islands of “Racha Yai” and Banana Beach on “Koh Hey” island. Enjoy a memorable full-service tour which includes activities on a perfect day, such as snorkeling and clear kayaking.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Raya and Coral Island, Snorkeling Premium TripFull-day Tours

Raya and Coral Island, Snorkeling Premium Trip

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Good tour to see two islands closed to Phuket, only 12 km from the island .Raya , Patok Bay and lunch at Lah Bay, after go to Coral Island.
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  • 8 hours
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Racha and Coral Island One Day Trip + Sunset by Luxury Catamaran From PhuketDay Trips

Racha and Coral Island One Day Trip + Sunset by Luxury Catamaran From Phuket

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• Enjoy an exotic island hopping tour around Phuket’s best aboard a luxurious catamaran. • Enjoy a day of snorkeling and discover the fascinating aquatic life underneath the waters. • Discover Koh Racha Yai and Racha Noi Island Day Tour by Motor Yacht for more island escapes. • Soak yourself in the sunlight, relaxing and snorkeling in crystal clear waters. • Feast on delicious meals as well as an array of fresh seasonal fruits, while drifting slowly along the Andaman Sea. • Behold the beguiling sunset on the sea at the end of the tour.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Hype Luxury Catamaran ExperienceDay Cruises

Hype Luxury Catamaran Experience

Following departure from Chalong Pier between 11am-11.30am, enjoy a Welcome Drink and settle into a days cruise to beautiful islands and across the lovely waters off the Andaman Sea aboard a stunning 22 metre long catamaran. First stop will be made at Coral Island at about 12.45pm to laze on the pristine white sand beach, go swimming or partake in other island activities (at own expense). You can also swim (or dive) off the catamaran. Approximately 2.00pm you will be back on the catamaran to set sail for Racha Yai Island, just over an hour away. Onboard you can lie back and sunbathe, you'll have access to the open air shower and be able to enjoy the bars extensive Drinks Menu. Arriving at Racha Yai by 3.15pm, take advantage of your complimentary snorkelling equipment and the clear blue waters as you are at one of the best snorkelling areas around. By 4.30pm you will be back on the cat to return to Chalong Pier for two glorious, relaxing hours passing by Promthep Cape at sunset.
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  • 7 hours
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HYPE Luxury Boat ClubDay Trips

HYPE Luxury Boat Club

Itinerary: • 10:00am-11:00am hotel pick up by taxi (optional) • 11:00am-11:30am arrival on board and welcome cocktail, start the hype experience • 12:15pm arrive Coral Island (1 hour 30 minutes) and enjoy the delectable buffet on the way to Coral Island • 12:15pm-1:45pm enjoy swimming and view of Coral Island • 1:45pm-3:00pm sailing to Racha Yai island • 3:00pm-4:15pm snorkeling in Racha Yai island • 4:15pm-6:30pm go back to Chalong pier, enjoy a beautiful sunset near Promthep Cape, and the party gets started • 6:30pm end of the cruise and disembark at Chalong pier • Drop off to the hotel by taxi (optional) Low Season (from 16 Apr-14 Nov) Destinations: • Coral Island, Racha Yai Island, and Near Promthep Cape High Season (from 15 Nov-15 Apr) Destinations: • Coral Island, Racha Yai Island, and Near Promthep Cape
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Phuket Racha Yai Island Big Game Fishing TourFishing Charters & Tours

Phuket Racha Yai Island Big Game Fishing Tour

With a cornucopia of big fish around the Raya (or Racha) Islands, just 12 kilometers south of Phuket, this tour is your best chance to make a big catch. These waters are teeming with Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Dolphin and Tuna, and as a company with over 15 years of fishing experience in the area, they know just where to find them. Your boat will switch between trolling and bottom fishing with hand lines. - Spend a day fishing for big fish in the beautiful islands around Phuket - Enjoy a delicious lunch on board and free time for a swim in the warm waters - Bring along friends and family not interested in the actual fishing for a discounted rate - Enjoy the convenience of pick-up and drop-off direct from your hotel
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  • 9 hours
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Coral & Racha Island Sunset by Catamaran Sailing

Coral & Racha Island Sunset by Catamaran

Coral & Racha Island are considered among Thailand’s must-visit seaside destinations, but their remote coastal locations make visiting independently a challenge. On this tour, take to the waves by catamaran and reach both destinations with VIP Buffet lunch, and round-trip transport from your Phuket hotel included. Swim, snorkel, and sunbathe at your leisure—with music and Homemade cocktail on board and admire uninterrupted views over the pristine island scenery.
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Snorkeling Tour to Coral & Maiton & Racha Island from PhuketDay Trips

Snorkeling Tour to Coral & Maiton & Racha Island from Phuket

Take you from Phuket Island to various coastal attractions. Admire the beautiful and clean seascape. Join snorkeling and various water activities to enjoy colorful corals and fish underwater. Discover the white sandy beaches of 3 beautiful islands : Coral Island, Maiton Island and Racha Island. • Travel to three of the most beautiful islands of Phuket in day trip. • Search for hidden coves and pristine beaches on the islands or simply relax on the white sandy beaches and Soak yourself in the sunlight. • Enjoy a wide variety of water sports like parasailing, diving, banana boat and more! • Explore the amazing world underwater while snorkeling and if you are lucky you can watch dolphins frolicked in the sea.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Refresher scuba diving trip, 3 dives at Racha Noi and Racha YaiSnorkeling

Refresher scuba diving trip, 3 dives at Racha Noi and Racha Yai

If it’s been a while since you SCUBA dived and you need a refresher, this full-day tour is the perfect option for you. Taking this course ensures the rest of your time diving in Phuket is safe and successful. With a small group and a two-divers-to-one-instructor ratio, get tons of personalized attention during your three dives in Racha Noi and Racha Yai.
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  • 10 hours
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Phuket: Racha, Koh Lone, and Maiton Island Full-Day TripSailing

Phuket: Racha, Koh Lone, and Maiton Island Full-Day Trip

Get picked up from your hotel at 10:30 AM and transfer to the pier. Head off for Koh Lone Island via speedboat, where you can take your time relaxing and swimming. At 12:00 PM, enjoy a buffet lunch, either Thai and Western or vegetarian, on the island. Head off for Racha Island, known for its excellent diving and snorkeling sites. Get in some more swimming and relaxing on the beach before a stop for snorkeling at Kon Kae Bay. Swim at Mai Ton Island, a beautiful, tropical island which is a very popular stop for cruise ships. Refresh your energy with some fresh fruit. Arrive back at the pier at 5:30 PM and relax on a transfer back to your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
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Coral, Racha and Maithon Island Luxury Yacht Charter For 45 Person From PhuketDay Trips

Coral, Racha and Maithon Island Luxury Yacht Charter For 45 Person From Phuket

This Luxury Yacht offers you the chance to cruise in speed during your day trip around a choice of islands, visiting some of the more famous sightseeing areas in either Coral Island, Racha Island or Maithon Island areas. Offering a combination of sightseeing, swimming and exploring, beach time and still getting you away from the crowds. With many choice of customized Charter Trips designed to give you time at the famous sights of each area as well as getting you away to your own hidden beaches, you will not be disappointed by this boat and the service it provides. Choose between the clear blue waters of Racha Island and its surrounding islands for snorkeling and sightseeing. Enjoy water activities at Coral Island from sea walking, scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, sightseeing and more. if you are lucky you can watch dolphins frolicked in the sea at Maithon Island. Enjoy an authentic buffet meal on board as you sail through stunning landscapes.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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