Cape Panwa Beach


Cape Panwa Beach is a medium sized beach on Phuket’s east coast, at the tip of tip of Cape Panwa. The high hill above the beach serves to give Cape Panwa Beach a secluded feel. It is convenient from Phuket Town take a short 12 km. (7.5 mi.) drive down to the beaches of Cape Panwa.

Cape Panwa isn’t a great swimming beach, wading beach, snorkeling or windsurfing beach. It’s basically just a nice escape from Phuket Town and development on the island. People who need a break from town will come down to have a long lunch at Cape Panwa Beach or maybe take a boat to one of the islands just off shore.

Cape Panwa Beach Clubs

There are no beach clubs at Cape Panwa Beach

Cape Panwa Beach Restaurants / Bars

Besides restaurants at the resorts mentioned below, here are two more to try.

  • Baan Ra Tree – getting 4 out of 5-stars, this restaurant is located at the very south end of Cape Panwa on the west side. Mixed reviews, with some saying they were out of crucial ingredients and service wasn’t good in the afternoon. Others raved about the food taste. So, if you’re in the area, give it a try and let us know what you think. Nice view.
  • Live India Indian Restaurant – authentic Indian food, cooked by Indians! Some reviewers from India loved it. Pricey, like all restaurants on the cape. No real view from here, but the food makes a stop worth it. Close to Ao Yon Beach on west side of the cape.

Cape Panwa Beach Accommodations

  • Amatara Wellness Resort – this is a very large resort property with many rooms. Rates start at 7,000 THB per night. For this you get many great features. Dine at the rooftop bar or a beach restaurant. They have a fine infinity pool and spa, yoga, and tennis.
  • Baba Nest Sri Panwa Phuket – many reviewers calling this the best place they’ve ever seen. Views are spectacular. Food and drinks at sunset – incredible. Ratings at Google? 4.9 out of 5-stars with more than 30 reviewers. Highest we’ve ever seen. Fully booked during high season, so make reservations early. Villas starting around 11,000 THB per night.
  • Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa Hotel – at the very end of Cape Panwa are these luxury villas starting around 12,500 THB nightly. Spectacular views looking out over the Andaman Sea with small islands dotting the seascape. Small private beach and Japanese restaurant guests rave about. Highly recommended.

Cape Panwa Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket:Directly south of Phuket Town on Phuket Island’s east coast is a wide peninsula with Cape Panwa at the southwestern tip.
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 20” N, 98° 24’ 19” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 26 / 11 / 44
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Ao Yon Beach is on the west side; Cape Panwa Hotel Beach is to the east.
  • Direction Facing: Cape Panwa Beach faces west.
  • Beach Length: 350 meters (383 yd.) There are multiple beaches on Cape Panwa that are labeled “Panwa Beach” on Google maps, so it’s impossible to figure out which, or even if there is one official Panwa Beach. This listing includes only Cape Panwa Beach which faces Koh Lon Island.
  • Beach Width: Average around 7 meters (8 yd.)
  • Estimated Beach Area: 2’450 square meter (2,930 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Beautiful in parts, and basic with rough sand at other parts (west). The best part of the Panwa beaches with the softest sand, is further out on the cape – go as far southeast as you can go.
  • Ocean Bottom: Rough with shells and rocks in the north and getting better and more refined the further south you go.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? At the aquarium.
  • Beach features: Large hill behind the beach gives it a private feel on the southeast end, but the rest of the beachfront borders roads and business areas. There is a sidewalk along and above that is nice for walks.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Around the pools of resorts, yes.
  • Umbrellas? Around the pools.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public and no fees.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, boats can anchor.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, Laem Panwa pier is a military dock, but not for public use.
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: No
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 10m
  • Convenience shop available? Yes
  • Attractions: Boardwalk. Third Naval Area Command. Large naval vessels are sometimes parked here. Phuket Aquarium. Cape Panwa viewpoint.
  • Activities: Walking on the beach, swimming, taking photographs of the navy ships.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No, wrong side Phuket for that. Surfing is at beaches on Phuket’s west side.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: All of the sandy east side beaches have the risk of stingrays in the sand underwater.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? No

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This Phuket Beaches Blog and most of the published articles have been researched, written and compiled by Sepp Hatzl. Sepp started visiting Phuket in 1975, felt in love with the island, and in 1997 decided to spend most of his time in Nai Thon Beach Phuket. Sepp is happy to provide you with more specific information about all kind of Phuket topics, just drop him an email (email see in the footer).

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