Surfing Kalim beach along the west coast of Phuket, Thailand
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Surfing Kalim Beach

A fun right hander and a great big smile are what you’ll get at this coral reef break that’s favored by many locals. The reef rocky bottom does get pretty shallow on the inside but the right hand peeler can offer you one of the longest rides here along Phuket’s west coast. Just be sure to kick out on time before you end up on the rocks with painful abrasions and a dinged up board. You can also find a little left at times but you’ll enjoy much longer rides going right.

Few surfers choose to surf a right that’s in the very northern section of the bay. These waves tend to offer shorter length rides. Although, most of the time you can get on it by yourself.

Kalim reef can get up to overhead high with a required amount southwest or west swell energy and favorable wind conditions. Your best bet is to go around the incoming mid to high tide.

Paddle out Tip: Save your energy by paddling out by the short length white bridge located just north and across from The Orchid Hotel. It looks like a long way but it’s definitely an easier and quicker way to get out to the lineup. Avoid paddling out off the rocks by the small parking and spectator area just south of White Box Restaurant unless you feel like building up your shoulder endurance or like to paddle through oncoming whitewater. The current will likely end up taking you south anyway. Save your paddle power for the fun, right hand peelers.

Kalim Beach Overview

Kalim can easily be seen in the distance from Patong Beach. It’s slightly tucked in along the massive northern headland that borders Patong Bay. You’ll see a seabed of coral rocks exposed around low tide.

But you won’t find any sunbathers on this beach mainly because there isn’t a wide enough strip of sand for lounging. When there’s a fair amount of swell, waves crash onto the adjacent narrow street creating a slight road hazard, especially for those on motorbikes. There are a few elevated beachside restaurants just north of the reef break offering terrific views of surfers making their way down the line.

The open area just south of the break is also a good place to grab a good variety of delicious food and fresh juice shakes to satisfy your post-surf hunger and thirst. You definitely won’t miss the sites and scents of Thai street vendors that line up along the coastal side of the road.

Kalim Reef’s Details

Best Tide:

Medium to high

Best Swell Direction:


Best Wind:



Coral reef/rock

Ability Level:

Intermediate to advanced

Best Season:

May to October


Park along the narrow coastal road or in the small (more like tiny) lot by the short bridge next to The Orchid Hotel & Spa.

Crowd Factor:

Main peak can get crowded when it’s good 

Local Vibe:


Paddle Out Power:

5/10 (1=easy peasy; 10=feels like paddling on a treadmill)

Poopie Patrol:

1-8; can get messy when it rains

(1=clean; 10=dingleberries in the lineup)


Strong currents; slight challenge walking in/out due to the coral rock bottom

Surf Lessons & Board Rentals

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