Lying off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is one of the favourite beach destinations for travellers to the Land of Smiles. For most travellers, a trip to Phuket is not complete without some fun island hopping to nearby tropical paradises, including the famous Phi Phi islands, Coral Island, and Koh Yao islands. However, these islands attract a lot of tourists and may be too crowded to relish the much-needed moments of tranquility. Let me introduce you to one of Phuket’s best-kept secrets - Maiton Island, a gorgeous private island just off Phuket’s southeastern coast. Read on to find out more about this hidden gem!
First, a background on Maiton Island
Unlike the other well-known tropical islands around Phuket, Maiton - also known as Honeymoon Island - is a serene island just 9 kilometres (29,527.6 feet) off Phuket’s southeastern coast. It is the largest private island tucked away in the crystal blue waters of Andaman Sea, complete with a soft-sand beach, which is full of stunning washed-up corals and sea shells, and lush green natural forest. The dreamy island may be only about 4 kilometres (13,123.4 feet) in size, but its white powdery sand straddles 1 kilometre (3,280.8 feet) of the shoreline. With only a small number of guests allowed at a time, Maiton truly makes for a surreal destination for an incredible holiday experience.
Things to do: What’s in store for those who adore the sea?
The strategic location of Maiton Island makes it an idyllic place for visitors to relax and enjoy what amazing Mother Nature has to offer. You cannot help but gravitate towards the crystal-clear turquoise waters.
- Diving & snorkeling
Just 10 steps ahead of the pristine beach lies the flourishing coral sanctuary where over 400 species of fish and fascinating marine life can be found. Discover the beauty of the underwater world through exciting sea sports such as diving and snorkelling. You can also take a dip in the turquoise blue waters of the Andaman Sea and be wowed by the spectacular marine life around you.
- Dolphin watching
If you wish to venture further out into the sea, embark on a cruise for an exhilarating dolphin-watching trip. Watch the wild dolphins perform an impressive stunt or two right before your eyes as you set sail into the deep blue sea. At the same time, let your troubles drift away while you gaze into the awe-inspiring horizon and enjoy the mesmerizing sights.
- Simply relax!
On a dreamy destination like Maiton, perhaps you’d prefer to do nothing and simply relax? In that case, just lay down on the glittering white sands under the warm rays of the sun (or under the shades of a rented cabana) to enjoy the cool sea breeze and immerse yourself in the romantic atmosphere with your loved one. If Lady Luck is shining on you, you may even spot the dolphins or reef sharks swimming near the shore!
There’s also plenty to do inland on the private island
Maiton Island is not just a paradise for sea lovers. There’s lots to do for non-swimmers and adrenaline-junkies as well!
If you enjoy hiking amid nature, you will love the luxuriant forest on the island. As you find your way through the lush greenery, take in deep breaths to soak in the aromatic green shower which helps freshen your mind. Go all the way by trekking through the tropical forest to the view-point where a breathtaking view of Nam-Hong Bay and Chong Lom Bay awaits. Who knows - an energising walk in nature may bring about enlightenment where you may look at life from a brand new perspective!
- Beach volleyball
How about a fun game of beach volleyball with your travel companions on the long stretch of the pristine beach? You can also jog or stroll along the beautiful shoreline with new-found friends as you take in the picturesque sight on this secluded island.
- Rejuvenating massages & delicious food
Tired after trying all the calorie-burning activities? Reward yourself with a relaxing spa or massage session on Maiton. It is, after all, a one-of-a-kind experience to pamper yourself on a private island hideaway. Thereafter, you can also indulge in a scrumptious spread of seafood barbecue buffet along with unique cocktails and refreshments before calling it a day.
- Amp up your Instagram handle
No matter where you look, the backdrop is perfect for some gorgeous clicks. And it certainly helps when the island has dreamy white-curtained gazebos and swings from trees to provide some postcard-like frames. Don’t miss out on exploring the beach stretch and finding these precious nooks and corners.
Can’t get enough of the island? Extend your stay in one of the gorgeous villas
The above list of things you can do on Maiton Island is perfect for a wonderful day trip from Phuket. But what if you simply can’t get enough of the island? Or the romantic in you suddenly wants to witness the changing hues of a glorious sunset, with your significant other? Well, it’s possible! If you spend the night at one of the lovely beachfront villas in this slice of paradise. Enjoy the private beach at a leisurely pace and take your time to relish every heavenly moment on Maiton.
Price of a beautiful beachfront villa starts from 20,000 THB (628.20 USD) per night for 2 persons. And the incredible experience is worth every penny!
So, how can I get to this awesome hidden gem?
Maiton Island is a quick 20-minute ride on the speedboat from a number of piers in Phuket, depending on which tour operator you travel with. The speedboats operate twice daily, at 9 am and 1 pm, which makes Maiton a convenient day trip from Phuket for visitors with time constraints. However, if you prefer to go slow, you may wish to opt for the catamaran instead, so you can slowly cross the Andaman Sea and be one with nature at leisure. There are also several day tour packages available through various tour operators that you can book for a hassle-free travel experience. Else, you may also charter a catamaran for a luxurious holiday with your family or a loved one.
Paradise is within easy reach from the bustling town of Phuket
While Phuket is a fine destination for a great beach vacation in Thailand, the touristy crowd flocking to popular attractions in and around the bustling town may get a little stifling for some. The idyllic Maiton Island is a perfect getaway for those wishing to escape from it all, especially when it is within quick and easy reach. Live your island life at this surreal retreat called Maiton! Paradise awaits…
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