How to Get to Nakalay Beach?
Nakalay is within short driving distance from Patong Beach (approx. 15 mins) and Kamala Beach (Approx 5 mins). It is within moderate driving distance from Karon/Kata beach (Approx 25 mins). As of now, the beach’s only convenient entry is through Thavorn Beach Village Phuket Resort and Spa.
Phuket’s Last Hidden ReefNakalay House Reef
At around 300 meters from the shore at the depth of 5 – 10 meters lays Nakalay Reef. Nakalay reef was thought to be long dead. Little do people know that a large portion of the reef remains intact hidden from sight, even during low tide. Due to it being far from shore, the reef could only be accessed via Nakalay Pier. We believe this reef has been thriving mainly due to the secluded nature of Nakalay Bay. Today, Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa has been working closely with government authorities to preserve Nakalay Reef. The hotel undertakes monthly coral replantation and underwater garbage retrieval.
Local Village FolkLore The Myth of Nakalay Bay
Once upon a time a beautiful girl named Marisa lived in this secluded bay. One day Naka, a giant sea serpent and king of the seas, passed by the bay and was struck by Marisa’s beauty. Everyday, Naka visited Marisa and their love grew stronger every passing day. Eventually, they vowed to be with each other forever. Naka promised to protect Marisa until his dying breath.
On one stormy day, Marisa mysteriously disappeared. It was believed that she was swept away by a tidal wave. Naka searched and searched for Marisa but she was nowhere to be found. Naka was grief-stricken as he had just broken the only promise he had given to Marisa.
The myth says that Marisa’s soul returned to the bay, where she resides within an old tree. Naka, trying to make amends, remained at the bay to protect the tree, which he believes is the only thing that is left of Marisa. He remained there until his dying breath. Even after centuries, his presence can still felt at Nakalay Bay. The rocks on the beach are the scales on his back and the giant hill next to the Bay is his head, forever watching over Marisa.
Low Tide/High Tide Alert
Low tide and high tide alternates approximately every 6-hours. The time of day for low tide is different everyday depending on moon cycle. Please see tide table for accurate tide forecasts(Anything below 1.7 is considered low tide). During low tide, you will see the remains of prehistoric coral reef now home to abundance of sea life and critters. At this time, the beach is not conducive for swimming and water activities. The change in the beach’s appearance during low tide may also be unbecoming for some.
During low tide we recommend you spend your time in the lagoon pool, enjoy sunbathing, or take part in beach sports just to name a few.
About Thavorn Beach Village Phuket Resort & Spa
Thavorn Beach Village Phuket Resort & Spa is private beachfront resort located in Nakalay Beach. Nakalay Beach is 5 minutes away from Kamala Beach and 15 minutes from Patong Beach by car. This enables you to enjoy peaceful exclusivity of a private beach while at the same time be close to Phuket’s major public beaches