Lying off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is one of the favorite beach destinations for travelers to the Land of Smiles. For most travelers, 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!
Unlike the other well-known tropical islands around Phuket, Maiton – also known as Honeymoon Island – is a serene island just 9 kilometers 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 seashells, and lush green natural forest. The dreamy island may be only about 4 kilometers in size, but its white powdery sand straddles 1 kilometer 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
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 and 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 snorkeling. 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.
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.
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 viewpoint where a breathtaking view of Nam-Hong Bay and Chong Lom Bay awaits. Who knows – an energizing walk in nature may bring about enlightenment where you may look at life from a brand new perspective!
Rejuvenating Massages And 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.
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!
How to Reach
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.
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…