In the last week we have been exploring Nai Harn beach and Ao Sane beach. Ready to try something new we drove a little further north to Kata Noi beach. Kata Noi beach is relatively quiet with soft sand and clear turquoise water. The water gets deep quickly and there are strong under water currents which can make water play a little challenging for younger children. We also encountered our fair share of sea lice that left us with uncomfortable bites. The bites sting for a minute of two and then subside, but it is still unpleasant. Most Thais avoid sea lice stings by swimming fully clothed.
To the far right of Kata Noi beach is an outcropping or rocks that provide shelter for sea creatures. It is nice spot for snorkeling but better suited for stronger swimmers partly because you have to swim further out to observe sea life and there can be stronger currents around the rocks.
Although it would seem like Kata Noi beach is not very child friendly with its deep water and strong currents, it makes up for these challenges with its plethora of soft sand. All the children were kept busy for several hours digging and playing in the sand while the adults admired the picturesque scenery and soaked up the warmth of the sun.