Yanui is not a beach for snorkeling, parasailing, jet skies or European restaurants. Instead a beach for those of you seeking a quiet but not deserted beach. The scenery is beautiful, tucked between two hills and a small island so close that you can almost swim out to it, or better do like many others and rent a kayak, 100-150 baht/hour, for a closer look of this mysterious island.
The beach itself is nothing to write home about, and I will not, but white sand is not everything. Clear water and good location count more!
There is even a couple of restaurants and bungalows in the area.
After advice from a friend we ordered food from the bungalow restaurant at the other side of the road instead on the beach. This was one of the few times in my life that I enjoyed eating Thai food.
Snorkeling here is nothing special even if lots of tourists are spotted wearing a mask and snorkel. You will certainly see fish, this is after all Phuket, but don't expect to see that much corals, try nearby Ao Sane Beach instead. When we talk about fish, a sign at the beach in Thai say 'no fishing'. I don't think any Thais has seen the sign since the area next to the beach is a popular fishing spot.
If you have never been to Phuket before you would have a hard time to find any evidence of the tsunami, but Yanui is an exception and there is nothing wrong about that. Better to have a real tsunami memory than man-made multi-million dollar sculptures.