The Thai word for island is normally written 'Koh' but is pronounced closer to 'Gaw'. Apart from the main island, Phuket province includes 39 smaller islands and islets covering a total of 70sq km. There are many more islands within easy boating distance in Phang Nga and Krabi provinces. There are so many islands that it would take months to fully explore them all. There are many beautiful beaches some of which are totally deserted. You can also find superb snorkeling and diving sites comparable to the best in the world.
Koh Maprow (Coconut Island)
Koh Maprow is quite a large island just off the east coast of Phuket, opposite Laem Hin Pier. It has a couple of beaches but they are not very good for swimming so it has not really become a day-trip spot. However, the island has recently caught the eye of property developers.
They are promoting the island as an unspoiled escape. There are several property projects on the island, including some high-end developments. There are some nice floating seafood restaurants in the sea between Phuket and Koh Maprow.