Beaches in Koh Tao

Beaches & Islands

Beaches in Koh Tao

Koh Tao or Turtle Island is one of the most popular destinations for all ages. Home to one of the best diving spots in Asia, it houses activities ranging from fishing and snorkelling to exploring the hidden spots. Some of the most stunning beaches in Koh Tao are the likes of Hin Wong Bay, Sai Daeng, Freedom Beach, Sairee Beach, Shark Bay, and many more. Travellers enjoy exploring coral reefs, diving, lounging at the hidden Freedom Beach, and surfing the food joints. Don’t miss out on the famous boat rides and zip line across the island!

Here is the list of 9 Beaches in Koh Tao

1. Hin Wong Bay

4.5 /5

A quiet getaway from the ever crowded Sairee beach, Hin Wong is a large bay entirely surrounded by boulders.

The beach at the Hin Wong Bay is small, cosy and surrounded by rocks. The water is incredibly clear and ideal for snorkelling. People usually visit Hin Wong on scooters or on foot. For accommodation here, there are 2 or 3 seafront resorts and bungalows to choose from, but it is not necessary to stay a night here. Hin Wong is recommended for all snorkelling lovers.

2. Chalok Bay

What sets Chalok Bay apart from the other beaches of Koh Tao, is its peaceful and serene atmosphere. Being one of the largest beaches of the area, Chalok Bay is the ideal destination for lounging away from the loud metropolitan buzz and enjoying a nice swim every once in a while. The white sandy beaches, lively restaurants and bars, a little village behind the coastline, and postcard-worthy horizon will keep you coming back for more. Located near the south of Koh Tao, it’s accessible through a bike ride and boasts beautiful resorts and luxury villas.

3. Ao Leuk

Renowned for snorkelling and diving, Ao Leuk is a secluded beach often called one of the most beautiful ones of Koh Tao. Its unique features include rich flora and fauna, as you would find coral reefs on either side of the bay. With a nominal entry fee, you can get access to the well-maintained beachside, complimentary drinks, and free lounging facilities. If you’re lucky, you may spot the blacktip reef sharks near the shallow waters. With great connectivity, it is 30min on foot from Mae Haad and offers beautiful bungalows for accommodation.

4. Freedom Beach

Freedom Beach is a private beach located on the southern end of the Koh Tao Island in Thailand. The place is famous for its serene, quiet ambience. The area around the beach is untouched, has no settlements. There is just one restaurant near the shore and a lot of space for beach activities. The waters are shallow and perfect for snorkelling and swimming. Interested ones can also swim to the small coral reef, located very close to the shore. They can then head back to the white sandy beach to relax for a bit.

5. Sai Nuan

Sai Nuan is another secluded beach on the south-western end of the Koh Tao islands of Thailand. This beach is also a tiny little seashore but picturesque enough to offer a great escape from the mundane life. There are some great options for accommodation with easy access to the beachfront. Enjoy a stroll across the beach or go for a swim or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the ocean and watch some exotic fishes. A trip to the Sai Nuan Beach is sure to be an excellent experience for water babies.

6. Ao Tanot Bay 

Considered a great place for snorkelling, diving and swimming, Ao Tanot Bay Beach is a treat for adventure buffs. Even first-timers are sure to have a safe and enjoyable time exploring the marine life in the clean azure-coloured waters. The beach is located on the eastern end of the Koh Tao island and has a stretch of smooth sands leading into the shallow waters. Visiting Ao Tanot Bay Beach in the morning is much recommended for a great sunrise view.

7. Sairee Beach, Koh-tao

Spanning over to a distance of 1.85 kilometers up the West coast of Koh Tao, Sairee Beach is the longest beach in Tao. It is also the busiest beach of Koh Tao flooded with throngs of restaurants, dive centers, bars, cafes, shops and a wide range of accommodation options available easily. This gorgeous beach is ideal for families with children.

8. Koh Nang Yuan, Koh-tao

Koh Nang Yuan is one small island located at the Central Gulf Coast which is in Southern Thailand. Known as excellent diving and snorkelling spot, it is easily accessible from some of the principal places in Thailand like Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Samui, Surat Thani, and Chumphon. A visit to witness the white sand, picturesque rocks, emerald waters, and discover the underwater world is every traveller’s agenda.

9. Shark Bay Koh Tao, Koh-tao

The Shark Bay in Koh Tao is a unique and surreal spot popular for snorkeling and spotting the blacktip reef sharks that visit this beach regularly. Located in Bangkok, the Shark Bay Koh Tao is a private bay glistening with white sand and shaded by tall coconut trees which are called ‘Thian’ by the locals. The local name for these trees gives the beach its original name- Thian Og, though the beach is more popularly referred to as by the name of Shark Bay.

Which are the beaches you've visited? Do you plan on travelling to any of the beaches in Koh Samui mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!

This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer

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