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Beaches

Where is the best beach on Koh Tao?

Koh Tao Beaches - In Tanote Bay  you can jump off a high cliff into the water.

The beaches on Koh Tao are some of the most beautiful tropical paradise destinations in Thailand.  The entire island has several large and small shores for holiday makers to enjoy and explore.  White sandy beaches, clear waters with swirls of aquamarine, and coral aquatic life that will awe any snorkelor or diver.  Unique rock and boulder formations line several beach fronts and a range from secluded spots to lively active shores ensures a place for everyone. 

Access to some beaches may be more difficult than others, but day trips on a famous Thai long-tail boat may be the perfect solution to exploring all this magnificent island has to offer.  With Koh Tao being a famous diving destination, the waters of this island will inspire and amaze all who come into contact.

Mae Haad BayTo the right of the pier as you arrive on Koh Tao, this beach is not so popular with bathers except at the far end away from all the boat traffic.  Located right at the centre of town many diving boats and long tail boats are parked along the waters edges getting ready for daily activities.  This is a great spot to get a boat taxi, or to charter a longtail boat for the day.  The sand is soft and pale, the water clear, however the corals mostly damaged and not restored.  Many dive operators leave from the Mae Haad beach making for a busy location perfect for observing and snapping photos.  Kayak rentals are available and this is a great starting spot for any kayak adventure.

Jansom BayJansom bay is a private beach that can be accessed through Charm Churee Villa Resort.  There is a small fee to use the beach, but many argue that it is well worth it.  Deckchairs and beds are available and a restaurant on the beach can satisfy any appetite. This beautifully maintained beach has white sands, water deep enough to swim and exciting snorkeling opportunities along the rocks of the bay.  Due to its lack of traffic the marine life is better preserved and  porcupine pufferfish, yellow boxfish and even sting rays can be spotted.  Dive boats may be nearby during the afternoon, so for a more private experience get there early.

Saire BeachSairee Beach located in the west of the island is the largest and most popular beach stretch in Koh Tao.  Access is very easy and restaurants, resorts, bars, and dive shops line the entire waterfront.  Many holiday makers are sunbathing, playing beach volleyball, kayaking, dining and enjoying the social and lively atmosphere.  The sand is soft and the water clear, but one must swim out quite a distance to experience some good snorkeling activity.  Sairee beach also is largely affected by the tide.  At times it seems like the sand stretches out forever, whereas other times it doesn't leave much space on the beach for lounging.  The water is mostly still and shallow and is great for families with young children.

In the evening Sairee beach becomes a magical place with the breathtaking sunsets.  Many visitors and locals alike enjoy a happy hour evening drink while staring out at the magnificent colours of the sky.  Restaurants and bars come to life with fun music and the later it gets, the wilder the beach party can become.  Even if one is not staying in Sairee during their holiday, it would be hard to miss this 1.5 km beach stretch with sunsets that need to be seen to be believed.

koh nangyuan 1Koh Nang Yuan Island is recognized as one of the most beautiful and spectacular islands in the world.  Located only 400 meters off the north end of Koh Tao, this island is in fact three small islands connected by a sparkling white sandbar with water on both sides.  The surrounding waters are full of colourful corals and plentiful marine life making it an ideal snorkeling and shallow water dive location.  There is a daily ferry from Koh Tao making the trip, but a boat taxi can also be hired for a reasonable rate to transport visitors. There is a small fee when entering onto Koh Nang Yuan and plastic or cans are not permitted.  There is one resort with restaurant on the island which also has an attached dive shop.  These bookings can be made directly on Koh Tao.  If visiting this area for the first time, Koh Nang Yuan is a must see for a day of natural wonder and dazzle.

Freedom BeachFreedom beach has one of the most popular secluded shores on Koh Tao.  The beach is quite small creating a private and intimate feel perfect for a holiday getaway.  There is a wooden restaurant selling cold beverages and snacks to the left, and a pathway to the right leading to Taa Toh Lagoon in front of Freedom Beach resort.  All beaches on Koh Tao are open to the public, however given the location of some resorts bringing outside beverages and food is discouraged.

This place is an excellent spot to sling a hammock, take some inspiring photos, swim in the crystal clear water, and snorkel through beautiful corals and marine life. It is always good practice to make sure to collect your garbage once you leave making this beach beautiful for current and future visitors alike.

Shark BayThian Og Bay also known as Shark Bay is a stunning white powder beach with no direct access.  Visitors are welcomed to pass through Laem Thian resort to explore the beach which is free and worth a visit.  The water is many shades of turquoise and allows snorkelers to swim with Black Tip Reef sharks during the early morning and late afternoon.  The sharks are not dangerous and are quite small, however respect for marine life is always encouraged in order to avoid any accidents.  The corals at Shark Bay are mostly dead which allows for spotting some of the larger fish when swimming into the middle of the bay.  Laem Thian resort has a restaurant and bar on the shore allowing visitors to enjoy beverages and meals if their appetite desires.  Driving to Laem Thian resort is quite easy with the roads mostly paved except for a small dirt track in the beginning.  A day on this beach and a snorkel with the sharks is a highly recommended holiday must.