Ko Tao Beach Guide
Ko Tao is fringed with a number of secluded coves and wide bays that shelter several idyllic beaches, which are just a short water taxi ride away from one another, including:
Jansom Bay (Paradise Bay) – Unwind on this pocket of sugar-white sand that shelves gently into a small cove of crystal clear water framed by jungle-clad headlands.
Sunbathe on the palm-fringed beach, swim or snorkel the calm waters and enjoy a range of creature comforts at the Charm Churee Villas, a boutique resort that hugs the hillside overlooking the beach. Tiny Jansom Bay is located on the southwest side of the island just south of Hat Sairee.
Hat Sairee – Enjoy a cool drink at a beachside bar on this west-facing, narrow, 2km-long palm-fringed crescent of white sand that faces translucent aquamarine water perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling the coral reef, which lies just 100m off the beach. Rent a kayak and explore the rocky headlands of the bay.
The beach is home to several resorts including the Sensi Paradise Beach Resort and the Koh Tao Montra Resort & Spa, both of which offer a range of creature comforts.
Hat Mae – South of Sairee lies this narrow white-sand beach that shelves into shallow water with good snorkelling and a range of accommodation options.
Tanote Bay – This palm-fringed crescent of white sand faces onto a calm bay framed by jungle-clad headlands. Relax at the Black Tip Dive Resort, sunbathe on the beach and snorkel spectacular coral reefs teeming with colourful fish at one of the island’s best snorkelling sites.
Chalok Baan Kao Beach – This palm-fringed white-sand beach faces a gorgeous turquoise bay located on the south coast, with a view of the so-called Buddha rock and within easy walking distance of the neighbouring beaches of June Juea and Saan Joa, among others.
Rocky Bay (Shark Bay) – This small, palm-fringed, white-sand beach fronts a bay famous for snorkelling and daily sightings of friendly black tip reef sharks that hunt small fish in the shallows. Relax in comfort at the Jamahkiri Spa Resort, which straddles huge boulders on a rocky promontory overlooking the bay, located on the south coast.
Koh Nang Yuan – The rugged islet of Ko Nang Yuan, located just off the island's northwest coast, features three dramatic jungle-clad peaks linked together by beautiful white-sand beaches. Paddle a kayak across from the mainland, relax on the pretty white beach and snorkel the nearby coral garden. You can also choose to stay overnight at the island’s own Koh Nang Yuan Resort.
Ao Mango Bay – This small beach is accessible only by boat and offers a secluded paradise for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Come on a day trip or relax in comfort at the hillside Mango Bay Grand Resort.