Aow Leuk Beach is a tiny bay on the south east coast of Koh Tao with beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. The famous Shark Island which is some of the best diving spots of the island is right off shore. Aow Leuk beach is a perfect bay for snorkeling with easy and calm conditions throughout most of the year. Furthermore Aow Leuk beach is a very peaceful place where couples and families come to have a chill time instead of the more crowded Sairee beach. In this blog post you will find everything you need to know about Aow Leuk Beach.

How to get to Aow Leuk Beach

Aow Leuk Beach is easy to access from the main road with nearly all concrete road until the parking lot. There was a fee of 100 Baht charged when we wanted to enter the beach in 2019 and no outside drinks or food are allowed!


What to expect at Aow Leuk Beach

The scenery at Aow Leuk Bay is stunning. With the white sandy beach, crystal clear water with varied shades of blue and Shark Island in the background, Aow Leuk Bay is one of the best Koh Tao spots for snorkeling and is amongst the most beautiful Koh Tao beaches


Shark Island is visible from Aow Leuk Beach. This is the place to spot Blacktip reef sharks!

Things to do at Aow Leuk Beach

Aow Leuk Beach is wide and sandy and is the perfect bay for swimming. There are a few rocks at the shore line which also makes it a great snorkeling spot. Each side of the bay has plenty of snorkeling opportunities around the boulders. There is a coral reef on both sides of the bay and it begins right off the beach. You don’t have to go very far to see an abundance of marine life. The large sandy sea floor makes it ideal for swimming and lounging in the water. At Aow Leuk Bay is also being used a lot for scuba diving training.

Twice a year baby blacktip reef sharks can be seen in the shallows waters at Aow Leuk beach. The adults are found further out, about 400-500 metres from the beach, right off the north shore. If you are an experienced snorkeler, you can swim along the south shore to the next bay, Hin Ngam, which is about 600 metres from the beach. This is a beautiful spot for snorkelling with easy, calm conditions for most of the year.


Koh Tao weather

The climate on Koh Tao is hot and humid for most of the year. The rainiest months are October, November and December, so avoid these months. The best moment to come to the Koh Tao is from January to April but the island is also enjoyable during the months of March until August. At this time of the year Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have the best weather of all Thai islands.

Where to stay on Koh Tao


The Place Luxury Boutique Villas

The Place Luxury Boutique Villas offers amazing one-bedroom villas in Koh Tao with an incredible view on the ocean located on the west coast of the island. We stayed at The Place for 2 nights and had the best time! You have complete privacy with your own dining area at the spacious terrace. A fully-equipped kitchen with a wide-range of cooking equipment. The air-conditioned bedroom offers a direct access to the outdoor infinity pool with an amazing view on the mountain and sea wit sunset view. The bathroom is beautiful with details of plants and the living room includes a flat screen TV and a DVD player for entertainment. Breakfast is not included but you can order at local restaurants and get it delivered to your door! This villa has so much privacy, we havent experienced before!

Prices start around €245 per night.


Mid Budget

Simple Life Cliff View Resort Koh Tao

Simple Life Cliff View Resort is located at the southern tip of Koh Tao’s Sairee Beach and offers luxury studios, 1 and 2 bedroom suites. The rooms with view on the swimming pool start around €65 per night wile the more luxury rooms with breathtaking view of Sairee Beach and the ocean start around €198 per night. This 3 star resort offers a private beach area, free Wifi and room service The cascading swimming pool runs through the centre of the resort and their restaurant serves fantastic Thai and international cuisine. A continental breakfast is daily available at the resort.

Prices start around €65 for the pool view rooms up to €198 per night for the sea view rooms


The Ozo Koh Tao

Here you will enjoy a peaceful hillside location located in the south of the island. The cozy, comfortably furnished rooms offer a living space of 32 – 40 square meters and are equipped with all the necessities for a relaxing stay. The amenities available in the rooms include air conditioning, refrigerator, TV, safe, hot shower, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi Internet and a private balcony or terrace from where you can enjoy views of the pool and mountains. Some of the rooms also have a kitchenette with a microwave. The outdoor pool with sun loungers makes it perfect for a lazy afternoon. We stayed for a few days at the Ozo and it was a great budget deal!

Prices start around €33

Of course there are also even cheaper accommodations on Koh Tao, like hostels and guesthouses where you can stay for around €10 per night. Have a look at to find your perfect spot!