Shark Bay Koh Tao is, as the name suggests, a perfect place to find sharks. But don’t be scared, if you just want to relax on the beach and take a dip in the crystal clear water, this is one of the best beaches to go on Koh Tao. Read everything you need to know about Shark Bay in this blog post!
How to get to Shark Bay Koh Tao
Shark Bay Koh Tao, also known as Ao Thian Og Bay in Thai, is located on the Southern tip of the island at the Haad Tien Beach Resort. It is a 15 minute drive from Sairee Beach, which is biggest tourist area of the island.
When you set your Google Maps on Shark Bay, you will arrive at the Haad Tien Beach Resort. You might get a bit confused there, but just like the beaches on Koh Phangan, you can walk though this resort to get to the beach. It is definitely ok for outsiders to walk through the resort, there are even signs pointing to the beach.
What to expect on Shark Bay Koh Tao
Shark Bay Koh Tao is rated as one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots on the island. It got its name from the blacktip reef sharks that frequently enter the bay, especially around the so called Shark Island. But Shark Bay Koh Tao is also a perfect place to relax, don’t worry! The beautiful shallow turquoise water and soft white powdery sand at Shark Bay are perfect ingredients. It is a private bay and not many other tourists visit it except the guests of the resorts lining up at the beach. So that makes it the perfect place for couples or families seeking for a quiet beach. There are a few restaurants along the beachfront, perfect when you want to grab a lunch or maybe dinner!
Things to do on Shark Bay Koh Tao
Snorkeling and sunbathing are the best things to do here! Snorkel gear is available for rent at the resorts or restaurants along the beach. You can also book snorkel tours or even diving tours to Shark island if you want to encounter with the black tip reef sharks. Another great thing to do at Shark Bay is to go kayaking in the bay and explore Shark Island. There is also a local boat going if you don’t feel like working out 😉 Around Shark Island you can explore the beautiful reef with a lot of colourful corals and schools of tropical fish. Sometimes you might even see turtles circling around. But if you’re very scared of encountering a shark, then don’t head out here haha 😉 Because the chance is pretty high that you will encounter a shark here.
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
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
At this resort 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 booking.com to find your perfect spot!
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