Tanote Bay is one of the beautiful Koh Tao beaches. Surrounded by lush green hills, beautiful coral and large boulders, this beach has many things to offer. Located on the east coast, you can watch a beautiful sunrise from the beach. And because of a huge rock formation a little away from the shore, Tanote Bay is also well known as the best rock jumping spot on Koh Tao. Read in this complete guide everything you need to know about Tanote Bay!
How to get to Tanote Bay
Tanote Bay Koh Tao is located on the eastern coastline of the island just down the hill from Love Koh Tao Viewpoint. It is only a 15 minute drive away from the main tourist area of the island, Sairee beach. The road to Tanote Bay is decent and there are no parking or entrance fees. Tanote Bay is only a short 2-minute walk from the car park.
What to expect at Tanote Bay
Tanote bay is very diverse and has something to offer for everyone! We went to Tanote Bay to watch the sunrise, and that was just magical, see our pictures. The beach was so quiet and only a few people were around to take an early morning dip and enjoy the sunrise as well. The sand is super soft and there are enough spots to spread out your towel and relax on the beach. There are a few beachside restaurants and resorts along Tanote Bay beach. Enough choice to get something to eat and drink without having to leave the beach. And if you need to make use of the toilet, no worries, there are options!
Things to do on Tanote Bay
As said before, Tanote Bay is very diverse. Of course you can go to this beach to relax and take a swim. But Tanote Bay is also perfect to go snorkeling with a variety of marine life, beautiful corals and tropical fish just a few steps into the water. You can also book a scuba diving tour on this beach. And for the daredevils there is even a cliff jump! You have to swim to the rock and with is a metal chain on the front side you can climb up the rock to the top. Once you’re at the top, there is only one way down!
Tanote Bay is also the perfect spot on Koh Tao to watch the sunrise. It’s really worth it to head out early in the morning as you will have the beach almost for yourself. This gives such a relaxing feeling and is the perfect start of the day in our opinion!
Sunrise from Tanote Bay. You can see the cliff jump spot further in the sea!
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 beach 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 booking.com to find your perfect spot!
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