Aow Leuk Bay, Koh Tao

Aow Leuk means ‘deep bay’ and is named for its deep, concave shape as well as the depth of the water, making it suitable for snorkeling even at very low tide.

Aow Leuk Bay, Koh Tao

The scenery here is stunning. With the white sandy beach and the water varying shades of blue and Shark Island in the background, Aow Leuk Bay is one of the most popular sites for snorkeling and is amongst the most beautiful places on Koh Tao. A coral reef on both sides of the bay begins right off the beach in the shallows. You don’t have to go very far at all to see an abundance of marine life. The large sandy sea floor makes it ideal for swimming and lounging in the water and is used a lot for diver training.

Twice a year at Aow Leuk Bay, baby blacktip reef sharks can be seen in the shallows here, a perfect nursery environment. The adults are found further out, about 400-500 metres from the beach, off the north shore. If you feel energetic, you can swim along the south coast to the next bay, Hin Ngam, about 600 metres from the beach. This is a beautiful spot for snorkeling with easy, calm conditions for most of the year.

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This is one of the most popular sites for snorkeling and is amongst the most beautiful places on Koh Tao.


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One of the most beautiful bays on Koh Tao, with a great sandy beach and a large swimming pool-like bay. It is a fairly secluded bay but easy to get to, being just a 30-minute walk from Mae Haad…


The Best Restaurants near Aow Leuk Bay, Koh Tao

Chabalay Restaurant

Chabalay Restaurant, Aow Leuk, Koh Tao
Chabalay Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering guests unobstructed ocean views against a mountainous backdrop of Koh Tao island. At certain times of the day, diners may even catch glimpses of reef sharks from the restaurant’s deck! The menu features a blend of Thai and Western cuisine…

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Baan Talay Restaurant

Baan Talay Restaurant, Aow Leuk, Koh Tao
Baan Talay is a family-owned restaurant nestled in the remote part of southeast Koh Tao. With an incredible view of Aow Leuk Bay, Ang Thong National Park, and the neighboring islands, this restaurant of Koh Tao embraces the surrounding nature for a relaxed dining experience in a scenic setting. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…

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Road access
All concrete road.
Entry rules : An entrance fee is charged. No outside food or drinks.

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