Shark Bay is a private bay on Koh Tao boasting a stunning beach with fine white sand. It is shaded by tall coconut trees and a unique plant known as Pemphis Acidula, locally referred to as ‘Thian,’ which is how the bay got its original name, Thian Og Bay.
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Situated on the serene island of Koh Tao, Shark Bay offers a tranquil, relaxing setting. Its name derives from the frequent appearances of Blacktip reef sharks in this area. There is an admission fee for accessing the main entrance, but you can also reach the bay by boat or kayak. Alternatively, you can access it through Taatoh Seaview Resort or another hotel on the east shore of Chalok Baan Kao Bay, both of which connect to the western shore of Shark Bay. This part of Koh Tao also serves as a sanctuary for young sharks, making it possible to spot them during certain times of the year. To see larger sharks, you’ll need to swim approximately 250 meters from the beach, where the water depth drops to 3-4 meters. They are more commonly found near the east shore, close to Sai Daeng Beach.
Keep an eye out for green turtles as well, as many live in this bay. Some of these turtles are impressively large, measuring over a meter in length. These creatures are known for their friendly nature and lack of fear toward humans. They might even swim quite close to you. However, it’s crucial to refrain from touching them, as the bacteria on our skin can adversely affect their health.
While the coral reef in Shark Bay suffered significant damage from the El Nino in 1998, it remains the only place on Koh Tao where you can reliably encounter sea turtles every day.
Shark Bay offers a tranquil, relaxing setting. It is shaded by tall coconut trees and a unique plant known as Pemphis Acidula.
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