Tanote Bay, Koh Tao

Tanote Bay is located on the east coast of Koh Tao. It is surrounded by verdant high hills and large boulders, including one in the middle of the bay, which is well known for rock jumping.

All buildings in the bay are far from the sea, so there is a large beach area, ideal for sunbathing, playing beach games, or having a picnic. It offers privacy but not much shade.

This is a nice place to view the sunrise on Koh Tao, a beautiful way to start your day. Snorkeling is excellent, with a great variety of coral and fairly large fish that can be seen just a few steps into the water. Kayaks are available, and from here, you can go to the isolated and pristine bay of Laem Thian which is inaccessible by car. This is a great idea for a half-day trip, though it is easy to spend a full day there.

The mountainous terrain of Tanote Bay is also amazing to explore. You can hike to three stunning viewpoints; West Coast Viewpoint, Tanote Peak, and Orchid Peak. Walking uphill from the bay to the first viewpoint takes only half an hour. From the West Coast Viewpoint, you can continue your hike in the jungle to either Sairee Beach or Laem Thian.

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Snorkeling is excellent here, with a great variety of coral and some fairly large fish that can be seen just a few steps into the water.

 
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Hotels in Koh Tao East Coast

There are more accommodation choices here than in any other place on the east coast, and there are restaurants and bars apart from the resort’s facilities that you can choose from…

 

The Best Hotels & Diving Schools in Tanote Bay, Koh Tao

Tanote Villa Resort

Tanote Villa Resort, Koh Tao
Tanote Villa Resort in Koh Tao’s serene Tanote Bay offers a tranquil escape with ocean views. It features two infinity pools, a Thai Fusion Restaurant & Bar, massage rooms, laundry service, and Wi-Fi. This family-owned resort offers 48 air-conditioned rooms with sea views, including 2-bedroom suites and private pool villas…

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Calypso Diving School

Calypso Diving School, Tanote Bay, Koh Tao
Established in 1999 on Koh Tao, Calypso Diving School prioritizes quality experiences. They offer CMAS and SSI diving courses, with complimentary lunches. Divers can learn in German, English, French, or Thai, starting from age 8. Shore diving is available year-round, providing easy access to diverse marine life…

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Aerial video of Tanote Bay, Koh Tao

Road access
Good concrete road. Steep down to the bay.