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Tanote Bay In Koh Tao – A Complete Guide

Tanote Bay Koh Tao is one of the best beaches for sunrise, cliff jumping and snorkelling. So with plenty to do for everyone, here’s all you need to know.

How To Get To Tanote Bay

Tanote Bay in Koh Tao is located on the East side of the island just down the hill from Love Koh Tao Viewpoint.

If you’re looking for transport to and from Koh Tao, you can pre-book all of your Lomprayah transfers.

We stayed at the Northern end of Sairee Beach, the tourist hub of Koh Tao. Which takes around 15 minutes to drive through the centre of the island to.

Or you can ride around the outside on a Koh Tao beach hopping tour until you reach Tanote Bay.

We rented scooters for 150 Baht per day. We found this was the easiest way possible to explore the whole island.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Tanote Bay Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Tanote Bay.

Tanote Bay Opening Times

Tanote Bay is open all day, every day.

Best Time To Visit Tanote Bay

The best time to visit Tanote Bay Koh Tao is between the months of December and April, when the weather is most settled.

The hottest month of the year is June, with temperatures reaching 33°c.

If you want to try snorkelling or scuba diving this is one of the best places to start.

This is great place to spend a beach day, whether you want to just chill or fancy something more active.

If you are an adrenaline junkie, the rock jump is for you!

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

Tanote Bay Koh Tao Beaches In Koh Tao Cliff Jumping
The entrance to Tanote Bay Koh Tao

What To Expect At Tanote Bay

Tanote Bay Koh Tao has something for everyone.

From beach front food to some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving on the island. Plus there’s even a huge rock that you can jump from! It’s up there with the best beaches in Koh Tao.

The beach is not massive, with resorts and eateries sitting at the back of the beach, but there is plenty of room for sun bathing and beach games.

We headed down around mid afternoon to finish off our beach hopping day around the south coast of Koh Tao. And Tanote Bay was the perfect finish.

It was slightly crowded, although the people seemed to spread themselves between sunbathing, snorkelling and cliff jumping.

Tanote Bay Koh Tao has a very relaxed vibe to it and even though there were many tourists it wasn’t too loud or busy.

The cliff jump you can swim out to and climb up one side of the rock using a metal chain. Although make sure you’re determined to jump because there’s only one way down!

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Good vibes and blue waters at Tanote Bay

Snorkelling At Tanote Bay

The shallow beach at Tanote Bay drops off quite quickly, so it’s the perfect place for snorkelling and scuba diving, as you don’t have to swim out far to start seeing some spectacular sea life.

There are a few large boulders (apart from the one used for jumping off) in the waters of Tanote Bay, that are covered in small coral and therefore home to plenty of marine life waiting to be discovered.

Some of what you might see include sea anemones inhabited by clownfish, giant clams and Christmas tree worms. As well as small rabbitfish, moray eels, parrotfish and more!

(If you are really into snorkelling, the From Ko Tao: Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Nang Yuan with Meals might be perfect for you.)

Tanote Bay Koh Tao Beaches In Koh Tao Cliff Jumping
The very famous cliff jumping spot on Koh Tao
Tanote Bay Koh Tao Beaches In Koh Tao Cliff Jumping
Tanote Beach is only a small bay with beige coloured sand.

Where To Stay In Koh Tao


The Place Luxury Boutique Villas

The Place Luxury Boutique Villas offers one-bedroom villas in Ko Tao, 2.6 miles from Mango Bay.

Guests have access to free WiFi in all areas. Private parking is available for those who drive and is free of charge.

Featuring a dining area at its spacious terrace, the villa boasts a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can find a wide-range of cooking equipment.

The air-conditioned bedroom offers a direct access to the outdoor infinity pool where guests can indulge in while enjoying the mountain and beach views.

Premium shower amenities are provided for guests’ comfort. The living room includes a flat screen TV and a DVD player for entertainment. Free use of bicycles is available for guests to explore the city.


Simple Life Cliff View Resort

Located in Ko Tao, less than 0.6 miles from Mae Haad Pier, Simple Life Cliff View Resort provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar.

With free WiFi, this 3-star resort offers a private beach area and room service. The resort has a garden and offers a terrace.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the resort.


Tommy Resort Koh Tao

Tommy Resort Koh Tao is located between Mae Had Bay and Sai Ree Bay, 100 yards away from a beach.

Offering clean and comfortable bungalow, the resort has a tour desk and motorbike rental services.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby area and on-site parking is provided.

The property is a 5-minute walk to a local market, restaurants and a spa centre. It is 10 minutes from Nangyuan Island by a speedboat and 1.5 hr from Ko Phangan by a ferry.

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Planning Your Trip

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Book Your Tours & Activities

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Book Your Rental Car

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Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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