SHARK BAY KOH TAO – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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Shark Bay Koh Tao, also known by the local name Thian Og Bay, is rated one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots on the island. Shark Bay Koh Tao aptly gets its name from the frequent blacktip reef sharks that enter the bay.

I have put together this complete guide to Shark Bay Koh Tao including how to get there and what to expect!

 

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HOW TO GET TO SHARK BAY KOH TAO

Shark Bay Koh Tao is a 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach, the main tourist hub on the island.

Shark Bay Koh Tao can be accessed through the Haad Tien Beach Resort. Park out the front of the resort and then follow the signs pointing the way to Shark Beach Koh Tao.

The best way to get around Koh Tao is to rent a scooter for 150 Baht per day to explore all four corners of the island. There are dozens of scooter rental stores in and around town and most accommodations offer scooter rentals too.

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PIN LOCATION OF SHARK BAY KOH TAO

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SHARK BAY KOH TAO

When I visited Koh Tao Shark Bay I actually paddled into the bay on my kayak that I rented from my accommodation, Sai Daeng Resort, which is located just right around the corner.

I beached my kayak on the shore and I was blown away by the bright turquoise waters and the fine white sand at Shark Bay Koh Tao!

There is lots of exploring to do at Shark Bay Koh Tao and you MUST go snorkelling to try your luck at spotting a blacktip reef shark.

The sharks are harmless so you don’t have to worry about being bitten, just be sure to give them their space to move around. Also, keep a sharp eye for some green sea turtles that frequently get around Shark Bay Koh Tao.

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SHARK BAY KOH TAO

Unfortunately, I didn’t encounter any blacktip reef sharks at Shark Bay Koh Tao but I was lucky to swim with a turtle that I spotted cruising around!

If you don’t have your own snorkel gear, you can rent a set from the resort or the restaurant down on the beach.

Also, I highly recommend renting a kayak or taking a local boat out to Shark Island to explore the outer reefs!

I kayaked over to Shark Island Koh Tao, tied my kayak off to a floating buoy and dived straight in to see what I could find. There was an abundance of colorful corals and schools of friendly fish circling around me as I explored the underwater world here at Shark Bay Koh Tao.

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OTHER SPOTS NEAR SHARK BAY KOH TAO

After snorkeling at Shark Bay Koh Tao be sure to check out the nearby Freedom Beach,  Taa Toh Bay and John Suwan Viewpoint which are a few more of the best Koh Tao beaches and viewpoints.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN KOH TAO

Koh Tao has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few the best places to stay in Koh Tao to suit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Sai Daeng Resort Koh Tao

I personally stayed at Sai Daeng Resort and can’t recommend this place enough! This 4-star accommodation is located right on the beachfront and features an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and restaurant on the beach, water sports activities, a shared lounge, free wifi and shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious, fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a fridge and kettle, work desk, private bathroom and balcony with ocean views. Buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for couples, families and friends.

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Mid Range: Wind Beach Resort

Wind Beach Resort is the best value-pick accommodation located in the main tourist hub, Sairee Beach. Featuring a beachfront bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, Thai massage services and free wifi. The rooms are fitted with beautiful wooden furniture and decor, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, minibar, ensuite bathroom and ocean views. Great place to stay in Koh Tao for couples, friends and families!

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Budget: Koh Tao Central Hostel

Koh Tao Central Hostel is rated one of the best budget accommodations for solo travelers, friends and couples. Centrally located in Mae Hadd and walking distance to the beach. There are dormitory-style rooms with air conditioning, free wifi, power sockets, lockers and privacy curtains on all beds. Also at this hostel is a shared outdoor deck with cushions and a common area for guests to enjoy during their stay.

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN KOH TAO, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM

 

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Krabi Travel Guide: 5 Best Beaches in Krabi 

 

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If you have any questions at all about Shark Bay Koh Tao please drop me a line below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

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