Ao Tanote Beach In Koh Tao, Thailand

Ao Tanote Beach (aka Tanote Bay) is one of the nicest spots on the east side of Koh Tao island.

There’s something for everyone here. The views and snorkeling are some of the best, and the beach is never crowded!

What To Do At Tanote Beach

Tanote Beach is great for sunbathing, snorkeling, diving, and more.

If you need to get your adrenaline fix, there’s a big boulder in the middle of the bay that’s great for rock jumping. The height is about 30 feet (10 m).

When snorkeling around Tanote, you can expect to see some good fish and corals, baby sharks, and maybe even manta rays.

If you need snorkel gear or life jackets, you can rent them at one of the restaurants for 50 baht (~$2 USD).

There are a bunch of resorts and restaurants here too if you fancy staying longer!


Entrance Fees

FREE as of 2019.

There’s no entry fee for the beach.

How To Get To Tanote Beach

Tanote Beach is located on the east side of Koh Tao island.

The road to the beach is well paved but very steep, so you may want to park up the hill.

Tanote is just a 15 minute drive from the main pier and tourist areas at Sairee Beach, and many places will rent you a scooter for 150 Baht ($5 USD) to explore the island all day.

Where We Stayed

We stayed at a hotel called Aukotan Place in south Koh Tao. The price was $23 USD for a big double room with cold A/C, hot shower, and good WiFi.

This hotel includes free buffet breakfast even though it’s not mentioned on They also give a free daily transfer to and from the pier, and Sairee Beach, which was super handy, and they have scooter rentals for a good price.

The location of the hotel was perfect. It’s a 15 minute walk from Freedom Beach, Shark Bay, and John Suwan Viewpoint.

Our hotel bedroom in Koh Tao (Image courtesy of
Our hotel dining area in Koh Tao (Image courtesy of

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