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. The stunning beach aptly gets its name from the blacktip reef sharks that frequent the bay.

I have put together this complete guide to Shark Bay Koh Tao including how to get there and what to expect when you arrive.

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WHERE IS SHARK BAY?

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

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

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HOW TO GET HERE

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.

Sharks 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.

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SHARK BEACH 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 in the opposite bay.

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

There is lots of exploring to do and you MUST go snorkeling 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 frequent the bay.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t encounter any blacktip reef sharks but I was lucky to swim with a turtle that I spotted cruising around in the shallows.

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.

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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST

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.

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WHERE TO STAY IN KOH TAO

Koh Tao has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

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 within 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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FINAL THOUGHTS

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