Shark Bay - Beach with shark alarm
In travel guides Thian Og Bay in the south of Koh Tao is described as a white, sandy, picturesque beach with lovely coconut trees. It is when you hear the other name of this dream bay, Shark Bay, that you can understand why snorkelers in particular like to come to this beautiful spot, as you can watch sharks here all year round.
To reach this fantastic looking bay you will need to endure a rather adventurous journey over the high mountains, but it is well worth the effort. You will be rewarded with an almost 400-metre long beach of white, powdery sand, lined with palm-trees. You can enjoy a gentle stroll along the beach and watch the shimmering sea with its gently breaking waves.
However, you need to be careful while swimming here as the undercurrents can be very strong, especially in the months up to April. There is a designated swimming area at the front which is clearly marked and you should not go any further.
A special highlight on Koh Tao and especially in Shark Bay is of course the sharks which you can see here. In the morning they can be spotted at the eastern part of the small bay and in the afternoon they are more likely to be seen in the western area. Snorkelers have to be patient though as the sharks cannot always be spotted that easily. These small reef sharks are not dangerous and noteworthy attacks have not been reported so far. The nearby Shark Island with even more sharks is a popular destination for divers.
As well as chic restaurants there are also some bungalow sites here, which look a bit fancy though. They mainly attract families with more exclusive tastes, as well as honeymooners. However, you will also see many backpackers who gladly endure the exciting journey through the mountains of Koh Tao to spend a day here and enjoy the fantastic view of this dream bay.