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Shark Bay

Ko Tao, Koh Tao

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With its palm-trees hanging over the water and its powdery, white sand, Shark Bay in the south of the island of Koh Tao is one of the most popular bays of the island.  This picture postcard beach has a very special attraction.  All year round you can see sharks swimming in the sea and they even come right up to the shoreline. It is no surprise considering how close the beach is to Shark Island, which is a popular destination for divers. If you are looking for cheap accommodation here you will be disappointed, as the bungalow sites attract mainly honeymooners and families with more exclusive tastes.

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.

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Shark Bay is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 6/10 points
Place 7 of 12
At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
Family: 4/10 points
Place 8 of 12
Although this beach is not unsuitable for families, we can't recommend it for you and your loved ones.
Water sports: 3/10 points
Place 1 of 12
Water-sports conditions at this beach are rather poor.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 2 of 12
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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8/10
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1/10
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We from Beach-Inspector were actually at the beach for you and have spoken personally with the locals to get the complete picture.
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Capri Restaurant

Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: High

Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
  • Capri Restaurant
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    Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Upscale

    Exclusivity: High

    Clientel: High

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geo coordinates: 10.066167, 99.833407
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