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Tanote Bay

Ko Tao, Koh Tao

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Summary of the Beach Inspectors
There is not particularly much happening on the remote east coast of Koh Tao, but that is what attracts families and couples who come here to enjoy a relaxed holiday at the remote, but idyllic Tanote Bay. The bay is only a few hundred metres long and has a beige-coloured, slightly coarse sandy beach, as well as huge rocks which add to the picturesque setting. You need to be careful whilst swimming here, as there are strong currents as well as high waves in the main travel season. If you need a bit more action, you will find two diving schools offering a good choice of courses. Diving is best outside the peak season when the sea is calmer.


Tanote Bay - The holiday-monopoly on the east coast Phangan

Tanote Bay in the east of the island of Koh Tao is great for divers and sun-seekers, as well as for anybody looking for some peace and quiet. A beach holiday in this lovely bay promises a relaxed stay without any hustle and bustle. You will not find many more beaches in this part of the island, as most beach action takes place in the west and south.

The idyllic bay with its curved, beige-coloured, sandy beach is only a few hundred metres long and is enclosed at both ends by huge rocks which provide an unusual setting. At the northern end large rocks are scattered along the beach, but you can easily climb though these.

Like everywhere on Koh Tao, divers will get their money’s worth at Tanote Bay. At the beach there are two diving schools where you can book courses for all levels, from beginners up to Dive Master. However, Tanote Bay has an unusual feature, as the best time for diving here is from April to August when the water is very calm and you can swim to the reef of this beach and you do not need a boat for diving. In August the season reaches its peak and it is certainly possible that all the accommodation is fully booked. In April and May it is extremely hot here, which you should take into consideration when planning your holidays.

In the winter months the atmosphere is very relaxed here and you can enjoy a few great days in a cosy deckchair in this remote bay. There is not much happening in the evenings, but this is appreciated by families with children, as well as couples of all nationalities.

It is only the journey to this dream bay which is a bit tricky and where care is needed. The road is very sandy, making it dangerous if you are coming here by scooter. Taxi-boats and pick-ups are the alternatives for getting here. The road is currently being improved and by the end of 2016 it should be possible to reach the beach easily, even for wheelchair users.

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Tanote 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: 7/10 points
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Here you can simply relax and enjoy the pleasures of life.
Family: 4/10 points
Place 9 of 12
Although this beach is not unsuitable for families, we can't recommend it for you and your loved ones.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 11 of 12
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 11 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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6/10
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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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Family Tanote Bay Restaurant Map icon
Family Tanote Bay Restaurant

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Cheap

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

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  • Family Tanote Bay Restaurant
    Family Tanote Bay Restaurant To map Map icon

    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Cheap

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

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geo coordinates: 10.086755, 99.850187
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