Location & Attractions
The most popular and busiest beach on Koh Tao, Sairee is a tropical wonderland. The longest stretch of sandy beach on the island with shallow waters, this spot is great for long walks and catching the sunset. After sun-down, Sairee beach turns into a party, filled with beach bars, cabarets and fire shows.
Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is comprised of three small islands connected by a sandbar. Its unique landscape has made it a popular feature in books and postcards. The island has some great snorkeling and scuba diving sites. It is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. For an extra treat, charter a private longtail boat from Sai Daeng Resort.
SHARK BAY (TIEN OG BEACH)
Shark Bay is a lovely, quiet place of Koh Tao to come and relax. It is named after the blacktip reef sharks that frequent here. An entrance fee is charged when using the main beach. You can also visit the bay by boat or kayak for free!
This area of Koh Tao is also a shark nursery where young sharks can be seen at certain times of the year. There are larger sharks; to see them, you need to swim out about 250 metres from the beach to where it drops down deeper to 3 – 4 metres. They are more likely to be found around the eastern shore near Sai Daeng Beach.
Look out for green turtles as well, as many live in this bay too and are amazing to see. Some of them are huge, larger than a metre long. They are friendly, unafraid of humans, and sometimes swim very close to you. Please be sure not to touch them, as bacteria on our skin can significantly affect their health and cause harm. Though the coral reef in the bay was vastly destroyed by El Nino in 1998, Shark Bay is the only place on Koh Tao where you can find sea turtles every day.