Tanote Bay – Picturesque Cove on Koh Tao’s Eastern Coast

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Tanote Bay’s inviting inlet flickr/aidancasey

Situated on Koh Tao’s quieter eastern side lies quiet and picturesque Tanote Bay, the perfect place to stay if you’re seeking seclusion but with just enough in the way of other people, bars and restaurants to keep you sane.

It’s the most developed and populated of the east coast beaches, probably because it’s connected to the main town by a reasonable road which makes access easier. The resorts here can help out with timetables for taxi’s to and from Mae Haad which will help you plan out your days.

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Refreshment awaits.. flickr/katsommers

There are several resorts here, most offering restaurant and bar facilities that are stacked up from the beach and constructed in rustic wooden styles.

The beach is hemmed in on either side by rocks and boulders, topped with jungle on the pointed outcrops. This creates a real hideaway feel to the cove and is a stunning sight to behold from the comfort of a bungalow veranda.

Just north of the edge of the cove you’ll find some great snorkeling in refreshing and beautifully clear waters. Cruising around the cove with a snorkel and fins is a great way to spend days on this beach and it’s the kind of relaxing activity that suits a place like this down to the ground.

Hillside position recommended flickr/aidancasey

As you can see from the picture, there are a few different bungalow outfits built into the various elevations of the bay and these are great places to stay for views back down across the bay and to the transparent waters below, especially at sunrise where this is a truly beautiful place to be.

Gaze down at the scene then hit the beach to enjoy it first hand.. good times!

Accommodation options vary from hotel to bungalows with basic to luxury offerings so you can choose something that’s best suited to your budget.

tanote bayTanote Villa Hill
This is a very popular place to stay with many people who have visited and they suggest that going all out for an ocean view bungalow is best if at all possible! Grab a snorkel, mask and fins from the front desk and hit the nearby beach for the day. You’ll find you have pretty much everything you need to hand here and the surroundings will make it all complete… [read reviews]

Montalay Beach Resort
Guests here love the facilities as well as the quality of rooms on offer. There are fan, superior and deluxe accommodations available and each is close to the beach of Tanote Bay. There’s WiFi, laundry services and massage here too which helps you to keep up-to-date, clean, relaxed and well rubbed down during your stay… [read reviews]