Tanote Bay is located on the east coast of Koh Tao, is surrounded by verdant high hills and large boulders, including one in the middle of the bay which is well known for rock jumping. All buildings in Tanote Bay are a distance away from the sea, so there is a large area of beach, ideal for sunbathing, playing beach games or having a picnic. It offers privacy, but not much shade.
Ao Tanote is a good place to view the sunrise, always a beautiful way to start your day. Snorkelling is excellent here with a great variety of coral and some fairly large fish that can be seen just a few steps into the water. Kayaks are available and from here you can go to the isolated and pristine bay of Laem Thian which is inaccessible by car. This is a great idea for a half day trip, though it is easy to spend a full day there.
The mountainous terrain of Tanote Bay is also interesting to explore. You can hike to three stunning viewpoints; the water reservoir, West Coast Viewpoint and Tanote Peak. It takes only half an hour to walk uphill from the bay to the first viewpoint. From the West Coast Viewpoint you can continue your hike in the jungle to either Sairee town or Laem Thian.
Location: Koh Tao, Ko Phangan District, Surat Thani 84280 Thailand