A quick guide to the best-known cliff jumping beach on Koh Tao, Tanote Bay. Find out how to get here, and what to expect once you arrive!
Tanote Bay on Koh Tao Island is famous for epic snorkeling and cliff jumping. If you’re looking for a spot a little out of the Sairee or Mae Head beat, don’t miss this epic beach.
In this quick guide, I’ll outline everything you need to know about visiting this bay, including how to get there and what to expect once you arrive.
By Olly Gaspar, traveler, travel blogger & photographer for 5+ years with 600+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.
How to get to Tanote Bay
Getting to Tanote bay requires a moped. From Sairee or Mae Head, ride south towards the quieter village of Cha Lok. Keep your eyes peeled - just before you arrive, you will see a sign on the left that says "Tanote Bay".
This is the only road to the Tanote Bay and is the main route for those heading to the Eastern sites of the island. Follow signs and continue riding for approximately 10 minutes while you take in the breathtaking views of Koh Tao from the steep island hills.
If you reach a dead-end, don't worry. This is Tanote Bay resort. You can park your bike here and walk straight down to Tanote Bay Beach.
Epic Things to do in Tanote Bay Beach
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There's also plenty of adventure to be had in Tanote Bay, Koh Tao. It's also ranked as one of the best beaches to visit on Koh Tao.
Snorkeling at Tanote Bay
Make sure to bring your mask and snorkel. Tanote Bay is a great place to check out the famous Koh Tao reef and marine life. While there is decent snorkeling reefs in the entire bay, the best spot for snorkeling is around the main jump rock in the middle of the bay. Trust me, you won't miss it.
Simply swim out and explore the underwater world of Tanote Bay. You will find schooling fish, trigger-fish, anemone fish and the occasional turtle chilling in the bay.
Cliff Jumping in Tanote Bay Koh Tao
Probably the main reason adventure travelers make the trip to Tanote Bay is for the easily accessed cliff jumping rock. The rock is right in the middle of the bay.
You will need to swim approximately 20 meters in relatively shallow water and climb up onto the rock base. From there, you will notice a rope leading up to the top of the rock. This is secured firmly with a chain so it is safe to climb.
The jump itself is roughly 5 meters. Not a massive jump, but perfect for practicing your flips. The crystal clear water is also 10 meters deep so you don't have to stress about hitting anything. Just make sure that you jump on the south side of the rock (left side looking form the beach).
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Freediving at Tanote Bay
Since the water is so clear during the high season, Tanote Bay also makes a great spot to practice freediving. Just past the jump rock, you will notice some boat buoys. These have lines leading to the bottom. There is one line at 10m and one at 15m.
If you're using these lines to practice freediving, make sure to keep an eye out for longtail and dive boats that frequent the bay. It's also super important to always freedive with a buddy.
Where to Stay on Koh Tao – Accommodation Guide
If you're wondering where to stay on Koh Tao Island and you want to be close to the main activities and beaches, pick a stay near Sairee Beach.
However, other great options include Mae Haad, or for a more secluded vibe, check out the southern beaches or even the east coast around Tanote Bay. Below are my top picks.
1. Jamahkiri Resort & Spa Luxury
A great bang-for-buck luxury dive resort at the beachfront of Shark Bay in a quiet and secluded location away from the hustle and bustle.
2. Phandara Pool Villas Mid-Range
A luxury villa option for those who want their own kitchen & pool. Located on the hill up to Wooden Rock Viewpoint.
3. Summer Guesthouse Budget
Located within walking distance of the dive shops and pub crawls on Sairee Beach, this is the top-budget hostel option with a great vibe.
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