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, Koh Tao. 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.
How to get to Tanote Bay Koh Tao
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.
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Snorkeling in the 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 in 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
There are several options for travelers looking to stay on Koh Tao island. To save you time, I’ve listed some of the best options below.
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If you want to stay right next to the cliff jumping spot on Koh Tao, then it’s also possible to stay in Tanote Bay. Diamond Guest House is located right on the beach and has rooms available for $20 per night.
HOSTEL RIGHT NEXT TO MAE HEAD PIER FOR $6 / NIGHT – BLACK WOOD HOSTEL
The Black Wood Hostel is one of the highest-rated hostels on Koh Tao and is located just a 5-minute walk to from Mae Head Pier. This is the perfect place to stay if you’re coming in on a later boat or looking for a central hostel close to the pier.
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BP Hostel has shared accommodation options which all include Air Con for the hotter Koh Tao nights. It’s also located in the heart of Sairee and close to the beach, smile mart and the Koh Tao pub-crawl.
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This guest house has the best ratings on Koh Tao. It’s also very close to Mae Head pier and several quality dive schools. It’s also another budget-friendly option for couples or solo backpackers.
More Koh Tao Travel Guides
I hope that this guide to cliff jumping at Tanote Bay, Koh Tao, has inspired you to explore this epic island. For more guides and travel inspiration, take a pick from the list below. Otherwise, check out my write-up of the Best Things to do on Koh Tao.