Let's snorkel in paradise!
Koh Tao is a snorkel and divers paradise with 20 kilometers of stunning coastline gently slopes underwater towards incredible marine life and ecosystems.
The beautiful beaches on Koh Tao have shallow coral reefs just off the shoreline, making it easy to explore the underwater world yourself. Let someone know where you are going, and stay within the coast. (Some of the beaches will charge an access fee to enter).
You can also book a snorkel tour with reputable snorkeling companies to explore the hidden bays of Koh Tao. It's more fun and safe to snorkel with a professional guide and reliable snorkeling equipment.
We allow snorkelers to join our trips if they have friends or family doing scuba diving activities on the same journey.
Best Snorkeling Destinations in Koh Tao
Koh Nang Yuan Island
These three famous tiny islands, located on the northwest coast of Koh Tao, are all connected via a sandbank. Take advantage of the trip ashore and climb the breathtaking viewpoint. The shallow reefs surrounding the island have soft and hard corals just a few meters from the beach. You will see schools of all sorts of colorful tropical fish.
Aow Leuk Bay
Aow Leuk is located on the southeast coast of Koh Tao. Aow Leuk is commonplace to see Sea Turtles and a wide variety of colorful reef fish swimming around the boulders. You can experience a quieter side of the island.
Shark bay is located on the south end of Koh Tao island. It's a hot spot for shark lovers! This very shallow bay is the only snorkeling location that scuba divers do not use and one of the few places on Koh Tao where you can catch a glimpse of a black tip reef shark in shallow water from 1 meter to 4 meters. Other awesome things to spot are giant Green Turtles and many tropical fishes.
Tanote Bay is located on the east coast of Koh Tao. This lovely protected bay is a perfect place for snorkelers and beach hoppers. The coral reef slopes from around 2 meters below sea level to 18 meters. You can find a wide variety of fish—Hawksbill Turtle, Angelfish, Butterfly fish, Groupers, Anemone fish, and Blue Spotted Stingrays.
Hin Wong Bay
Hin Wong Bay is located on the east coast of Koh Tao Island, above Tanote Bay. It is a beautiful beach surrounded by large boulders. There are several pinnacles covered in healthy corals and anemones. You can find a school of Yellowback Fusiliers, lots of Parrotfish, Seargent Majors, etc.
Mango Bay is a beautiful protected bay on the north coast of Koh Tao. The reef is scattered all around the bay. You don't need to snorkel far to find stunning marine life. There are rock formations and stunning hard corals in which large schools of fusiliers, barracuda, angelfish, and butterfly fish can be seen. Also, looking closely in the sand, you can see seahorses and gobies.