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Ao Thian Ok, Koh Tao

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Lounge on a sandy beach at Ao Thian Ok. Its name translates to Shark Bay, and if you swim further off shore, you might catch a glimpse of reef sharks, different types of fish, or even giant turtles. Snorkeling is available, even for beginners, and you can stop by one of the restaurants where you can have a meal while enjoying the view of palm trees and clear blue water. It is one of the less-crowded beaches on the island, so it’s ideal for sunbathing or relaxing in the shade of one of many coconut palm trees. Plan your Ao Thian Ok visit and explore what else you can see and do in Koh Tao using our Koh Tao trip itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Koh Tao

The west coast offers the greatest number of accommodations on Ko Tao, with upscale resorts and affordable guesthouses sitting side by side with eco-friendly lodges and beach chalets. Down south, you'll find luxury resorts with private beaches and extensive views of the coast, while farther inland simple guesthouses and rental apartments provide the least expensive lodgings on the island.
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  • Stayed here for a couple of days. It's definitely one of the most picturesque places on Koh Tao and there's not so much tourist here. If you are not staying in the Haadtien Beach or Club resorts be re...  more »
  • This is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Tao! The beach is covered with these extraordinary trees with hunderets of butteflies (very beautiful!). It is perfect for snorkeling...we e...  more »
  • Ao Thian Ok, or Sharks Bay is a beautiful stretch of soft bright-white sandy beach, with stunning contrasting turquoise waters. It is flanked by the Haadtien Beach Resort, which is probably one of the...  more »