Somewhat uniquely for a Thai island, Koh Tao’s beaches are not the biggest draw for tourists with the breathtaking marine life surrounding its shores being the trump card here. But that doesn’t mean that the island is bereft of golden sand, with a number of developed bays offering high-end resorts plus low-key bars and restaurants, and a smattering of secluded coves as well.
The first of Koh Tao’s beaches with visitors encounter is Mae Haad where the ferries arrive. Although this is generally too build up for swimming, there are bathers at its far end by the Sensi Paradise Resort.
Haad Sairee is the most developed of the beaches on Koh Tao and offers over a mile of white sand flanked by palm trees, bohemian beach bars, diving shops and restaurants.