Tanote Bay is a more peaceful beach area on the east coast of Koh Tao. The beach had fine sand and was not overcrowded. The marine life I saw here snorkeling was just as spectacular as on my 12 m deep SCUBA dive at Japanese Gardens at the northwest corner of the island.
If you're up for it, there is fantastic cliffjumping from a huge rock a 2 min swim offshore from the beach. The water on the swim is quite shallow, so I recommend bringing goggles or a snorkel mask so you can see underwater and avoid cuts and scrapes from the coral. To get to the top of the rock, there is a 3 m rock climb with some good hand and foot holds, then a 5 m rope climb. The rope is sturdy. See the attached photo! The jump is well worth the effort to scale the rock.
Tanote Bay is a nice change of pace from the other beach areas on Koh Tao. I highly recommend coming here for at least half a day.
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