Tanote is one of the more remote bays on the east coast of Koh Tao and is best reached by taxi or boat. The overland route is a journey itself as you climb Mount Koh Tao and take in the amazing views over the whole island. There are only a handful of small resorts but snorkelling is excellent directly off the beach.
Rocks here provide a haven for countless small fish, with shoals of fusiliers constantly darting in sight. An abundance of barred rabbit fish, tripletail wrasse and sergeant fish will delight snorkellers. There is great swimming off the beach and kayak tours can be arranged to get further afield. Snorkelling gear can be hired from most of the resorts.
Tanote Beach is split in two by rocks at the centre, which are great for snorkelling. Fiercely bright coral can be spotted. Despite the prevalence of resorts, the course sand beach is usually quiet and only the most relaxation-seeking holidaymakers choose to stay here.
Access to Tanote Beach is improving all the time, but can be challenging after heavy downpours. Motorcycles can tackle the oft-sandy path during dry spells, but may struggle during wet weather. However, the vistas from the summit towards the bay itself are spell-binding.
There are a couple of little restaurants along the beach serving good value Thai food and seafood during the day. For night life you are better off getting a ride into Mae Haad or Sairee where all the bars are. Tanote bay is really a place to hang out in the resort restaurants meeting people and having a chilled relaxed time rather than a party beach.
Tanote Bay Resorts
An upscale Tanote resort right on the beach is Family Tanote Bay Resort. They have basic huts for US$22 and then up to US$112 for the a/c bungalows. There is a small shop on site selling snacks and a book exchange and games available from reception. There are a few different budget accommodation options on Tanote Bay including Mountain Reef Beach Resort and Poseidon Bungalows.