Spot

Sairee Beach


With its 2 km long sand strip along Ko Tao’s West coast, Sairee Beach is the longest one in the island. Numerous travelers choose to stay here, attracted by the promise of picture-perfect white sand and leaning coconut trees, magnificent sunsets and permanent animation. Admittedly, Ko Tao is not a renowned snorkeling spot. But if you’re staying in the area, you can still consider spending some time here before getting to the must-see snorkeling spots of Koh Nangyuan and Shark Bay.
How to get there?

If you’re visiting Ko Tao, chances are you will be staying around Sairee Beach, with its many accommodation options fitting all budgets. From your arrival through Mae Haad stage, you can either take a “pick-up” cab to your hotel (100 – 200 bath / person) or walk to Sairee Beach following the main road (10-15 minutes to the southern end of the beach, where the village begins).

Water entrance

Enter the water from anywhere you like along the beach, yet avoiding areas where many boats are mooring.

Aerial view

Exploration

The snorkeling area mainly covers the reef rimming the beach, about a hundred meters from the shore. The seabed, rather common and sometimes quite degraded, is made of an alternation of sandy patches, rocky areas and coral clumps. Even though coral quality is poor, you can still spot numerous giant clams here. These fluorescent shells are often settled in porous coral formations sprinkled with colorful Christmas tree worms, which gives you a perfect opportunity to test your underwater photography skills.

Snorkeling Sairee Beach Koh Tao Thailand
Giant clam at Sairee Beach

A wide variety of fish species typical from the Gulf of Thailand also live on the reef. You will spot several Chaetodon species including eightband butterflyfish, redtail butterflyfish and bright Hong Kong butterflyfish. During your exploration, you might also spot other species such as yellowmargin triggerfish, red-breasted wrasse and slingjaw wrasse.

True, this spot is not amongst the most spectacular in Ko Tao, yet if your hotel is located nearby it gives you an opportunity to try the water (or simply practice snorkeling if you’re a beginner).

Restaurants and accommodation

Sairee Beach concentrates an impressive amount of amenities. You will find anything you need for your stay there, from hotels to pubs, restaurants and diving centers.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    All levels
  • Maximum depth
    12ft/4m.
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Boats
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium to high
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes, all budget

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