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Nestled in a small bay between Tanote Bay and Shark Bay, Aow Leuk is an uncrowded beach on Koh Tao. The beach is nothing spectacular, but the reefs that start at each end of the beach have some good snorkeling.

The shore at Aow Leuk, Koh Tao
The shore at Aow Leuk Beach.

How to get to the Aow Leuk Beach snorkeling spot

Aow Leuk is a bay on the southwestern coast of Koh Tao, located between Tanote Bay to the north and Shark Bay to the south.

This location can be reached either by road, about 1.5 miles from the Mae Haad pontoon. There is an entry fee of 50 baht per person. This converts to less than $2 each. You can also reach this location on a ,  boat tour. If you choose the second option, make sure the tour includes a stop on Aow Leuk Beach.

Aow Leuk Beach snorkeling map, Koh Tao

Water entrance for snorkeling Aow Leuk Beach

Water entrance is from the sandy beach.

Aow Leuk Beach snorkeling exploration tips

Once in the water, first explore the sandy bottoms of the center of the bay. It is common to see small blacktip sharks visiting the shallows.

Blacktip shark at Aow Leuk
Small blacktip sharks frequently visit the sandy areas in front of the beach.

To see fish and coral, head to the two reefs found to the right and left of the beach. The depth here ranges from 3 to 18 feet/1 to 5 meters. The reef on the right when facing the sea has the healthiest coral.

The reefs are in just decent condition overall. Sabella and giant clams can be seen between the coral.

Corals at Aow Leuk
Corals at Aow Leuk.

Several species of butterflyfish can be seen in the reef areas, as well as red-breasted wrasse, lots of damselfish, parrotfish, wrasse and schooling rabbitfish. A few blacktip groupers dwell on the sand, and titan triggerfish are frequent visitors to the deeper areas.

Sling-jaw wrasse at Aow Leuk
A sling-jaw wrasse encountered at reef.

Lucky snorkelers might also encounter green sea turtles, which are quite common in Aow Leuk Bay. This spot has no strong current, and the underwater visibility is good.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There are several hotels and restaurants on the beach.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth20ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costs50 baht per person

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These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.