Mango Bay (Ao Muong Bay)
Mango Bay or 'Ao Muong' is a shallow bay in the north of Koh Tao in a remote and under developed part of the island. The area is one of great natural beauty where there is lots of opportunity to see wildlife.
Mango Bay is in a sheltered cove. The beach is surrounded by giant granite boulders where all the bungalows are located. The surrounding bay area is tree covered hillside that slopes dramatically down to the water's edge.
The bay offers some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in Koh Tao. You can spot fish as soon as you get in the water. Both edges of the bay are fringed with corals. Huge shoals of scad are often found to the west, and to the east there are many types of Wrasse as well as Damselfish, Titan Triggerfish and baracuda. You can also spot sea moth and sea turtles in the bay.
The bay is just 10 meters deep and so is great for learning to scuba dive. More experienced divers can do some drop diving from the outer edges of Mango Bay.
There are only a few resorts at Mango Bay. It is the most recent area to open up to tourism in Koh Tao. Most of the accommodation is fan or air-con bungalows with sea views. Ao Muong Resort and Diving has air-con bungalows with hot water bathrooms and stylish decors. The resort also has a great decking area sat on stilts over a massive boulder on the beach.
You can reach Mango Bay by taxi from Sairee beach or Mae Haad. The final part of the road is quite bumpy. Alternatively you can get a longtail boat to Mango Bay from Sairee Beach or Tanote Bay.
At present only Ao Muong Resort and Diving and Mango Bay Boutique Resort are available for booking through the Agoda secure booking engine. Ao Muong Resort and Diving has free transfers twice a day between Mango Bay and Mae Haad.
(Updated March 2016)
Mango Bay Boutique Resort 1,800 thb - 4,900 thb (low season): 2,300 thb - 5,900 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Ao Moung Resort and Diving 2,400 thb - 4,100 thb (low season); 2,600 thb - 4,300 thb (high season) - breakfast included