Sai Daeng in Koh Tao
Haad Sai Daeng is a small cove on the southern tip of Koh Tao. It forms part of a wider bay called Rocky Bay. Sai Daeng is located between Aow Leuk and Shark Bay. It is a very quiet beach with only two resorts to choose from. The beach is in a crescent shape. On a clear day the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui can be seen. The white sand and relaxed atmosphere of Sai Daeng draws those tourists who are looking for a pristine beach away from the noise and commercialism of the main beach of Sairee Beach.
Sai Daeng in Koh Tao
Resorts and Diving
Koh Tao means ‘turtle island’ because it is in the shape of a turtle. If you picture a turtle then Haad Sai Daeng is the right leg of the animal. Just off the coast is the tiny island called Shark Island. It is an uninhabited island that is famous for its great diving. And yes there are sharks that are known to linger in the waters around Shark Island. They have not, however, been known to attack humans. There are plenty of tastier morsels in the sea more to the sharks’ liking.
One of the two resorts on Haad Sai Daeng is Coral View Resort. It is run by an American-Thai family. They have basic fan bungalows, ‘Mediterranean Villas’ and luxury group villas. Some of the bungalows are on the beach and some are on the rocks overlooking the beach. Coral View Resort also offers PADI certified dive courses as well as day trips for qualified divers. The dive groups are much smaller with Coral View Divers than with the bigger dive outfits on Sairee Beach that pack dozens of people on boats.
The other place to stay on Sai Daeng is New Heaven Huts. It has a great restaurant and has 14 bungalows for rent. It is also has a dive school that has been running since the 1990s. The owner of the dive shop is foreign and he runs a daily yoga session.
Around Sai Daeng you can expect to see when diving or snorkeling such colorful fish as Parrot fish, Butterfly fish, Clown fish, Damsel fish, Groupers, Raccoon fish and much more. You can also see Leopard sharks and black tip reef sharks. If you are interested in diving then Sai Daeng and Shark Island is a must for your itinerary.
Finally, it should be remembered that Sai Daeng is accessed by a road that is only partly paved. There are, however, lots of boats that can be caught. The first boat from Sai Daeng leaves at 5.30am and the last one to arrive at the beach is at 9pm.
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