Hin Wong Bay
A small but picturesque beach on the east coast of Koh Tao. It’s surrounded by granite boulders and wooden cabin bungalows perched on the rocky coastline surrounding it. It is probably the easiest of all the east coast beaches to reach. It is popular for those who want to escape the bustle of the busier West Coast beaches without exerting too much energy. The beach itself is quite small, but once in the water, Hin Wong Bay opens up into a wide cove. You can easily spend at least a few hours exploring.
Hin Wong Bay is easily accessible by road from Sairee. Getting there takes around 10 minutes by scooter or about an hour by foot. This makes it one of Koh Tao’s best beach options for those who want to explore, but are not so keen on motorbike rental.
If you want to take in a spectacular view on the way back Fraggle Rock Viewpoint is a great option for sunset.
There is an access fee of 20THB per person, which includes parking for your rental scooter. However, it is expected and encouraged for those who use the beach to buy some food or refreshments at the restaurant or bar which are run by the local family that manages the small resort there.
Services & Facilities
The restaurant at Hin Wong Bay sits over the rocks next to a narrow concrete pier which you can walk along to gain quick and easy access to deeper water than from the shoreline. It serves a range of Thai dishes, a few Western options, and a range of refreshing beverages. On the beach itself sits Mol’s bar, a small rustic beach hut serving both soft drinks and alcoholic refreshments.
Both kayaks and snorkeling gear are available for rent. Unlike at many other beaches on Koh Tao, you can rent fins as well as a mask and snorkel. This makes it quicker and easier to explore a bit further into the bay.
Swimming and Snorkeling
The rocks under the surface are home to vast quantities of marine life, and to see as much of the area as possible, snorkeling and kayaking are the best options. The coral reef at Hin Wong Bay is in great health. In the breeding season (normally April-May) it’s possible to see juvenile blacktip reef sharks in the shallows.
Recommended for… A Real Local Experience
Swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking aside, Mol’s bar is a popular hangout for a small group of local island residents. It has a great vibe. Even if you hit on a quiet day with few other customers, it’s worth spending some time in the shade on a bar stool. If your timing is right, you will end up chatting with Mol herself. And be treated to lots of information and stories about the island in times gone by.