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Ko Tao's Ao Mamuang (Mango Bay) is a very isolated bay at the northern tip of Ko Tao and is the most recently developed area on the island. The landscape consists of high rocky cliffs and lush green hillsides rising up from the water's edge and offering breathtaking views of the gulf to the north of Ko Tao.

The clear blue-green waters of Mango Bay are great for swimming and snorkelling, and one of the island's most beautiful dive locations sits at the centre of the bay.

The resorts here are decidedly upscale and more expensive than many other places on Ko Tao, and given the isolation of this spot, they lean towards being self-contained affairs. You'll get a good deal of comfort and tranquillity for your money. There are only two resorts and the only way between them is by kayak.

That said Mango Bay does get a lot of daytripping diving and snorkelling trips -- this is a secluded spot, but unfortunately not a silent secluded spot.

The focus is on water activities: snorkelling, diving and kayaking. If that's all a bit too energetic, tanning, reading and generally lazing around are also prime activities. After rain the bay gets very cloudy due to sand run off from the island, so it's best visited between May and September, when seas are calm and rain is minimal.

Land access is via a poorly maintained road, so most opt for a longtail, but if you are staying, take advantage of the resorts' free pick up services.

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Text and/or map last updated on 30th October, 2013.

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