Koh Mak Beaches
Koh Mak has about 27 km of cost-line and several sand beaches. Most of the waterfront lines are rocky (volcanic) or mangrove forest. There are two main sand beaches:
Ao Kao Beach (south-west):
This is the most popular beach with 12 little resorts along this beach. The Ao Kao Beach is about 5 km long, so you will find a lot of lonely spots here. This beach has one of the most romantic areas on the island. The beauty of this beach is –like everywhere in the world- changes from high and low-tide. Some people prefer the high-tide, so you just walk a few steps until the water is deep enough to swim. Some prefer the low-tide, so you have more of the sandy-beach. From here, you can enjoy nice sun-sets and a view to Koh Rayang Nok and Koh Rayang Nai. Coconut trees lean above the sea-water and gives you the right occasion for romantic pictures.
Ao Suan Yai (north-west):
This beach is also very beautiful and well known for perfect-sunsets and a breath-taking view to Koh Kham. Along this beach are only 3 resorts and they share 3 km of sandy beach.
It is hard to say which of this two beaches is more beautiful. It varies a lot from the season of the year and the weather. This is the very brief advise: If the wind is strong, visit the beach with less wind, if it is really hot, try to find some cooling breath on the other side. This is one of the advantages of Koh Mak. The island is small enough to easily find the right place for you.
Ao Nid Bay (south-east):
At Ao Nid Bay, there is not really a beach to mention, but the main pier is located here. This is the commercial pier, where twice a week the local wooden boat leaves and arrives (see boat schedule here). From this pier (Ao Nid Pier) you have a view to Koh Kood to the east and see the “skyline” of Koh Mak.
Ao Tan (north-east):
At this beach you find the Cinnamon Resort and not much more. This beach is quite lonely, but this is what some people are looking for. It is not really a beach where you would swim, but here you can enjoy a peaceful and lonely environment. A new wooden pier was just build end of 2010.
Here some pictures of Koh Mak’s beaches…