The beaches on Koh Mak are long and pretty, often with clear water and good swimming- and snorkeling opportunities around the offshore isles. None of them are overdeveloped instead you will find nothing but coconut groves and green landscapes all around the island.
Koh Mak Beaches
Koh Mak has about 27 km of coastline and several sandy 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 sunsets and a view of Koh Rayang Nok and Koh Rayang Nai. Coconut trees lean above the sea-water and give you the right occasion for romantic pictures.
At the Ao Kao Beach is located the pier of the Leelawadee Speedboat, right in front of the Makathanee Resort.
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.
At this beach you find in front of the Koh Mak Resort the pier where the Panan Speedboat departs and arrives.
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.
This is the commercial side and pier (Ao Nid). The Boonsiri Catamaran stops here and a few other smaller speedboat services. It is convenient to travel to Koh Kood and Koh Kradat from here.
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 could swim, but here you can enjoy a peaceful and lonely environment. A new wooden pier was just built end of 2010.
As Koh Mak is shaped like a star you can enjoy the sunset each evening in another location.
By going around signs will lead you to the major historic sights and landmarks like the temple, the museum, the piers and the beaches.