While we spent 4 weeks on Koh Samui we went to lots of different beaches in search of our favourite and Coral Cove took that spot for me instantly.
While many of the beaches on Samui are long stretches of sand, Coral Cove is a smaller cove enclosed on both sides by rocks which provided shelter from the winds keeping the seas calm and perfect for snorkelling.
There is also a small beach front restaurant here meaning you can enjoy a break from relaxing on the sand and wave watching to enjoy some refreshments and stay at the beach the whole day!
How to get there
The best way to get around in Koh Samui is by scooter, you can find scooters to rent all around the island, they are often parked up along the road with signs hanging on them saying ‘for rent’. If this method isn’t successful for you then just ask your accommodation, most hotels, airbnbs and hostels will have companies they use and can assist you.
Scooter rental here is usually around 200 (£5)/250 baht (£6) per day but this varies with each model and the age of the scooter.
If you are not confident on a scooter then you can call down a taxi or tuktuk to take you around the island, they are often driving up and down the busy roads looking for people who need a ride. Alternatively Grab is also used on Koh Samui, just like Uber, download the Grab app and select your destination, the price is set and you can pay on your card via the app or cash.
Coral Cove is located on the East Coast south of Chaweng, you can set it on Google maps and follow the directions.
Be careful as you approach the turning, it is in a dip of large hills on either side so approach this slowly so you don’t miss the turning. It is then a steep slope down to the car park, here you can park for free.
Best time to visit
Koh Samui is a year round destination, however, there are definitely best and worst times to visit depending on what you’re looking for.
Koh Samui is hit by the worst of its rain in the months of October, November and early December, due to this accommodation is much cheaper and the island usually a lot quieter.
If you are looking to dodge the rain then late December – April are the best months to visit, with the temperature rising and rain decreasing as the year goes on.
What to expect
Coral Cove Beach is not as popular as some of the others in the area so it doesn’t get too busy, there are a few resorts and beach bungalows here but I found that over to the left was the quieter side of the beach.
There are no sun loungers or umbrellas here and as the beach is facing east there is not too much shade if you arrive earlier in the day. Make sure to come prepared with an umbrella if needed and something to sit on.
Also consider this means the beach loses sun at around 4pm, so it’s best to arrive here earlier rather than later.
Coral Cove is surrounded by large boulders which make the perfect snorkelling spot. The visibility while we were on Koh Samui was not great but you could still snorkel and see plenty of fish swimming round the rocks.
The beach front restaurant is a small family run business that serves up all your traditional Thai favourites as well as some western dishes. If you are a customer they also have toilets available, if not just be prepared with a 10 baht (20p) coin.
Where to stay
Where you choose to stay in Samui is all about what you are looking for out of your time here and your budget.
Chaweng is the number one area for nightlife, here you have a bustling strip filled with bars and restaurants that go on till the early hours of the morning. It is by far the most popular area in Koh Samui and you can find every type of accommodation here. Chaweng Beach is also extremely popular making it a one stop destination for most.
Top tip: We stayed in the Chaweng Modern Villas estate located just out of Chaweng slightly up the hills, it was the perfect location for us as we had easy access to every part of Koh Samui and weren’t too far away to the main restaurant hubs of Chaweng and Fisherman’s Village.
Chaweng Noi is the best for families, it is out of the way of the hustle and bustle of Chaweng but still close enough to have easy access to restaurants. It also shares the same coastline, meaning the seas are just as beautiful but the beach in Chaweng Noi is much quieter.
Lamai beach is another good choice for nightlife, it is much quieter than Chaweng but there is still plenty going on here with tons of restaurants and bars. It is a great location for those who don’t want to be completely immersed in the nightlife but would still like access to it. It is also popular with couples as there are a few larger resorts lining the coast here. The beach in Lamai is very long allowing visitors to relax in their own space, it rarely feels overcrowded.
Bophut is a great option for everyone, there is plenty going on here and it has a great long stretch of sandy beach. Located near to Chaweng it won’t take you long to reach central Samui or other popular areas. Fisherman’s Village is a highly rated area on the island, near to Bophut you can find boutique shops, restaurants and bars and a vibrant night market.
Silver beach is known as one of the best beaches on the island, it is great for snorkelling and its shallower waters make it great for families. Here you can find some exclusive accommodation directly on the beach, each location has a room to suit most travellers.
Maenam is where you will find your quiet romantic getaway, if you’re looking for secluded beaches, adult only resorts and tranquil surroundings this is where you’ll want to head. The beach is a beautiful stretch of sand with not many beach front bars allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the natural surroundings.
Taling Ngam is the perfect place to stay if you want to get back in touch with nature, located on the southwest coast of the island this is the most under developed part of Koh Samui, with not much around – only a few resorts and restaurants, it allow you the opportunity to take things easy and live slowly while enjoying the unspoilt sunset views.
Lipa Noi located on the west coast is slightly more popular, here you can escape the busyness of the island but still have great options not too far away. The beach here boasts sunset views and white sand.
Luxury: Cielo Boutique Hotel & Spa Samui
This 5* boutique hotel is located right on Bophut beach and is only a short 5 minute drive from the popular Fisherman’s Village. The modern suites and villas host private terraces and free wifi, the property features a pool, information desk, massage services, parking, beach restaurant serving Mediterranean and Asian dishes, a brand new yoga hub, a mini bar, safety deposit box and toiletries. They also provide shuttle services or car rental for guests convenience.
Mid range: Crystal Bay Yacht Club
This beachfront property is in one of the top locations on Koh Samui, located right on Silver Beach you have direct access to one of the best beaches around. Crystal Bay Yacht Club features villa style accommodation in a tropical garden surrounding. There is an outdoor pool, children’s pool, restaurant, pool bar and free wifi in all areas. The air-conditioned villas come with private balconies, satellite TV, safety deposit box, tea/coffee maker and ensuite shower rooms. You can choose from a wide range of villas, some with private pools and beachfront locations. Buffet breakfast is served daily along with Thai and Western dishes. Reception staff are able to assist all guests with excursions, car and scooter rentals and luggage storage.
Budget: PTK Residence
Located just 5 minutes from Chaweng Centre, PTK Residence features air conditioned rooms with balconies, an outdoor pool, free parking and a 24 hour reception desk. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, fridge and private bathrooms include a shower. At reception guests can arrange tours and excursions around the island, the fitness centre is also available for use at an extra charge.
If you are looking for something a little calmer and far from the typical Koh Samui hustle and bustle then Coral Cove is the perfect beach for you.
I hope you enjoy my favourite beach in Koh Samui as much as we did, I would love to hear your thoughts below about what you thought of the beach and the rest of the island?
With love, Izzy ✨💛
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