Koh Tao Island
Everything you Need to Know About Koh Tao0
Once the haunt of sea-turtles, this small island north of Koh Samui with its quiet undisturbed beaches has become a magnet for those who really want to get away from it all and for divers who come to view the colourful coral beds. Since the main attraction is diving - the beaches remain tranquil and uncrowded while facilities, food and accommodation have greatly improved.
Since its "discovery" in the early 80's word has spread of the island's natural beauty, beaches and marine life with faster, more efficient ferries providing better access. It's a great place to relax.
The basic bungalows of the past have now been supplemented by new resorts with 24 hour air-conditioning and better facilities. The island, though, still remains a beautiful and unspoilt paradise.
Koh Tao Attractions
Although Koh Tao is a diving destination, the island still provides many natural attractions on land. So make the most of its natural assets.
Koh Tao Diving
Famous for its underwater scenery and the original Koh Tao attraction. Sharks, stingrays, pufferfish, groupers and triggerfish are just some of the locals. Close encounters with everyone's favourite big fish at "Shark Point," near Chalok Baan Kao Bay. Tanote Bay - to the east of the island, has some of the best snorkelling sites
Kayaking in Koh Tao
Why not rent a kayak and explore the coastline. Kayaks can be hired though local operators at most beaches, or from resorts. By the hour or day.
Hiking & Walking
A great place for walking and hiking. There are lots of small paths around the island and lots of trials off the beaten track to viewpoints and places of interest. You can walk to Koh Tao's highest peak,"Two Views" in the centre of Sairee and Tanote (breathtaking views); If the walk back feels a bit daunting, catch a taxi or longtail boat to Mae Haad.
Other places of interest include Jor Por Ror, a massive rock formation, with an engraved monogram of King Rama V. The King visited the island in 1899. Chalok Baan Kao with stunning viewpoints in all directions. The John-Suwan Viewpoint, located on a mountain ridge at Chalok Baan Kao beach in the south. Named after two friends, who went to search for a good place to build a home but instead found a great viewpoint overlooking two beaches similar to the one found at Phi Phi.
Courses available. Gecko Climbing runs several.
Hire a local "long tail" boat, or take a trip with one of the local tour operators, who also offer more sophisticated tackle. Night fishing is also available.
Koh Tao Island