Koh Tao – The Turtle Island

A small paradise island isolated in the gulf of Thailand

Koh Tao is located on the east side of the Surat Thani coastline with two neighbouring islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.  Koh Tao is officially a subdistrict of Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province, and the name, in English, means ‘Turtle Island’ as the island used to be inhabited by turtles.  The island’s shape is also thought to resemble a turtle when viewed from Koh Phangan.

The island’s natural beauty both above and below the water, with its stunning coral reefs and abundant marine life in clear, warm water, bring thousands of visitors here each year making it an unforgettable destination for divers, adventurers and travellers alike. This, combined with the relaxed atmosphere and life style, has been attracting people here for over 35 years and is now a warm second home for many.  Koh Tao has developed in many ways, and with its thriving diving industry, is now one of the leading centres for dive education in the world.
Koh Tao diving

Koh Tao beaches and bays

Beaches & Bays

Koh Tao is edged with beautiful beaches, bays and picturesque sceneries. The island is hilly and steep offering an interesting landscape wherever you go…

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Koh Tao climate and geography

Climate

Koh Tao can be visited all year round, there is always somewhere calm should the weather be windy on one of the coasts. Conditions are changeable throughout the year…

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Weather forecast at Windguru

Getting to Koh Tao

Getting Here

The only way of getting here is by boat travelling from the mainland leaving Chumphon and Surat Thani, and from the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan…

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The crystal clear waters of Koh Tao are due to
the distance from the mainland and its many rivers.

Top things to do on Koh Tao

Koh Tao snorkelling

Snorkelling

Koh Tao’s stunning coral reefs with an abundance of marine life start just a few metres offshore. Here is a guide for your best snorkelling experience…

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Koh Tao diving courses

Scuba Diving

The dive centres on Koh Tao are recognized as some of the best dive training facilities worldwide. Here you can find all information about diving courses for all levels…

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Koh Tao restaurant reviews

Enjoy great food

Koh Tao has a great variety of places to eat offering international cuisines and fusion blends. Here is a selection of restaurants we have chosen to write about…

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Top places to visit

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