Above & underwater activities
There are an increasing amount of things available to try out including wakeboarding, tubing and standup paddle boarding.
For the uninitiated, read on to find out what these are all about. Wakeboarding is riding a board over the water surface and combines water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques. The board itself is small and thin with shoe bindings mounted onto it to keep your feet in place.
Wakeboarding and tubing (where you sit in a giant inflatable ring and hang on !) involve being towed behind a boat that can hold a small group of your friends, so lots of fun as you can all have a go. You can choose the duration of time, from 30 minutes or an hour, to 4 hours.
Standup paddle boarding or SUP is a relaxing way to spend some time where you stand on what is like a big, wide surfboard whilst paddling.This is a great way to enjoy sightseeing around Koh Tao’s bays and beaches at your own pace and to have your own private spots for sunbathing and watching beautiful sunsets. You can even practise yoga while floating peacefully on the ocean. There are a few places to rent the boards on the beaches at Sairee and Chalok Baan Kao.
Kite surfing courses are also available, this is an adventurous water sport combining wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics. If you have a few days or longer to spare, why not sign up for a sailing course and enjoy Koh Tao and the surrounding areas from a sail boat. For those who already know how to sail, there are a few small dinghies available for rent on Sairee Beach.
All the tour companies that offer the ‘Around Island’ trips, also provide fishing trips too. Night fishing trips are also available. Day trips start at 09:00 and return at 16:00, and the night trips go out at 18:00 and return at midnight. There are professional anglers as well who specifically offer game fishing and some other local fishermen can be found on the main beaches and on the piers in Mae Haad.