Koh Tao

Koh Tao “The Turtle Island” is a small paradise island isolated in the Gulf of Thailand.

Koh Tao is located on the east side of the Surat Thani coastline in Thailand, with two neighbouring islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. It is officially a subdistrict of Surat Thani province, and the name in English means “Turtle Island” for the island’s connection with its being inhabited by sea turtles. Though they are not as plentiful as in the past, nowadays, you can still find green turtles and hawksbill turtles in some areas, such as Shark Bay. 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 lifestyle, has attracted people here for over 50 years and is now a warm second home for many. Koh Tao has developed in many ways, and with its thriving diving industry, it is now one of the leading centres for dive education in the world.

Koh Tao, Thailand

Getting to Koh Tao, Thailand

Getting to Koh Tao

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

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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 exciting landscape wherever you go…

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Koh Tao Weather

Koh Tao Weather

The island can be visited all year. 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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View Point
Big Bubble

The crystal clear water is due to the distance from the mainland and its many rivers.

Koh Tao Top Things To Do

Koh Tao snorkelling


The beautiful coral reefs with an abundance of marine life of Koh Tao start just a few metres offshore. Here is a guide for your best snorkeling experience…

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Hiking Koh Tao


Exploring the island by foot gives you the freedom to discover at your own pace. Here are the 5 best hikes taking you from the towns of Sairee, Mae Haad and…

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Koh Tao restaurant reviews


The island 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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Aerial video of Koh Tao, Thailand