Koh Tao

Koh Tao, “The Turtle Island,” is a small paradise island isolated in the Gulf of Thailand. It is east of the Surat Thani coastline, with two neighbouring islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. Koh Tao is officially a subdistrict of Surat Thani province, Thailand, 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, brings thousands of visitors 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 and Surat Thani, or from the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. There is no airport on the island…

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Koh Tao Beaches and Bays

Beaches and Bays

The beaches and bays of Koh Tao offer ideal conditions for snorkeling, as they feature shallow coral reefs close to the shore. Here is a list of the 20 beaches and bays where you can feel the refreshing sea breeze…

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Koh Tao Weather

Koh Tao Weather

The island can be visited all year round. There is always somewhere calm should the weather be windy on one of the coasts. Monsoons usually arrive between mid-November and the end of December…

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View Point
Big Bubble

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

Top Things To Do on Koh Tao

Scuba Diving Koh Tao

Koh Tao Scuba Diving

Have you ever considered there is a whole other world within our reach? When scuba diving you experience weightlessness while exploring the stunning visual display of the underwater realm…

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Koh Tao Hiking

Hiking Koh Tao

Exploring the island by foot gives you the freedom to discover at your own pace and the chance to see it uniquely. Here are the 5 best hikes taking you from Sairee Beach, Mae Haad Bay, and Chalok Baan Kao…

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Restaurant Reviews


The island has a great variety of restaurants offering international cuisines and creative fusion blends. You can tour the culinary world in just a few days. Here is a selection of restaurants we have chosen…

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