If you like the idea of spending the day gently paddling around a beautiful bay on a sunny day, then kayaking Koh Tao is an activity for you.
Kayaking Koh Tao goes perfectly with snorkeling (or freediving), as you can stop whenever you like to see what’s going on underwater and then continue on again. With a kayak, you can get to many places not accessible by boat or by foot. The south of Koh Tao is best as there are lots of bays and interesting places to see all nearby in the same vicinity, so you don’t have to go too far. In the southwest, kayaking is generally easy and more relaxing, with several very nice shallow snorkeling points such as the Mae Haad Shipwreck , Jansom Bay, Sai Nuan Beach, Cape Je Ta Kang, June Juea Beach, Viewpoint Cape, and Freedom Beach. Sea conditions on Koh Tao are normally fine most of the year.
Kayaking Koh Tao Southeast Coast
Kayaking to the southeast of Koh Tao is more challenging. You may see sea turtles and blacktip reef sharks at Shark Bay. If the conditions are very good and calm, try visiting Shark Island. Sai Daeng Beach, Hin Ngaam Bay, and Aow Leuk are good to visit, but be aware of waves, wind, and currents on this side, particularly around capes.
Check the wind and wave conditions the day before you plan to go out and monitor them throughout the day. From May to August, the wind can suddenly pick up and get very strong in the late afternoon.
Try and bail out any water that gets inside the kayak. Check if the kayak has a rope for tying up to floats or buoys.
The life jacket is necessary and can also be used as a good cushion.