Besides enjoying the underwater world of Koh Tao, you can choose to have fun above the water on the surface with a choice of water sports.
Water Sports on Koh Tao
An increasing amount of water sports are available on Koh Tao, including wakeboarding, tubing and standup paddle boarding. For the uninitiated, read on to discover what these are all about.
Wakeboarding is riding a board over the water surface, combining 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, from 30 minutes or an hour to 4 hours.
Standup paddle boarding, or SUP, is a relaxing water sport on Koh Tao where you stand on a big, wide surfboard while paddling. This is a great way to enjoy sightseeing around Koh Tao’s bays and beaches at your own pace and to have your private spots for sunbathing and watching beautiful sunsets. You can even practise yoga while floating peacefully on the ocean. There are several places to rent standup paddle boards on the beaches at Sairee, Mae Haad 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 sailboat? For those who already know how to sail, a few small dinghies are available for rent on Sairee Beach.
Fishing Trips on Koh Tao
All the tour companies that offer the ‘Around Island’ trips also provide fishing trips. 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 who specifically offer game fishing and some other local fishermen can be found on the main beaches and the piers in Mae Haad.