Ocean Medical Clinic
Diving medicine, blood test, X-ray, emergency care
by English-speaking physicians and nurses
with worldwide insurance coverage.
Enjoy exploring the underwater world with Impian.
IDD, SSI or PADI courses can begin at any time.
Students learn in groups no larger than 4 people.
French Kiss Divers
French Kiss Divers is an SSI affiliated dive school
focuses on the Francophone traveller market.
Taught in small groups with a maximum of 4 people.
Getting Around Koh Tao
Koh Tao is a small island, and it’s possible to walk about and explore most of it in 3–4 days. The roads here are about 80% concrete, and the remainder is dirt track. The main roads are fairly new and wide, and there are continuing roadworks around the island.
Care and awareness are needed when getting around Koh Tao using the roads. There are no proper footpaths, and whether you are walking or driving, you need to be careful. Large open drainage ditches are on each side of the roads. People and animals share the roads, so all this, combined with risky driving techniques often seen here, can make riding a bike particularly precarious, especially if you have no previous experience. As a result, Koh Tao has its fair share of accidents, which can do huge damage not only to your body but also to your wallet for medical bills and damages to the bike.
Getting Around Koh Tao By Foot
Walking around Koh Tao is a great way to discover the island. You see things you would miss on a bike. Distances between towns, beaches and bays are not far, no more than 5 kilometres. Some of the more remote places, such as Lighthouse, Laem Thian, Mao Bay and most of the mountain viewpoints are only accessible on foot. Here, you get to experience more of nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of busier places on Koh Tao. As there are no footpaths, when walking, always walk on the right side of the road. Wear something bright and have a flashlight when walking at night. If you are going between Mae Haad and Sairee, use the brick road along the beach.
Taxis on Koh Tao are pickup trucks with the sign ‘Taxi’ and an identification number. Taxis charge on a per-person basis, so they will often rather wait until they have a few more people before they go. If you are alone or a couple, you will probably have to pay double the cost if you want to go anywhere immediately. Some destinations on Koh Tao require a 4-wheel drive truck to get there. Taxis can be found easily at the three main bays of Mae Haad (at the pier), Sairee (at the junction) and Chalok Baan Kao (at 7-Eleven). Almost all resorts offer free transfers between the pier and the resort if you have a reservation.
Taxi boats are ‘longtail’ boats that can easily be found along the beaches, piers, and in some larger resorts. All taxi boats also offer snorkeling trips around the island.
Motorbike rental rates start at 150 Baht per day (24 hours) for a manual and 150 – 250 Baht for an automatic. Almost all of the motorbike rental shops on Koh Tao work the same way, the rule being that if the bike is damaged, any parts must be replaced new, not just repaired, by the person who rented it. Therefore, before renting, check the bike’s condition carefully for any scratches and broken parts already there so you don’t get charged. Make sure all parties concerned are aware of anything amiss before you drive off. It is normal practice to be asked to leave your passport or money as a deposit.
Lately, using a bicycle has become more popular due to Koh Tao’s ever-developing roads. Some resorts and a few small shops have them available. Currently, there is only one bicycle shop and service located in Chalok Baan Kao. A mountain bike with efficient gears and reliable brakes is ideally the best type to use on this island.
18/3 Moo 3, Koh Tao
Surat Thani 84360 THAILAND