Koh Tao - Beaches and Activities

Koh Tao is a mountainous small Island, not far from Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Koh Tao is very famous for its numerous diving spots and the relaxing atmosphere. A lot of people come here for explore the fascinating underwater world. The clear water allows to see various kinds of fishes, shells and other water residents. Numerous small bungalow villages were built during the last 10 years, while the island became more and more popular by divers and snorkelers. Accomodations are available in every price range, starting at 400 Baht.

The Beaches on Koh Tao


Ban Mae Haad
The bay of Ban Mae Haad is bordered by fascinating granite rocks. This is also the capital of the island, and the ferry pier is located here where the ferries go to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani and Chumphon. In the village there are a variety of restaurants, supermarkets, dive shops, travel agencies and a post office.


Crystal clear water invites for Diving and Snorkeling
Sairee Beach
The Sairee Beach is located in the north of the Mae Haad beach and is the longest and most beautiful beach on the Koh Tao. Here lies the Thip Wimarn Resort and many smaller bungalows which usually offer budget accommodation for backpackers. Some of this Resorts have new well-equipped bungalows with fridge, aircon and TV. Along the beach there are plenty of small restaurants serving Thai food and fresh sea food BBQ in the evening. Here you can have a yummy dinner while sitting closed to the sea.

Jansom Bay
In the South of Baan Mae Haad lies the Jansom bay in about 5 minutes walking distance. In this most picturesque bay of the island lies the hidden Charm Churee Villa. For 100 baht admission, however, any person may swim and snorkel in the bay, and use the other facilities, beach and deck chairs of the departments.

Chalok Beach
The Chalok Beach is located in the south of the island. The deep, bounded by rocky bay looks very beautiful in high water. At low tide the rocks and corals protrude from the water and its only limited bathing possible.


The Climate on Koh Tao

The small beautiful island Koh Nanguyan
October to December, brings the most rain and rough seas. It can occur at this time that ferries be set. The hot season from March to May are best suited for diving, snorkeling, swimming and water sports. However, the island, like many others in the archipelago, a second high season from July to August is the next from December to March. The high season can be explained by the very good weather, diving and swimming conditions.

Activities and Attractions

The island is a world famous diving area and thus receives divers and snorkelers from all over the world. Other recreational activities such as sailing, rock and cliff climbing, wake boarding and paintball are available on Koh Tao as well. Its also possible to make daytrips to the neighbor islands Koh Samui or Koh Phangan.

Diving
The island is mainly due to the underwater world very well known. Initially, people visited Koh Tao for diving only. The only time the beaches became more significant. The many diving schools of the island offer a variety of courses, including beginner-friendly ones. The almost non-existing in-water flow is ideal to learn to dive. The beginner courses with introduction in the pool up to dive in the lake start at 10,000 THB. A PADI diving certificate is issued upon completion of the course. The water is so clear that the visibility can exceed 30 meters, with average visibility is around 15 meters. You can see there barracuda, reef sharks, turtles and of course lots of hard and soft corals. The visibility of the water is good during the whole year with exception of the months from October to December when the sea is rough.

The fascinating underwater world of Koh Tao
Snorkeling
A very good place for snorkeling is in front of the Shark Bay. The visibility is good and there is a lot to discover. In addition to Shark Bay, there is the small Island Koh Nang Yuan, Freedom Beach, Laem Thian, Mango Bay, Hin Wong Bay and Tanote Bay which proven to be good snorkeling spots. The coastal areas can usually be reached by bike or by boat. Coasts such as the Mango Bay are poorly accessible by bike because the track is in poor condition. Here again, some meters will be run.

Hiking
The small island is best explored in a half-day hike. The John Suwan mountain views located in the south of the island and two other vantage points are centrally located. The Fraggle Rock is situated to the north of the island. Who needs more variety has the opportunity to sign up for sailing trips, rock and cliff climbing, wake boarding and paintball shooting.