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kilometers out from the mainland of Southern Thailand lies
the beautiful Tropical Island of Koh Tao. From the moment
that you set foot on the ferry pier after the boat trip
across, the charm of this small desert island gets you.
the advent of tourism in the late 80's, fishing and
coconut farming were virtually the only sources of income
on Koh Tao. Both these industries remain today, although
diving tourism has far outpaced these in terms of size.
Koh Tao now has a reputation as a diving Mecca, and rightly
so as it boasts over 20 dive sites, all within a 45-minute
boat ride of the island.
most popular beaches on Koh Tao are Mae Haad, which is also
the main village, Sairee Beach on the west and Chalok Baan
Kao in the south.
Accommodation ranges from simple thatch roof cabana-style
bungalows to air-con bungalows, however living is still
quite basic and you should expect electricity to run only
through the night, even in the more luxurious rooms.
the beaches have a variety of restaurants, supermarkets
and bars, Although nightlife relies on parties held on alternate
nights by the few beach bars. Life is much more low-key
than Samui, especially since most people are up early for
on Koh Tao is generally very, very agreeable with a temperature
of around 25 degrees C. in the cool season (from November
to February) to highs of 35 degrees plus in the hot dry
season (from March to June).
Although humid at times, the heat is never oppressive, cooled
as Koh Tao is by the gentle sea breezes from The Gulf of
World-class dive sites are
as close as 10 minutes by boat from our dive school. These
sites are the best in the Gulf of Thailand. The craggy,
submerged rock faces are alive with sponges, anemones, soft
and hard corals. Whale sharks are commonly seen in season,
making for an unforgettable dive. Divers also have chance
to spot manta rays and turtles while swimming amongst schools
of pelagics, batfish and barracuda.
provided by T.A.T (Tourism Authority of Thailand)