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The Koh Tao Rundown

Koh Tao Island, located in Thailand, has become famous for its beautiful beaches and unparalleled diving opportunities. Scuba diving, in particular, captures the interests of countless visitors to the island every year. The many rocky beaches offer a romantic view, especially during the sunset hours. If you want some fantastic pictures of sandy, tropical beaches or an underwater view of the abundant life below the waves, Koh Tao Island is the ideal place to visit. There are various PADI-certified diving courses you can take on Koh Tao Island, whether you are a novice or advanced diver or you can snorkel without instruction. On land, head to Haad Thien (or Rocky Bay), Tanote Bay and Sairee Beach, which are some of the most popular beaches on the island. The island is less developed than Koh Samui and Koh Pha-ngan, making it an attractive destination for visitors desiring less dense crowds. However, there is no shortage of nightlife on the island either. Bars, clubs, restaurants and beach parties are usually found in the popular beach resort areas. Deep-sea fishing has also become a recent tourist draw to Koh Tao Island.

Koh Tao, Thailand

Because of its unique shape and the sea turtles which reside there, Koh Tao was named "Turtle Island". It is known worldwide for its amazing scuba diving, and tourists flock to glide beneath the pristine blue water. What started as a place for fishermen to take shelter has turned into one of the best island getaways in the world.

Koh Tao Attractions

  • Hin Fai Bio Rock Artificial Reef
  • Thian Og Bay
  • Koh Tao Bowling and Mini-Golf

Koh Tao Activities

  • Go to a full moon party on nearby Ko Phan Nga
  • Dive at Koh Tao's Carabao Diving Centre
  • Become an expert technical diver at Big Blue Tech

Koh Tao Climate

Koh Tao enjoys a tropical climate, which means most of the year is hot and humid. The rainy season goes from about April until the end of July, and temperatures average between 32-40ºC. The winter months from December to March are the best time to visit, as temperatures range from 22-29ºC.

Getting There & Around

Most visitors to Koh Tao will arrive via the Koh Samui Airport and then take a ferry to the island. Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang Airport both maintains regular flights to Samui, and once there ferry or speedboat service is very easy to arrange.

Once on the island, it is convenient to get around by foot or rented motorbike. You can also rent bicycles if motorbikes aren’t your thing.

When To Go

The seasons in Thailand are categorized into three parts. The dry season, from December to February, is just that: Dry. Although there isn’t much rain, the breeze can be quite cool at times. The wind is also good if you plan to windsurf or parasail. The hot season, from March to August, is still very dry and features higher temperatures. These temperatures can reach 95°F (35°C), and with the humidity, it can feel even hotter. From September to November, the monsoon or rainy season begins. If weather is a main concern, consider coming to the island in the dry season, but be prepared for crowds.

  • Winter (December to February) 25-30°C (77-86°F)
  • Spring (March to June) 26-32°C (79-90°F)
  • Summer (July to September) 26-33°C (79-91°F)
  • Autumn (October to November) 25-30.5°C (77-87°F)

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More Info On Getting There

Koh Tao Island, considering its proximity to the rest of Asia, is rather secluded. In order to reach it, you will want to take a plane first, flying into Koh Samui or Surat Thani. These are not the only airport options available, but they may be less expensive and closer to Koh Tao. From the airport, it is best to take a ferry to Koh Tao Island. If you plan to take a morning ferry, plan on arriving at least three hours early to beat the rush. You might wait up to 1.5 hours in the afternoon. If you want a bright and early start on Koh Tao Island, one option is to take an overnight ferry, which leaves at 23:00. The main ferry companies travelling between the islands and mainland Thailand are Lomprayah, Songserm and Seatran. Most people travel around Koh Tao Island on motorbikes and taxis.

  • By air: Koh Samui or Surat Thani airports
  • By ferry: Lomprayah, Songserm and Seatran
  • Motorbikes and taxis to get around

Hotels in Koh Tao island

Recommended hotels

From US$56

1 The Tarna Align Resort

4 stars
3.0 / 5

33 M. 1 ,Sairee Map

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The Tarna Align Resort and all its amenities, and it offers a variety of high standard services including big and beautiful rooms, a diving center, a Spa and two restaurants (Sushi Mania and The... More

From US$45

2 Simple Life Resort Koh Tao

3 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

14/11 moo 1 Sairee Beach Map

Providing quality accommodation and friendly service for families, honeymooners and backpackers in Suratthani, Simple Life Resort Suratthani is a door step of all local amenities. GeneralSimple... More

From US$51

3 Koh Tao Hillside Resort

3 stars
4.0 / 5

19/1 Moo 1, Tumbon Koh Tao, Amphur Koh Pha-Ngan, Suratthani 84360, Thailand Map

Koh Tao Hillside Resort is a beachfront resort with inviting accommodations that caters to visitors seeking for a tranquil getaway by the beach in the picturesque island of Koh Tao. After exploring... More

From US$75

4 Koh Tao Coral Grand Resort

3 stars
3.0 / 5

15/4 MOO 1 Map

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Koh Tao Coral Grand Resort features comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities ideal for a cosy holiday base in Koh Tao. After a restful sleep at the resort, vacationers can start the day... More

From US$55

5 Pinnacle Koh Tao Resort

3 stars
3.0 / 5

26/20 Moo 3, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Suratthani Map

Pinnacle Koh Tao Resort is a pristine resort paradise for holiday travellers looking to enjoy the numerous diving and rock climbing spots in Koh Tao. After a restful sleep at the resort,... More

From US$83

6 Koh Tao Montra Resort

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

1 / 51 Moo2, Koh Tao Map

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Combining elegant Thai designs and modern architecture, Koh Tao Montra Resort offers the kingdom's hospitality with modern amenities to make sure that the guests have a wonderful stay. ... More

Great and Peaceful
Very good expérience in this hôtel I Will recommend it to everyone, especiallly during low seasons
6 Jan 2014
From US$183

7 Tanote Villa Hill Resort

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

23/3 Moo 3, Tanote Bay Map

Escape the bustling streets of Thailand and retreat to the comfortable accommodations at Tanote Villa Hill Resort nestled by the shores of Koh Tao Island. Guests at this value-for-money property... More

From US$194

8 Koh Tao Bamboo Huts

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

30/2 Jax Trek, Jansom Bay Map

Koh Tao Bamboo Huts is a tropical paradise featuring relaxing hut-type accommodations and a perfect location that catches the beautiful sunset. Leisure travellers can engage in outdoor activities... More

9 Charm Churee Village

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

30/1 Jansom Bay Map

Charm Churee Village Koh Tao has luxurious accommodation and friendly services for travellers in Koh Tao. It has direct access to the sea and thus offers a variety of activities and facilities for... More

From US$84

10 Beach Club by Haadtien

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

19/9 Moo3 Map

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The Beach Club by Haadtien is a brand new addition to the resort which will offer 62 rooms in three room types - with 42 sea view rooms and 20 absolute beachfront rooms, every Beach Club guest can... More

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