About Koh Tao

Our Little Paradise Island

Koh Tao is a jewel in the Gulf Thailand. Famed for its great diving, chilled vibes and stunning beaches, its no wonder that so many dive instructors want to call it home

The island is relatively small, only 21 km² and mostly covered in lush tropical forests. There are 3 main 'towns', Mae Haad, Sairee and Chalok, each having their own distinctive personality.

Sairee beach stretches along the west coast and is the biggest beach on Koh Tao, filled with lively bars and restaurants, its the perfect place to watch the amazing sunsets with a cocktail. Sairee also has the most resorts and dive centers on the island, so is a popular choice with divers. The bars are often filled with customers, instructors and DMTs talking about the days dives, sharing experiences and making new friends, so are a great place to hang out in the evenings

Mae Haad is where all of the ferries come and go from Koh Tao so is a very busy little town. It also has west facing beaches with plenty of restaurants, bars and dive centers, so again is very popular with divers and backpackers

Chalok is generally a more laid back town with a slower pace of life, but still boast beautiful beaches and shallow coral reefs perfect for snorkelling

There are also plenty of other stunning bays to visit around the island, like the picturesque Sai Nuan and Sai Thong beaches, Tonote Bay with its stunning coral reefs and Shark Bay where you can often see juvenile Black Tip Reef Sharks in the shallows

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Diving

Koh Tao is world famous for diving. An abundance of maring life, paired with warm water all year round, make it the perfect place for dive training. In fact, Koh Tao certifies more divers than anywhere else in the world!

The diving on Koh Tao is primarily boat diving, with each dive center either leaving from the beach or from the main pier in Mae Haad, doing 2 dives in the morning and 2 dives in afternoon. With over 20 dive sites to visit, divers can explore shallow sites like Twins and White Rock and expect to see a wide range of tropical fish species, colourful corals and often turtles. The deeper dive sites such as Chumphon Pinnacle and South West Pinnacle are great places to potentially see Whalesharks and bigger fish species such as Goliath Groupers, Barracuda and Sharks

Conditions are relatively stable all year round, with calm, clear warm waters from January thru to November. Mid November sees the arrival of monsoon season when conditions can be mixed, but still diveable. Whalesharks can often be spotted during the months of April and May and also August and September, so these can be great times to visit the island

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Weather

Koh Tao has two weather seasons, dry and wet. The dry season typically runs from January to November and the wet season is typically November and December


Dry Season

January and February are typically warm and pleasant months. Average temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit), with high humidity. These months are considered a good time for diving in Koh Tao with calm seas and clear visibility .The water temperature during these months can range from 27 to 30 degrees Celsius (81 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit), so a thin wetsuit or even a rash guard should be sufficient for most divers

March, April, and May are also warm and humid in the Gulf of Thailand. The temperatures range from around 28 to 35 degrees Celsius (82 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day. Visibility underwater in the Gulf of Thailand can vary depending on the location and specific conditions. On average, the visibility ranges from around 10 to 30 meters (30 to 100 feet), with clearer waters generally found further out from the island. This time of year is also your best chance of diving with Whale Sharks

June, July, and August are monsoon season for the west of Thailand, which can result in some unpredictable weather on Koh Tao. There is a chance of afternoon storms but they rarely last long and the weather is still generally sunny throughout the day

September and October lead up to the wet season and therefore you can expect variable weather conditions with a higher chance of rainfall. The temperatures in Koh Tao remain warm, typically ranging from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius (77 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit). These months also sees fairly regular Whaleshark sightings around Koh Tao


Wet Season

November and December are the wettest months in this region, with an increased chance of rainfall and thunderstorms. The weather can be mixed but still a lot of sunny and pleasant days. The temperature typically ranges between 25°C (77°F) and 32°C (90°F). The sea conditions around Koh Tao are affected by the rain when visibility decreases due to the runoff from the island. However, the water temperature remains warm, usually around 28°C (82°F)    

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Getting Here

Koh Tao does not have an airport, so the only way to get here is by ferry. Fast ferries run from Chumphon, Surat Thani and Koh Samui multiple times a day and easily can be booked online with Lomprayah

Once you arrive on Koh Tao there are taxis waiting to take you to your accommodation or alternatively you can rent a scooter by the day or week, which is then great for exploring the island

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