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  • Address: Gulf of Thailand, Thailand
Stationed in the crystal blue waters off the western shore of Thailand and previously uninhabited, the tiny island of Koh Tao—measuring just eight square miles—today offers travelers a taste of a true tropical getaway.

The island, which is named after the now endangered sea turtles that inhabit the area, has gained enormous popularity in recent years for offering some of the most beautiful beaches and best diving opportunities in the gulf. Whale sharks, stingrays, reef sharks, turtles, colorful coral gardens, and a few shipwrecks promise unforgettable adventures underwater, and on land, several beautiful stretches of fine, bright white sand as well as hills covered in rain forest give off that typical island paradise vibe.

With an array of resorts, bungalows, shops, restaurants, and dive shops on the island, visitors looking to relax can do so on palm-lined beaches with 300 days of sunshine every year, and the adventurous set can scuba dive with sharks and explore underwater coral reefs. A raging bar scene, complete with loud music and strong drinks, rounds out the experience, ensuring there's something for every type of traveler in Koh Tao.

Practical Info

Arrival from the mainland or from the neighboring islands is only possible by boat. A speedboat journey from Chumphon takes about two hours, while the night ferry takes about six. If traveling from Surat Thani, boats will often make stops in Koh Samui and Koh Phanghan, which sometimes involves switching boats and takes about five hours. It is also possible to fly to Koh Samui and then catch a speedboat for a two-hour ride to Koh Tao via the Seatran Pier. Sairee Beach, the most well-known stretch of sand on the island, is located on the western side, where all of the ferries from the mainland and other islands arrive.

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3-Day Open Water Course at Koh Tao All-in Liveaboard, Surat Thani, null
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3-Day Open Water Course at Koh Tao All-in Liveaboard

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the underwater world, this is where it starts. Koh Tao’s famous ...  Read more

Location: Surat Thani, Thailand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $453.16
3-Day Fun Dive around Koh Tao with All-in Liveaboard, Surat Thani, Scuba Diving
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3-Day Fun Dive around Koh Tao with All-in Liveaboard

Get an ultimate diving experience with one of our 3 night trip and enjoy for 8 fun dives on the best dive sites of the Gulf of Thailand!

Location: Surat Thani, Thailand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $277.11
4S Fun Dives in Koh Tao, Surat Thani, Scuba Diving
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4S Fun Dives in Koh Tao

Get the chance to visit the mains dive sites around Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, 4 dives in one day lead by an epic professional instructor. Dive sites visited are ...  Read more

Location: Surat Thani, Thailand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $146.71
Half-Day 3 Fun Dives in Koh Tao, Surat Thani, Scuba Diving
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Half-Day 3 Fun Dives in Koh Tao

Enjoy a half day trip on our liveaboard diving vessel, 3 fun dives around the beautiful Island of Koh Tao. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be served on our ...  Read more

Location: Surat Thani, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.13
Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao Snorkeling Tour from Koh Samui, Koh Samui, Scuba Diving
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Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao Snorkeling Tour from Koh Samui

Explore paradise on the islands of Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao with this full-day snorkeling tour form Koh Samui. Travel by speedboat to the three islets of Koh ...  Read more

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.98
5-Day PADI Open Water Diving Certification Course in Koh Tao - Introductory Level, Surat Thani, ... 
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5-Day PADI Open Water Diving Certification Course in Koh Tao - Introductory Level

Discover the world of scuba diving in a safe and cosy environment in a diving resort on Koh Tao. Get your PADI Open Water diving certificate while enjoying ...  Read more

Location: Surat Thani, Thailand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $420.23
3-Day Advanced Open Water Diving Certification Course in Koh Tao, Surat Thani, Scuba Diving
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3-Day Advanced Open Water Diving Certification Course in Koh Tao

Discover the world of scuba diving in a safe and cozy environment at the beautiful island of Koh Tao. Get your PADI Advance Open Water diving certificate while ...  Read more

Location: Surat Thani, Thailand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $365.13
Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan Islands Speedboat Day Tour from Koh Samui, Koh Samui, Multi-day Tours
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Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan Islands Speedboat Day Tour from Koh Samui

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Travel to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan on a day tour by speedboat. Departing from Koh Samui, you will divide your time between the islands, spending your day ...  Read more

Location: Ko Samui, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.08

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