Koh Tao is a small island on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, between Chumphon and Surat Thani. Only about 3km wide and 7km long, it is mostly jungle and steep hills, with most inhabitants on the western villages of Mae Haad and Sairee. Accessible via boat, travellers can arrive from the mainland or from the nearby islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

Meaning "Turtle Island" in Thai, Koh Tao is a breeding ground for local Hawksbill and Green turtles. Some can even be seen while diving or snorkelling. Three even smaller islands linked by a beach make up Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tao's companion island. Arguably the most pristine and beautiful beach in the area, travel there is possible by taxi boat or a kayak if you're feeling adventurous.

While most visitors come to scuba dive or snorkel, Koh Tao offers many other activities. Hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking are available for the more energetic types, while ten pin bowling and mini-golf caters for all. There is even a trapeze for the high flyers. After a long day in the sun, a massage will help you unwind, or just visit many of the bars for a refreshing cold drink. Fire dancers will entertain you on the beach while you relax at night.

When planning your trip, be sure to leave enough time to see all the island has to offer. You don't want to come all the way to paradise and only go from your hotel room to your dive centre, do you?

Getting around on the island is easy, as most locations are within walking distance. Motorbikes are available for rent and taxis are best suited for large groups. Be warned, the roads are in poor condition and can be hazardous when sandy, wet, or drunk! The most common injury on Koh Tao is from a motorbike accident, so if you don't feel completely comfortable riding one, don't try to learn here.

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