21 km² of tropical paradise enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year with fantastic diving right on our doorstep. Koh (sometimes Ko) Tao literally means 'Turtle Island, so called because depending on the light, time of day and quite possibly how many Chang Beers you've imbibed, the island resembles a turtle, apparently. We are the Northern most island in the chain which includes Koh Samui and Koh Phangan (Full-Moon Party).
Whilst you won't find a Tesco, McDonalds or Starbucks on the island (you have to go to the big island for that sort of thing), we are developed to the point where comfortable living is easy to achieve. 24 hour government supplied electricity, wi-fi and mobile phone reception availability in most populated areas, short- and long-term accommodation options ranging from the most basic wooden bungalows to fully-furnished, plasma screen TV, air-con luxury pads with sweeping views of the ocean and infinity pools.
Things to do
A great mix of Thai and Western food and culture, start the day with Egg's Benedict at one of our bakery cafes, have a cappuccino and pain au chocolat delivered to your balcony, or eat at one of the many street stalls offering sweet sticky rice parcels or rice soup. Pass barefoot Buddhist monks collecting from Thai families and red-faced western joggers battling our hilly terrain on your drive (or stroll) to work.
Noodle Soup for lunch (50 baht) from the Noodle Soup Lady just out side the resort or freshly prepared sushi rolls and endamame beans from Babo Sushi. Food, along with general living standards have improved vastly from the early days on the island (and so have our waistlines). In the evenings, there are regular Thai Boxing Tournaments, usually with one or two western fighters from one of our dive shops taking part in a bout, 10-pin Bowling island style with staff at the end of each lane jumping out of the way of your balls and replacing knocked down pins, or join the dive staff and customers and enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or you favourite cocktail and watch from the Big Blue Bar as the sun sets into the ocean. It's even better than you can imagine...
How to get here
Flights to Koh Samui are available from many airports, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, and Bangkok, with Bangkok Airways and then get the Lomprayah fast ferry or the Seatran Ferry across to Koh Tao. There are also domestic flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani and Chumpon and then a ferry from there with Nok Air which is a lot cheaper but might not work so well if you are trying to get here in 1 day.