Thailand Travel Guide

Coral Reefs



Ko Tao

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Located 25 miles (40 km) north of Ko Pha Ngan, “turtle island” is the smallest and prettiest of the islands in the Samui archipelago that offer visitors accommodations. Ko Tao’s major attraction is its superb offshore diving. Excellent visibility, a wide range of diving sites, and a rich variety of coral and marine life make for some of the most rewarding diving in the country. The main dive sites are Green Rock, Chumphon Pinnacle, and Southwest Pinnacle. Many sites are suitable for beginners thanks to the shallow inshore bays and clear waters. In May water visibility can approach 130 ft (40 m), which is often claimed to be the maximum possible. The island has about 10 dive companies that operate all year round, although the main season is from December to April. The island itself is rugged, with dense forest inland, quiet coves along the east coast, and a fine sweep of sandy beach on the west side. Simple bungalow and plusher resort accommodation is available, although it can be difficult to find a room in tourist season. A good way to get to know the island is to charter a small boat for a day trip, sailing around it and stopping at different beaches. The boatmen supply snorkeling equipment and know all the best spots

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