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  • What's the diving like on Ko Tao?
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    What’s it like to dive on Thailand’s Ko Tao? The island really does have something to offer every level of diver; many divers flock here for all sorts of levels of training, and also to just enjoy fun diving. ... read more

  • Can children learn to scuba dive on Ko Tao?
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    Ko Tao attracts more families each year and I would think that most parents, divers or not, might be surprised by what’s on offer diving wise for their little mermaids. ... read more

  • Learning to dive on Ko Tao with limited time
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    Doing your open water course here on Ko Tao will take 3 and a half days. But what if you don’t have that long? ... read more

  • Learning to dive on Ko Tao
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    So you have run the gauntlet of choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao. You have decided whether you want to take the SSI or PADI course. What should you expect while you are studying how to dive? ... read more

  • Should I do PADI or SSI?
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    As if choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao wasn’t a big enough task in itself, you are then likely to be asked if you would prefer an SSI or PADI course. Here’s what you need to know. ... read more

  • Choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao
    3.5 stars

    Thailand’s Ko Tao has somewhere in the region of 40 dive centres, so choosing one can feel daunting, particularly if you have never dived before. ... read more

  • Become a dive instructor on Ko Tao
    3.5 stars

    I have made Thailand my home, I live on a small island called Ko Tao off the east coast and teach travellers to scuba dive ... read more

  • Diving
    4.5 stars

    Diving and snorkelling are Ko Tao's tourism mainstay and this is one of the most popular places in the world to learn to become a certified diver. The most popular sites, including Chumphon Pinnacle, Sail Rock and Southwest Pinnacle, are some kilometres from the island, where fish gather in larger ... read more


General activities

  • Turtle conservation on Ko Tao
    3.5 stars

    Ko Tao is named after the turtle, but this is due to the island’s shape, rather than an abundance of real live turtles. But there is a place you can see them these days… ... read more

  • Which diving course should you take after Open Water?
    3.5 stars

    You've completed your Open Water Course and fallen in love with diving, so what should you do next? ... read more

  • Ko Tao Animal Clinic
    3.5 stars

    Visitors to Ko Tao are sometimes a little perplexed by the notion of beach dogs or street dogs, who often have names but no specific owners. ... read more

  • Where to watch sport on Ko Tao?
    3.5 stars

    Having travelled with a sports fanatic I know how important seeing the game, match, fight, race or whatever can be. ... read more

  • Should you rent a motorbike on Ko Tao?
    3.5 stars

    Personally I would say, “No way Jose!” to anyone contemplating the undeniably risky method of getting about by motorbike on Ko Tao. ... read more

  • Sea kayaking
    4 stars

    For something different, take a tour of Ko Tao's coast by sea kayak. A surprisingly easy way to get around, particularly if you take a tandem kayak, kayaking is a great way to appreciate the rock formations that cascade into the sea around the non-beachy parts of the island. Kayaks can be rented ... read more

  • Boat trips
    4 stars

    Boat trips can be organised from virtually any beach on Ko Tao, through any travel agency or most hotel receptions. Trips tend to leave around 10:00 and return by 16:00. Costs vary, with a longtail typically charging around 550B per person, and a big boat around 650B. The advantage of the latter is ... read more

  • Flying Trapeze Adventures
    3.5 stars

    If you fancy something completely different how about learning to fly? Basic lessons last an hour, cost 980 baht, and include instruction on a practice bar as well as three flights on the full rig. Flyers use a safety harness and a catch net ensures a soft landing once you've finished your ... read more

  • Ko Tao Leisure Park
    3.5 stars

    Enjoy an 18-hole round of mini golf, non-mechanised bowling and tuck into some good Mexican food as well. Ko Tao Leisure Park is great for families with kids in tow but also has something to offer those bored of the beach, or just looking for something different to do. It's also great for those ... read more

  • Bouldering
    3 stars

    Bouldering involves clambering over Ko Tao's rocks with a crash pad strapped to your back. Never heard of bouldering? If you took a guess... you'd probably be right. It's all about climbing boulders without lines or ropes. And Ko Tao is becoming increasingly popular with the bouldering community ... read more

  • Cabaret
    3 stars

    Walk though Sairee Village after the sun goes down and you are sure to see the lovely ladies from the show handing out flyers and encouraging you to come and visit. The show is a recent addition to Ko Tao night life and good for a giggle. The whole affair is very tongue in cheek. Admission is free ... read more

  • Thai boxing training camp and gym
    2.5 stars

    Fights take place regularly, announced by posters and noisy vans blaring times and dates. The early fights are local kids, progressing over the evening to the big fights. Usually at least one Westerner, often a dive instructor, will participate in these nights, bringing out the local farang ... read more

  • Ko Tao Bowling and MiniGolf
    2 stars

    Ko Tao Bowling and MiniGolf has a 18-hole golf course a 10-pin bowling alley, pool table, and a bar and attached Greek restaurant. The basic bowling lanes are in a dark enclosure behind the bar (240 baht/lane/hour) and are used primarily by expats and other long-term visitors. The lanes are far ... read more

Hiking, walking tours and itineraries

  • Hiking to viewpoints
    3.5 stars

    The island has some great lookouts worth getting out of your hammock for; here's your guide to getting to some of the best of them. The hardest thing about walking to viewpoints on Ko Tao is not always the uphill trek but finding the path. The island has some great lookouts worth getting out of ... read more

  • Hiking
    4 stars

    Ko Tao is baby-sized compared to neighbouring Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samui, but its hilly landscape offers some excellent opportunities for exploring on foot. Don't underestimate the distances involved, however: your guidebook might say it's possible to walk around the island in one day, but you will ... read more

Historic attractions

  • Famous stones
    1 star

    A large stone bearing the initials of King Rama V, who visited the island in 1899, is located at the south end of Haad Sairee. A small plaque decorates the memorial at the highly-revered site -- don't even think of adding your own initials. The stone isn't worth a special trip, but do check it out ... read more


  • How to keep fit on Ko Tao
    3.5 stars

    You could be forgiven for thinking that Ko Tao is just about diving and partying, with no thought to healthy lifestyles and fitness pursuits, but you’d be wrong. ... read more


  • Basic shopping on Ko Tao
    3.5 stars

    Thankfully Ko Tao is hardly a shopping metropolis but if you’re looking for clothes, jewellery, diving equipment or groceries, we’ve got you covered — it’s always a good idea to know the best spots to buy your bananas. ... read more

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