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Where to go snorkelling on Ko Tao

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Ko Tao is surrounding by beaches and bays and picking where to go snorkelling can be difficult; what you choose to do will depend a little on how much time you have and what you want to both see and experience.

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You can take the decision away by simply booking an around-the-island snorkelling trip. Your resort or any travel agent will be able to do this for you and you will be able to see a bit of everything and meet some new friends too. This is great if you are limited on time and simply want a tour to see a bit of everything. You will be on a big boat which is great for offering shade and stability but not so good if you want to take things at your own pace and have a bit more of a personalised experience. The trip should cost around 800 to 1,200 baht (depending on the boat and operator) and include some food and everything you need for the day.

Pick a longtail any longtail. Photo taken in or around Where to go snorkelling on Ko Tao, Ko Tao, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Pick a longtail any longtail. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Longtail boats can be hired anywhere at the water’s edge and indeed their drivers will come looking for you. A full-day tour will cost around 3,000 baht but you can then choose where to go and how long to stay so this is a great idea if there are a few of you. However if it’s a bit choppy you might not be able to access all the spots that a larger boat can. So where should you choose to go?

Ao Leuk be accessed relatively easily by road (either taxi or scooter). The bay is wide and sandy and the beach restaurants offer shade, somewhere to laze and of course food. The beach is quite strict on bringing in food and drink (and charges an admission fee!) but the restaurants are ok. Be careful when entering the water as rocks line where the waves lap, but once in the water you'll find some great snorkelling at each edge of the bay. Hover over the sand and you might see rays too. This spot is great for day out or stop during your ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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