Koh Tao is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in the south of Thailand. It is a part of Surat Thani Province. It means "Turtle Island" in Thai. The island received its name because green turtles lay their eggs in the sand here. Koh Tao is washed by the South China Sea.
The island provides the best diving in the Gulf of Thailand and is rightly called the pearl of Thailand.
Those who like exploring shipwrecks, a unique object awaits — the ship Sattakut that sank in 2011.
You can find sea mounts and deep water dwellers off the island. Various species of large fish and numerous small ones dwell here.
There is no airport on Koh Tao, so at first, you should fly to Samui, Surat Thani or Chumpon. Then you will have to take a speedboat, ferry or boat. It takes 1 hour to get from Chumpon to Koh Tao by speedboat. If you rent accommodation on the island in advance, you can use the transfer service provided by Samui Airport.
Due to the tropical climate it is always summer on Koh Tao. The season of rains and thunderstorms caused by monsoons lasts from October to December. There are occasional floods. The rest of the time it is sunny and hot on the island. January and February are considered to be the most comfortable period. Daytime air temperature is between +28 and +30 ˚С and the water temperature is +28 °C.
There are about 25 different kinds of dive sites on Koh Tao. Sail Rock is a huge stone tube perfect for vertical diving up to 18 meters deep. During the dive, you can come across manta rays and whale sharks.
Ao Leuk is a training place for divers at an average depth of 6 meters. Labrus and sargocentrones are among the sea dwellers.