Koh Tao Guide

Scuba diving mecca with relaxed, island vibes and stunning beauty.

Overview of Koh Tao

Koh Tao, meaning “Turtle Island” in Thai, is a small island located in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Tao is known for its world-class diving and snorkelling spots, as well as its serene beaches and relaxed atmosphere. The island has a population of about 2,000 people and is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations.

Aside from its beautiful beaches and clear waters, Koh Tao is also home to some unique wildlife. The island is a nesting ground for sea turtles, and it’s not uncommon to spot one while snorkelling or diving in the area. In addition, Koh Tao has a thriving bird population with over 130 different species spotted on the island.

Koh Tao also offers a variety of activities for visitors, including rock climbing, hiking, and yoga classes. The island’s nightlife scene is vibrant yet laid-back, with numerous bars and restaurants to choose from.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an adventurous diving trip, Koh Tao has something for everyone. Plan your visit to this beautiful island and discover its hidden gems for yourself.

Koh Tao Spotlights for 2023

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We’ve researched and rounded up the best that Koh Tao has to offer. We only recommend the highest-rated and most trusted accommodation options so you can book without worry.  

The Best of the Best


The Place Luxury Boutique Villas

The 4-star The Place Luxury Boutique Villas offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Koh Tao. The hotel offers guests a…

Coral View Apartment

Located in Mae Haad, Coral View Maehaad Serviced Apartment is a perfect starting point from which to explore Koh Tao. The hotel offers guests a…

Charm Churee Village Resort

Stop at Charm Churee Village Resort to discover the wonders of Koh Tao. The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to…

Simple Life Cliff View Resort

The 2.5-star Simple Life Cliff View Resort offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Koh Tao. Offering a variety of facilities…

Koh Tao Cabana Hotel

Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Sairee Beach, Koh Tao Cabana Hotel promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. Offering a variety of facilities…

Woodlawn Villas Resort

Woodlawn Villas Resort is conveniently located in the popular Chalok Baan Kao area. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure…

Best Prices on Koh Tao Accommodation

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Koh Tao has plenty of things to see and do. We’ve rounded up some of the best below:

Explore the Hidden Bays of Koh Tao

Start your day with an excursion to the hidden bays of Koh Tao. If you're lucky you might even get the chance to see a…

Scuba Diving in Koh Tao

Explore the beautiful marine life and coral reefs in the Gulf of Thailand through scuba diving. This activity will get you in the water without…

Snorkeling Adventure

Avoid the crowds by exploring the coral reefs around the best spots of Koh Tao. You will also board on the island's best snorkeling boat,…

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