About Koh Tao
Koh Tao is a tiny island in the gulf of Thailand, has an area about 21 square kilometers. This island is far away from the main land about 70 kilometers and located between Chomporn province and Suratthani province and 45 km north of Koh Phangan. This island receives over a 100,000 visitors per year. Its shape looks like a peanut; west coast is full of tourists and beaches. In the 1980s overseas travelers began to visit Koh Tao and quickly became a popular destination. As a consequence, bigger, faster and safer boats were used to allow easier access to the island. In the 1990s the island became known as a diving site.
Koh Tao is less developed than Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan, but has become increasingly popular especially with the backpacker crowd in search of relatively inexpensive scuba diving certification. There are a handful of natural attractions and sights on the island, which are well worth exploring on a sunny day. Koh Tao is famous for its underwater scenery and the original Koh Tao attraction, Koh Tao provides great diving in all of south East Asia and is most popular, and is one of the top 10 places for diving site. Koh Tao has loads of beach dive sites, but 2 major dive sites are Shark Island and southwest pinnacle, both are exceptional sites with great variety of reef fish and alluring rocky formations, there are amazing things to see under the water off the shoreline on this island. Some areas even have a visibility of maximum depth 32 meters. Check out places like White Rock, Green Rock, Twins, Red Rock or Mango bay for a good time. Remember to arrange stuff with a local company, which are very easy to find.
Koh Tao has evolved far beyond backpackers diving and beach boozing. Today the island draws families, flashpackers and sports junkies alike. Visitors will find hiking trails of various levels of difficulty that end with the promise of picturesque views, extreme rock-climbing, live jam sessions where locals and tourists showcase their talents, beach barbecues accompanied by fire shows and even trapeze-flying classes. For such a small island, Ko Tao has a lot to offer.
Koh Tao nighttime, can be surprisingly exciting and if you like to party all night long, this is the right place for you. There are even weekly organized pub crawls which are a great way to meet new people and explore the different bars and clubs. No matter what moon is up. Most of the major dance places on the island are right on the beach. There is something going on every night. The Full, Half Moon or even Black Moon parties also take place in Koh Tao.