Koh Tao Island
Koh Tao is little more than 21Km in length. This beautiful tropical island is located about 70 km east of the coastline of Thailand between Suratthani and
Chumphon, in the Gulf of Thailand.
Koh Tao translates as Turtle Island, because in the past the waters teemed with sea turtles. Although now not as abundant they can still be seen in the waters around the island.
But it’s not just the turtles that attract visitors to Koh Tao. With its haven of unspoiled beauty, and relaxed life-style it’s a must as a place to visit.
From 1933 the island was used as a political prison because of its far distance from the mainland but in 1947 all the prisoners were returned to the mainland and the development of today’s island community started.
Stunning beaches and amazing marine life and coral reefs makes Koh Tao one of the major dive sites in Thailand and SE-Asia, attracting beginners and professionals alike. The island is not as commercialised as its larger sister island of Koh Samui.