The smallest sibling of the Koh Samui-Koh Phangan-Koh Tao chain of islands, Koh Tao (Turtle Island) has been attracting visitors since the 1980s but remains the least visited of the three. Only eight square kilometres and scattered with a handful of boutique hotels and resorts the island is easy to explore and has lots to offer.
Jungle-clad and fringed with white sand beaches tapering into a perfect turquoise sea, Koh Tao is blessed with unforgettable beauty. Undoubtedly the number one draw is the incredible variety of easy-access snorkelling, scuba diving and free diving. Sharks, rays, turtles and more species of fish that you can imagine, cavort in such numbers amongst the colourful coral surrounding the island as to put the rest of Thailand to shame. There is even the opportunity to dive with the world's biggest fish, Whale Sharks visit seasonally and there are few other places in the world that can match this experience. Of course it's not all about what's happening under the water, Koh Tao itself is a hiker's or beach bums paradise, and with a lively bar scene there is lots going on after dark.
Koh Tao's position in the Gulf of Thailand gives it a distinctive weather pattern making it the perfect place to visit during the summer holidays, though anytime outside of the November rainy season can usually be relied upon for good weather and diving.
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