Terrace, BBQ Facilities
Fishing, Massage, Ping-Pong, Hiking,
Free! Free public parking is available
on site (reservation is not needed).
Safe, Air Conditioning, Designated
Spoken : Slovak, Polish,
Czech, English, German
is small; only 21 sq kms. And half of that too
steep to access initially the island was not
inhibited, visited only by fisherman from near
by islands when seeking shelter or when they
need supplies. It seems strange that such a
tourist paradise should have been originally
earmarked as aprison. From 1933 until 1947 the
island housed political prisoners.
Koh Tao means Turtle Island; some say that the
name is due to the islands shape which is meant
to look like an upside down turtle whilst others
claim its from the days when the water surrounding
the island were rich with turtles and the island
was their breeding ground.
is located 1.5 hrs. journey by speed boat from
Koh Phangan or about 2.0 hrs. from Chumporn
province. The majority of the area is mountainous,
with the hills gently sloping into the beaches.
The island is only 3.4by 7.6 kilometers large,
while the coral reef stretches for 8 kilometers
the small size, this peanut shaped island has
eleven bays and ten peninsulas .The total length
of the coastline is twenty-nine kilometers.
Each beach has accommodations for visitor.
by coral reefs as well as deeper offshore pinnacles,
its not hard to understand the islands popularity
among backpackers and members of the dive community
alike. A number of sheltered sandy bays provide
the perfect depths for novice divers, while
the more adventurously inclined can visit deeper
sites and perhaps even live the divers dream
of spotting a whale shark or two. Currents are
usually minimal and the water temperature ranges
between 26 - 30°C perfect for tropical diving.