Koh Tao – Turtle Island

Koh Tao is a popular holiday destination for young and old.
A small paradise island isolated in the Gulf of Thailand and together with Koh Nang Yuan it forms a small archipelago.
Located on the east side of Surat Thani’s coastline with two neighboring islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

Koh Tao means ‘Turtle Island’ in English for the connection of the island with the habitation of sea turtles.
Although less numerous than in the past, you can still find green turtles and hawksbill turtles in some areas today, such as Thian Og Bay.
The island’s shape is also thought to resemble a turtle when viewed from Koh Phangan.

The natural beauty of the island both above and below the water brings thousands of visitors here every year for an unforgettable vacation.
The predominantly steep, rocky coastline consists of 11 bays with beautiful coral reefs and abundant marine life in (often) clear, warm water.

Koh Tao Weather

Conditions are changeable throughout the year with the Koh Tao monsoons usually arriving between late November and early December.
Heavy rain, strong winds and waves are normal at this time, although it only lasts a few weeks.

Boat services usually continue even with waves up to 4 meters high, but they can be interrupted if the conditions are bad.

From October to March the tide is high so it is better and easier in places to swim and snorkel with the beaches and coves full of tropical fish.
From April to September the tide is low during the day, making the beaches wider for sunbathing and beach activities.

Getting here

The only way to get here is by boat! For more information
Ferry services run from the port cities of Chumphon and Surat Thani, and from the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
There is no airport, bus or train station on Koh Tao.

Lifestyle and diving

Koh Tao is open all year round, allowing for a relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle. The accessibility to the many dive sites for young and old makes it a lot easier to follow a diving course. This has allowed Koh Tao to develop into one of the leading diving education centers in the world.

Local transport

Koh Tao is relatively small, though it is not possible to make a round tour.
The roads are fairly new, now about 80% concrete, and the rest is unpaved road.
There are no footpaths and large open drainage ditches on both sides of the road.

People and animals share the roads, and due to regular rainfall there are often sandy areas.
All this, combined with the interesting driving techniques of the many “expats”, makes scooter driving particularly risky here, especially if you have no previous experience.

As a result, Koh Tao has its fair share of accidents, which can cause enormous damage to your vacation enjoyment.
Not only physically and very painful, but also to your wallet, medical bills and damage to the scooters.
Just so you know: and a “Koh Tao tattoo” is the least worst of all.

Accommodation

There are 3 villages on Koh Tao, where you can of course find the most accommodation from budget to high end

  • In het westen:
    • the busy nightlife of Sairee Village
    • the arrival port and the charming old town of Mae Haad
  • In the south the somehow bit relaxed Chalok Ban Kao
  • And in the east is the somewhat remote Tanote bay, where about 10 resorts can be found.

Of course there are a lot of luxury private accommodations on offer, mainly from expats who themselves add little to the well-being of Koh Tao.
As a business, we prefer to promote the official registered Koh Tao business owners.

Lodging options

We recommend that you do not stay too far from the diving school during a diving training.
This saves you time (and extra costs) since you are with us almost all day.

You can book good accommodation through us, often with a nice discount if you come diving with us.
We only recommend some resorts, but we are not responsible for how or what.
Cancellation procedures will also have to take place in consultation with the resorts.

If you are not staying within walking distance of our diving school, we will be happy to arrange a pick-up service on the days that you come to dive with us!
However, there are unfortunately some restrictions such as: Nang Yuan, Mango Bay, Hin Wong Bay and Sai Daeng Bay. Please feel free to contact us for more information about the various conditions and discounts.

Nadapa Resort – Mae Haad

This resort is quietly located on one of the few “free” piece of land that Koh Tao still has.
Very nice Thai owner, just a pity about the German flag of her partner on top of the roof ..

2min walk from the diving school. Beautiful stretch of beach, restaurants, supermarket, banks, best massage service of Koh Tao and everything else you are looking for during your holiday, just a 5-minute walk from our favorite Mae Haad resort.

Price per night / per room:

1,000 Thai baht. Promotion !! 600 Thai baht * per night for a private room with air conditioning, 1 or 2 separate beds during a dive training.

* when make a booking through Impian Divers

www.nadaparesort.com/accommodation.html

The Miracle Resort – Mae Haad

The Miracle Guest House is 200 m from Impian Dive Center and a 4 minute walk from the beach. Fresh coffee, wine and European meals can be ordered from the adjacent The Miracle House Restaurant & Bar, open from 07:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
24 hour room service
Cable TV
Free wifi / internet access
Free private parking
Nestled in a nice location

Price per night / per room:
1,400 Thai baht. Promotie!!  800 Thai baht * per night for a private air-conditioned room with breakfast!
10% discount for a stay of 5 days // 15% discount for a stay longer than 6 days

Sairee View Resort

Sairee View resort has a fantastic view, a swimming pool and a Dutch owner: Frank.
So everything is well organized, negotiable and… Dutch coziness!

Secluded from the Sairee hustle and bustle to relax after a day of diving and watch the sun sink into the sea while making plans for tomorrow’s dive.
This resort is not within walking distance of our dive center so scooter hire is recommended as long as you know how such a thing works.

The resort has different types of rooms, all with private bathrooms.

Price room                     high season 1,400 baht                low season1,000 baht
Price bungalow             high season 700 baht                   low season500 baht

Website: http://sairee-view-resort.com