Six unmissable activities to add to your trip to Koh Tao, Thailand!
Scuba Diving, Freediving, or Snorkelling
Beautiful corals, stunning sea life, ship wrecks, and (if you’re lucky) whale sharks all grace the waters around Koh Tao. You can get your scuba or free diving certifications, visit a dive shop to arrange a fun dive, or just take a discover dive or snorkelling tour if depth isn’t your friend. You’ll be AMAZED at what magic awaits just a few metres below the surface.
Take a Boat Trip to the Secluded Bays of Koh Tao and Stop-Off at Koh Nang Yuan Island
Pristine white sand, beautiful snorkelling, and the most famous viewpoint in Koh Tao – what more could you want from a round-the-island boat trip during your stay. You can take full day boat tours from the main pier, stopping at some of the more secluded bays for snorkelling and all around fun, or grab a long tail boat from Sairee or Mae Haad and spend a few hours on Koh Nang Yuan Island. Note that there is a fee of 200 Baht to stop at Koh Nang Yuan, and no plastic is allowed on the island. You can visit the restaurant during your time there if you need refreshments.
Visit the Viewpoints
There are many viewpoints in Koh Tao to explore of varying difficulties (hikes and roads can be tricky) so there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy. The John Suwan viewpoint at the southern tip of the island and the Koh Nang Yuan island viewpoint have to be my favourites, and they’re relatively easy and only a short 15 minute walk. Hike up for insane sunset views, or head out earlier in the day to avoid the crowds. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water – it gets very hot and humid here!
Go Hiking or Trail Running
Koh Tao has so many beautiful hiking routes and trails to discover. There’s something for everyone here, including an abandoned hotel and secret beach, along with the many viewpoints mentioned above, but don’t forget to bring water and wear sensible shoes. Check out the new Trail Running courses that are being organised this year too!
Koh Tao is surrounded by stunning beaches, each with their own unique charm. Don’t forget to check out the popular Sairee Beach on the west coast, while also exploring the quieter south and east coast for a chance to snorkel with huge turtles and black tip reef sharks.
Watch the Sunset
Whether you enjoy the magic beside the sea or by drinking a coconut or a cocktail at a beach bar, catching the sunset is a MUST for any visitor to the island. Sunsets here are stunning almost every day, and the beaches and restaurants turn into hot spots at around 5:30pm for those people looking to see perfect skies each evening.