About Koh Tao

General :

Koh Tao is a small paradise island in the Gulf of Thailand covering 21 sq kms, located approximately 70 km east off the coastline between the provinces of Suratthani and Chumphon, or 44 km north of Koh Pha-Ngan and 45 km Northeast of Samui.

Koh Tao, or Turtle Island, was named by its first settlers for its turtle-like shape and also from the many hawksbill and green sea turtles that lived on the island decades ago. It is rumoured that during the 1940's (1933-1947), it was used to hold political prisoners captive. They were transferred from Koh Tarutao to Koh Tao because of its isolated location in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand.

Today, Koh Tao has over 150 bungalow-style resorts for travellers. The island started booming after it was discovered by the diving industry. It is one of the most scenic places for both beginning and experienced divers around the world, especially along Ao Leuk or Laem Thian beaches. It is also the largest dive training center in Southeast Asia.

Sea turtles are still seen around the island's shores, and more turtles are expected to thrive in the coming years..

Koh Tao Climate:

Although the tropical climate is humid all year round, Koh Tao’s climate is pleasant due to the refreshing sea breezes coming from the Gulf of Thailand. The average temperatures are between 25 – 38 degrees Celsius. Water temperatures are between 27 - 30 degrees Celsius.

Typical climates in a year:
Feb – May : Warm season Sep – Nov : Rainy season Oct – Jan : Cooler season If you are planning a trip to Koh Tao for diving or vacation, please note that from July until September, there can be some heavy showers, which tend to hit early morning or late afternoon. Don’t forget to check out the 10-day weather forecast when planning your trip.

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