Koh Tao was our last island stop during our month in Thailand, and I definitely feel like we left the best for last – in terms of snorkeling anyway. We went on a snorkeling trip in Koh Phi Phi as well as Koh Samui, and had amazing experiences on both islands. But, wow, snorkeling on Koh Tao was on a whole other level of amazing.
I’ve never snorkeled so much as what we did for the two full days we were on Koh Tao (my bum even got sun-burnt from being pointed towards the sky for so long!). We were addicted, and just couldn’t stop.
The island is surrounded by amazing snorkeling spots, just off the beach as well as a little bit further out. The ocean life there is amazing, from the purple clown fish to the colourful coral, the colours and life going on under the water is like an episode off National Geographic (it just doesn’t feel real).
Snorkeling on Koh Tao
Our first day on Koh Tao we decided to join a half day snorkeling trip. The trip included Koh Nang Yuan, Shark Island, Mango Bay and about two other spots.
Koh Nang Yuan is an island just off of Koh Tao, there is accommodation available to stay over night on the exclusive island as well as taxi boats available to take you to and from the island from Koh Tao. If you’re spending a few days on Koh Tao I’d recommend spending a full day on Koh Nang Yuan – the snorkeling was absolutely amazing, the coral around the island is unreal and attracts loads of different fish. There’s also the hike up to the top point to see the view of the entire island (the picture perfect view you’ve likely come across in many Thailand image searches).
The other snorkeling spots during the trip were also all great. We stopped at Shark Island where, a little nervously, we went on the hunt for sharks (they’re only small ones…). I didn’t manage to find any, but some of the others in the group did.
The next day we couldn’t wait to get to snorkeling again so planned our own trip to visit some of the popular snorkeling beaches around the island. We hired a scooter for the day, and got ourselves snorkels and headed off. First stop was Leuk Bay – here we spotted loads of smalls sharks swimming around. They were swimming right up in the shallow end that you didn’t even need to be snorkeling to see them! It’s such an amazing and thrilling experience swimming with sharks (even if they were only 1 metre long).
We stayed for quite a while snorkeling around Leuk Bay as there really was so much to see there.
We eventually moved on to Than Do Beach and checked out the snorkeling there. Not as amazing as Leuk Bay in terms of snorkeling but a nicer beach to chill on, so we had a quick nap under the tree while we were there (snorkeling gets exhausting!).
Unfortunately that was all that we had time for on Koh Tao, but in our two days I feel like we properly experienced what was going under the water around the island. There are still loads of snorkeling spots to explore though…hopefully there’ll be another chance one day.
And after a full day of snorkeling, there was nothing better than lying on the beach with a Chang, watching this spectacular sunset unfold.