Koh Tao Thailand, home of Underwater Photography and Diving Expeditions

Set in the warm, clear azure waters of The Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao or Turtle Island has over the years gained the reputation of being a scuba diving paradise.  With its relatively easy diving and the close proximity of the dive sites to the island, budding divers from around the world would have difficulty finding a more perfect location to take their first steps into the amazing underwater world.  Koh Tao also has a lot to offer the more experienced divers among you too.  Whether its an opportunity to switch careers and become an underwater film-maker, the island's growing reputation as a stepping off point for the world class wreck diving a little further out, a whale shark experience to rival those of anywhere else in the world, the monthly ITC's or an emerging market for cave diving expeditions to the mainland, Koh Tao is a top diving destination and it really has something for every scuba junkie. 

Diving with a whaleshark

And for the non-divers among you Koh Tao has in more recent times begun to offer much more in the way of "dry" activities.  You can enroll in a Thai cooking class, a massage course, yoga classes, the more brave among you might like to join a Muay Thai boxing camp and train toward fighting in a real bout on one of their fight nights.  Rock climbing, Cliff jumping, bouldering, hiking, mountain biking, snorkelling, kayaking, wake-boarding and even volunteer environmental projects are also among a fast growing list of activities of things to do on Koh Tao.

Evening time on Koh Tao offers up the chance to sample an amazing selection of world class cuisine from around the globe.  Whether you have a taste for the delicious local Thai cuisine, a craving for a succulent steak, a beach BBQ, Mexican, Korean BBQ, exquisite Mediterranean fair might be your thing, woof down a burger and a pint while watching your favourite sporting events live or you may decide to retire to the hammock and order a pizza delivery.  For the vegetarians among you, do not despair, the choice available to you is as extensive and flavoursome, if not more so, than for the meat lovers.  Got a sweet tooth?  Then you have to try a pancake from Ali's Pancake cart.  A Koh Tao fixture and featured on Youtube, Ali has been serving up his treat's as only he can for as long as we can remember.  It's not just about the pancake with Ali, its more about the "performance" as he makes your dessert with a little pizzaz. 

Sunset photo of Sairee Beach, Koh Tao-by Chris Clark

Once you have satisfied your hunger and as the evening grows older, Koh Tao really starts to liven up.  The choice of nightly activities ranges from the Queens Cabaret for the adults to mini golf for the kids.  Its never too late to shop on Koh Tao either, with many shops staying open late into the night with their offers of unbeatable bargains.  If this all sounds like too much then why not just relax with a cocktail at one of the many beach bars, sitting staring up at the stars while listening to chilled beats and preparing to do it all again tomorrow.  For the revelers among you, this small isolated island has an incredibly lively late night party scene.  Dance into the wee hours at one of the nightly parties hosted by an eclectic mix of beach venues, showcasing some incredible local Dj's.  Look out for flyers advertising where tonight's party is and you should also keep your eyes peeled for special "one night only" appearances by internationally renowned Dj's from around the world.

 

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