Koh Wao island is a famous activity sight and island hopping destination when visiting Ang Thong National Marine Park. This tiny island offers an enjoyable cave swimming experience and several great snorkeling spots around a less-visited sister island located east of Koh Wao. Just stay away from the crowds!
An interesting fact is that Koh Wao is actually named for its resemblance to a sleeping dragon. Perhaps it relates to a hidden cave inside the island. Koh Wao cave can be reached via a short dive during high tides, or by merely swimming through a cliff arch during any other day. Once inside the cave, the view is somewhat of a dragon habitat indeed — a very peculiar characteristic of Koh Wao.
To be more accurate, Koh Wao covers three tiny islands that divide among themselves by a shielded bay. Because of this bay, the waters around Koh Wao remain calm most of the year, making it an ideal spot for diving and snorkeling. The extensive range of coral reefs and fish contributes to the beautiful experience of snorkeling around Koh Wao. While diving is possible throughout December – October, we recommend visitors choosing to dive from March to August, when the sea conditions are the calmest. A vibrant marine life awaits you underwater, including barracudas, groupers, and snappers, among many others.
Koh Wao is located 30km northwest of Koh Samui and 40km southeast of Koh Phangan. Most of the day trips to Ang Thong National Marine Park include Koh Wao among the sights. Islander yacht charters are not an exception, and we promise to show you the secret snorkeling spots around Koh Wao.