Koh Tao snorkeling tour is among the top things to do when you are vacationing in Koh Samui or Koh Phangan. Despite its small size, Koh Tao manages to pack plenty of activities for sea lovers among its pristine reefs, scenic bays, and jungle-covered beaches. There is a lot to experience during the Koh Tao boat trip.
Translating loosely to ‘Turtle Island,’ Koh Tao lives up to its name in more ways than one. You can almost become a turtle too when you approach any of the diving locations on Koh Tao. For these, we have the picks of Ao Leuk, Tanote bay, and Mango bay, among others. Even though Koh Tao is small, it has come to be known as one of the best, if not the very best, diving and snorkeling locations in all of the Gulf of Thailand. Of course, we won’t blame you if you took a Koh Tao boat trip so that you can dive off the fantastic cliffs and mountains here.
Perhaps more reason why divers love Koh Tao is how it is not like the other island in the Gulf of Thailand, which provides just a couple of underwater paradises. Even though it does not boast all the size, Koh Tao boat trip promises diverse sites to get your act together. And not just diverse diving locations, but with different challenges too. Fortunately, diving is not the only thing that defines Koh Tao. Below are our best destination picks for a Koh Tao snorkeling tour.
Koh Nang Yuan
Many adventurers choose Koh Tao snorkeling tour from Koh Samui to enjoy the viewpoint on Koh Nang Yuan, a scenic island next to Koh Tao. Aside from an absolutely stunning three-sided beach, most tourists swear by the breathtaking panorama that awaits on top of Koh Nang Yuan. Coupled with colorful snorkeling in the waters around Koh Nang Yuan, especially in the so-called Japanese Garden, there is nothing similar to be found on Koh Samui, for example. Hence Koh Tao snorkeling tour is always among the top activity picks.
Blessed with a combination of shallow and calm waters, Mango bay is another spot during Koh Tao snorkeling tour. Similar to the Japanese Garden, it has seen a lot of first-time swimmers get their confidence in shape. Besides those sets of people, though, snorkelers have also come to love Mango bay. This love is heightened with the presence of a scenic landscape – ensured by the shine of the beautiful sunlight against the aptly-placed boulders on the shores of the water garden.
Koh Tao snorkeling tour also takes to Ao Leuk, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in all of Koh Tao. You would think so too if you considered the coral reefs on either side of this small beach, waters at the right tides and a beautiful seafloor to match. There is a coral reef that begins right off the beach, absolute heaven for snorkelers. Twice a year, baby black-tip reef sharks can be seen in abundance at the shallows.
Tanote bay is yet another spot of interest located on the east coast and often included in the Koh Tao boat trip. The place is surrounded by high hills and majestic boulders, with one being in the middle of the bay where tourists rock jump. Rock jumping is an iconic activity that the more adventurous ones would like to take in the middle of Tanote bay. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, one can feel the adrenaline rush when one climbs up the rock and then dive into the sea.
You can round off the Koh Tao snorkeling tour by visiting the Shark bay. With shallow waters and sea turtles as residents, here beginner snorkelers can practice without missing out on any of the actual fun. You can also hike to John Suwan’s viewpoint for some of the most scenic views over the Shark bay and the whole of Koh Tao’s south. When you do take the boat back to your primary island and hit the bed, it would be with a smile on your face.