Things to do in
Ko Tao

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Koh Tao: Islands Snorkeling Highlights Day Tour & Lunch

1. Koh Tao: Islands Snorkeling Highlights Day Tour & Lunch

Start the trip with a pickup service from your hotel lobby and get driven to Mae Haad Pier where you will meet the crew of Sangthong Tours. After a quick health check, board the modified fishing cutter and chug to the first snorkel spot at Koh Nangyuan off Koh Tao’s northwest coast. Walk on the iconic beach that links the group of three islands of Koh Nangyuan together, and climb up to the viewpoint on the peak of the highest of the three islands. There are a few separate swimming areas with tropical fish, including Japanese Garden as the best snorkeling spot and others where you can just chill out and relax. Head over to Mango Bay while enjoying a Thai style lunch on board. The bay is named after many mango trees that once grew on this part of Koh Tao in abundance. The magnificent Mango Bay shines with turquoise green and beautiful waters that are full of marine life. Due to shallows off the beach and the sandy seafloor that gives the water a beautiful turquoise green hue, Mango Bay is a go-to destination for snorkel activities. Continue to Hin Wong Bay located on the east coast of Koh Tao surrounded by big boulders. There are several underwater pinnacles covered in fertile coral, anemones and many kinds of fish that can be seen here. The water here is incredibly clear and you may be lucky enough to see great schools of sardines being chased by hungry trevally in water less than a metre deep. The next stop is at Aow Luek which is named for its deep, concave shape as well as the depth of the water which makes it good for snorkeling even at very low tide. Expect a stunning scenery with white sandy beach and water varying shades of blue, and Shark Island in the background. Before returning to the pier, make a stop at Shark Bay where you can swim alongside the many blacktip reef sharks or the sea turtles that come there each day.

Koh Samui: Koh Tao and Nangyuan Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

2. Koh Samui: Koh Tao and Nangyuan Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

The friendly team of Insea Speedboat will pick you up directly from the hotel lobby on Koh Samui and bring you to the private pier at Bang Rak. Get helpful information from your guide and enjoy a light breakfast before heading by speedboat to Koh Tao. As you arrive at Koh Tao, cool off in the water and peer into the amazing underwater world from above. Make more snorkel stops at Buddha Point, Taothong Bay, Lighthouse Bay, Hin Wang Bay or Aow Leuk. Stop at a hidden cove in the east of Koh Tao and enjoy a scrumptious Thai style lunch at the beautiful ocean front restaurant. Then it is time for paddling by kayak along the dramatic coastline with steep cliffs. For the more relaxed. Continue by speed boat to Koh Nangyuan which is just half a kilometer from Koh Tao. we recommend to immediately hike to the top of the spectacular viewpoint to avoid the crowds. It takes around 15 minutes to get to the top. Besides the viewpoint, you can spend time at the beach where a plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent. There are a few separate swimming areas on Koh Nangyuan - the Japanese Reef Garden is certainly one of the most impressive snorkel spot. The water is very shallow at the beginning with fine sand. After that it will be a little bit stony because the underground is full of corals, that’s why the water color is so beautiful. Remember to capture the memories of a life time by renting one of our underwater digital cameras. Itinerary: • 07:30 - 08:20: Hotel pickup on Koh Samui • 08:20 - 08:50: Meet the boat crew at Insea Speedboat pier • 08:50 - 09:00: Enjoy a light breakfast • 09:00 - 10:30: Cruise by speed boat to Koh Tao • 10:30 - 12:00: Snorkel around Koh Tao (2 Snorkeling spot) • 12:00 - 13:00: Enjoy a scrumptious Thai style buffet lunch in a restaurant on Koh Tao • 13:00 - 13:30: Kayak at the idyllic east coast (October-March) • 13:30 - 15:00: Sunbathing, Swiming & climb up to the viewpoint of Nangyuan Island • 15:00 - 16:30: Head back to Koh Samui • 16:30 - 17:00: Transfer back to your hotel

Ko Tao: Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Nang Yuan with Meals

3. Ko Tao: Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Nang Yuan with Meals

Explore Koh Nang Yuan, a group of 3 tiny islets off Ko Tao’s northwest coast, on a day trip with hotel transfers. Get access to paddleboards, kayaking, and snorkeling gear to enjoy your time on the water. Savor a buffet lunch on board and seasonal fruits with tea and coffee, and BBQ set and Mojito (non-alcoholic) mocktail dinner with unlimited soft drinks. Get picked up from your hotel in Ko Tao and get driven to the pier to begin your adventure. Soak up the sun on the small beach that links this palm-fringed island to the neighboring Koh Nang Yuan. Next, head to the Japanese Gardens diving site in a sheltered bay on the east side part of Koh Nang Yuan. Explore a rich variety of coral and underwater fauna along the granite rocks. After an hour, hop back on board to relax on the sun deck while the crew serves a freshly-prepared lunch. Savor the meal as you soak in views of Nang Yuan Island and Mango Bay. Next up, find yourself surrounded by lush green hills and boulders at the pristine Ao Muong Beach, a picture-postcard resort town in Mango Bay with more snorkeling opportunities. Continue to the east coast of Ko Tao to reach the large bay of Hin Wong. Relax on Ao Hin Wong Beach or go snorkeling. If you’re lucky, you can see schools of sardines being chased by hungry trevally fish at a depth of 1 meter. Then, head to Aow Leuk beach where you can observe a great diversity of fish of different sizes and sometimes small harmless sharks just a few steps into the water. In the middle of the bay is a sandy bottom, so float around without worrying about hitting rocks. Move toward Shark Bay to observe sharks swimming peacefully above the seabed. Go 4 to 10 feet deep in the water to watch sea turtels and blacktip reef sharks, some of them over 6 feet long, crisscross the bay. As the day comes to a close, watch the sunset while treating your tastebuds to BBQ set and Mojito (non-alcoholic) mocktail dinner on the way back to Mae Haad pier.

Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

4. Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

Try out scuba diving on this full-day activity, perfect for those short on time. Meet your group at 9.30am AM and get fitted for the diving equipment. Your instructor will run through a safety briefing and you'll complete a short quiz to make sure you have understood everything.   At 12 PM you'll leave from the beach to board a custom-made dive boat with all the facilities required for you to have an enjoyable and relaxed day. Your instructor will set up the kit as you relax on the sun deck. When you reach the calm bay start off in shallow water to build your confidence and learn some basic diving skills.   Then follow your instructor to a maximum depth of 12 meters, while taking in the awe-inspiring sights of your first underwater diving experience. Afterwards, relax on the boat or enjoy the option to jump in again for a second dive. At the end of your diving experience, return to the dive center at around 4:30 PM. Please bring your phone and your passport number.

From Samui: Ko Tao and Koh Nang Yuan Speedboat Day Trip

5. From Samui: Ko Tao and Koh Nang Yuan Speedboat Day Trip

Start your journey with a pick-up service at your hotel on Samui Island by air-conditioned van. Enjoy a light breakfast at the check-in point before departure from the pier by speedboat. Arrive at Ao Muang, Mango Bay, Koh Tao, for an hour of swimming and snorkeling, and relaxing on the beautiful beach. Make the most of your memory on this the wonderful islands while enjoying lunch on Koh Tao itself. After lunch, depart for the scenic Nang Yuan Island. Enjoy your paradise from relaxing on the beach, swimming, and snorkeling. Hike up the mountain of the island for one of the most beautiful views of Koh Nang Yuan.

Ko Tao: Snorkeling Tour to Hidden Bays and Nang Yuan Island

6. Ko Tao: Snorkeling Tour to Hidden Bays and Nang Yuan Island

Set sail around Koh Tao's captivating coral reefs aboard the island's top-tier snorkeling boat, complete with amenities such as an onboard water slide, climbing wall, and floating sunbeds. With the guidance of our seasoned multi-lingual tour guides, you'll be treated to the island's underwater splendors and the mesmerizing beauty of both its marine and terrestrial landscapes. Nang Yuan Island, a highlight, offers both a unique sand bridge joining three islands and the renowned "Japanese Garden" snorkeling spot. Your adventure commences with a comfortable pick-up from your Ko Tao accommodation, whisking you to Mae Haad pier. The day promises a series of snorkeling excursions: from the vibrant corals and fishes at "Ao Muang" and the dense schools of Yellow-Strip scad fishes at "Ao Hin Wong" to the grandeur of "Ao Leuk's" corals. The crowning experience might just be "Shark Bay", where, if luck is on your side, you'll spot graceful green turtles and possibly the elusive blacktip reef shark. As the sun begins its descent, your boat will chart its course back to Mae Haad pier, ensuring you're safely returned to your accommodation by 05:00 pm. Dive into this unforgettable day of marine exploration and island wonder.

Koh Tao: Koh Nangyuan and the Hidden Bays Trip by the Oxygen

7. Koh Tao: Koh Nangyuan and the Hidden Bays Trip by the Oxygen

Dive into the serene beauty of Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan with our premier snorkel tour aboard the Oxygen. Discover 'Turtle Island' and its underwater splendor, renowned for vibrant coral reefs and a rich tapestry of marine life. Our tour is a gateway to some of the world's best snorkeling sites, tailored for both the curious beginner and the seasoned snorkeler. Your adventure begins with a convenient pick-up from your Koh Tao accommodation, leading to the famous Mae Haad pier. Here, the Oxygen awaits to sweep you away to the breathtaking Nang Yuan Island. As the centerpiece of our tour, Nang Yuan offers a unique sand bridge connecting three isles and a hilltop viewpoint with panoramic vistas. The renowned "Japanese Garden" snorkeling spot is a kaleidoscope of aquatic colors not to be missed. After a refreshing lunch box served on board, we’ll guide you to Mango Bay (Ao Muang) to marvel at exquisite corals and diverse fishes. Our journey continues to Ao Hin Wong, a spectacle of Yellow-Strip scad, and Ao Leuk, celebrated for its majestic corals. The day’s crescendo is at Shark Bay, where green turtles glide and, with fortune's favor, blacktip reef sharks make an appearance. Concluding this aquatic odyssey, we return to Mae Haad pier and ensure you are comfortably transported back to your accommodation. Our snorkel tour is not just an activity; it's an exploration of natural wonders, a day of oceanic education, and a memory to cherish. Join us for an unparalleled experience where the wonders of Koh Tao's seas become a vivid part of your travel story.

From Koh Pha Ngan: Koh Tao & Nang Yuan Boat Tour with Lunch

8. From Koh Pha Ngan: Koh Tao & Nang Yuan Boat Tour with Lunch

Get on the minibus at your hotel and then drive to the pier. Check in and enjoy some snacks with tea or coffee before the speedboat ride. Afterward, set sail from Koh Pha Ngan on a scenic boat ride. Arrive in Koh Nang Yuan, famous for its white sandy beaches and coral reefs. Spend some free time here to explore the three islets that are connected by beaches. Hike up to the top of a hill to take in a panoramic view. Then, eat a delicious buffet lunch on the island. Get back on the boat and go to Koh Tao. Stop here to snorkel in the sea and marvel at the marine wildlife that lives among the coral reefs. A short while later, get on the speedboat and cruise back to Koh Pha Ngan. Get off the boat and onto the minibus, then drive back to your hotel to finish the tour.

Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan by Speedboat from Koh Samui

9. Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan by Speedboat from Koh Samui

07:30 ~ 08:20 – Transfer from your hotel to Pier Check in and have a light breakfast 09:00 Depart from Koh Samui to Koh Nang Yuan by Speedboat 10:30 Arrival at Koh Nang Yuan, relaxing or climbing up to the beautiful view point, snorkeling at beautiful “Japanese Garden” spot. 12:00 Arrival at Koh Tao, enjoy delicious Thai buffet lunch. 13:00 Departure to Hin Wong and Kluay Thoen bay for snorkeling and relaxing 15:00 Departure back to Koh Samui. Arrival back to Pier, Transfer back to the Hotel

Koh Tao: Private Longtail Snorkel Tour with Nang Yuan visit

10. Koh Tao: Private Longtail Snorkel Tour with Nang Yuan visit

Koh Tao has a few of the most beautiful snorkel sites in Thailand, and with this tour you can enjoy them in a private way. Snorkel with colorful fish and corals at Mango, Lighthouse, Hin Wong, and Leuk Bay. At Shark Bay you will have a chance to swim with harmless blacktip reef sharks and green turtles, if we are lucky enough to see them. At Koh Nang Yuan, swim and relax at its unique white sand beaches, or if you are feeling fit for a hike, walk up to the viewpoint at Nang Yuan overlooking the unusual island formation.

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(135 reviews)

Picked up on time, very well organised get your own snorkel that u keep for the day and return the guides where excellent M, K and Matthew by far one of the best things we have done in Thailand saw three black tip sharks one even eat a fish right in front of are face saw plenty of turtles and they take photos throughout the day for u in and out of the water for FREE, the slide climbing wall ect couldn’t ask for more and the food was also very good for the price we paid I was blown away a MUST DO

amazing trip, food was lovely! our guide was super friendly and happy. we got to see a turtle which was the highlight. i went alone and made some nice friends. highly recommend!

This was the best day ever ! Staff couldn’t do more and whole process was brilliant start to finish, well worth doing for a day in ko tao

We sat on the deck and enjoyed the whole trip! Best boat I've been on🫶🏻

Really fun day with really good snorkelling would definitely recommend.