Tag: Local Koh Tao Diving and Snorkelling Sites

One of South East Asia’s most famous diving and snorkelling destinations, Koh Tao boasts an incredible diversity within its many local bays and reefs, making it the ideal location to suit any activity and experience level. The island is set apart from its neighbours by its better than average water clarity and number of prime diving sites within a small area.

Our trips to Koh Tao generally center around the southern sites such as Shark Island (named after its triangular shape), Aow Leuk, Laem Tien, and Hin Wong, although we may use other sites as dictated by seasonal conditions. These sites tend to be in a healthier condition and are certainly far less crowded with dive boats and divers than the sites in the northern half of the island.

Snorkelling Note: Due to its calm, clear, shallow water and abundance of colourful, healthy corals and marine life, Koh Tao is ideal for both snorkelers and divers of all experience levels.

One of South East Asia’s most famous diving and snorkelling destinations, Koh Tao boasts an incredible diversity within its many local bays and reefs, making it the ideal location to suit any activity and experience level. The island is set apart from its neighbours by its better than average water clarity and number of prime diving sites within a small area.

Our trips to Koh Tao generally center around the southern sites such as Shark Island (named after its triangular shape), Aow Leuk, Laem Tien, and Hin Wong, although we may use other sites as dictated by seasonal conditions. These sites tend to be in a healthier condition and are certainly far less crowded with dive boats and divers than the sites in the northern half of the island.

Snorkelling Note: Due to its calm, clear, shallow water and abundance of colourful, healthy corals and marine life, Koh Tao is ideal for both snorkelers and divers of all experience levels.

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Catamaran wreck at Tanote Bay, Koh Tao

This small sunken catamaran lies out on the sand-flat at Tanote Bay, at a depth of around 16m.

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Shark Island - Koh Tao

Shark Island, off the Southern end of Koh Tao on a glorious sunny day, with clear water can be an excellent location for diving, snorkelling and swimming.

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Aow Mao Bay - Koh Tao

This photo shows the large rock formations at the South side of Aow Mao Bay, Koh Tao.

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Laem Tien Bay - Koh Tao

The view into Laem Tien Bay. On the right side the photo are the large rock formations which continue below the surface, making for an interesting underwater topography.

The left side of the photo shows the shallower area, which is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

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Aow Leuk Bay - Koh Tao

Aow Leuk bay, situated at the south of Koh Tao, is a perfect site for snorkelling and swimming, as well as an ideal diver training site.

More experienced divers will also enjoy diving here as it offers plenty of healthy corals and interesting marine life. Due to its shallow, sheltered location, long and relaxing dives are always possible here.

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Shark Island (Red Rock) - Koh Tao

A closer view of Shark Island (Red Rock) situated of the South coast of Koh Tao.

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Shark Island (Red Rock) - Koh Tao

Situated just off the south coast of Koh Tao, Shark Island offers an interesting diving and snorkelling site that slopes from the surface, down to a depth of just over 20m.

Rather than the presence of sharks, Shark Island is actually named after the "shark fin" shape of the main rock when view from a particular angle.

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Sunlight in the shallows at Shark Island - Koh Tao

The sunlight penetrates down into a narrow opening between two large rocks at the end of a dive at Shark Island, Koh Tao.

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Aow Leuk and Shark Island - Koh Tao

Aow Leuk Bay and Shark Island (in the background), located at the south, east corner of Koh Tao.