A small island, a little more than 21km squared, located in the Gulf of Thailand around 70km east of Chumphon and Surat Thani on the mainland
About Koh Tao
Today, Koh Tao is one of Thailand's major dive destinations. While remaining an absolute paradise, Koh Tao has expanded to cater for a wide range of tastes and budgets. Although scuba diving remains the primary focus of most local businesses on the island, you will find that Koh Tao offers far more than just diving. Koh Tao offers even the most avid non-diver a whole range of activities to enjoy whilst soaking up the atmosphere of this unique tropical paradise.
KOH TAO COMPLETES MORE THAN HALF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DIVER CERTIFICATIONS IN THAILAND
Unlike competing dive internship destinations, Koh Tao thrives as a vibrant and successful dive destination offering dive trainees ample opportunity to build the sort of experience required to make you into a great dive professional. This really does make it a great destination to begin your career in diving with our professional diving internship packages. The island's long seasons and well established diver community combine to give you genuine employment opportunities and the chance to live a fantastic lifestyle!
A bit of HISTORY
Initially, Koh Tao was a place visited only by the fishermen from neighbouring islands when taking shelter from tropical storms. In 1899, on June 18th, the island of Koh Tao was visited by His Majesty King Chulalongkorn who bestowed Royal patronage to a huge boulder in Jor Por Ror Bay which remains revered and respected to this day.
From 1933 the island of Koh Tao was used as a political prison before being abandoned in 1947. After that, the first pioneers began to arrive from the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan and settled into a simple but tough life of harvesting coconuts, growing vegetables and fishing.
The early 1980's saw the first travelers arriving on Koh Tao and it wasn't long before the island became widely known as a tropical paradise. As the island's reputation for natural beauty, abundant marine life and colourful coral reefs grew around the world, larger and faster boats began to service the island from the mainland. Koh Tao quickly became one of the "must do" stops on the South East Asia trail.
The clear, tranquil, warm waters around Koh Tao offer the ideal conditions for learning to dive. Although Koh Tao is generally considered a diving island, the island caters for many other interests from rock climbing to water-skiing which all combines to make your Koh Tao experience an unforgettable one!