Koh Tao: the Divers’ Paradise
Koh Tao is not only a world-famous diving destination, but it’s also well known for reintroducing hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island’s ecosystem and for efforts to preserve and grow coral reefs.
Welcome to Koh Tao, one of the more remote and less visited islands in Thailand. If you are a diver, you already know of this place because it is a world-famous diving destination.
Between Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan, and surrounding both islands, there is abundant marine and coral life. Koh Tao may be one of the smaller islands in the Gulf of Thailand, but it is a giant when it comes to underwater ocean life. Below its coastline are stunning marine ecosystems for divers and snorkelers to see and explore.
- The Island of Koh Tao, or “Turtle Island,” is 45 km north of Koh Phangan. It is part of the Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand.
- Koh Tao is one of the top scuba diving destinations in Thailand. It has over 25 dive sites to explore.
- The island is the site of important breeding grounds for Hawksbill and Green turtles. It is also a centre for environmentally friendly diving practices.
- The breeding programme was organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres, has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island’s ecosystem.
- In 2012, a Marine Zoning and Regulations Master Plan was developed for the island and subsequently became local law.