Thailand has rapidly been becoming one of the most desired holiday destinations. Its islands prove popular with tourists wanting beautiful sandy beaches, blue waters and a laid back lifestyle.
Koh Tao, Thailand
K oh Tao is located about 70 km east of the coastline between Suratthani and Chumphon, in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Tao is close to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui and is the smallest of the three with only little more than 21 km2. Koh Tao translates as Turtle Island, because in the past the waters teemed with sea turtles and the island it self has a turtle like shape. Now There isn't many turtles on Koh tao, after travelers and tourists came to enjoy the beaches, they have moved on to other breeding grounds.
The main reason for tourism on Koh Tao has to be the amazing underwater world which lies so close to its shores. With over 25 dive sites mapped and known all within a 25 minute boat ride from the island, Koh Tao has become a haven for both new and old divers alike. Approximately 40 dive shops reside on the island, providing world-reknowned training and an equally impressive saftey record, thus making it the perfect place to learn to dive.
On Koh Tao
There are many beaches and bays to Koh tao, with a main road connecting the three largest:
Chalok Baan Kao
Chalok Baan Kao is where Sunshine Divers is located. Chalok Baan Kao is a sheltered bay with a white sandy beaches and calm turquoise water, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or just enjoying the sun while relaxing in one of our beach chairs. Also families with children will benefit from our shallow bay. In the horizon you can see Ang Thong national marine Park and Buddha Rock, which gives bay a special touch-Here you find a calm stretch of sand. Chalok baan provides you with everything you need of restaurants, relaxed beach bars, ATMs, 7/11, convenient store and touristoffices. The atmosphere at Chalok is very chilled out, and great for a relaxing vacation. And the busy sairee beach is only 35 min. walk or 7minutes bike ride away.
Is the home of our larger sister school Ban's. Sairee has the largest beach on the island and can get quite busy during peak seasons. Sairee has the main nightscene with a lot of clubs, bars and restaurants.
Here you find the pier and a big variety of restaurants and shops. Central to the island and close to most conveniences.