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Snorkeling on Koh Tao

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Snorkeling on Koh Tao


Would like to go a day snorkeling whit my wife on Koh Tao.

I think we go one day by longtail boat.

What are the best places to see sharks, turtle and ofcourse whaleshark, i now.... you have to be lucky to see the whaleshark.

Best and warm regards from holland.

(temperature MINUS 15... brrrrrr)

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Hi Martin

You can hire a longtail boat for the day from the pier area for 1500bht - we were taken all around the island but unfortunately the sea was quite rough on the east side of the island and we only managed to snorkel at one spot which was protected from the swell -Hin Wong Bay (no beach so jump in from the boat, very deep) before going to Mango Bay and Nang Yuan Island - both very busy but still beautiful.

In hindsight we would have been better off going on an organised trip on a bigger boat, would have met other people and it included lunch - 650bht each.

If you hire an ATV you can get to the remote snorkelling beaches on the east coast.

Have fun exploring and enjoy Ko Tao - we loved it!

Fiona from sunny South Africa

Edited: 10:08 am, December 01, 2010
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Hin Khao was reccommend

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A round the island personal longtail will cost 2000B and these are fun for going where you want to go - however weather is a factor and sometimes its just not possible. The longtail drivers will know best so ask where is possible.

An organised tour on a larger boat will take you where they choose buts its cheaper and offeres greater comfort and access in choppy seas.

Many places are accessible by road but I would strongly advise you to take a taxi rather than bike - some of the roads to these bays are terrible ...

South Mae Haad is lovely and you can walk there and to Janson Bay which is a little further south - although there is a charge to get on the beach there.

You can kayak from Mae Haad south to these and a few further bays too.

Aow Leuk is lovely to snorkel and you can take a taxi here 400B one way - a lovely spot to spend the day....

Tanote is accessible by taxi too

Mango Bay, Japanese Gardens (Koh Nangyuan) are best by boat.

Laem Tiem is a 700B taxi ride one way and is best by boat....

Had Tien or Shark Bay has now so many restrictions by land that the best way is by boat and this is where you see sharks.

Turtles you have to be lucky but I have seen them snorkelling in south Mae Haad and Leam Thien.

Im sorry but whalesharks are virtually never seen by the coast - they visit the more open ocean dive sites...

If I was to take my own longtail I would go to Japanese Garndens and Mango Bay and Leam Thien and Aow Leuk.

Sai Deng is a good spot for lunch yet all beaches apart from Japanese ann Mango make great food / drink pit stops.

I live here so if you want more info - get intouch.

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Thanks for the excellent info on snorkelling on Koh Tao!

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Hi, I'm not a very seasoned snorkeler and don't want to bump into any sharks. Are they dangerous? Where is the best place on Koh Tao to snorkel where we will see lots of fish but no sharks? We are coming from Chumphon for a day trip. I believe the Catamaran is the best way to travel. Any tips would be very welcome.


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Hi there!

The sharks in Shark Bay are not dangerous - they scare easily and are more afraid of you thean you of them - really.

Myu favourite place to snorkle is Aow Leuk and you are higly unlikely to run into sharks there... - pretty with lots of fish and on the whole calm too...perfect.

If you are coming from Chumpon for the day then you need to be on the catamaran whic is called the Lomprayah.....

Have fun!

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Hi, we're a family with 2 children (4yrs / 6yrs). We planed to visit Kho Tao on this Dec. 17. But from some reviews, Dec. is not a good season to be there, coz the sea will be rough and the water visibility won't be good for snorkeling.

Now we begin to worry about this because we have young children traveling together.

Looking for some suggestions. Many thanks!!

Edited: 4:38 pm, November 14, 2011
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Yes you are correct, the weather in December can prove snorkelling difficult. Of course with the weather nothing is certain.

Do you want suggestions for alternative areas? If so take a look at the west coast of Thailand as that has a good chance of nice weather that time of yeah. Khao Lak and Phi Phi maybe places to start.

December is high season on the west coast so you will pay more and it will be busier than Koh Tao.

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Thank you very much for the suggestion!

We've decided to go to Khao Lak instead.

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We will be there round about the 20th July. Would love some advise

Andre And Chelli

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