Add dates

Things to do in
Ko Tao

Our most recommended things to do in Ko Tao

Koh Tao: Islands Snorkeling Highlights Day Tour & Lunch

1. Koh Tao: Islands Snorkeling Highlights Day Tour & Lunch

Start the trip with a pickup service from your hotel lobby and get driven to Mae Haad Pier where you will meet the crew of Sangthong Tours. After a quick health check, board the modified fishing cutter and chug to the first snorkel spot at Koh Nangyuan off Koh Tao’s northwest coast. Walk on the iconic beach that links the group of three islands of Koh Nangyuan together, and climb up to the viewpoint on the peak of the highest of the three islands. There are a few separate swimming areas with tropical fish, including Japanese Garden as the best snorkeling spot and others where you can just chill out and relax. Head over to Mango Bay while enjoying a Thai style lunch on board. The bay is named after many mango trees that once grew on this part of Koh Tao in abundance. The magnificent Mango Bay shines with turquoise green and beautiful waters that are full of marine life. Due to shallows off the beach and the sandy seafloor that gives the water a beautiful turquoise green hue, Mango Bay is a go-to destination for snorkel activities. Continue to Hin Wong Bay located on the east coast of Koh Tao surrounded by big boulders. There are several underwater pinnacles covered in fertile coral, anemones and many kinds of fish that can be seen here. The water here is incredibly clear and you may be lucky enough to see great schools of sardines being chased by hungry trevally in water less than a metre deep. The next stop is at Aow Luek which is named for its deep, concave shape as well as the depth of the water which makes it good for snorkeling even at very low tide. Expect a stunning scenery with white sandy beach and water varying shades of blue, and Shark Island in the background. Before returning to the pier, make a stop at Shark Bay where you can swim alongside the many blacktip reef sharks or the sea turtles that come there each day.

Ko Tao: Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Nang Yuan with Meals

2. Ko Tao: Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Nang Yuan with Meals

Explore Koh Nang Yuan, a group of 3 tiny islets off Ko Tao’s northwest coast, on a day trip with hotel transfers. Get access to paddleboards, kayaking, and snorkeling gear to enjoy your time on the water. Savor a buffet lunch on board and seasonal fruits with tea and coffee, and BBQ set and Mojito (non-alcoholic) mocktail dinner with unlimited soft drinks. Get picked up from your hotel in Ko Tao and get driven to the pier to begin your adventure. Soak up the sun on the small beach that links this palm-fringed island to the neighboring Koh Nang Yuan. Next, head to the Japanese Gardens diving site in a sheltered bay on the east side part of Koh Nang Yuan. Explore a rich variety of coral and underwater fauna along the granite rocks. After an hour, hop back on board to relax on the sun deck while the crew serves a freshly-prepared lunch. Savor the meal as you soak in views of Nang Yuan Island and Mango Bay. Next up, find yourself surrounded by lush green hills and boulders at the pristine Ao Muong Beach, a picture-postcard resort town in Mango Bay with more snorkeling opportunities. Continue to the east coast of Ko Tao to reach the large bay of Hin Wong. Relax on Ao Hin Wong Beach or go snorkeling. If you’re lucky, you can see schools of sardines being chased by hungry trevally fish at a depth of 1 meter. Then, head to Aow Leuk beach where you can observe a great diversity of fish of different sizes and sometimes small harmless sharks just a few steps into the water. In the middle of the bay is a sandy bottom, so float around without worrying about hitting rocks. Move toward Shark Bay to observe sharks swimming peacefully above the seabed. Go 4 to 10 feet deep in the water to watch sea turtels and blacktip reef sharks, some of them over 6 feet long, crisscross the bay. As the day comes to a close, watch the sunset while treating your tastebuds to BBQ set and Mojito (non-alcoholic) mocktail dinner on the way back to Mae Haad pier.

Koh Samui: Koh Tao and Nangyuan Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

3. Koh Samui: Koh Tao and Nangyuan Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

The friendly team of Insea Speedboat will pick you up directly from the hotel lobby on Koh Samui and bring you to the private pier at Bang Rak. Get helpful information from your guide and enjoy a light breakfast before heading by speedboat to Koh Tao. As you arrive at Koh Tao, cool off in the water and peer into the amazing underwater world from above. Make more snorkel stops at Buddha Point, Taothong Bay, Lighthouse Bay, Hin Wang Bay or Aow Leuk. Stop at a hidden cove in the east of Koh Tao and enjoy a scrumptious Thai style lunch at the beautiful ocean front restaurant. Then it is time for paddling by kayak along the dramatic coastline with steep cliffs. For the more relaxed. Continue by speed boat to Koh Nangyuan which is just half a kilometer from Koh Tao. we recommend to immediately hike to the top of the spectacular viewpoint to avoid the crowds. It takes around 15 minutes to get to the top. Besides the viewpoint, you can spend time at the beach where a plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent. There are a few separate swimming areas on Koh Nangyuan - the Japanese Reef Garden is certainly one of the most impressive snorkel spot. The water is very shallow at the beginning with fine sand. After that it will be a little bit stony because the underground is full of corals, that’s why the water color is so beautiful. Remember to capture the memories of a life time by renting one of our underwater digital cameras. Itinerary: • 07:30 - 08:20: Hotel pickup on Koh Samui • 08:20 - 08:50: Meet the boat crew at Insea Speedboat pier • 08:50 - 09:00: Enjoy a light breakfast • 09:00 - 10:30: Cruise by speed boat to Koh Tao • 10:30 - 12:00: Snorkel around Koh Tao (2 Snorkeling spot) • 12:00 - 13:00: Enjoy a scrumptious Thai style buffet lunch in a restaurant on Koh Tao • 13:00 - 13:30: Kayak at the idyllic east coast (October-March) • 13:30 - 15:00: Sunbathing, Swiming & climb up to the viewpoint of Nangyuan Island • 15:00 - 16:30: Head back to Koh Samui • 16:30 - 17:00: Transfer back to your hotel

From Samui: Ko Tao and Koh Nang Yuan Speedboat Day Trip

4. From Samui: Ko Tao and Koh Nang Yuan Speedboat Day Trip

Start your journey with a pick-up service at your hotel on Samui Island by air-conditioned van. Enjoy a light breakfast at the check-in point before departure from the pier by speedboat. Arrive at Ao Muang, Mango Bay, Koh Tao, for an hour of swimming and snorkeling, and relaxing on the beautiful beach. Make the most of your memory on this the wonderful islands while enjoying lunch on Koh Tao itself. After lunch, depart for the scenic Nang Yuan Island. Enjoy your paradise from relaxing on the beach, swimming, and snorkeling. Hike up the mountain of the island for one of the most beautiful views of Koh Nang Yuan.

Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

5. Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

Try out scuba diving on this full-day activity, perfect for those short on time. Meet your group at 9.30am AM and get fitted for the diving equipment. Your instructor will run through a safety briefing and you'll complete a short quiz to make sure you have understood everything.   At 12 PM you'll leave from the beach to board a custom-made dive boat with all the facilities required for you to have an enjoyable and relaxed day. Your instructor will set up the kit as you relax on the sun deck. When you reach the calm bay start off in shallow water to build your confidence and learn some basic diving skills.   Then follow your instructor to a maximum depth of 12 meters, while taking in the awe-inspiring sights of your first underwater diving experience. Afterwards, relax on the boat or enjoy the option to jump in again for a second dive. At the end of your diving experience, return to the dive center at around 4:30 PM. Please bring your phone and your passport number.

Koh Tao: Koh Nangyuan and the Hidden Bays Trip by the Oxygen

6. Koh Tao: Koh Nangyuan and the Hidden Bays Trip by the Oxygen

Dive into the serene beauty of Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan with our premier snorkel tour aboard the Oxygen. Discover 'Turtle Island' and its underwater splendor, renowned for vibrant coral reefs and a rich tapestry of marine life. Our tour is a gateway to some of the world's best snorkeling sites, tailored for both the curious beginner and the seasoned snorkeler. Your adventure begins with a convenient pick-up from your Koh Tao accommodation, leading to the famous Mae Haad pier. Here, the Oxygen awaits to sweep you away to the breathtaking Nang Yuan Island. As the centerpiece of our tour, Nang Yuan offers a unique sand bridge connecting three isles and a hilltop viewpoint with panoramic vistas. The renowned "Japanese Garden" snorkeling spot is a kaleidoscope of aquatic colors not to be missed. After a refreshing lunch box served on board, we’ll guide you to Mango Bay (Ao Muang) to marvel at exquisite corals and diverse fishes. Our journey continues to Ao Hin Wong, a spectacle of Yellow-Strip scad, and Ao Leuk, celebrated for its majestic corals. The day’s crescendo is at Shark Bay, where green turtles glide and, with fortune's favor, blacktip reef sharks make an appearance. Concluding this aquatic odyssey, we return to Mae Haad pier and ensure you are comfortably transported back to your accommodation. Our snorkel tour is not just an activity; it's an exploration of natural wonders, a day of oceanic education, and a memory to cherish. Join us for an unparalleled experience where the wonders of Koh Tao's seas become a vivid part of your travel story.

Ko Tao: Snorkeling Tour to Hidden Bays and Nang Yuan Island

7. Ko Tao: Snorkeling Tour to Hidden Bays and Nang Yuan Island

Set sail around Koh Tao's captivating coral reefs aboard the island's top-tier snorkeling boat, complete with amenities such as an onboard water slide, climbing wall, and floating sunbeds. With the guidance of our seasoned multi-lingual tour guides, you'll be treated to the island's underwater splendors and the mesmerizing beauty of both its marine and terrestrial landscapes. Nang Yuan Island, a highlight, offers both a unique sand bridge joining three islands and the renowned "Japanese Garden" snorkeling spot. Your adventure commences with a comfortable pick-up from your Ko Tao accommodation, whisking you to Mae Haad pier. The day promises a series of snorkeling excursions: from the vibrant corals and fishes at "Ao Muang" and the dense schools of Yellow-Strip scad fishes at "Ao Hin Wong" to the grandeur of "Ao Leuk's" corals. The crowning experience might just be "Shark Bay", where, if luck is on your side, you'll spot graceful green turtles and possibly the elusive blacktip reef shark. As the sun begins its descent, your boat will chart its course back to Mae Haad pier, ensuring you're safely returned to your accommodation by 05:00 pm. Dive into this unforgettable day of marine exploration and island wonder.

From Koh Pha Ngan: Day Tour Koh Tao & Nang Yuan with Lunch

8. From Koh Pha Ngan: Day Tour Koh Tao & Nang Yuan with Lunch

Koh Tao has a beautiful underwater paradise, and with this day tour from Koh Pha Ngan you can enjoy that without having to stay overnight in Koh Tao. At Koh Nang Yuan, swim and relax at its unique white sand beaches and enjoy a buffet lunch at this picturesque island. If you are feeling fit for a hike, walk up to the viewpoint at Nang Yuan overlooking the unusual island formation. +-07:45 AM - Hotel pick up in Koh Pha Ngan by shared minibus 08:30 AM - Check-in for speedboat with some snacks and coffee/tea 09:30 AM - Departure from Koh Pha Ngan 10:30 AM - Arrival Koh Nang Yuan + free time to explore and relax 11:45 AM - Delicious buffet lunch at Koh Nang Yuan 01:30 PM - One snorkel stop at Koh Tao 02:45 PM - Departure from Koh Tao 03:45 PM - Arrival Koh Pha Ngan + hotel drop-off by shared minibus after

Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

9. Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

Start your experience with an afternoon orientation at 4:00 PM. The following day begins at 10:00 AM with a classroom session, to learn the basics of scuba diving. At 12:00 PM you'll move to the swimming pool, where your experienced instructor will teach you the skills you need for diving. Learn to clear your mask, retrieve your regulator, and what you should do in the unlikely event of an emergency.   The next day begins at 9:30 AM with another session in the classroom. Learn how diving affects the human body, some basic navigation, and other safety skills. In the afternoon, head out on the boat to complete your first 2 open water dives. Dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters and look out for stingrays, pufferfish, moray eels, and an amazing array of vibrant reef fish.   Your final day starts early at 7:45 AM, with 2 dives at more advanced sites on Ko Tao. See bigger creatures that inhabit the island's waters, like barracuda, queen fish, and even whale sharks if you're very lucky. Afterwards, you'll be able to call yourself an open water diver and be certified up to 18 meters anywhere in the world.

Ko Tao: Late Riser Island Hopping Tour with Lunch and Sunset

10. Ko Tao: Late Riser Island Hopping Tour with Lunch and Sunset

Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Ko Tao, and be whisked away to the starting point. There, meet the crew and receive a comprehensive briefing about your snorkeling tour for the day. Then, follow your guide to Mae Haad Pier. Kick off your first underwater odyssey at Ko Nangyuan, a stunning trio of islands nestled off Ko Tao's northwest coast. Stroll along the sandbar connecting these island gems, then conquer the viewpoint atop the highest peak for breathtaking panoramas. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters, exploring the vibrant marine life at various swimming areas. The renowned Japanese Garden beckons with its diverse fish population, while other spots offer tranquil havens for relaxation. As you journey to Mango Bay, indulge in a Thai-style lunch buffet aboard the boat. This picturesque bay, aptly named for its past abundance of mango trees, boasts dazzling turquoise waters teeming with marine life. Snorkel in shallows near the beach. Next, navigate to Hin Wong Bay, where majestic boulders guard secrets beneath the waves. Discover thriving coral gardens, vibrant anemones, and a kaleidoscope of fish. Encounter schools of sardines darting through shimmering blue, chased by hungry trevally in depths no greater than a meter. Next, Aow Luek awaits, aptly named for its deep, bowl-like shape and ideal snorkeling conditions, even during low tide. Prepare to be captivated by stunning landscapes – a pristine white sand beach, water shimmering with various shades of blue, and the silhouette of Shark Island in the distance. Before returning to the pier, make a stop at Shark Bay. Witness the graceful movements of blacktip reef sharks and majestic sea turtles gliding through the waters, adding a touch of magic to your day. Bid farewell to the sun as it dips below the horizon, painting the sky in vibrant hues.

All activities

27 activities found
Sort by:

Frequently asked questions about Ko Tao

What top attractions are a must-see in Ko Tao?

What are the best day trips and excursions from Ko Tao?

The best day trips and excursions from Ko Tao are:

Koh Samui

Other Sightseeing Options in Ko Tao

Want to discover all there is to do in Ko Tao? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Ko Tao

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 135 reviews

We loved this. It was a LOT more than we expected. 5 snorkeling spots, buffet lunch (and they catered to vegetarians), they gave just enough time in each place. Was super nice. The guides spoke great English and were so nice. They were timely and picked us up from our hotel and took us back after. At the end they gave a free option to go see the sunset from a beautiful place. We didn’t choose to go because we were too tired but many went and said it was lovely. Great group. High value for the money. We were shocked that we did so much for so little! Awesome experience and if we come back to Koh Tao we will absolutely book them again!

Amazing trip to Koh Tao, we saw a lot of corals and fish, Nangyuan is a spectacular natural place which we enjoyed a lot and the sea was crystal clear. Just be advised if you have seasickness and it’s a little bit windy, it’s not for you, for me was really funny with the sea bumpy but for others not. Staff amazing so nice and funny. Really a nice experience

It was a great experience! The transfer from the hotel worked well and the boat trip was also good. The guides are very helpful and seem competent. We saw lots of great fish, a turtle, rays and even a baby shark. Lunch was good too. It was a unique experience and we would book it again.

Really enjoyed the activity, the guide gave us an overview and was great as made sure we didn’t rush anything and was keen to make sure we did everything as a group and got an awesome experience ! Loved the trip!

Great day, great guides, great boat, great gear! Can’t beat the value for your money.