Snorkeling on Koh Tao
Koh Samui Activities | Koh Samui: surrounding islands
When in Koh Samui Island, you can spend a wonderful day exploring the beautiful Koh Tao Island which is located about 21 km from the south of Koh Samui. Koh Tao boasts of a long and sandy beach off the eastern and southern coasts.
Enjoy yourself off the waters of Koh Tao
When on Koh Tao, you are sure to enjoy yourself sunbathing, diving and snorkeling to your heart's content. The clarity of the water enthralls anyone into diving on Koh Tao. Koh Tao Island is surrounded by four little islands worth exploring too. And if you don't like outdoor activities, you an always go sight seeing in Koh Tao. You could take a stroll along the wooden platform that locals built to get a view of the mangrove forests.
Koh Tao is an island off Samui island that is famous for its coral and marine life worth seeing. You get to see giant clams, a huge variety of fishes in and around the protected reefs of the island and fan corals. The best and only way of reaching Koh Tao from Samui Island is with the help of the local long, tail fishing boats found here. There are numerous local fishermen who adeptly steer the fishing boat while keeping a commitment to the conservation of the reef of Koh Tao.
You are sure to miss dogs on Koh Tao
A basic trip to Koh Tao Island includes a bout of snorkeling from a reef of one of the many fine beaches of the island. There is a specialty that makes Koh Tao island different from Samui Island; this is an island where you will not get to see a single dog on the whole island! This is because according to the folklore of the island, any dog that lived on the island so far turned insane. So in fear of this, no one keeps any dogs here on Koh Tao Island. However don't worry, the people here are as sane as those on Samui island.
Visit Koh Matsum when on Koh Tao
Another island surrounding Samui island, and worth visiting is the village, Koh Matsum. This is the home of the Naga Pearl farm of shell culturing. Koh Matsum lies on the south of Koh Tao, and opposite the beaches of Laem Sor Chedi of Samui island. This is a wonderful spot for a day trip. You normally find local Thai tourists on picnics here with students camping on the beach or singing round campfires.