Green Attraction

KO TAO

Surat Thani

FAST FACT:
Location:         Approximately 45 kilometres northwest of Ko Pha-ngan, around 64 kilometres from Ko Samui, about 74 kilometres from the coast of Chumphon province, and around 110 kilometres from the coast of Surat Thani province.
Dive Trip:        Resort /Boat Dive / Liveaboard
Skill Level:      Beginner – Advanced
Depth:             5 – 30metres / Average Depth
Visibility:        5 – 15metres
Currents:         Moderate and can be strong.
Wetsuits:         3 mm.
Dive Sites:       Chumphon Pinnacle, Shark Island, Sail Rock, Hin Phae
Season:            May – October
Corals:             Black coral, orange cup coral, staghorn coral, brain coral, sea anemone, sponge, and sea whip.
Marine life:      Christmas tree worm, giant clam, turtle, skunk clownfish, Indo-Pacific sergeant, school of batfish, schoolsof yellowstripescad, schoolsof barracuda, triggerfish, trevally, snapper, giant grouper, leopard shark, whale shark, bull shark, manta ray, and bluespotted stingray.
Airport:           Samui International Airport / Chumphon Airport
Transfer:         
By Car:            From Samui International Airport, drive around 25 kilometres to the Na Thon Pier in Surat Thani province.
                        From Chumphon Airport, drive around 45 kilometres to the Tha Yang Pier in Chumphon province.
By Boat:          The distance from the Na Thon Pier in Ko Samui, Surat Thani province to the Mae Hat Pierin Ko Tao is around 64 kilometres.
                        The distance from the Tha Yang Pier in Chumphon province to Mae Hat Pierin Ko Tao is around 74 kilometres.

FAMOUS DIVE SITES IN KO TAO:      
Chumphon Pinnacle
            The best and most popular dive site in the Gulf of Thailand, Chumphon Pinnacle is situated around 11 kilometres northwest of Ko Tao. The 16-metre-high gigantic granite pinnacle is submerged in the crystal clear water and is covered with colourful sea anemones, black corals, and sea fans. With an average depth ofbetween 14 and 30 metres, Chumphon Pinnacle is home to several varieties of fish; such as, batfish, barracuda, and potato cod. This famous dive site is also where bull sharks and manta rays are often sighted.
 
Shark Island
            Located to the southeast of Ko Tao, Shark Island is a granite boulder that breaks the water’s surface and looks like a small rocky island with no sandy beaches.The underwater topography of SharkIsland comprises two rock formations that are connected at the base and a group of small boulder formations on the east side.The reefs are carpeted with soft corals of different colours; such as, red, pink, and purple, as well as black corals, staghorn corals, brain corals, mushroom corals, sponges, sea fans, and sea whips. The amazing diversity of fish that can be found here ranges from bluespotted stingray, to skunk clownfish, nudibranch, turtle, tigerfish, moray eel, barracuda, trevally, clown triggerfish, and butterflyfish. Occasionally, blacktip reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks are spotted in the area. Shark Island has an average depth of 6-25 metres but divers should be careful, as the currents can sometimes be strong here.
 
Sail Rock
            Also known as Hin Bai, Sail Rock is a large granite pinnacle that breaks the surface to the south of Ko Tao. Sail Rock has an average depth ofbetween 9 and 30 metres and is famous for its chimney, which is a vertical swim-throughthat was formed by natural erosion. Divers can enter the chimney at a depth of around 18 metres and exit at about 12 metres. The steep walls of Sail Rock that are covered by gorgeous sea anemones, sea whips, and orange sponges, offer a great wall dive. Here divers can encounter a variety of marine animals; such as, giant grouper, batfish, snapper, barracuda, moray eel, grouper, yellowstripescad, skunk clownfish, and whale shark.

Sample Diving Itinerary:
Day Trip: 3 dives (Chumphon Pinnacle and Sail Rock)
Morning - Afternoon: Depart from the Mae Hat Pier in Ko Tao.
(Dive 1-2) Discover the beauty of the underwater world full of amazing corals and marine life at Chumphon Pinnacle.
Evening:                      (Dive 3) Spend time exploring the natural beauty of the Gulf of Thailand at the Sail Rock.
                                    Depart to disembark at the Mae Hat Pier in Ko Tao.
 
3 days 3 nights liveaboard diving trip (Ko Hin Lak Ngam, Hin Phae, Chumphon Pinnacle, Sail Rock, and Ko Tao)
Remark: The liveaboard trip begins by departing theTha Yang Pier in Chumphon province at night.
 
Day 1: 4 dives at Ko Hin Lak Ngam and Hin Phae
Morning:                    (Dive 1) Explore the beautiful underwater flora and fauna at Ko Hin Lak Ngam.
Afternoon                   (Dive 2-3) Spend time marvelling at thewonders of nature at Hin Phae.
Evening:                      (Dive 4) Take a night dive at Hin Phae.
                                    Stay overnight on board.
 
Day 2: 4 dives at Chumphon Pinnacle, Sail Rock, and Ko Tao
Morning:                     (Dive 1) Discover the rich diversity of marine life at Chumphon Pinnacle.
Afternoon:                  (Dive 2-3) Spend time exploring the underwater world at Sail Rock.
Evening:                      (Dive 4) Enjoy observing the night scenery under the water at Ko Tao.
Stay overnight on board.
 
Day 3: 4 dives at Chumphon Pinnacle, Hin Phae, and Ko Hin Lak Ngam
Morning:                     (Dive 1) Enjoy diving in the mesmerising underwater world at Chumphon Pinnacle.
Afternoon:                  (Dive 2) Spend more time observing the variety of aquatic creatures at Hin Phae.
Evening:                      (Dive 3) Take the last dive at Ko Hin Lak Ngam.
Depart to disembark at the Tha Yang Pier.
 
Remark:
  • The diving itinerary is subject to change, depending on the weather conditions and the dive operators.
  • Most of the liveaboard diving trips at Ko Tao already includenearby diving sites in the itinerary; such as, Muko Chumphon National Park (more information is in the Muko Chumphon National Park section).
 
 
Facilities:
The facilities on the liveaboard boat include comfortable accommodation, food and beverage, tanks, weight belts, and professional dive guides.
Accommodation:
A wide range of accommodation is available on Ko Tao; a few examples include:
Ban’s Diving Resort   Tel. +66 7745 6466  www.bansdivingresort.com
Asia Resort Koh Tao  Tel. +66 7745 6054-55  www.asiaresortkohtao.com
Blue Diamond Dive Resort    Tel. +66 7745 6255  www.bluediamonddivingresort.resort.kohtaoisland.net
 
 
Dive Green:
            TheSave Koh Tao Group, Ko Tao Sub-district Municipality, KoSamui Tourism Coordination Centre, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have been working together in organising an annual event called “Ko Tao Festival” for many years. The Festivalaims to raise awareness to the locals and tourists of sustainable tourism and the importance of land and marine conservation. The fun-filled activities of the Festivalinclude releasing sea turtles and giant clams to the sea, and an exhibition on the conservation efforts of the people on the island. TheKo Tao Festival not only creates the opportunity for people to work together in environmentalconservation, but alsopromotes Ko Tao as anenvironmentally-friendlydive centre.