This small island is almost
completely overlaid with limestone mountains. On the east are steep
cliffs and on the west and south are small beaches with south are
small beaches with deep, crystallized, yet rapaid-descending, sea.
Unspoiled coral reef can be found around the island. Ko-Tao is deemed
the best diving spot in the Gulf of Thailand. Diving is permitted
year-round, with a short exception during the monsoon season of
November-December. Koh Tao houses the rarely seen black coral,
black-eared shark, and many turtles. Much acclaimed diving spots are Kong Hin
Chumphon, Kong Hin Khao, Kong Hin Khiao, Kong Hin Tung Ku,
and Kong Sai Daeng or Ko Chalam.
Koh Tao Attractions : Kong Hin Chumphon
So many fish frequent this area on the north-western part of
the island facing Chumphon Province that during breeding season
in March-April, this area is closed from any fishing activities.
Hin Khao and Kong Hin Khiao
Kong Hin Khao is located south, while Kong Hin Khiao north,
of KO Nang Yuan. These overlaying rocks have submarine alcoves,
whereby many fish frequent.
Po Ro and Giant Clam Park
This small powdery beach provides accommodations. The Giant
Clam Park nearby breeds the near-extinct giant clam and exhibits
many aquatic animals. It is open daily.
Pier, transportation terminal,diving schools and shops renting
diving gear,concentrate in this economic center of the island.
Other popular diving sites included Ao Hat Sai Ri,Ao Mae Hat,
Ao Thian Nok, Ao Kluai Thuean, Ao Tanot, Laem chettawang and
Laem Ao Luek.
This area lies on the southwestern side of the island..
Sai Daeng or Ko Chalam
Rarely seen black-eared shark frequent the red sandstone by
the mouth of Ao Thian Nok.
still pristine jungles include white mangrove and mangrove
forests. The soil is mostly sandy clay and rich loam, perfect
for rubber, palm, cashew nut, coffee and coconut plantations..