Koh Tao was initially used as a stop off for fishermen who needed shelter from bad storms or a break from a long journey. In 1933 the island was used as a political prison and remained as such for 14 years until the prisoners were released to the shores of Suratthani. That same year the first long term settlers came to Koh Tao, and many of their families still own huge areas of land here. The population has risen steadily over the years and has moved
on considerably from the early days when people made their living on the island by selling coconuts, growing vegetables, and fishing.
With its many shallow dive sites and great all year round diving conditions, it is no wonder the island has turned into a diving Mecca. People realized the island’s potential, and have put Koh Tao on the map as one of the best places in the world to learn to dive!
The weather on Koh Tao is generally consistent. We have a very short ‘monsoon’ season, which generally lasts less than a month. The rest of the year, the island is beautiful. Calm seas, good visibility, and warm water make Koh Tao the ideal place to learn how to dive.
Koh Tao Dive Sites
One of Koh Tao’s main attractions is that the majority of the dive sites are very close to the island. This means that we can do multiple dive trips every day, and there are sites that suit all abilities and experience levels. We have several beautiful dive sites that are further away from the island including Sail Rock, the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand.