Koh Tao, Thailand
is the third of a chain of islands after Koh Samui and Koh
Phangan, extending out into the Gulf of Thailand, a true "picture postcard"
The three main "towns" are Mae Haad, Sairee and Chalok Ban Khao.
You will find Stingray Divers
in Chalok Ban Khao, at the
southern tip of Koh Tao.
The island is just 21 km², but is blessed with natural beauty - formally
a penal colony, Koh Tao is now world famous for its scuba diving and stunning beaches,
with thousands of visitors arriving every year.
Although officially within Surat Thani
province, "The Rock" is more closely associated with the province of Chumphon,
from where the majority of boats leave for the island.
Unlike neighbouring Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Koh
Tao remained untouched by tourism for many years.....
...then, in the late 1980's the first Samui based dive shops began running
overnight live-aboard trips and were amazed by what they saw. Crystal clear waters boasting a splendid array of colour and
coral reefs alive with an incredible diversity of marine life.
Soon dive operations began re-locating to Koh
Tao realizing they had uncovered a wealth of untouched beauty.