Generally most people visit Koh Tao for the underwater action, specifically its beautiful clear water, myriad of fish and coral gardens. Dive courses and fun dives can be arranged once you arrive on Koh Tao or by booking in advance with the dive resort on the internet. The sites are either close to the beach on Koh Tao, a few kilometres offshore or farther afield to more remote locations.
Koh Tao now has a great selection of spas with a wide range of treatments and facilities. From mountain top locations to venues by the seaside, on offer here you will find steam rooms, saunas, body scrubs and wraps, therapeutic and traditional treatments, reflexology and massages. There are places providing ayurvedic, water and beauty treatments, not forgetting spirulina and aromatherapy.
For those who are not divers, snorkelling is a great way to see the underwater life. Snorkelling gear can be hired from the resorts if you don’t have your own and there are many great reefs right off the beach. Alternatively travel agents will arrange tours for you or you can negotiate with a long tail boat yourself by the hour or day…more on Snorkelling.
If you want to try something new, there is a great adventure company, Good time adventures, based in Sairee offering some great activities absailing and cliff jumping to trying your hand at the trapeze!
Spas in Koh Tao
Check out Orchid Spa and Beauty Salon for beauty treatments including traditional Thai massage, herbal rubs, oil treatments, therapeutic therapies, foot reflexology, face masks, Aloe vera body wraps, steam baths, plus hair and nail polishes.
Sailing in Koh Tao
Try your hand at sailing in Koh Tao by chartering a yacht and exploring the numerous inlets around the island as well as picturesque Ang Thong Marine National Park. Great for kids and adults to learn about navigating the seven seas joining a sailing course as well as just relax and take in the views. Snorkelling and fishing can be arranged as well. Check out Island Cruises.
Massage on Koh Tao
If you fancy a pampering there are Thai massages on the beach or spas you can visit for an indulgent day and to alleviate sun burnt skin with wraps and facials.
Soa Thai Massage & Beauty Salon: this Koh Tao spa offers aromatherapy, reflexology and beautification with a mixture of massages on offer such as head and shoulder treatment plus salon services like facials, hair treatments and much more.
Koh Tao Body Work: This Koh Tao spa offers Wat Po-style massage with the Thai variety costing only 200 baht per hour, and oil rub-downs just 300 Baht. The do a full range of beauty treatments as well including waxing and threading.
Watersports in Koh Tao
There is a wide variety of watersports providers all over the island with kayaking and sailing offered by a large number of guesthouses including Goodtimes Adventures.
Otherwise, Black Tip Diving & Water Sports are the main guys in town and offer rings, sumo tube, waterskiing, wakeboard, kayaks, island tours and more.
Muay Thai Boxing in Koh Tao
For fitness freaks, there are a couple of Muay Thai gyms where you can embark on a training course for Thai boxing with experienced trainers or keep up your fitness regime in their gym. The stadium on Koh Tao has regular Thai boxing shows if you want to see the professionals at work.
Island Muay Thai: This Koh Tao gym teaches Muay Thai boxing as well as mixed martial arts and classes in self defence. All levels from complete beginner to experienced competitor are welcome here with several tournaments arranged every month from those that want to take their trainding to the next level.
Monsoon Gym: This gym comes highly recommended and offers expert Thai boxing training and full weights with nutritional supplements plus tailored fitness programs.
Yoga on Koh Tao
Yoga on Koh Tao allows visitors the chance to widen their experiences and develop new techniques and skills with a number of different centres all over the island. Particularly recommended comes Ocean Sound Yoga, which offers a variety of Hatha yoga classes taught by internationally qualified teachers in a peaceful and picturesque setting. All levels of participants are welcome here with a full range of equipment available.
New Heaven Yoga, which offers small classes of Asana and Pranayama style from their lovely studio by Chalok Baan Kao.
Rock Climbing in Koh Tao
Koh Tao is blessed with a plethora of trekking and rock climbing routes with the steep granite landscape perfect for grappling with nature. Midrange courses for those that want to hone their skills are on offer as well as beginner taster sessions for those that just want to keep their feet on dry land for an afternoon.
Koh Tao is well know as a bouldering playground with granite boulders of all sizes all over the island. There is top rope, sport and traditional climbing on some of the bigger rock complexes around Fraggle Rock (Meks’s Mountain), Jansom bay and Laem Thien. A free guide is available from the Goodtime Thailand website or shop.
Goodtime Thailand teach and guide rock climbing and run half- and full-day adventure trips combining abseiling, rock climbing, cliff jumping, zip lines (currently closed), hiking and snorkelling. On the scuba diving front, they operate a very small group at various times via speedboat when dive sites are quieter. Goodtime also has a beach-side café, bar and hotel (with rooms and dorms).
Bowling and Mini-Golf on Koh Tao
The Mini-Golf Course boasts 18 challenging holes to master, while indoor bowling lanes are human operated with real people re-setting the pins! A unique, if time-consuming, experience. Nevertheless a fun day out if you fancy a change or the weather is particularly bad.
Freediving on Koh Tao
Apnea Total has been teaching the techniques of freediving in Koh Tao since 2003. Monica, Eusebio and their instructor team instruct the proper breathing techniques to allow participants to feel comfortable and safe in the water.
Visits discover another dimension without artificial breathing apparatus to move around freely and become one with the sea. Another top quality Koh Tao freediving outfit is Blue Immersion which offers apnea courses.
This addition to Sairee Beach offers visitors to the chance to flying through the air with the greatest of ease. But don’t worry as there is a harness and safety net as well as highly-trained expert staff.