Koh Tao‘s crystal clear waters are a massive attraction for the underwater explorers in Thailand. Under the sea, you can find an endless aquarium of diverse life. The dramatic coral ecosystem houses countless species of colourful fish, stingrays, turtles, barracudas, reef sharks and even the occasional whale shark.
It is no surprise Koh Tao is therefore a hot spot for scuba divers and has a huge selection of dive centres. Due to time constraints we weren’t able to give diving a go so we booked onto a snorkelling trip instead. This took us to three different spots around the coast of Koh Tao, allowing us to take a peek at the wonders hiding under the waves.
We were picked up from our hostel in the morning and driven to the harbour. Here, we were transferred to our sweet ride for the day:
The morning was overcast and we got a good splashing as we crashed through the choppy waters to our first snorkel spot. This was Koh Nang Yuan: an idyllic trio of islands connected by a sleek strip of sand.
Anyone visiting Koh Tao must take a trip to Koh Nang Yuan. It is picture perfect. Flawless white sand, sparkling blue water and dense, leafy greenery. Even an overcast sky can’t disguise its beauty.
The shores of Koh Nang Yuan were alive with vibrant banks of coral teeming with a rich collection of brilliant, vivid fish. I couldn’t believe the astounding richness of sea life beneath us. The fish varied in size from around 2 feet to 2 cm. We were surrounded by fish glowing radiant yellows, blues and oranges. Schools of white, pearlescent fish glided effortlessly through schools of silver fish each emblazoned with a blue flash. Then there were those patterned with every shade of the rainbow swimming side by side with schools of fish almost translucent in the sea. The seabed was speckled with creatures camouflaged against the vast reefs. I was especially thrilled to see the odd Dory swim by.
The next two stops didn’t provide as striking a collection of sea life but were perfect for a swim as the sun finally broke through the clouds. Did I mention the boat had a slide? There was a lot of fun had sliding and jumping into the sea.
The boat’s top deck, open to the sky, was ideal for drying off and admiring the picturesque scenery.
We were dropped off in Sairee just in time for another spectacular sunset. A special end to our trip in Koh Tao.
I felt incredibly lucky to see what I did, and this was just from the surface of the water. Next time I have the opportunity, I am determined to dive deeper and get a closer look!