Ko Tao is a gem definitely worth visiting on your round the world trip or family getaway!
It is named Turtle Island in Thai even when most turtles have escaped elsewhere to make way to thousands of scuba diver wannabes.
The development of the island started just ten years ago and it manages to keep a ‘virgin feel’ to its larger cousins, Ko Samui and Phuket with just over 100,000 visitors a year. Getting there is not as much of a challenge as it is sickening, literary, to the stomach:)
We had to endure a high-speed, bumpy catamaran ride for over 2 hours from Ko Samui. Truthfully, we have never experienced such sea sickness in our life and judging by our neighbouring passengers, neither did they! Let’s just say, we should have listened to our friend, Justyna and bought ourselves some motion-sickness pills (for kids preferably, as they are non-drowsy). Needless to say, Niko was fine and slept like a baby throughout the entire trip while we suffered.
Ko Tao is a very beautiful, small and so far one of our favourite island beach destinations. It has amazing beaches, breathtaking views, phenomenal diving/snorkelling and fantastic food. It is still laid back with relatively few tourists but with all the necessary needs and wants fulfilled. We wish we could have stayed longer!
Koh Tao with kids
Nang Yuan Islands just of the main coast are just amazing for kids. Niko loved the 15 minute long-tail boat ride, the shallow crystal clear waters and all the colourful tropical fish that just swam up without having to dive.
Off season is a great time to go if the weather cooperates…
Mostly cool kids, some young families and long-term travellers visit during off-season.
When looking for accommodations during the low season (Sep-Nov), we recommend to book a place just for a day or two in advance. When on site, spend half a day checking out most proper places along the beach and ask for a discount at the perfect place.
This is how we found ours, at Sairee Beach, which even though is further away from the serene Freedom Beach, offered kid friendly
accommodations all within walking distance. We opted out for a hotel with a kiddie pool, easy access to the beach, shops, restaurants and medical services, just in case. It was also the best value for our budget.
Mae Haad beach may be a good alternative as everything you may need as a family is also within a walkable distance.
Getting around on Koh Tao ain’t easy, if you are a family that is …
The Island is predominantly designed for mopeds and ATV’s, so a safe solution for families is not always available. We like walking, so we chose that as our form of transportation.
Diving or snorkelling in Ko Tao is just amazing
I completed my Open Water Diver Certification here. It was just 4 of us and the instructor. I dove on some of the most amazing sights and recommend diving here to anyone whether you’re a beginner or advanced. The conditions boast great visibility, vibrant tropical fish and a colourful coral.
You can’t go wrong while on this island as a family…So, what do you think of Koh Tao? Please share them in the comments section below. Thanks!
Here are some of our photos from our Ko Tao (Thailand) visit: