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From Ko Tao: Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Nang Yuan with Meals

1. From Ko Tao: Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Nang Yuan with Meals

Explore Koh Nang Yuan, a group of 3 tiny islets off Ko Tao’s northwest coast, on a day trip with hotel transfers. Get access to paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear to enjoy your time on the water. Savor a buffet lunch on board with tea and coffee, and a BBQ dinner with unlimited soft drinks. Get picked up from your hotel in Ko Tao and get driven to the pier to begin your adventure. Soak up the sun on the small beach that links this palm-fringed island to the neighboring Koh Nang Yuan. Next, head to the Japanese Gardens diving site in a sheltered bay on the east side part of Koh Nang Yuan. Explore a rich variety of coral and underwater fauna along the granite rocks. After an hour, hop back on board to relax on the sun deck while the crew serves a freshly-prepared lunch. Savor the meal as you soak in views of Nang Yuan Island and Mango Bay. Next up, find yourself surrounded by lush green hills and boulders at the pristine Ao Muong Beach, a picture-postcard resort town in Mango Bay with more snorkeling opportunities. Continue to the east coast of Ko Tao to reach the large bay of Hin Wong. Relax on Ao Hin Wong Beach or go snorkeling. If you’re lucky, you can see schools of sardines being chased by hungry trevally fish at a depth of 1 meter. Then, head to Aow Leuk beach where you can observe a great diversity of fish of different sizes and sometimes small harmless sharks just a few steps into the water. In the middle of the bay is a sandy bottom, so float around without worrying about hitting rocks. Move toward Shark Bay to observe sharks swimming peacefully above the seabed. Go 6 to 12 feet deep in the water to watch blacktip reef sharks, some of them over 6 feet long, crisscross the bay. As the day comes to a close, watch the sunset while treating your tastebuds to a BBQ dinner on the way back to Mae Haad pier.

Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

2. Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

Try out scuba diving on this full-day activity, perfect for those short on time. Meet your group at 10:00 AM and get fitted for the diving equipment. Your instructor will run through a safety briefing and you'll complete a short quiz to make sure you have understood everything.   At 12:15 AM you'll leave from the beach to board a custom-made dive boat with all the facilities required for you to have an enjoyable and relaxed day. Your instructor will set up the kit as you relax on the sun deck. When you reach the calm bay start off in shallow water to build your confidence and learn some basic diving skills.   Then follow your instructor to a maximum depth of 12 meters, while taking in the awe-inspiring sights of your first underwater diving experience. Afterwards, relax on the boat or enjoy the option to jump in again for a second dive. At the end of your diving experience, return to the dive center at around 4:00 PM.

From Ko Tao: Samui & Koh Nang Yuan Day Tour Speedboat Ticket

3. From Ko Tao: Samui & Koh Nang Yuan Day Tour Speedboat Ticket

Start your journey with a pick-up service at your hotel on Samui Island by air-conditioned van. Enjoy a light breakfast at the check-in point before departure from the pier by speedboat. Arrive at Ao Muang, Mango Bay, Koh Tao, for an hour of swimming and snorkeling, and relaxing on the beautiful beach. Make the most of your memory on this the wonderful islands while enjoying lunch on Koh Tao itself. After lunch, depart for the scenic Nang Yuan Island. Enjoy your paradise from relaxing on the beach, swimming, and snorkeling. Hike up the mountain of the island for one of the most beautiful views of Koh Nang Yuan.

Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

4. Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

Start your experience with an afternoon orientation at 4:00 PM. The following day begins at 10:00 AM with a classroom session, to learn the basics of scuba diving. At 12:00 PM you'll move to the swimming pool, where your experienced instructor will teach you the skills you need for diving. Learn to clear your mask, retrieve your regulator, and what you should do in the unlikely event of an emergency.   The next day begins at 9:30 AM with another session in the classroom. Learn how diving affects the human body, some basic navigation, and other safety skills. In the afternoon, head out on the boat to complete your first 2 open water dives. Dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters and look out for stingrays, pufferfish, moray eels, and an amazing array of vibrant reef fish.   Your final day starts early at 7:45 AM, with 2 dives at more advanced sites on Ko Tao. See bigger creatures that inhabit the island's waters, like barracuda, queen fish, and even whale sharks if you're very lucky. Afterwards, you'll be able to call yourself an open water diver and be certified up to 18 meters anywhere in the world.

Koh Tao: 3-Day Snorkeling Trip in Koh Tao & Nang Yuan Island

5. Koh Tao: 3-Day Snorkeling Trip in Koh Tao & Nang Yuan Island

Accommodation for 2 nights at The Tarna Align Resort on Koh Tao including breakfast and hotel transfers between hotel and pier. Royal Mariblue classic vintage wooden boat featuring a sun deck, giving them rare charm and character. snorkel, kayak, paddle board at 5 point around Koh Tao Indulge in a freshly prepared buffet lunch & bbq set dinner prepared onboard Embrace spectacular sunset views Day 1 pick up from Mae Hard pier and check-in at Kho Tao hotel. Day 2 08:00 breakfast at hotel 10:00 pick up from your hotel and transfer to Mae Hard pier. 11:00 once arrive at Nangyuan island and enjoy taking in the views. (only 1 hrs.) 12:30 arrive at Japanese Gardens, and we will take you on a snorkeling adventure (coral reef, nemo) and the surrounding spectacular views. 13:00 sit back on the boat for an included delicious buffet lunch while overlooking Nangyuan islands and Mango Bay. 14:15 after lunch, more relaxation time with the shoal at HinWong bay. 15:30 you will have the rest of the day to enjoy Aow Luek, snorkeling, swimming, and canoeing. 16:30 arrive at Shark bay. enjoy taking to the sea turtle. 17:00 enjoy the fascinating sunsets that are the ones we share with bbq dinner. 17:30 arrive at Mae Hard pier and transfer back to your hotel Day 3 08:00 areakfast at hotel and check-out and pick up from your hotel to Mae Hard pier.

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What people are saying about Ko Tao

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 124 reviews

It is ideal for the first attempt at diving. You don't dive deeper than 12 m, so you can slowly get used to the water pressure and the open water. The dive lasts about an hour. If you want to do another dive, you can do so immediately afterwards for 1000 baht. I didn't do it because my ears suffered a bit. The negative thing was that I had to stay on the boat until the others had finished their second dive. Which got on my stomach at some point because the boat was rocking a lot.

A great day trip, well organized. The ride in the speedboat alone is something! If you don't mind the sun, definitely sit in the front. The viewpoint on Koh Nang Yuan offers an incredible view and the climb is not far. Snorkeling there was also worth it, we could see many different fish when visibility was good. The second snorkel spot was even better. Lunch was delicious too. The crew and guide were very friendly and the guide spoke very good English. Can only recommend the tour.

Did it with my husband, the introduction was great. Dropping off at the pier was very chaotic, you didn't really know what was going to happen next. You saw a lot while diving, but in my opinion something very much for beginners. I had already done the Open Water Diver course and the dives were very challenging. Nevertheless, all in all we really liked it

Was a great experience. Definitely worth doing the second dive. Do not worry if you cannot find the meeting point at the start, they will message you if you haven’t turned up.

Great instructors and great pace to follow as a beginner.