Imagine a small tropical island with incredible snorkelling and scuba diving, a rich jungle in the centre and surrounded by remarkably quiet, palm tree laced beaches. You're imagining Koh Tao, a small island off the southern coast of Thailand - not far from the better known (but more crowded) Koh Samui.
Koh Tao is one of the world's few remaining secluded tropical islands that offer quality amenities but few tourists. Most importantly, Koh Tao provides an unbeatable diving experience which will delight the highly experienced and excite the novice.
The island, which is situated in the southern part of the Gulf of Thailand, comprises a mere 21 square kilometres of rain forest surrounded by palm tree-ringed beaches. The rain forest is ideal for hiking, while the beach is better suited for a lazy holiday or your springboard into mind-blowing scuba and snorkelling opportunities. If you prefer to stay (essentially) above the water, swimming, wind surfing and glass bottom boat tours are all readily available.
Best of all, in spite of the increasing number of travellers who visit Koh Tao, the beaches remain remarkably quiet - in part because visiting Koh Tao requires a little more effort than do the world's more popular 'tropical paradises'.