MOJO DIVERS KOH TAO

About Koh Tao Island

Aow Leuk, Koh Tao

What does Koh Tao island have to offer after your scuba diving course?  You can sit at one of the many beach bars or restaurants and enjoy a Happy Hour cocktail and as Sairee beach faces west you can sit and watch amazing sunsets. We have a wonderful choice of food here to suit all tastes and budgets. From street stalls to mamma and pappa restaurants up to Aussie steaks and awesome Thai food. What else does Koh Tao once you have finished diving? Obviously, you need money to spend first, how easy is it to get your cash?

Banks And ATMs

With so many ATMs taking major credit and bank cards you do not have to worry about taking out cash before you get here. Many of the shops and resorts will also take payment by card, most charge an extra 3% or more plus there are Western Union and currency exchanges in Sairee. The main Thailand banks are located in Mae Haad where the ferry terminal is located.  So there’s no excuse not to do your open water course 🙂

Beaches

Sairee is the main and longest best beach, it is here you will find many places to stay, eat and drink.  And facing west it has many of the Koh Tao diving shops, not forgetting you get to watch amazing sunsets. Other beaches to visit should include Tanote Bay, Aow Leuk, Freedom Beach, Hin Wong and Sai Nuan. All except Tanote Bay have started charging a fee though, Sairee is free for everyone to enjoy.

Shopping

Koh Tao has several 7-11 convenience stores plus small local stores, which can often be cheaper, where you can buy all your essentials. There are many small shops selling souvenirs and clothes shops selling basic clothes and a few more expensive unique designs.  Do you need to buy a new dress or t-shirt for a night out?  You can find something here. But no big name stores or chains here, well, apart from 7-11 and let’s hope it stays that way.  Should you have forgotten something or need to buy something new you can always find it here.

Coffee Shops And Bars

Koh Tao has many unique coffee shops and bakeries to keep you in cappuccinos, iced lattes, croissants, cakes, sandwiches and salads.  All provide different atmospheres, coffee and food choices for all budgets, from basic chicken and salad baguettes to healthy vegan rice bowls.  Along the beach you will find a few bars to watch the sunsets plus many more, generally cheaper bars, away from the beach so you can enjoy a cold one after your diving certification. I have my favourites.

Restaurants

For a small island, Koh Tao has a great variety of food.  From basic Thai restaurants that are popular with tourists and locals alike to more extravagant beachside places with western food.  When I say western, I mean pretty much all types of food can be found here.  English, Italian, French, and Japanese as well as northern and southern style Thai meals.  Some are high quality and cost and others for those on a modest budget.

Hospital And Medical Clinics

There are several medical clinics and a government hospital staffed by doctors and local staff who can handle most problems associated with living on Koh Tao. Plus several pharmacies should you need a prescription or toiletries. And there is a scuba diving medical team here that are always on call. There is Koh Tao Rescue, which is a group of volunteers who can help with any emergency around the island. As well as the local police and tourist police. There are three “big” shops on the island should you not find what you need at the small, local stores.

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History of Koh Tao

Initially, the island was uninhabited, with only the occasional fisherman from the neighboring islands looking for shelter in a storm or just taking a break on their journey.

On June 18, 1899, King Chulalongkorn visited Koh Tao and left as evidence his monogram on a huge boulder at Jor Por Ror bay next at the south end of Sairee Beach. Which you can still see today. In 1933 the island was used as a political prison until 1947 when prime minister Khuang Abhaiwongse pleaded and received a royal pardon for all prisoners on the island. Everybody was taken to the shore of Surat Thani and Koh Tao was left to the coconuts and turtles again.

In the same year, Khun Uaem and his brother Khun Oh reached Koh Tao from neighboring island Koh Phangan on their traditional sailboat and claimed parts of Sairee beach. Even though the island still belonged to the king. They brought their families over and lived a simple and tough life harvesting coconuts, fishing and growing vegetables. Despite the difficulties in reaching the island, the population grew steadily.

By the 1980’s backpackers were beginning to come to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, as access became faster and safer they started coming to Koh Tao. One of the first diving pioneers was an Italian man who would bring divers from Koh Samui. He named the popular dive sites Red Rock, White Rock and Green Rock after the colors of the Italian flag.

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Freedom Beach

The view walking down to Freedom Beach