Marine LIfe – Koh Tao

Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand and is part of the Chumphon Archipelago. It covers an area of about 21 km2 (8 sq mi) and is surrounded by stunning coral reefs and abundant marine life in clear, warm water. Koh Tao is one of the world’s most popular diving destinations with over 130 species of hard corals, and over 223 species of reef fishes belonging to 53 families. Whether snorkeling or diving you will see some of the most beautiful marine life in the world. Check out this great selection of pictures from the underwater world around Koh Tao.



Koh Tao is famous for it’s Whale shark sightings all year round. The Whale shark is a filter feeder and one of only three known filter-feeding shark species (along with the basking shark and the megamouth shark). It feeds on plankton including copepods, krill, fish eggs, Christmas Island red crab larvae and small nektonic life, such as small squid or fish. It also feeds on clouds of eggs during mass spawning of fish and corals. They are known to grow up to about 12 meters and the largest confirmed individual had a length of 18.8 meters. Here on Koh Tao, they are usually between 3-5 meters. They are most commonly seen at Chumpon Pinnacles, Southwest Pinnacles and Sail Rock. Check out these amazing pictures of this gentle giant cruising through the waters of Koh Tao.


Whether snorkeling or scuba diving there is some great marine life to be seen around Koh Tao. Come and discover our amazing underwater world. See some more great pictures and learn more about Scuba Shack and Koh Tao by following us Facebook and Instagram. We’re happy to help in any way. Contact Us now for more information or to book your dive trip. We look forward to meeting you and showing you our incredible underwater world.

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