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 Koh Tao

Thailand, Gulf of Thailand

English (Translate this text in English): Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

English (Translate this text in English): Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

English (Translate this text in English): Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

English (Translate this text in English): Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

English (Translate this text in English): Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

English (Translate this text in English): Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

English (Translate this text in English): Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

English (Translate this text in English): Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, lit. "Turtle Island") is an island in Thailand located near the eastern shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers for the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding program organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island's ecosystem.

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Aow Leuk 5 / -
6 m 10 m All divers
Buddha Rock - / -
8 m 14 m All divers
Chumphon Pinnacle 16 / -
14 m 35 m CMAS * / OW
Green Rock 1 / -
10 m 28 m CMAS * / OW
Hin pee wee 1 / -
20 m 24 m CMAS * / OW
Hin Wong Bay - / -
10 m 17 m CMAS * / OW
Hin Wong Pinnacle 6 / -
17 m 40 m CMAS * / OW
HTMS Sattakut 1 / -
25 m 33 m CMAS ** / AOW
Japanese Garden 6 / -
10 m 15 m All divers
King Kong Rock - / -
15 m 25 m All divers
Laem Thian 2 / -
12 m 17 m CMAS * / OW
Lighthouse Pinnacle - / -
7 m 15 m All divers
Mango Bay 1 / -
10 m 16 m All divers
Nang Yuan Pinnacle - / -
10 m 19 m CMAS * / OW
Sai Ree Beach 1 / -
5 m 8 m All divers
Shark Island 4 / -
15 m 28 m CMAS * / OW
South West Rock 3 / -
15 m 30 m CMAS ** / AOW
Tanote Bay 1 / -
12 m 18 m CMAS * / OW
Three Rocks - / -
8 m 14 m All divers
Twins 2 / -
10 m 18 m All divers
White Rock 7 / -
14 m 20 m CMAS * / OW

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Aow Leuk
Door mireia_mia
mrt 2, 2014
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White Rock
Door colonia93
jul 8, 2012
- 28°C 15m viz 5kg
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Chumphon Pinnacle
Door colonia93
jul 8, 2012
- 5kg viz 20m
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Aow Leuk
Door colonia93
jul 7, 2012
- viz 12m 29°C 5kg
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Aow Leuk
Door colonia93
jul 6, 2012
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Trip: Thailand
Door colonia93
Van jul 6, 2012 tot jul 8, 2012
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Trip: Thai Mal Sing
Door jonbe242
Van aug 29, 2009 tot sep 27, 2009
Generic vacation trip with my fiancé. We went to Bangkok, Kata beach (Phuket), Chaweng beach (Koh Samui), Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Singapore and back to Bangkok. All in all I got 5 days of diving.
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Trip: Thailand
Door Hemerson
Van jul 1, 2007 tot okt 10, 2007

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Trip: Thailand
Door Klipvis
Van okt 24, 2004 tot nov 24, 2000

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Trip: Thailand
Door Tanduay
Van mei 20, 1992 tot mei 2, 1992

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By Anonymous , 14-02-2008

- Ko Tao was not named for its shape, the first visitors did not come by plane, they came by small boats, so there were no way for them to know what the island looked like from above.

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