The journey from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao takes 1 to 2 hours depending upon which ferry or speed boat service you use.
Ferry Timetable to Surat Thani
- Click on the Koh Phangan – Koh Tao link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Koh Phangan - Koh Tao ฿ 350–600 1h – 1h 45m|
Koh Phangan Ferry Port
Ferry services to Koh Tao depart from Koh Phangan Ferry Terminal in Thong Sala.
Koh Tao Ferry Pier
Ferry services from Koh Phangan arrive in Koh Tao at Mae Haad Ferry Pier.
About Travel to Koh Tao
Koh Tao is Thailand’s main diving centre. It’s popularity as diving centre is consequence of the many good dive sites not far from the island. The short distances to travel to dive sites make the cost of taking people diving much less expensive and this cost saving means that Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places to learn to dive anywhere in the world with the internationally recognised PADI Open Water courses typically costing only 11,000 THB (approximately $340 USD). However, you tend to get what you pay and the very cheapest courses with often have the largest class sizes, least least experienced instructors, oldest equipment and most uncomfortable boats. The two largest, perhaps most reliable, diving schools on Koh Tao are Big Blue and Ban’s Diving Resort.
Aside from diving there are number of other activities available in Koh Tao including snorkelling, muay thai, climbing, sailing and even a small cinema on the island. Koh Tao is a small island, covering 21 square kilometre, with one main town, Sairee, where most of the island’s bars and restaurants are located. Koh Tao tends to attract younger visitors and has less of appeal for families and older visitors, although the beaches and snorkelling are excellent and these are in themselves a reason for visitors of all ages to want to come this island. One negative point about Koh Tao is the large number of scams perpetrated on foreign visiotrs, most involving small amounts of money but some of a more serious nature. Be careful not to be too trusting of local people who are very friendly to you despite having only met them a short time before.