Kayaking Koh Tao
Kayaking Koh Tao is a fun and relaxing way to explore the hidden beaches and bays that makeup the islands coastline. Many of the beaches are only accessible by boat so kayaking Koh Tao is a great way to visit them and is a much cheaper alternative than going by taxi boat. You also get to see the stunning rock formations and untouched jungle that can only be seen from being on the ocean.
Kayaking Koh Tao is a water sport activity that can be enjoyed by all, whether your are on your own, with a group of friends or even families with children. There are many places you can rent a kayak from including resorts, dive shops and from the beach. Kayaks can be rented for about 150 THB per hour or around 600 THB for the day, including paddle and life jackets.
It’s very easy to paddle your way around the island and get to some top snorkelling spots such as Mango Bay, Shark Bay, Tanote Bay and Ao Leuk Beach. At all of these snorkel spots you will see an array of beautiful soft corals, hard corals and colourful fish. So don’t forget to take your snorkelling equipment with you or rent some for the day!
Mae Haad Beach is the ideal location from which to go kayaking Koh Tao and explore the inaccessible coast to the south. Jansom Bay, Freedom Beach and Shark Island are all within a few hours paddle away. Although wherever you are based on the island, there is always somewhere to paddle and have some time on the clear turquoise waters, taking in the beautiful scenery.
- Always let somebody know that you are going out kayaking Koh Tao, the direction you plan to go and an estimated time you will return. Informing staff at your resort and where you rent the kayak from is highly recommended. Always wear a life jacket, even if you are a strong swimmer.
- Seek qualified instruction to learn proper paddling techniques and water safety if you have never kayaked before. Don’t venture too far away from the main island and beware of any off shore winds that could make it difficult to return to shore.
- Don’t snorkel at deserted beaches if you’re on your own. If you get in to trouble, nobody will be there to help you. If you do get into trouble in the water and there are people around, stay calm. Signal for help, by holding up one arm and waving, float and wait for assistance. If you choose to snorkel, make sure you keep a hold of your kayak or secure it safely on dry land.
- Don’t kayak under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Use a high level sunscreen, wear a hat and t-shirt.
- Never dive or jump into the water from the kayak as there maybe rocks just under the surface that you cannot see. If snorkelling, do not stand, kick or touch the coral under any circumstances. You will damage and kill it, plus it could also cut or sting you.
- Learn how to spot a rip tide and keep clear of it when snorkelling or kayaking Koh Tao. Basically a rip tide can be recognised by sand coloured or rippled water running out to sea when the water on either side is generally cleaner. The waves may also be larger and breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip. Check the latest weather forecast before kayaking on Koh Tao.