WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW KOH TAO, THAILAND
WHERE IS IT?
Off the central eastern coast, in the Gulf of Thailand.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Koh Samui, Thailand from Bangkok, Singapore and other SE Asian cities, then take a fast ferry to Koh Tao.
WHEN TO GO
Diving is good year-round, with the best weather March-september (the most whaleshark sightings are in September). More wind and rain develop in October and can be present through February.
A valid passport with six months before expiry is all you need.
Thai Baht (£1= 43 THB). However, international credit cards are widely used.
WHERE TO EAT AND MEET
For food, Porta Bello Italian restaurant was my favorite, with the Hippo Bar and Grill a close second. For après-dive meet-ups, the monthly on-the-beach Full Moon Party (of course), with the Sairee Cottage pool bar the most popular with resort guests night to night (though there are too many others to name!).