|Ferry Koh Phangan - Koh Tao ฿ 350–600 1h – 1h 45m|
There are 3 ferry companies providing a ferry service between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. They are the highspeed Lomprayah catamaran service, Seatran Discovery and Songserm. The Lomprayah service takes 1 hour; the Seatran 1.5 hours and the Songserm service 2 hours.
All ferries from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao leave from the principal town on the island, Thongsala. Contact your guest house the day before you intend to travel and tell them the time of your ferry. They can then organise a taxi to take you to the port.
The advantage of the Lomprayah service is that it is fast. Because it is a catamaran it bounces over the waves. It has made me horribly sick before. Seatran Discovery has a bigger boat than Songserm with better facilities.
You arrive at Mae Haad in Koh Tao. It is the main town. Here you will find taxis, guest houses, shops, restaurants, bars and dive shops. Next to Mae Haad is Sairee Beach. It is the longest and most popular beach on the island. This is the centre of the diving and party scene.
Koh Tao for over 30 years has been the most popular place in Thailand to learn how to dive. There is plenty of competition between the dive schools and so you can negotiate a discount. Don’t believe them when they tell you Japanese or British have to pay more than Israelis! Accommodation is often included in a dive package as a sweetener.
The Gulf of Thailand has a plethora of marine wildlife to explore. There are a few dive spots around Koh Tao but most dive shops take students out further to better dive spots such as Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacle.
Click on the timetable to make a secure online booking for ferry tickets from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao.