Koh Nang Yuan is a small island very close to Koh Tao. Located around 120 km from the Surat Thani coast, Koh Tao and neighboring Koh Nang Yuan, occupy an area of almost 18 square kilometers. With mountains and rocky cliffs accounting for 70% of its land area, the island has 8km of coral reefs around its coast.
It is famous for its diving spots and its great snorkeling beach. Many day trippers come from the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui, as well as from Surat Thani on the Thai mainland. Obviously the only way to get there is by boat which takes about 15 min from Koh Tao and the only accommodation on the island is the Nang Yuan Diving Resort. So one can imagine what sort of a diving experience one can have! Whether you are a diver or not, if you are close by Koh Tao, you must take a boat ride to Koh Nang Yuan and spend the day! Since it’s a private Island, we had to pay a fee to enter. If you are in Koh Tao you can take a water taxi ride, with some rides costing you about 100baht. Also, you can take snorkeling day trips from this island, which will cost you approximately 250 baht, inclusive of the round trip boat fare.
This is strictly a peaceful and diving location with lots of water activities if you are not into diving! No parties no crazy pumped up music, well…except in my head of course. Enjoy the clear waters and their barbeques on the beach and do not forget anything on the island! This trip will take up your whole day so make sure you are well prepared and equipped. There is only one restaurant there, so you can imagine how overpriced it is, so preferably bring snacks! You are not allowed plastic bottles on the island so glass water is the way to go, or flasks. LEAVE your flip flops at home unless they are STRAPPED to your feet! ( Yes, lost a pair there!) And watch out where you walk! Remember you are on an island, anything can happen! There are so many water activities to do, we tried the kayak, but failed miserably!
Make sure the tides on both ways are low. Worst boat ride we ever took with high tides! Never thought I could ever get sea sick…EVER, the boat ride to Koh Nang Yuan proved me wrong!