Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier) ferry port in Koh Tao Island is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Chumphon (Matapon Pier), Koh Phangan (Thong Sala Pier), Koh Samui (Nathon Pier), Chumphon (Lomprayah Pier), Koh Samui (Mae Nam Pier) & Surat Thani (Tapee Pier) available. With a selection of up to 42 Sailings Weekly, the port of Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier) connects Koh Tao Island with Thailand, Koh Phangan Island, Koh Samui Island & Koh Samui.
Sailing durations range from 1 hour on the Koh Phangan (Thong Sala Pier) service to 4 hours 15 minutes on the Surat Thani (Tapee Pier) service.
Although there is a brief summary on this page, as sailing information can vary based on time of year we’d advise you to get live sailing times and prices in our Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier) fare search.
Koh Tao is located off the east coast of Thailand, neighbouring the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The port remains one of the busier areas of Koh Tao; there are cafes close to the port and it remains a hub of activity throughout the day with many ferry routes to nearby islands and tourist destinations. Away from the pier, the island is renowned for being particularly clean – any rubbish that can’t be burned must leave the island, making it tricky for visitors with upcoming departures. There are no waste disposal workers on Koh Tao, therefore it is important not to waste the limited resources of the island.
As opposed to many of the popular tourist areas of Thailand, Koh Tao isn’t geared towards backpackers and travellers on a budget; the desired clientele is primarily those who have a keen interest in diving and want to take advantage of the excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. For those not keen on water sport adventures, the beaches across the island boast white sands next to azure seas, creating the idyllic setting for a relaxing holiday.
To travel around the island, most tourists rent a motorcycle for the duration of their stay. It is advised to be careful whilst on the roads, most of them are basic and bumpy and although the lack of traffic makes serious accidents rare, there have been known injuries. There are rental shops within a few minutes of the port, though it is important to use official stores to avoid scammers.