Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier) ferries connect Koh Tao Island with Thailand, Koh Phangan Island, Koh Samui Island, Phi Phi Island & Phuket Island with crossings available to Chumphon, Surat Thani City, Donsak, Koh Samui, Khao Sok, Surat Thani Airport, Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, Surat Thani Train Station, Hadyai, Ao Nang & Koh Lanta (in Thailand), Koh Phangan (in Koh Phangan Island), Koh Samui (in Koh Samui Island), Koh Phi Phi (in Phi Phi Island) & Phuket (in Phuket Island). Sailings from Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier) are operated by numerous ferry companies.
There are up to 26 ferry crossings daily from Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier) with sailing durations starting from 1 hour 30 minutes. Our Koh Tao (Mae Haad Pier) ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our 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.