Around Koh Tao
Koh Tao is only asmall island which measures around 4km by 7km,but there are quite a few places to visit on the island if you want todo more than go scuba diving or chill out on the beach.
Sairee Beach is the longest beach on Koh Tao and is the beach that Silver Sands is located on. During the day you can cool off in the sea when it's high tide, during low tide the water doesn't get above knee deep before you get to the reef. You can snorkel here and you will see fish and corals, however this isn't the best place to snorkel around the island. From Sairee beach you can also take along tail taxi to either Koh Nang Yuan Island or Mango Bay which offer much better snorkelling.
You can also rent Kayak's and Stand Up Paddle Boards along Sairee beach and there are numerous cafes, restaurant and beach bars to explore and as Sairee is on the western sideof Koh Tao it is also the best location to watch sunset.
Mango Bay is at the northern end of Koh Tao and is a challenging bay to get to by road even since most of the way there was concreted many years ago, so most people tend to visit there by boat either whilst they are taking a diving trip or course or with a snorkelling trip or private longtail. There is accommodation there for people who want to get completely away from the crowds and have quiet evenings during their stay on Koh Tao. The bay is one of the best spots around the island for snorkelling and so well worth a visit as has a good diversity of corals and marine life.
King Rama Rock
King Rama Rock is at the southern end of Sairee beach, where the boulder is located and next to it there is a statue of King Rama 5. In 1899, King Chulalongkorn Rama V, known as the greatest and most beloved king of Thailand, had come here and had his initials carved on a large boulder. Since then, this place became a place of worship for the residents as well as the visitors.
Koh Tao Buddhist Temple
Wat Koh Tao is a new temple that was built in 2016, however the first temple on Koh Tao wasconstructed in 1977, you can see some more information about the temple on the welovekohtao website here.
Chalok Baan Kaow