As two of the most beautiful Thai island destinations, travelling from Koh Samui to Koh Tao is highly recommended.
Spending a few days in each place will allow you to experience many different aspects of the local culture while discovering a myriad of enchanting natural attractions.
Koh Samui to Koh Tao, Ferry Times, Duration, Catamaran Price & Schedule
A second ferry is slightly slower, has three departures per day, and tickets cost 620 baht. The third and cheapest boat leaves Samui daily at 11am and arrivals at Koh Tao at 2:30pm.
Since the total travel time from Koh Samui to Koh Tao takes anywhere from two to three hours, bring along some seasickness medication if you need it. If the sea is choppy, it is recommended to take the faster catamarans which offer air-conditioned seating.
Once you get to Koh Tao, you can choose from songthaew taxis or motorbikes to get around. There are no vehicle rental options here since the island is rather small, but getting around by foot or scooter is fairly easy and convenient. Keep in mind that you should only rent a scooter if you have some experience as the roads of Koh Tao are notoriously small and prone to accidents.
Otherwise, renting a songthaew is the safest option; besides, they are relatively cheap to hire, and they are a convenient way of getting to further destinations within the island.
For island hopping, tour operators use the longtail boats to explore beaches or go snorkelling. Longtail boats are a scenic way of getting around the beaches and are affordable.