Whale Sharks on Koh Tao in 2023

The Magnificent Encounter: Whale Sharks on Koh Tao


Koh Tao, a small tropical island located in the Gulf of Thailand, Southeast Asia, is renowned worldwide for its vibrant marine life and exceptional diving opportunities and is one of the top places for the number of dive certifications. Among the plethora of marine creatures that grace its waters, one particular encounter stands out as a breathtaking experience: diving with whale sharks on Koh Tao. Swimming alongside the gentle giants of the ocean is awe-inspiring. In this article, we delve into the mesmerizing world of Koh Tao diving and explore the enchantment of encountering these magnificent creatures up close.

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Learning to dive at Sail Rock Whaleshark encounter

The Allure of Koh Tao Diving

Koh Tao has earned its reputation as a diving paradise, attracting enthusiasts from across the globe with high standards of teaching, easy conditions, and plenty of dive sites. With crystal-clear waters, stunning coral reefs, and an abundance of marine species, the island offers an unparalleled diving experience for beginners and experienced divers. The underwater realm around Koh Tao is teeming with vibrant coral gardens, colorful tropical fish, and fascinating marine creatures, making it an ideal destination for both novice and experienced divers.

Whale Sharks: The Gentle Giants

Among the myriad of marine life found in the waters surrounding the beautiful island of Koh Tao, the whale shark holds a special place. These amazing creatures, known as the gentle giants of the ocean, are the biggest fish species on the planet. Growing up to an astonishing 40 feet in length, these majestic creatures possess a grace and beauty that captivate divers and marine enthusiasts alike.

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A whaleshark at Sail Rock

Encountering Whale Sharks on Koh Tao

Koh Tao provides a unique opportunity to witness and interact with whale sharks in their natural habitat. Generally, from the months of March to June, have the best chance to see these gentle giants as they migrate to the waters surrounding the island, attracted by the abundance of plankton. Divers and snorkelers have the chance to embark on extraordinary journeys to spot and dive alongside these magnificent creatures.

One of the most popular spots for encountering whale sharks on Koh Tao is Chumphon Pinnacle or Sail Rock. Both are incredible dive sites with colorful corals, and rock formations, used for fun dives, open water, and advanced training.

whale shark on the surface at Koh Tao

Chumphon Pinnacle is a renowned diving site, located approximately 11 kilometers northwest of the island, is about a 40-minute boat ride. It boasts a vibrant marine ecosystem and acts as a feeding ground for whale sharks. As you descend into the depths of the azure sea, you may find yourself face to face with these awe-inspiring creatures, gracefully gliding through the water. Sail Rock is a 1.40-minute boat ride away and is normally a day boat trip from Koh Tao. Or 20 minutes from Koh Phangan by speed boat.

Diving with whale sharks on Koh Tao is a humbling experience, as their sheer size and gentle nature leave a lasting impression. Despite their imposing appearance, these giants possess a docile temperament, allowing divers to approach them closely. It is essential, however, to remember to maintain a respectful distance and follow basic scuba diving protocols to avoid disturbing their natural behavior. At least a 4-meter distance.


Koh Tao’s allure as a diving destination reaches new heights with the chance to encounter whale sharks in their natural habitat. The island’s crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable experience. Whether you are an experienced diver or a first-time snorkeler, swimming alongside these gentle giants is an awe-inspiring adventure that will leave you with a profound appreciation for the magnificence of the ocean and its captivating inhabitants.

So, pack your diving gear and embark on an unforgettable journey to dive with whale sharks on Koh Tao, where a rendezvous with the majestic whale sharks awaits you.  We have a range of accommodation options right on Sairee Beach with our partner resort Pranee Bungalows.

Do you want to know more about a Koh Tao diving course? Feel free to contact us and one of our team of dive professionals will answer any questions quickly to see what scuba program is right for you. We have a variety of diving courses available with the SSI diving training organization.

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Koh Tao Diving Courses

Below are some links to some of the most popular scuba diving courses.

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Open Water Course
Advanced Course
Fun Dives

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