Koh Tao is much smaller than Koh Phangnan and is famed for it's exquisite diving. We stayed on the main stretch of beach, Sairee, in a pretty community of beach huts named 'Blue Wind' that also housed and onsite bakery/café and yoga classes. The beach at Sairee is beautiful. The crystalline waters are so shallow that you can't swim and they get warmer than you'd usually run your bath! The sunsets here are the best I've seen and the great selection of restaurants and shops kept my evenings occupied. The weather during our time on Koh Tao was very hot - leading up to the monsoon, humidity has now reached its peak and some days it can feel like you're melting. Due to this, we made sure that we spent our time chilling out and doing little else! One day we embarked on a snorkeling trip. The boat took 30 of us around the island to snorkeling hot spots. It was a mindblowing experience. We saw so many fish, all of them were so beautifully bright and with incredible patterns. It just shows how exquisitely beautiful nature can be! After lunch on the boat, we then got to spend 2 hours relaxing on Nang Yuan, known to be one of the most beautiful Islands in the world. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, one I know that we will not forget too quickly!
After the girls left, I enjoyed 4 days alone on Koh Tao. I took part in some yoga classes (one being intensely sweaty due to a power cut at the time so there wasn't even a fan to cool us as we stretched!). I also purchased my own snorkel and managed to find isolated beaches where just two feet in from the bay, shoals of fish would be swimming in the water below.