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By this point, you guys are probably sick of hearing me say it — yes, there is more to do on little Koh Tao than just diving and partying!

In fact, there’s a whole company that specializes in proving it. Technically yes, my good friends at do offer scuba diving; but they also offer a whole array of activities for the land lubbers among us: rockclimbing, abseiling and rapelling, trapezing (one of my favorite islands activities!), cliff jumping, and snorkeling, to name a few. They also offer super popular combo tours that pack a major punch by fitting several activities into one adrenaline-filled afternoon.

I’ve long been itching to try one of their land-based adventures, both for my own entertainment and for my ongoing efforts to showcase Koh Tao’s topside activities. So when my dear friend and (at the time) Goodtime Adventures employee Päivi asked me to join for an afternoon of their popular Tour, I was thrilled to hop onboard!

The day started with one of my favorite hikes — well, half of it at least. From The Goodtime Adventures office, we headed towards Laem Tien beach. Typically, this is a two-hour, in-and-out hike to a remote beach on the island’s East Coast.

But the best part of this tour? A speedboat meets you on the other side! I have to admit, knowing that I wasn’t going to have to hit the trail a second time to get back out made this hike a whole lot more enjoyable. The second best part of this tour? Having Päivi’s sidekick Saya lead the way!

Jump Into Jaws Hiking Koh Tao
Jump Into Jaws Hiking Koh Tao

Upon reaching Laem Tien, we were in for a treat. The Good Time’s guides led the way as we hopped from rock to rock over to a remote corner of the bay that I’d never been to, despite having hiked there several times on my own.

And then, it was time to jump!

Jump Into Jaws Cliff Jumping Koh Tao

Jump Into Jaws Cliff Jumping Koh Tao

Jump Into Jaws Cliff Jumping Koh Tao

The guides led us through a series of three, nine, and twelve meter jumps; the adrenaline rising with each height jump. Personally, I nailed the first two leaps but decided the third was just a hair outside my comfort zone.

Thankfully, there was no pressure from any direction to push yourself further than you wanted to go — everyone was in good spirits and cheering on the brave few who made the final jump!

Jump Into Jaws Cliff Jumping Koh Tao

Jump Into Jaws Cliff Jumping Koh Tao

When we were all leap-ed out, we crawled onboard the speed boat that had valiantly appeared to take us to the next chapter of our afternoon. The “jaws” part of the “Jump Into Jaws” title of the tour refers to the goal of snorkeling with black tip reef sharks that’s particularly famous for them. That said, all activities are weather dependent and on the day I took the tour, the conditions just weren’t right to head in that direction.

But fear not! We simply changed course and the captain chose two brilliant new spots for us instead — Hin Wong Bay, one of my favorite coves on all of Koh Tao, f0llowed by the very popular Mango Bay. Saya approved of both.

Jump Into Jaws Snorkeling Koh Tao

Jump Into Jaws Snorkeling Koh Tao

The weather might not have been the most cooperative that day, but the blue waters below more than made up for the lack of blue skies above. On the way back to the shop, we toasted to the day with a complementary beer.

Want to see me looking more like a mermaid than I’ve ever managed? Check out this twenty second clip below — and don’t forget to set to HD!

Video courtesy of Good Time Adventures

Photo courtesy of Good Time Adventures

Ready to hop aboard? runs seasonally from April to September, when the wind conditions are safe for jumping. A morning version runs from 9am to 1pm and an afternoon version runs from 1:30pm to 5:30pm with a minimum of four people. The typical cost is 1,500 baht or $42USD, but mention Meihoukai in Wanderland and you’ll get 10% off your booking, just as a little high five from me to you. Let me know how you like the tour!

Happy Jumping!

Many thanks to Goodtime Adventures for hosting me so I could write this review. As always, you receive my honest opinions regardless of who is footing the bill.

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32 Comments...
  • Sophia
    May 29 2016

    This tour sounds amazing! I think you’ve sold me on Koh Tao now…although, to be honest, you sold me the moment you mentioned rock climbing. Once I make it to SE Asia, I think I’ll have to check out your favorite island!

    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2016

      I still have yet to go rock climbing on Koh Tao, which is crazy because I loved it in Railay so much! I’ll try it one of these days…

  • Rachel
    May 30 2016

    You killed it with the photography in this post 🙂 I love how your pictures always stand alone as good shots but together they work so well side by side to tell the complete story.

    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2016

      Aw, thanks Rachel! I do think the goal of great photography is to tell a story so that’s an amazing compliment!

  • Rick
    May 30 2016

    Video is proof – you are a mermaid.
    Great info and great tour which couldn’t be done on our own.

    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2016

      Ha! I like to think of myself as one 🙂 Agreed, this tour is awesome for those who don’t feel comfortable hiking off alone (especially on Koh Tao where trails aren’t marked) and also gives you access to snorkel spots you couldn’t reach without a boat. And of course it goes without saying I would definitely not recommend jumping off any cliffs sans guide!

  • janice
    May 30 2016

    Looks a great way to see the island!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2016

      It’s a nice little sampler platter of Koh Tao 🙂

  • Jael
    May 30 2016

    I was looking forward to this trip for more than half a year. Alas, I ended up spending half of my time going through PADI’s dive manual for my Open Water course (that was me demonstrating to my over-concerned parents that I am a responsible adult and choosing to learn diving isn’t me being reckless and danger-seeking) and didn’t have time left for much else. Now I’m feeling a little happier – I went in March xD The next time I go to Koh Tao, though, I’ll definitely join one of GTA’s trips. I was especially looking forward to their flying trapeze.

    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2016

      I LOVE the trapeze. When you do, tell Gemma I said hi!

  • Gemma
    May 30 2016

    You are making me crave the sea Meihoukai! Saya is a wee babe. Big news – we’ve adopted a German Shepard / Husky cross for our return to Scotland in August! A furry (big) baby!!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2016

      Oh my gosh I am soooooooo jealous! What an amazing gift to come home to! I miss puppy snuggles… You’ll have to start planning some Scotland dogcations 🙂

  • Julia Nix
    May 30 2016

    REALLY AMAZINGS PHOTOS!!!!!! oh, I hope you have snagged paivi for a section in “earning abroad” 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2016

      I have been asking a couple of my Koh Tao friends to chime in… but they are busy folks! Hoping to get one or two of them in again eventually 🙂

  • Mary B
    May 30 2016

    That video is amazing! SO mermaid-y.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2016

      Really makes me want to give freediving a serious try 🙂 I love that little clip so much!

  • Will
    May 31 2016

    Koh Tao has so much to offer travelers … gotta get back there soon!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2016

      For such a small island, it really packs a big punch!

  • Chris
    May 31 2016

    As usual I love your water shots!

    Are you allowed to jump without shoes? I struggle to swim with them on!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2016

      I think they might have recommended one way or the other, but they definitely left it up to personal choice — I jumped without!

  • Marni
    May 31 2016

    This sounds like such a fun tour, even though I’ve always been nervous at the thought of cliff jumping. It’s a bummer about the sharks, but at least you still got to snorkel with some beautiful fish!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2016

      Indeed, and I’ve been lucky enough to see the black tips on Koh Tao before — they are majestic!

  • Anastazja
    May 31 2016

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2016

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for reading <3

  • Dominique
    May 31 2016

    I would never ever jump off one of those cliffs; I might jump off one in a YOLO moment but the second and the third I would let pass 🙂 You look so gracious underwater though! Swimming seems to take you no effort at all! Great video!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2016

      I like to think I was a fish in a former life 🙂

  • cate
    May 31 2016

    This looks like something I would love! great deal

    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      Even better deal now that they just added a 10% discount for Meihoukai in Wanderland readers 🙂

  • Ken
    June 5 2016

    Great snorkeling pics. I’ve never been to Koh Tao…gonna’ have to get over there sometime!

  • Wireless Vagabond
    June 6 2016

    I fell in love with Koh Tao when I was there!!!

    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      Tell me about it — so far, Koh Tao is the love of my travel life 🙂