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Koh Talu is a divers’ dream come true with its extraordinary array of marine life. Shaped like a wallowing whale, life on the island is slow and relaxing. As soon as you set foot on the powdery white beach at Ao Yai (Big Bay), you know you have arrived at someplace special. And there is just one place to stay on the island, Koh Talu Island Resort, which means you’re assured utmost privacy. The beach stretches 900 meters, and the iridescent, aquamarine sea stretches to the horizon, while lush rainforest hugs the resort.
So, when you aren’t luxuriating in your comfortable accommodation, you can enjoy snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, sailing, climbing, forest trekking and even camping. The surroundings are pristine as the resort, working together with the local villagers and visitors, emphasizes environmental protection and harmonizing with nature.
Just off the beach are colorful coral kingdoms and a few steps in the opposite direction will take you into thick rainforest, always cool because of its high canopy of lush foliage. In the distance are towering cliffs and ridge of red stone. If you want a guide will show you how to reach high perches where you can feast your eyes on spectacular views in the arms of the one you love.
Near the tip of the island is a sculpture created by centuries of high winds and waves, the Coral Cemetery, a wide, white space formed by thousands of small pieces broken and washed up during the monsoons. Like those before you, you and your lover should take one of the pieces of coral, string it on a chord, and then hang it on the branch of a nearby tree. These offerings with your wishes for eternal love will join the many more, expanding what has become a wonderful coral mobile.
Not far from here, you’ll come to Ao Thein, or Candlelit Bay, a small, beautiful, crescent cove with soft ivory. So quiet and serene, it’s an ideal spot to watch the sun set behind the indigo sea. And then at Ao Muk, Squid Bay, just 300 meters long, there are another cluster of bungalows, some on the beach and others up on the hillside where guests can feel the caress of the wind and hear its serenade blowing through towering palms.
Romance fills the air at Koh Talu, and one of the highlights of your stay should be a visit to Talu Caves at the north end of the island, where at low tide you can walk along the rocks at the two caves that look like a loving couple who have spent centuries together. It is a perfect sport to once more recite your vows to each other.
Vicinity of the Island : The coral kingdom is filled with the most colorful marine life of all shapes and sizes, including cartoon fish, parrotfish, butterfly fish and flowering coral. You may also see whales swimming nearby and, during the fall, sea turtles crawling up the beach to lay their eggs.
Recommended Tourist Attractions : Two other islands in the vicinity, Koh Sung and Koh Sing, are worth a visit as they also offer exceptional snorkeling and diving.
All Day Island Tour : or package dive tour. Just go to Had Son (Pine Beach), where you will find dive boats at very reasonable prices. Boats leave daily, and you can charter the entire boat.
By plane : Fly to Chumphon Airport and hire an airport taxi to take you to the Koh Talu Pier.
By car : From Bangkok, it takes approximately 5 hours. Follow National Highway 4, or Petchkasem Road, to Bang Saphan Noi turnoff. Turn left and follow the road for about 17 kilometers. You will cross a railway track and then go straight to the traffic light where you turn right. Go straight for another 12 kilometers, and you will arrive at the Koh Talu Pier.
Talu Island Accommodation & Dive Packages
** Koh Talu Island Resort www.taluisland.com
Tel: +66 (0) 89 744 5639, +66 (0) 89 918 3715
** For Bang Saphan Noi, there are a number of places; just click on http://th.tripadvisor.com
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