Part of the
Ko Tarutao National Marine Park, the 151 sq. km Ko Tarutao features waterfalls,
streams, beaches, and caves. Protected dolphins, lobsters, and dugongs
reside here as well, along with other wildlife such as mousedeer, wild
pigs, fishing cats and crab-eating macaque. This place is also a ground
for sea turtles such as the Pacific ridley, hawksbill, green and leatherback,
especially during the months of September and April when they come up
to lay their eggs.
pier, headquarters and bungalows are located at Ao Phante Malaka where
the entrance fee is 50B. Some of the best camping areas are at the beaches
of Ao Jak and Ao San and both bays are located south of the park's headquarters.
For a marvelous view of the two bays, climb Topu Hill, which is 500m north
of the park office. Another camping ground is the Ao Makham (Tamarind
Bay) at the southwestern end of the island.
reefs can be found at the northwestern part of Ko Tarutao at Pha Papinyong
(Papillon Cliffs), at Ao San, and in the channel between Ko Tarutao and
Ko Takiang (Ko Lela) off the northeastern shore. Another interesting feature
that might interest Chinese diners would be in Ao Talo Udang on Ko Rang
Nok (Bird Nest Island) where expensive swiftlet nests can be found.