Out of all the diving offered on the East coast of Thailand, Koh Tao has the better of it. The island is famous for its laid back atmosphere on land. It is a cool paradise for those wanting to do their initial course or already certified divers continuing their education. It's not a lie, when said that Koh Tao is addictive. Backpackers usually end up staying for weeks.
The island is famous for its laid back atmosphere on land. It is a cool paradise for those wanting to do their initial course or already certified divers continuing their education. It's not a lie, when said that Koh Tao is addictive. Backpackers usually end up staying for weeks. The reef has taken some damage from the tourism, but due to a massive effort to protect and rebuild the reefs, the corals and the fish life is doing really well. Koh Tao is now offering some really good diving for divers on all levels. Many dive sites are sheltered reefs with beautiful corals, good visibility, shallow depths and little to no current. Sites are reached in less than 20 minutes by boat. Deeper dive sites with pelagic marine life can be found a short 45 minute boat ride away. All year round lucky divers are encountering Whale sharks, Reef Sharks, Rays and Turtles.
Koh Tao is a cozy little island surrounded by warm clear turquoise waters. It is by far the most popular spot for dive training in South East Asia. Diving here is possible year-round, with just a short rainy season during October/November. The island is also very famous for its own nightlife and for the full moon parties on the neighboring island Koh Pagnan. Koh Tao is a true pearl in the ocean with white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and several secluded bays for you to chill at. The atmosphere is like nowhere else, people come to dive, party and hang out in bamboo bars and fluffy beanbags.
On the day of arrival, the equipment will be fitted and packed for the
following day. The rest of the day is left for exploring on land and
settling in. The dive boat will depart at either 9:00 or 7:00 the
following day. Depending on what dives you are doing, and if you are
doing them in the morning, you will be informed in advance what time
the boat will be going out the following day.
The boat stays out on sea for two dives and will be back for lunch at
The boat will depart at 13:00, returning around 16:30
after another two dives have been concluded. It is possible to do two
morning dives or a combination of a morning and an afternoon dive or
just two afternoon dives.
A third dive or a night dive can be organized on location for an extra
fee. There will be no refund on dives not used. Check-out of the
accommodation is at 10:30 on the last day. But luggage can be stored if
you are leaving on the afternoon or evening boat.
This is the longer budget option with 8 dives spread out on 4 days of diving, 2 resting
day and 5 nights of accommodation in an 8 bed dorm room, at Koh Tao Backpackers,
Please allow a minimum of 24 hours, after your last dive, before flying.
(some countries will allow you to fly after 18 hours on land).
The dive sites will vary depending on
weather and experience level.
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