Koh Tao is one of the most famous destinations in the world for getting a scuba diving certification, and for many good reasons. Unlike its neighboring island Koh Phangan is known for its full moon and half-moon parties, Koh Tao offers a more relaxed, diving centric get away with the perfect balance struck with exciting activities for non-divers and incredible food!
Here’s are the 6 top things you should know about before you go Scuba Diving in Koh Tao:
- Why is Koh Tao considered good for Scuba Diving?
For a bunch of reasons. Koh Tao is considered the diving capital of the world because of the number of diving certifications it issues each year. It offers new divers the option to choose from fantastic dive shops both large and small with world-class crew and instructors.
Koh Tao also allows for scuba diving throughout the year with the best visibility from July to September. This makes planning your scuba vacation super easy.
Another reason why Koh Tao made such a great reputation for itself where Scuba diving is concerned is the amazing dive sites it offers. They fit the requirements of newbie divers as well as intermediate ones, perfect for certifications.
What people often forget is that once you’re done driving for the day, some recreation is required after a day in the sun. Koh Tao really scores well there. With beautiful beachside shacks offering lip-smacking cuisines to fantastic cocktail bars, it really has it all and at a fraction of the cost, you’d pay elsewhere.
- How much does it cost to Scuba Dive in Koh Tao?
The best part about Scuba Diving in Koh Tao is that it’s super economical compared to other destinations. Diving at one of the most well-known dive schools and centers you would typically spend the following:
Discover Scuba Dive - approx 2500 Thai Baht
This is a one day try dive where you are made familiar with diving and the equipment first in a confined pool and then the open water to a depth of 9-12m. No previous experience is required.
Open Water Diver - approx11000 Thai Baht
This is your first level of certification which takes 4 days including theory and 4 open water dives diving to a depth of 18m.
Advanced Open Water Diver - approx 10000 Thai Baht
This is your second level of certification which takes 2-3 days including theory and 5 more dives enabling you with skills to dive to 30m deep.
Fun Dives - If you’re already certified, you can do some fun dives ranging from 800-1000 Thai Baht per dive.
- Which are the best Scuba Diving schools in Koh Tao?
This depends on what you like. There is a range of dive shops in Koh Tao to choose from. There are large shops with many students with a great social atmosphere and obviously more crowded dives, and then there are medium-small shops with a smaller set up which naturally gives you more personal attention given the lesser students.
Some recommended dive shops are Bans Dive Resort (Large), Roctopus (Medium), Simple Life Divers (Medium).
- What’s the accommodation like in Koh Tao?
Most dive shops in Koh Tao either offer their own accommodation or arrange accommodation at a nearby guest house or hotel at prices as low as 6000 Thai Baht a month for a fan room. As we mentioned earlier, this island is very economical and you many divers visit from all over the world with very little to spare.
From beach cottages and five-star properties to a more simple styled stay, there’s plenty to choose from in all price ranges in Koh Tao.
- What marine life and fish will I see when I go Scuba Diving in Koh Tao?
First and foremost, there’s a high chance of spotting whale sharks in and around Koh Tao from March-April which is amazing in itself! Apart from the whale sharks, one can spot tropical fish, white tip sharks, rays, octopus, cuttlefish, barracudas, moray eels, dolphins and turtles during your dives!
- What other activities are there to do in Koh Tao besides Scuba Diving?
Koh Tao is the perfect beach destination that offers so much for every type of visitor. Besides scuba diving, there’s many other activities one could choose such as hiking to John Suwan viewpoint for an incredible panoramic view of the island and freedom beach, take a day trip to neighbor Koh Nang Yuan or get your heart racing with a cliff jump from Ao Tanot Bay or even go check out some local Muay Thai boxing!
For more information about diving, check out divecompare.com