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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.
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 short budget option with 4 dives spread out on 2 days of diving, 2 resting day and 3 nights of accommodation in an 8 bed dorm room at Koh Tao Backpackers,
The dive sites will vary depending on weather and experience level.
It can be hard picking the right accommodation when arriving on Koh Tao, the options are many and the price range is broad. We've based the choice of accommodation on the dive center. When diving, you want the dive center to be top professional and above all, experienced and safe in all matters. Your accommodation with the dive center is basic, but clean and cozy. You can chose between wooden bungalows, with a hammock on the porch, or a comfy bed in the dorm room at our social hostel. The dive center itself is something else; we know all the dive centers on the island. We recommend this one! Both the hostel and the resort are sharing facilities with the dive center, including swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Both the hostel, the dive center and the resort is located right on Sairee Beach, the most popular beach on Koh Tao. Please note: The beach bungalows are basic wooden bungalows. There are no A/C or hot water in these rooms, but there is a fan to keep you cool at night, and the shower water gets warmed by the sun during the day. Just don't be the last one to shower. ;) The bungalows have lots of charm and soul, and we love them dearly...! But, if you want A/C, we recommend the dorm rooms in the hostel, or that you upgrade to an A/C hotel room.
The easiest way to get to Koh Tao is to take the bus from Bangkok. The bus leaves twice a day from Khaosan Road in central Bangkok to connect with the Lomprayah High Speed Catamaran in Chumphon, for a 1½ hour crossing to Koh Tao. If travelling down to Koh Tao in the high seasons or around a full moon party it's always a good idea to book your bus ticket in advance.
Please see brochure and specific packages
Dive Center is open all year round.
If you want a longer itinerary, you can add extra days of diving and accommodation upon booking. Due to ocean and weather conditions, the itinerary can be subject to change.