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Yes, it is true that Koh Tao is the island that certifies the most people per year in Asia, but there's a reason for that. The island is cool in every way, and the diving is easy. It is a perfect place to learn to dive. Simple!
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.
The PADI Open Water Course is performance based. That means you have to understand and pass the theory and perform the in-water skills correctly and with ease. Therefore, the itinerary can vary slightly from course to course. The course will take 3 to 4 days depending on the students enrolled.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular diving certificate worldwide. After completing this 3-4 day course you are certified to dive to 18 m independently with a buddy. The course consists of five modules of learning. You study via self-study workbook and complete a knowledge review. The instructor reviews everything with you to ensure that everything are confidently understood. The practical learning consists of pool sessions and four open water dives. The final stage of the PADI Open Water course is an exam, which is a multiple choice exam covering all that you have learnt. The course generally takes 3 to 4 days, with the theoretical, the pool and the open water part successfully passed.
After the course has finished, You have 2 extra dives. Just for fun and practise! And to make this package even MORE lovely, we have included a daily food voucher. That means, you can munch for up to 500 THB in the dive center restaurant, every day during your stay. Which is more than plenty to cover all your meals!
We recommend the Thai Curry, it is excellent...
Day 2: Theory and confined water sessions
Day 3: Theory and confined water sessions
Day 4: Theory and open water dives
Day 5: Exam and open water divesBekijk het hele reisschema
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.
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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.