Diving in Koh Tao Island – Facts Sheet
Destination : Koh Tao Island
Country : Thailand
Water Temperature : 27 – 30°C
Temperature : 24 – 34°C
Season: January to September
Visibility : From the months of January until September. Visibility is poor from October to December
How to go : Koh Tao is easily accessible from Bangkok. One of the cheapest modes of transport is bus or train to Chumpon. You can then take a ferry to the island. You can also fly to KohSamui and take a ferry from there to save time.
Koh Tao is one of the most mystique and beautiful islands located in Thailand. Apart from enjoying the lovely views and scenic landscapes you can get one of the best diving experiences here. Diving enthusiasts have been frequenting this island since the 80’s. Compared to mainstream islands like Koh Samui, the costs of diving are relatively low.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao island also comprises of many small chains of islands. So, there’s a lot of diving spots around like Koh Phangan, Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Samui. The region has a warm and tropical climate almost all year round, but the winters can get windier and colder.
Over here the divers can enjoy the different levels of diving and learn as they have fun. There are courses and venues available for both beginners and professionals. Those who want to take pictures when diving or just want to explore would be intrigued with the varieties available here.
Some of the marine life that you can enjoy here includes the Harlequin Sweetlips, Black Spotted Porcupine fish, Blue Spotted Sting Rays, hunting Cone Shell, Scribbled Filefish, Starry Pufferfish, Feather Stars, feeding Sting Rays, sleeping Parrot fish and Monocle Beam fish, along with many others.
The island is a boon for those who want to pursue a career underwater. This island has now become the center for Instructor Development Centers or IDC in Thailand. In fact, huge diving stores and trips are organized every now and then. You can get the latest diving equipment for rent and purchase at the stores here. These include some of the best diving brand names like Suunto, US Divers, Scubapro, Technisub and Seac Sub. Repair services are also available easily.
With the 90 minutes connectivity to Koh Samui via the speedboat and availability of a heliport, you can now explore more remote corners of the island. It also means immediate and accessible emergency services.
Along with diving, you can enjoy other water sports like snorkeling and water bikes. Of course, for the real enthusiasts, a day trip is never enough and so there are plenty of dive centers that offer a longtail trip.
Most of these exotic spots are situated around the island. Some of them are just a kayak away from its gorgeous coast line. Professionals and novices can get registered with the certified PADI schools to enjoy a unique diving experience. Certified instructors are available to take you through some very deep diving experiences.