Check out our wreck dive video! The vessel is 49m long, 7m wide. She lies in 29m of water making it ideal for intermediate and experienced divers only.
It’s about time for me to sign up for an Advanced Open Water license. I have 4 days and $500 in my pocket to spare. I couldn’t think of a better place than Koh Tao (Turtle Island).
I don’t know about you but this is the first thing that comes to my mind when I talk about the following islands in Thailand:
Koh Phangan? NEW YEAR FULL MOON PARTY
Koh Phi Phi? BEAUTIFUL PRISTINE BEACHES
Koh Tao? A DIVER’S HAVEN
It doesn’t take us long to find a dive shop as there were at least 50 dive shops in Koh Tao. The challenging part is to choose. We decided to go with Pura Vida located along the route to Sairee Beach (my favourite area to stay). Last I checked, Pura Vida has the cheapest price on accomodation-dive packages. Plus excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and by ehem, me. Other dive shops are just as good.
Pura Vida website:
Scuba diving in Koh Tao is definitely something you have to try. Unless of course, you don’t mind paying the extra bucks to learn diving in overcommercialized islands like Koh Phangan or Krabi.
Why diving in Koh Tao?
1) Over 50 dive shops on this small island. Hence, competition is fierce which is an advantage for you because every dive shop would churn out the best reasonable packages to attract divers.
2) ALL the dive shops offer cheap and affordable rate as compared to places like Phuket, Koh Phangan and Krabi. It is afterall, a diving paradise! And yes, it’s even cheaper than the dive shops in Singapore.
3) Tourism in Koh Tao is still not as crazy as the popular islands nearby. So, visit Koh Tao before it becomes Phuket!
4) Dive sites are abundant.
5) Island is beautiful and life is stress-free!
Dive sites to keep an eye on: Wreck of Sattakut, Chumphon, Southwest, Shark Island, Sail Rock, The Twins, White Rock, Green Rock.