6 Reasons why Koh Tao is the World’s Best Scuba Diving Location
Koh Tao is well known as one of the best diving locations in the world and attracts many thousands of divers every year. But what about Koh Tao diving makes it such a popular choice?
1 - Year-Round Scuba Diving Season
Koh Tao has a much longer season than many other popular scuba locations – and even other Thailand diving destinations. While other diving hot spots may close for up to six months of the year, Koh Tao is diveable all year round. Of course, conditions vary throughout the year, so it pays to check more information about the Koh Tao diving seasons before you book.
2 - Wide variety of Dive Sites on Koh Tao
Koh Tao scuba diving sites are incredibly varied, and you don't need to move far for the underwater topography to change completely! With close to 50 dive sites ranging from shallow sandy spots perfect for Koh Tao dive courses like the PADI Discover Scuba Diving class and the PADI Open Water Diver program to deeper pinnacles better suited to fun diving trips and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver courses, there is something for every diver. We even have a WW2 wreck for you to explore! So Koh Tao dive holidays are always enjoyable, with many different corals and marine life.
3 - Full Range of PADI Courses
As a destination famous for learning to dive, Koh Tao is most popular for PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Open Water Diver courses. However, a full range of PADI dive courses from beginner to professional level are available, including many PADI Specialty Diver programs. Whatever diving course you are looking to take, our PADI 5-Star Dive Center on Koh Tao can cater to your needs. Learning with a PADI 5 Star Dive Center, you can be assured of maximum professionalism and high standards both in and out of the water. Our dive school offers Koh Tao dive packages for every course option, making your diving holiday hassle-free.
4 - Convenient Fun Diving Schedules
If you are already certified, then you'll love fun diving on Koh Tao. Most dive sites are very close, so you don't need to spend hours getting there and back on a boat. So when you stay at our Koh Tao dive school, you can choose from either morning or afternoon diving, and the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy your vacation. Our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre runs two daily trips, each with two dives. Our Koh Tao dive packages include equipment, a guide, and complimentary snacks and refreshments on our dive boats.
5 - Diving Safety is our priority
Koh Tao offers the highest standards regarding diver safety and diver training. The island certifies over 80,000 divers yearly across the many different PADI courses on Koh Tao. Simply put, it is only possible if an investment is made into dive infrastructure. Safety measures are in place and followed. PADI has an active presence on the island. Our PADI 5 Star Dive Center is regularly visited by regional managers for evaluations and to keep us up to date with the latest training standards and developments. Plus, our Koh Tao PADI dive school team is hand-picked to include some of the region's most professional and experienced PADI instructors.
Koh Tao has world-class emergency response and rescue teams, and while not used regularly, this is an essential part of safety planning. There is also a recompression chamber located less than 2 hours away – much closer than you'll find at other popular diving destinations in Thailand and worldwide.
6 - Easy Diving Conditions on Koh Tao
Thailand scuba diving is generally not considered challenging. Koh Tao has the most accessible conditions of all Thailand diving destinations. However, in some places, you can still experience strong currents and changeable conditions with thermoclines affecting water temperature and visibility. Koh Tao dive sites, however, are not subject to strong currents, thermoclines, or any sudden changes in water temperature or visibility. Those unique conditions make diving on Koh Tao more relaxed and enjoyable than other destinations.
Have YOU been diving on Koh Tao yet? If you'd like help planning your perfect Thailand dive holiday, let us know, and we'll be happy to assist you!