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Koh Tao


Koh Tao (Turtle island as it is otherwise known) is Thailand's most popular diving island. Koh Tao

Located 500kms south of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao is tiny, beautifully natural, charming and most importantly close to a myriad of lovely dive sites.

Koh Tao has rapidly developed in popularity since it was 'discovered' by backpackers in the late 1980's. In those days when the first backpackers arrived they were greeted by a few local fishermen harvesting coconuts.

The word spread quickly amongst travelers around Thailand about this tiny island with beautiful beaches, lush jungle interior and surrounding crystal clear waters bursting with tropical marine life. As more travelers arrived so did the first SCUBA diving sets of equipment, the first PADI dive schools commenced operations and Koh Tao's underwater secret was out!

 Sairee beach - Koh TaoKoh Tao has evolved since the early days and you will now find ATMs, banks, money exchanges, internet, post office, first aid clinics, mobile phone coverage and lots of bungalow resorts, restaurants and bars.

Today, there are more than 30 dive operations on Koh Tao and the island boasts more than 25 dive sites all within close proximity.

The dive sites suit every standard of diver; from shallow protected bays for total beginners looking to gain the basic PADI SCUBA diving certification with the PADI open water course to deeper world class rocky pinnacles for experienced PADI Divemasters and PADI Instructors. Expect to see shoals of barracuda, batfish, snapper and butterfly fish around the coral covered boulders.

 Shark bay - Koh TaoSmall rays, moray eels and boxfish hide amongst the many cracks and crevasses whilst the titan trigger fish graze on the coral.

Giant groupers and turtles are not uncommon and Koh Tao is famous for one giant seasonal visitor, the whaleshark, which often appear around March and April.

The JUST DIVE IT team works directly with Sunset on Koh TaoBUDDHA VIEW DIVE RESORT who are a PADI 5 star IDC resort and are located on the quieter Chalok Ban Kao beach in the south of Koh Tao.

BUDDHA VIEW DIVE RESORT has been operating for over 15 years and have great facilties with a highly experienced PADI instructor and divemaster team to ensure you have a great experience on Koh Tao.