Koh Tao! A divers paradise

Koh Tao (turtle island due to turtle-like shape)
Is a small island located in the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It is very well known destination for doing diving courses as both sea conditions and prices are ideal. I went diving with Roctopus located in Sairee beach ; an excellent dive center with real professionals.


I had the chance to dive some of the most popular dive sites of the area. Warm waters, no currents, good visibility made conditions perfect for diving.

Shark Island
A small island (looks like a shark fin) with a large variety of corals and fish life to be found

Green Rock
Located off the North West of Koh Nangyuan . The dive site has numerous boulder formations that form a number of swimthroughs and small caves.

Red Rock
on the east side of Koh Nang Yuan approximately 50 metres from the shoreline with several swim throughs

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Twins
One of my favourite sites. Located off the beach on the west of Koh Nang Yuan. You can spot Nemo in a blue anemone; they have surrounded him with rocks to create an exclusion zone for protection

Japanese Garden
A shallow dive with a lot to see! Plenty of coral and marine life

South West Pinnacle
It is 40mins by boat journey to the South West of Koh Tao. A dive site that goes down to 30m with several pinnacles and vast array of corals and fish

Chumphon pinnacle
Another top notch deep dive site (30m)located 40mins away from Koh Tao. It is the place to spot a whale shark (I didn’t have the luck)

 


Sattakut wreck
An ex Thai Navy boat that was sank (controlled sinkin) in 2011. The wreck lies at a depth of 30m only negative point is that visibility can be bad


Tips/Recommendations
– Multi day fun dive packages are cheaper
– Book with a dive centre that takes small groups
– Sun cream is a must
– Book in advance your dives to avoid disappointment especially during peak season

 

Negative points
– Crowded dive sites
– Not many certified divers

 

 

 

 

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