Koh Tao & Koh Samui
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Koh Tao Island
Koh Tao meaning Turtle Island is the dive mekka in the Gulf of Thailand since almost 20 years. Due the impact of the dive industry, Ko Tao as little and isolated it is offers all range of dive courses, dive activities and retail outlets. Unfortunately the high amount of diving tourists as well as unethical dive shop operation procedures has damage the island reputation along the dive community. Despite many rumours Ko Tao offers a few brethtaking divesites "must see" such as Chumpon Pinnacles, South West Pinnacles and Sail Rock. For beginners or low budget divers Ko Tao is the ideal location because almost all dive sites are in very close distance to the island making it very cheap to dive there. As the saying says, you get what you pay for.
Ko Samui Island
Legendary Ko Samui Island has done lately a massive development into a high end holyday destination. If you looking for a good mix between nightlife with any amenity that you desire on a tropic island as well as Phuket Island this is the right choice. There are no namable divesites worth to visit from Ko Samui shorelines, but it is possible to learn diving or scuba review on some quiet beaches in Lamai and Chaweng. The Ang Thong Marine Park to the west of Ko Samui makes up about 42 islands that offer excellent diving conditions. In fact visibility is often poor but marine life is abundant and healthy.
Tips from local dive guides and instructors:
- Keep in mind that the Gulf of Thailand offers an different ecosystem that the Andaman Sea to avoid disappointment.
- Cheap diving possible
- Most comfortable and best to dive Ko Tao divesites from the island itself, avoid long and expensive journeys from Ko Samui.
- Ko Tao offers diving all around the year, best time to go is between February and October. Avoid November and December if possible, the North East Monsum might cause ruff seas and the visibility can be serious affected.
- Divesites around Ko Tao are usually shallow and easy to dive making it ideal for dive courses and unexperience divers.
- Divesites can be crowded on high season.
- Due the abundant night life at Ko Tao and Ko Samui avoid excessive alcohol consumption the night before diving.
- If you are an experience underwater photographer we recommend to dive on the west coast in the Andaman Sea, to take the first steps in underwater photography this is an ideal location
- If you are planning to do a dive course in Ko Tao, you need to know that there are many dive shops on the island who not care at all about their clients. To earn high profits while doing Open Water Courses they pack 8 or 10 students in one class and after 3 days they will certify you as an Open Water Diver regardless you are able to dive or not. Is this what you want??? Please do not play with your life and choose a professional managed dive center click here>>
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