Koh Tao • The world’s most popular Scuba Diver training location
Translated as Turtle Island, Koh Tao is a small tropical island situated off the east cost of Thailand, and along with Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, forms part of the Chumpon Archipelago.
At its widest part it measures 3.4 km and is 7.6 km long making it really easy to explore. The coastline, which is a predominantly steep, rocky shoreline, consists of 11 bays and 10 capes and is 28.6 km long with a surrounding coral reef spanning 8 km.
Unlike other islands in Thailand, Koh Tao can be visited all year round; there’s always somewhere calm should the weather be windy on one of the coasts. Most days see beautiful sunshine, clear skies and a breeze from the ocean keeping the temperatures bearable.
Scuba Diver training at its best
The island boasts natural beauty both above and below the water but it’s what’s underneath the ocean that it’s most famous for. Its stunning coral reefs and abundant marine life living in crystal clear warm water have been attracting divers to the area for over 35 years.
With its thriving dive industry it’s now one of the leading tropical locations for diver education in the world.
Koh Tao certifies more students than any other dive resort worldwide and for good reason. It’s almost as if the island was made for teaching diving. Our shallow dive sites and little to no currents mean you’ll be learning to teach in near perfect conditions.
With over 26 dive sites all around the island it’s easy to see why people flock to Koh Tao to dive here each year. From deep pinnacles to shallow sandy bays; shipwrecks to caves and swim-thru’s, it’s a true scuba divers playground.
A wide choice of island activities
And even though the island is synonymous with diving, there’s a lot more to do on our little piece of paradise. For days when you’re not diving you can still explore the underwater world on snorkeling trips, kayak adventures and even paddle boarding.
For hikers there are coastal jungles to investigate and viewpoints to climb. Exploring Koh Tao on foot gives you a unique way to see the island.
Koh Tao Restaurants and Nightlife
There are scores of spas and massage shops if you want to relax or go shopping. Throughout the island beachfront stores or traditional Thai markets will supply you with everything you need during your stay.
If you prefer to eat out the choices are endless with restaurants serving dishes from all corners of the world and there’s a great nightlife on offer too. Bars and pubs are easy to find and there are plenty of places to choose from if you want to sit with your feet in the sand and a cool drink in your hand watching the beautiful sunsets or a fire show.
Koh Tao really is the tropical island paradise that has it all, what better place to visit and become a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor.
How to get to Koh Tao
You may think that the remote location of Koh Tao makes access difficult or time consuming. In fact Koh Samui, Suratthani & Chumphon airports are all just two hours away by high speed ferry and they provide a service that makes the trip here easy and comfortable.
The quickest ferry is operated by the Lomprayah company and their catamarans all have VIP sections upstairs (for a few hundred baht extra) that give the short trip a “business class” feel.
If you let us know what part of Thailand you are traveling from, our travel partner Island Travel Koh Tao can give you direct assistance on all the inbound routes to Koh Tao.
Please send us a message with travel queries.
Popular Inbound Ferry Schedules
From Koh Samui From Koh Phangan
08:00 11:15 12:30 & 17:00 Lomprayah 08:30 13:00 17:30 Lomprayah
08:00 13:00 & 16:30 Seatran 08:30 13:30 17:00 Seatran
From Chumphon From Suratthani (Donsak Pier)
07:30 13:00 Lomprayah 10:10 16:00 Lomprayah
11:00 14:30 Seatran
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IDC Koh Tao • Matt’s Industry News
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"They are very dedicated, and were always there to help me with the theory, and to improve my scuba teaching skills. If you are still searching for a centre to do your IDC at, I recommend doing it with Matt."
"There was absolutely nothing that could have happened during the IE the candidates were not made very well aware of. Everything ran so smoothly for the candidates."
"It's a good decision to do your training with Matt, a lot of information is given and shared experiences. If you guys wanted to do IDC, I recommend doing it with IDC Koh Tao. Thank you for the amazing IDC."
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"I enjoyed every single day of my IDC as well as my MSDT. Matt is an outstanding Course Director who goes all the way out for you, in preparation for the IE."
"The course was fun and you meet a bunch of new people, it’s not hard to fit in. When the day of the IE arrives, you don't even stress about it, because the Course Directors are the best."
"Did my IDC with Crystal Dive and IDC Koh Tao and I'm so happy I chose them. Matt Bolton made sure that there was lots of learning, training and laughs! I felt more than prepared for the I.E. And it showed!"