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 coast of Thailand. Along with Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, Koh Tao forms part of the Chumphon Archipelago.
At its widest part it measures 3.4 km and is 7.6 km in length. This makes the island super easy to explore and get to know. The coastline, which is a predominantly steep, rocky shoreline, consists of 11 bays and 10 capes with a surrounding coral reef spanning 8 km.
Unlike other islands in Thailand, Koh Tao can be visited all year round. We are extremely lucky to be typically blessed with clear skies and beautiful sunshine. The cool breeze from the ocean helps in keeping temperatures bearable. Should the weather be windy on certain days, there is always a calm area tucked away, in order to keep us diving every day.
Scuba Diver training at its best
The island boasts natural beauty both above and below the water; however it’s what’s underneath the ocean that it is most famous for. Its stunning coral reefs and abundant marine life have been attracting divers to the area for over 35 years.
With the dive industry thriving, Koh Tao has become one of the leading tropical locations for diver education. It’s clear to see why Koh Tao certifies more students worldwide, more than any other location year after year. Having a perfect balance of beginner to advanced level dive sites, it’s almost as though the island was made for teaching diving.
Our shallow dive sites and little to no currents mean you will be learning to teach in near perfect conditions. This will allow you to build a strong foundation when it comes to training, which you can build upon later in more challenging environments. When it comes to continuing education, Koh Tao offers plenty of suitable locations to meet all your scuba diving needs.
With over 26 dive sites surrounding Koh Tao, it’s easy to see why people flock here to dive each year. From deep underwater rock pinnacles to shallow sandy bays; shipwrecks to caves and swim-thru’s, it is truly a scuba divers playground.
A wide choice of island activities
Ok…we know what you’re thinking. Is diving all this island has to offer? Even though the island is synonymous with diving, there’s so much more to do on our little piece of paradise. For days when you’re not diving, you can still explore the underwater world on snorkelling trips, kayak adventures and even paddle boarding.
For hikers there are coastal jungles to investigate and viewpoints to climb. Exploring Koh Tao on foot will allow you to get to know the island in a whole new way.
If you are a fitness junkie, there are a number of gyms, offering a variety of classes and training. Take part in Yoga, CrossFit, Muay Thai or whatever else your heart desires. This will allow you to maintain any lifestyle needs you may have, whilst living out your diving dream.
Koh Tao Restaurants and Nightlife
Dining out offers endless possibilities, with a restaurant to suit all your taste bud needs. With dishes from every corner of the world, your cravings will not go unanswered. You will discover that Koh Tao caters to everyone’s needs with Vegan, Gluten-free, and Vegetarian options. If you need a period of transition with your diet from western food and watching live sports, there are a range of venues to choose from.
Obviously above everything else, we recommend taking the time to enjoy traditional Thai Cuisine. Thai food is extremely flavourful, and Koh Tao boasts plenty of options to choose from.
After a delicious meal, enjoy a night out on the town…or should we say island. Bars and pubs are easy to find no matter what your preferred type of nightlife is. Sit with your feet in the sand and watch the sun go down while enjoying a refreshing drink. If you are looking for something a little more upbeat, take in a fire show or live music at one of the many bars overlooking the beach.
When it comes to shopping you will find a perfect mix of traditional Thai markets, and western shops. There are three main shopping areas on the island, and you will see that each section has its own individual and unique style.
Don’t forget to unwind and spend some time at one of the many traditional or western spas. We can’t think of a better way to end the day than with a relaxing massage on the beach.
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
Living in such a beautiful remote location, can have its drawbacks, however, travelling to Koh Tao is not one of them.
Get to an airport in style with high speed ferries that provide an easy and comfortable journey. With airports in Koh Samui, Surat Thani & Chumphon, you will find that getting to an airport is only a two-hour voyage away.
The Lomprayah Company offers the quickest route to and from the island, with their high-speed catamarans. Upgrade yourself to the V.I.P section for a little extra and relax after a day of travelling.
If you let us know what part of Thailand you are travelling from, our travel partner Island Travel Koh Tao can give you direct assistance on all the inbound routes to Koh Tao. Let us do the work for you, so you can focus on preparing yourself to start your new career as a Padi Dive Professional.
Please send us a message now with your travel enquiries.
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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