About Scuba Diving Koh Tao
Scuba diving Koh Tao can be done year round. Koh Tao is one of Thailand’s best scuba diving destinations, perfect for scuba divers from around the world. Whether your are a beginner or an advanced diver. Scuba diving around the island of Koh Tao offers an abundance of possibilities to cater to every diver’s needs.
The island’s waters are calm and shallow, with hardly any currents, and the intense visibility thanks to its clear waters offers views of marine life ranging from whale sharks to tropical fish and tiny sea creatures amongst the coral reefs.
If you are a nature lover, you will thoroughly enjoy scuba diving the waters of Koh Tao that are rich with marine life. In addition to colorful coral reefs, you will also find boulders and pinnacles that offer wall dives that will captivate every scuba diver.
When is the best time to go scuba diving Koh Tao?
Because the dry season can last as long as 11 months out of the year, scuba diving in Koh Tao is possible all year round.
Temperatures drop to around 24 degrees Celsius, or 75 degrees Fahrenheit, during the rainy season, which starts around October and lasts through January, with the possibility of monsoons.
Throughout the rest of the year, temperatures are higher, with May offering temperatures of 33-36 degrees Celsius, or 91-97 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect high humidity as well on this tropical island.
Scuba dive sites found around Koh Tao
- Chumphon Pinnacle - One of the better scuba sites of Koh Tao, you will find one large main pinnacle with several smaller ones surrounding it. Chumphon Pinnacle is the place to find big pelagic animals like Manta's and Whale sharks.
- Green Rock – Perfect for every level of scuba diver, this Koh Tao dive site offers swim throughs amidst its granite boulders, caverns, and caves.
- Japanese Gardens – This dive site is ideal for divers who are beginners and is a great opportunity for an up-close encounter with plenty of fish.
- Hin Wong Pinnacle – This unique dive site features a large granite boulder and a variety of corals, including whip corals and black corals, as well as sea fans.
- Southwest Pinnacles – Known as one of the best dive sites in Thailand, you have a chance of seeing whale sharks here.
- Shark Island – The water currents here can be strong, but you can see leopard sharks, turtles, and the blue spotted stingray.
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Marine Life Found in Koh Tao
No matter what dive site you visit in Koh Tao, you are guaranteed to see some amazing marine life. Of course, you can expect to see many different species of coral, as well as schools of tropical fish, and you can also encounter, clownfish, butterfly fish, cleaner wrasse, reef sharks, leopard sharks, and whale sharks. In addition to many other species of fish, you can even see moray eels, turtles, rays, and sea snakes at some dive sites.
About Koh Tao
Koh Tao is one of Thailand’s best islands, perfect for a getaway to paradise. This little island has a lot to offer in terms of activity or just relaxation under the hot sun. Visit Mae Haad Beach for its pristine sand and water, and be sure to check out its bars, restaurants, and shopping opportunities.
Or head over to Haad Thien, also known as Rocky Bay, if you are looking for a more low-key, secluded beach, lined with coconut palm trees. If you would prefer to snorkel, one of the best areas on the island for it is Aow Leuk. After enjoying the sand and sun, head over to Sairee Beach for the entertaining nightlife. Enjoy the cuisine, talk with friendly locals, and take in all the natural beauty the island has to offer.
How to Get to Koh Tao
If you want to get to Koh Tao by plane, you will have to first get a flight to Koh Samui or Surat Thani and then take a ferry ride to Koh Tao. You can also take a ferry from Chumphon, but be sure to check the schedule of ferry departures ahead of time and choose the time that works best for you.
Depending on where you are departing from, a ferry ride can take anywhere from 1 hour to several hours. If you prefer a shorter trip, high-speed catamarans run from Koh Samui, Ko Phangan, Surat Thani, and Chumphon two times daily.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam, he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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