Dive Koh Tao
Koh Tao or Turtle Island, is an island located at the Gulf of Thailandâ€™s western shore. It is the closest to untouched and non-commercialized of the islands in the Thailand region as a few years back it had nothing more than a few huts that served as dwellings for the locals.
There was no running water or electricity unlike today where you can now benefit from modern amenities brought about by some bungalow style accommodations that are scattered across the island. Though the peacefulness that is achieved from an unchartered island has long gone, the beauty and elegance of an underwater world is what tourists flock to Koh Tao for.
Koh Tao Is known around the world as one of the most popular diving sites available in Asia. Many tourists come to the island to obtain their scuba certification. The site caters to various diving levels from beginners to advanced divers. The advanced divers enjoy the visibility of the island waters as they are able to experience the beauty of marine abundance in all its splendors.
Best Time to Dive Koh Tao
Scuba diving is considered one of the most popular water sports in Thailand, and for good reason. There are several unique and amazing creatures that venture in the crystal clear waters of Koh Tao, making it a tourist magnet. Diving in the area is available all year round yet the best time to experience the Gulf of Thailand is between the months of May and September where there is clear sunny skies and good visibility.
Getting There and Around
Tourists interested in visiting Koh Tao an take any international flight to Thailand. Most airlines have flights directly to the country. After arriving in Thailand, visitors may take a train, bus and boat combination at Hualamphong station in Bangkok. Train tickets purchased here include a bus ride to the Ban Don pier from the Surat Thani Train Station, or Phun Phun. Once at the pier, Koh Tao is just a boat ride away.
There are a variety of ferryâ€™s to choose from depending on how guests and tourists would like to travel their. Cruises and other luxury boat rides are available at an added costs while others that simply want to trvel to the isand may take the basic ferry or express boat.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)