If you have even been to Koh Tao, you might not be surprised that I am diving here. Koh Tao lies in the Gulf of Thailand and offers the best and most conveniently located dive sites on the east side of Thailand. Check out our post about the island itself later, but for now you can enjoy the amazing pictures of Koh Tao’s underwater life.
We arrived in Koh Tao shortly before Christmas and it didn’t take me long to sign up with Ban’s Diving Resort (apparently the biggest dive center in the world) for my Divemaster program. Being a Divemaster is the first step in becoming a professional diver. Even though you could work as a Divemaster, it is more seen as a step towards the instructor.
I checked out a few dive schools and didn’t want to go to Ban’s since I thought they are too big. It took just a single conversation with Lee, the head of the Divemaster program at Ban’s and I signed up ;–)
Since then I have done theory, swimming tests and beach and reef cleanups, assisted with Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses, attended workshops and lead some fun divers around. I am actually almost done and only a few more tasks will end my status as a Divemaster trainee and will make me an official PADI Divermaster.
The diving in Koh Tao
What makes this tiny island so diver friendly is the fact that there are about 20 dive sites in less than 10 minutes and 2 more only a half hour boat trip away from the beach. So almost every day I get on the speed boat or longtail boat which brings us to one of Ban’s 3 boats, which then drives to the dive sites.
Sure, there might be places in the world where the diving is better (more diversity, better visibility) but the combination of good diving, convenience and of course the prices make this the island with the most dive certifications in the entire world!
It would take a long, long time to list all the cool things I have seen in the last 2 months, so I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. I actually have taken hundreds of pictures, but I don’t want to spoil you. You should still want to come here yourself and do some diving of you own. And I did see 4 turtles, but I didn’t have my camera with me. What a shame…
I hope you enjoy the pictures!