The average tourist on Koh Tao may be a bit boring: the islet is small, the land attractions are few, the sea is shallow, and with great tides.
Content: Koh Tao is an island of divers The best dive sites Sail Rock Chumphon Pinnacle Hin Wong Pinnacle Junkyard Reefs Buoyancy World When to go to Koh Tao for diving? It is necessary should be added remoteness of the island from the mainland is about 70 km to Chumpkhon and more than 80 – to Surattkhani (Donsak). It so happened by itself that Koh Tao had no choice but to become a mecca for divers.
Koh Tao is an island of divers Beaches of the island are poorly populated, and many – at all are deserted. Why? Because at local public it is accepted not to lie on sand, and to float with an aqualung in the sea. 2/3 of the people who are present at the island – the amateur divers who have arrived for the period of the holiday or the professional instructors who are constantly living here.
There are more than 50 dive centers on Koh Tao, which is a lot, considering that the island itself is small. There is one school in which Russian-speaking instructors work. Dive centers in Koh Tao offer a full range of services: training with obtaining the certificate of PADI (from one-day occupations for beginners to professional programs for instructors and diving master); organization of diving; diving - equipment hire.
The cost of the training programs – from $100 to $1200. The cost of 1 diving – about $50. At the order of a series of diving, many schools provide an essential discount – to 70%.
The best dive sites In the number of the places suitable for immersion with an aqualung, Koh Tao takes the leading position – them more than 20 here. Unconditional plus of diving on the island is that all diving -websites are in close proximity to him: the road on the boat or the ship to the most remote takes no more than 2 hours.
We will show you the most interesting places for diving. Sail Rock It is considered the best place for immersions not only in vicinities Koh Tao, but also in all Gulf of Thailand. Sail Rock is the rock which is sticking out of the sea. The place around it as though has specially been created for diving.
The strong breed goes down a slope on 20 m deep into where it connects to a sand bottom and sloping goes down on 20 m. But this is not all: Sail Rock is surrounded by several rocky hills that do not reach the surface of the water.
Such an underwater landscape creates ideal conditions for underwater inhabitants, of which there are countless numbers. In addition, there is a unique opportunity to swim along a natural vertical tunnel passing through a solid rocky rock. Its length is 13 m, and not every diver will venture to swim it.
Chumphon Pinnacle "Chumphon Pinnacle" is the place, the second for popularity, for diving conceding only Sail Rock. It is one of the next places to the island: is in 12 km from him. The bottom landscape around Chumphon Pinnacle is presented by numerous rocky heights.
Depth reaches 36 m. The sea fauna is presented by numerous flocks of inhabitants, typical for the Gulf of Thailand. Besides, here it is possible to see the giant sea basses, reaching 2-meter length, and during the period from March to May and from August to October the whale shark swims here.
Hin Wong Pinnacle "Hin Wong Pinnacle" — is located at a northeast part of the island and represents the atypical website for diving. Here rather strong current and not really predictable visibility, however the place perfectly is suitable for advanced divers.
Depth – up to 40 m – is deeper, than the majority of the diving - websites around Koh Tao. Hin Wong Pinnacle is known for the beautiful corals and other unique representatives of sea fauna.
Junkyard Reefs The artificial reef has been created as an alternative to traditional diving. In 400 m from the Mae Haad beach have scattered different large-size stuff – the car, exercise machines, awnings, a helicopter cabin and even the copy of the Sydney bridge. In the general show unusual, more similar to an apocalyptical picture in movie stylistics Mad Max.
Designs are colonized by sea inhabitants. Website depth is 10-12 m, a bottom equal. All this does it not only the interesting, but also convenient place, first of all, for the beginning divers.
Buoyancy World One more artificial reef around Koh Tao is Buoyancy World. It was created in 2009 as the website for the training dive and is still successfully used. The bottom equal sandy, depth small (10-15 m) – is ideal for mastering of elements of diving. On a bottom various "artifacts" — sharks, pangolins, the designs similar to big spiders, – artificial models, but very effective, bringing into the real delight of the beginning divers are scattered.
When to go to Koh Tao for diving? On Koh Tao it is possible to call underwater conditions ideal: flows in places of the majority of the dive-websites are absent; the sea is always quiet; visibility from January to May exceeds 20 m; in the rest of the time of year because of rains visibility fluctuates within 10-20 m; water temperature all the year round – 29 degrees of Page. Thus, the diving is possible on To Tao during the whole year that it is confirmed by continuous finding of divers on the island.