In all honesty, we decided to go to Koh Tao because it was rainy season (September) in the west islands of Thailand, not because of the diving. However, getting scuba certified here (before heading off to other islands with gorgeous dive sites) was one of the best decisions we’ve made on this trip so far. Here’s a quick post about why getting scuba certified in Koh Tao is a fabulous choice.
How I Chose the Dive Company
After doing a good amount of research, I decided to dive with Scuba Junction on Sairee beach. They have a great reputation and do not exceed 4 divers per instructor. They’re the only company to let you try out dive computers for free. They also have a superb location, and very well-kept diving equipment. Because of my diving experience in Fiji, being comfortable breathing underwater was a huge priority for me, so I liked the idea of a small group.
Consider your priorities – if you’d prefer a small group size with more personalized attention, or if you’d rather go with a larger group to have a more social atmosphere. Nomadic Matt has great recommendations for small, medium, and large dive schools. My friend worked at Sairee Beach Cottage for a while and highly recommends it, too!
Why You Should Learn to Scuba Dive in Koh Tao
Koh Tao is known for being a great place to learn to scuba dive, and quite justly so.
- The water in Koh Tao is like a swimming pool. It’s clear, calm, and warm year-round.
- We learned our skills in the sea, not in a pool. We felt very prepared for our first open water dive because of this.
- It’s SO. CHEAP! We paid about $350 for our PADI Open Water certification AND our accommodations for 4 nights.
- There are endless dive shops, giving you lots of options.
- Koh Tao is a fun island, with great vibes and lots to do. We had a blast staying on Sairee Beach.
- The delicious food options are endless which you’ll need after long days of training/diving.
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