Yes, it is true that Koh Tao is the island that certifies the most people per year in Asia, but there's a reason for that. The island is cool in every way, and the diving is easy. It is a perfect place to learn to dive. Simple!
The island is famous for its laid back atmosphere on land. It is a cool paradise for those wanting to do their initial course or already certified divers continuing their education. It's not a lie, when said that Koh Tao is addictive. Backpackers usually end up staying for weeks. The reef has taken some damage from the tourism, but due to a massive effort to protect and rebuild the reefs, the corals and the fish life is doing really well. Koh Tao is now offering some really good diving for divers on all levels. Many dive sites are sheltered reefs with beautiful corals, good visibility, shallow depths and little to no current. Sites are reached in less than 20 minutes by boat. Deeper dive sites with pelagic marine life can be found a short 45 minute boat ride away. All year round lucky divers are encountering Whale sharks, Reef Sharks, Rays and Turtles.
Koh Tao is a cozy little island surrounded by warm clear turquoise waters. It is by far the most popular spot for dive training in South East Asia. Diving here is possible year-round, with just a short rainy season during October/November. The island is also very famous for its own nightlife and for the full moon parties on the neighboring island Koh Pagnan. Koh Tao is a true pearl in the ocean with white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and several secluded bays for you to chill at. The atmosphere is like nowhere else, people come to dive, party and hang out in bamboo bars and fluffy beanbags.
The PADI Open Water Course is performance based. That means you have to understand and pass the theory and perform the in-water skills correctly and with ease. Therefore, the itinerary can vary slightly from course to course. The course will take 3 to 4 days depending on the students enrolled.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular diving certificate worldwide. After completing this 3-4 day course you are certified to dive to 18 m independently with a buddy. The course consists of five modules of learning. You study via self-study workbook and complete a knowledge review. The instructor reviews everything with you to ensure that everything are confidently understood. The practical learning consists of pool sessions and four open water dives. The final stage of the PADI Open Water course is an exam, which is a multiple choice exam covering all that you have learnt. The course generally takes 3 to 4 days, with the theoretical, the pool and the open water part successfully passed.
After the course has finished, You have 2 extra dives. Just for fun and practise! And to make this package even MORE lovely, we have included a daily food voucher. That means, you can munch for up to 500 THB in the dive center restaurant, every day during your stay. Which is more than plenty to cover all your meals!
We recommend the Thai Curry, it is excellent...
Please allow a minimum of 24 hours, after your last dive, before flying.
(some countries will allow you to fly after 18 hours on land).
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