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What's the diving like on Ko Tao?

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What’s it like to dive on Thailand’s Ko Tao? The island really does have something to offer every level of diver; many divers flock here for all sorts of levels of training, and also to just enjoy fun diving.





Ko Tao is surrounded by over 20 dive sites, with the furthest being no more that 45 minutes away. Most operators run two dive trips a day, the first leaving around 07:00, returning around midday and the second leaving about midday, returning around 17:00. Each trip is a two-dive trip and most centres offer regular night dives too.

Hello pretty pretty. Photo taken in or around What's the diving like on Ko Tao?, Ko Tao, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Hello pretty pretty. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The most well known sites are probably Chumphon Pinnacle and South West Pinnacle. These are both deeper open ocean sites where you will see lots of reef action. You can visit them with an open water certification but you will see more of them if you are advanced or perhaps while you are completing your advanced certification. While these sites are impressive and two of the places you are most likely to spot a whale shark, it doesn’t mean that the other sites aren’t worth visiting.

Some unsung heros offer some good dives and one of the favourites is Shark Island, so named due its fin-like appearance above the water. Shark Island hardly ever seems to get overrun with divers and has some amazing fish life and is popular with the whale sharks too. Hin Wong Pinnacle lies off the east coast of Ko Tao and only seems to get visited when the conditions the other side are not so favourable. However it’s another solid site, deeper, frequented by whale sharks too and the only spot you will find those funny shrimp fish that swim on ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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