There is an island called Koh Tao, which is one of the islands around Koh Samui in the south-east of Thailand. This island is small and relatively untouched compared to the other tourist islands in the area. It is a beautiful part of Thailand and snorkelling and diving trips around the island are run pretty much daily, I would recommend going there if you are in the area. over 8 years ago
I did my dive course on Koh Tao a few weeks ago!
There are heaps of dive resorts which offer accommodation and PADI certification. If you haven't scuba dived before then can do an open water scuba course (4 days), which will include 4 dives. Typical costs are 9,000 baht (~ $250 USD) including fan-room accommodation.
I did my dive course at a place called Ban's - they had good rooms and the instructors were really great (they have English, Swedish, Dutch and German speaking instructors). I liked it so much I stayed longer and did my advanced scuba course (night diving was amazing!!)
Koh Tao is small, beautiful, and very laid back - nearly everyone I met was either a dive instructor or doing a course, so you have a lot of common with the other travelers and can meet some great new people.
If you are just snokelling on Koh Tao I recommend going to Shark Bay.. it's a 5 minute scooter ride to the south and the bay features shallow, 2-3 metre deep water, and schools of brown tipped reef sharks which swim only metres away from you! over 8 years ago
My boyfriend and I found a great place in Koh Tao, called Sunrise (resort/hotel), absolutely amazing!!!!
The place has a couple of dive schools, nice/cheap restaurants, and the best beach bar I have ever been to, run by the most awesome Burmese fire throwers. The hotel rooms are not that awesome, but the outside atmosphere makes up for everything!
This place is a well kept secret, and exactly what you imagine when you think of escaping to Thailand!!! over 8 years ago
Dive courses are possible on any of the three main Gulf of Thailand islands (Ko Tao, Ko Phan'gan and Ko Samui) but as the above have stated, Ko Tao is the one to go for if you can. More remote, more beautiful, and usually slightly cheaper. almost 7 years ago
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