4 Reasons Why Koh Tao is the best for Scuba Diving

A photo of a diver in Koh Tao dive site

Koh Tao has always been the top destination for ocean enthusiasts from all over the world both divers and non-divers alike. While there are many diving islands to choose from, the reasons why Koh Tao is one of the most famous places for scuba diving are clear. Here are 4 reasons why Koh Tao is the best for scuba diving.

  1. Dive all year long in Koh Tao
  2. Experience more than 25 dive sites
  3. Learn everything from top rated PADI dive center
  4. Join any trip from our 2 times daily schedule

Dive all year long in Koh Tao

Koh Tao
By Valeriy Ryasnyanskiy

Turtle Island, or Koh Tao, is open for business all year long. While Thailand is casually labeled as having only 2 seasons: hot and hotter seasons, it has three seasons like other tropical countries. There’s the hot season from March to May, the wet season from May to October, and the cool season from November to February. However, this doesn’t apply to the Southern part of Thailand.

The wet season, or monsoon season for Koh Tao starts from November to January. During this time, strong wind and high waves are more common but the island itself acts as a natural barrier to the wind. There are dive sites that are protected and is possible to dive safely. It’s also important to note that the dive site further away is not commonly visited during this time.

The hot season, which is also the diving season for Koh Tao starts from March to September. There’s typically less rain which means less silt is getting stirred up leading to crystal-clear water at most dive sites. This is when scuba diving is at its best. Many travelers choose to become PADI certified during these months.

Tip: The busiest month is April and July. If you want to avoid the crowd, May and June are your top choices!

Experience more than 25 dive sites

One of the main reasons that Koh Tao is a top diving destination, especially for beginners is the number of dive sites on the island. Not only there are over 25 dive sites, there are different conditions and levels to choose from. Here are some of the most popular sites you shouldn’t miss when you come to Koh Tao.

Chumphon Pinnacle

Scuba diving in Koh Tao (Chumphon Pinnacle)
A center area at Chumphon Pinnacle

Chumphon Pinnacle is located northwest of the island on its way back to the mainland, Chumphon province. Hence, the name. It’s one of the deepest sites in Koh Tao reaching up to 40 meters in depth. It’s suitable for advanced divers or above. Depending on the season and tide, it’s also possible for Open Water Diver to explore the top part of the pinnacle which is around 15 meters. Highlights for this site include a horizontal swim-through, a large school of barracuda at Barracuda Rock, and whale sharks.

Southwest Pinnacle

Divers with Nava Scuba Diving Koh Tao Thailand at Southwest Pinnacle
Right next to the main pinnacle at Southwest Pinnacle

Southwest Pinnacle, as the name suggested, is located southwest about 30 minutes away from the island. It’s another deep dive site with an estimated depth of 20 meters. Some area reaches a max depth of 30 meters. You can either choose to explore the main pinnacle, the area around you, or the secret pinnacle if you have an adventurous spirit.

White Rock

Pufferfish hide between hard corals in Koh Tao
Pufferfish hide between hard corals at White Rock, Koh Tao

White Rock is just 15 minutes from the pier and the dive site itself can be spotted from Sairee beach. It’s one of the large dive sites that suit divers of all levels. This site has a shallow pinnacle in the north and a deep pinnacle in the south. It’s possible to explore both pinnacles in one dive but it’s only recommended for experienced divers with a good air consumption.

Learn everything from the top-rated PADI dive center

While there are multiple organizations to choose your dive certification from, PADI is the most globally recognizable brand in terms of standards and safety. Since it’s internationally accepted, you can dive anywhere in the world with your PADI!

At Nava Scuba Diving, we are a PADI 5-star dive center offering a wide range of PADI courses. You can be sure that at the end of the course, you’ll gain proper knowledge and tremendous fun from our certified instructors. If you have no experience before, we definitely recommend Discover Scuba Diving for a 1-day complete experience or a full PADI Open Water course for your first diving certification.

Front view of Nava Scuba Diving Dive Center
Nava Scuba Diving – A 5 stars PADI Dive Center

Apart from being a trusted PADI dive center, Nava Scuba Diving is also one of the highly rated dive centers on Koh Tao with a 5 out of 5 score on Google (as of August 2023). We are prepared to serve you the best experience for either Thai or International divers. If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact us for more information.

Join our flexible daily trip

On Koh Tao, we offer 2 dive schedules: morning 07.00 – 11.00 am, and afternoon 01.00 – 05.00 pm. Since dive sites in Koh Tao are really close to the island but still covered with colorful reefs and inhabited by a large variety of fishes. An average travel time on the boat is from 10-20 minutes to most dive sites.

The front view of the Sunchaser dive boat by Nava Scuba Diving
Sunchaser, our private dive boat

One perk of diving with us is that we offer you a long diving time. The time at each dive site is allocated to match the number of divers on board. If you’ve ever rushed through a 20-minute dive before, this will not happen with Nava Scuba Diving.

Our dive group is limited to 4 people per 1 dive guide for your safety and to ensure a memorable experience. We also separate a dive group between levels and diving experience when possible to make the dive enjoyable for everyone.

All of these reasons make Koh Tao a leading global destination for diving enthusiasts, catering to all levels. These Four key reasons set it apart: year-round diving, with sheltered sites even in the monsoon; over 25 diverse dive sites like Chumphon Pinnacle and Southwest Pinnacle; a top-rated PADI 5-star center, Nava Scuba Diving, known for safety and quality; and flexible daily dive schedules for intimate, secure underwater exploration. If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, do not hesitate to book a dive with us.

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