Do you love diving? Then, what will you do if you get a chance to explore an island offering 25 sites in and around? I am sure you will be certainly excited to be there. This time, I am talking of Koh Tao diving in Thailand. Diving in Thailand is surely mesmerizing with its many eye soothing sites bearing the waters of Andaman Sea or Gulf of Thailand, but on Koh Tao, it is very outstanding. This most enticing island is hidden in the Gulf and attracts countless tourists each year. Anybody who has experienced Koh Tao diving always wants to come back here to explore more and more hidden marine treasures.
Festooned with granite shore, forested peaks, coconut slopes, and calm beaches; Koh Tao is a truly a site of gathering diving memories. To make these memories eternal, I would suggest you to opt for Scuba Junction situated at the immaculate Sairee Beach for a tropical diving holiday here. The reason I am saying this is that it caters to the needs of both novice and expert divers. What you will love here is that this diving institution allows diving groups of only four divers so that all can gain close supervision. In addition, this only dive shop here offers free Gekko dive computers for extra safety to everyone. Given below are some of the famous Koh Tao diving sites.
Chumphon Pinnacle: Offering much depth, this one is the most captivating site featuring four sunken peaks and myriad of big reef fishes such as pelagics.
Nang Yuan Bay III: The surprising part of this site is that for spotting the marine life and other features, one has to dive down for some 30 feet. It is only after this that you can come across a plethora of bivalve molluscs, feathery alabaster sea cucumbers, rocks, boulder corals, and hued Christmas tree worms.
Nang Yuan Bay II: Also known as the Japanese Gardens, this one more deep site encompasses totally a coral surface adorned with tropical reef fish and bivalves.
Green Rock: This is also deep site, but offers a variety of things to explore – crevices, caves, caverns, and big archways. It has been named so because the caves are cut by the Green Rock.
Hin Wong Pinnacle: This is the site offering a huge tabletop rock formation holding an array of purple corals. The zone is exhilarating as it is very vast and is filled with banner fish, red coral groupers, and blue spotted rays in plenty. In the Thai language, ‘Wong’ refers to the color ‘purple’ and so this site reveals the fact of purple corals.
White Rock: Among the tourists, this is the most enjoyable deep-diving site that is suitable for the divers of all levels. Check out for the two key pinnacles of which the White Rock is higher and is covered in 6-feet water. The other one is the Coral Garden in south.
Aow Leuk Bay: Regarded as one of the most wonderful bays, this not so deep site is preferred by the beginners. Beginning from the tidy sands, your Koh Tao diving here is aimed at spotting the strange snake eels pushing their cranium via the burrows.
Aow Leuk Point: This is one more magnificent site with two pinnacles that rise over the water. On your expedition here, greet the turtles, angel fish, small reef fish, sweet lips, and spotted rays.
Shark Island: Diversity fans prefer this one as it is the spot of highest marine life diversity. The name comes from the illusion of a shark formed by a narrow channel dividing the two rocks. Towards the north, there are snappers, banner fish, rock walls, and emperors; whereas south offers a great garden of purple corals recalling a cauliflower in mind. If you wish to go deep further, you will get a chance to see smaller pinnacles as well as seasonal whale sharks.
Mango Bay: A visit to this site makes your Koh Tao diving complete. Situated in the north, the site offers many training opportunities.
Buddha Point: Home of the Buddha rock, this is the home of underwater rocks, white coral sponges, and purple sponges.
Southwest Pinnacle: Come here if you want to spot a myriad of pinnacles.
Table Top: This averagely deep site resides between Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao. It is easy to dive here because of the plain sand base in coral heads. This is the home of pelagics such as tuna, garfish, and queen fish; lettuce corals; brain corals; and blue sponges.
Best time: October to April.