Diving tour to Koh Tao by speed boat
Scuba diving by speed boat from Koh Samui is always to Koh Tao. Second only to Cairns in the whole world for new scuba diving certifications issued, Koh Tao is packed full of dive sites that suit all levels of scuba diver from beginner to advanced.
Koh Tao, or Turtle Island, together with Koh Nang Yuan (Seagull Island) a stones throw to the north west of Koh Tao, is located 70km north of Koh Samui and takes approximately 1hour and 30 minutes to get there by speed boat, the best and most convenient way to get there. It is due to its position further away from the mainland and surrounded by deeper water than Koh Samui or Koh Phangan that gives Koh Tao the best water visibility in the Gulf of Thailand, where the underwater visibility ranges from 5m up to 30m, depending on time of year, local weather and lunar cycles.
The sites visited by our scuba diving service change depending on the time of year. From October to March, the tour stays to the west and south coasts of Koh Tao. From April to September, you will tour the more undeveloped north and east coasts of Koh Tao, which present beautiful, untouched mountainous scenery and lesser visited scuba diving sites. In November, the visibility is typically reduced due to monsoon season weather however this is not always the case as in recent years the monsoon has either been absent or has shifted, so please contact us for the weather outlook at this time of year or see the weather forecast for Koh Samui.
Our scuba diving tours from Koh Samui by speed boat specialize in tailoring the scuba diving to your needs and interests.
- All over Koh Tao, there are sites ideal for both snorkeling and diving, with crystal clear water and beautiful coral, teeming with stunning and friendly marine life. This is perfect if you have a group where some of you want to dive and some of you want to snorkel.
- There are some sites more suited to underwater photography, that have more colorful or more interesting coral and a variety of marine life that is easy to come upon and photograph.
- Koh Tao typically consists of boulder fringed bays, some of which are perfect for finding small caves and swim-throughs to navigate.
- There are a couple of wrecks around Koh Tao, the easiest to get to and most impressive is the HTMS Sattakut, a Thai navy frigate sunk in the middle of 2011.
- There are also sites that are simply more fun, one such site, Twin Peaks, has several features such as a buoyancy park (series of hoops and loops to swim through to test your buoyancy) and concrete sculptures in the shape of various creatures (turtle, shark, godzilla(!), batfish, octopus) which are part of a project to attract new coral growth and relieve stress from the main dive site.
The scuba diving service from Koh Samui own their own speed boats where many do not, as such control where they go. Koh Tao gets very busy around some of the dive sites, so the speed boat has the versatility to go elsewhere. A lot of scuba diving operators make the journey from Koh Samui to Koh Tao everyday, however most do not own their own speed boat, using chartered speed boats specifically for scuba diving, where there will be several diving companies all on the same speed boat and going to the same dive sites every day.
The speed boats used by our scuba diving service, are use as a vessel for transfer from Koh Samui to Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan for our snorkeling and scuba diving customers. When the speed boat arrives in Koh Tao, both parties split up to do their respective activities. The snorkelers go on to the islands to go sightseeing and snorkeling from the beaches, leaving the speed boat completely free for the scuba divers. We typically there are between 2 and 8 divers each day, which means there is plenty of space on the boat and the diving is much more personal.
Also as our snorkeling and scuba diving customers go on the same boat together to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan, groups where there are snorkelers and scuba divers can stay together.
We have worked closely with our preferred scuba diving operator for a long time and personally know each of their scuba diving instructors and tour guides, who have lived and worked in Koh Samui for a few years, so we can say with some level of authority that they are the most experienced and knowledgeable on Koh Samui.
Why not dive in Koh Samui?
There are actually some fantastic things to see underwater around Koh Samui. They are often quite different from what you might see in Koh Tao, which makes the diving in Koh Samui very interesting and some schools do offer this service. Also as the dive sites are on our doorstep, the scuba diving is much cheaper. The problem is the visibility and the predicting of it. The best visibility to expect around Koh Samui is 6-8m but is usually 1-3m. This is due to its relative proximity to the mainland of Thailand and the relatively shallow depth of the water between Koh Samui and mainland Thailand, meaning sediment from rivers carries a lot further reaching Koh Samui. At certain times of the year, March to October, there is more likely to be better underwater visibility around Koh Samui but this is frequently not the case, thus why we recommend Koh Tao for our customers.
Are you certified already?
This is first question you will always encounter from any PADI or BSAC dive center: Are you certified? If you aren’t, don’t worry, we just need to know this so we can arrange for a PADI or BSAC instructor to go scuba diving with you. Also if you aren’t qualified yet, it means PADI instructors can only take you to a maximum of 12m, rather than 18m for qualified scuba divers. If you’re already qualified, skip to the “I have my license already!” section.
I do not have a scuba diving license.
If you don’t have a scuba diving license, we provide 2 PADI Discover Scuba Diving tour options in Koh Samui to get you acquainted with scuba diving and experience what it’s like to breath underwater. These tours are the same as a scuba diving tour for qualified divers except you will go with a PADI instructor who will take care of you and it gives you the chance to experience scuba diving without having to take a full 3 day PADI Open Water Diver or 4 day BSAC Ocean Diver course.
Before you get in the water:
A PADI instructor will take you through a brief presentation that explains the basic principles of scuba diving, the equipment you will wear and how it works, and some of the things you need to know when scuba diving. You will also be require to read and sign a standard Liability Release, Safe Diving Practises and Medical Questionnaire.
This is a scuba diving tour from Koh Samui by speed boat under the direct guidance of a PADI instructor and will last the whole day. When you arrive in Koh Tao, your scuba instructor will set up your diving equipment for you and then brief you on a few things:
- The characteristics of the dive site and what you might see when diving
- How the equipment works, how to check it and how to use the equipment properly
- How you will communicate underwater
- The scuba skills that you will cover before you go diving
- Safe diving practises, such as equalization, buoyancy, ascents and safety stops
- How you will enter and exit the water
- The point of ascent and descent
- What you are going to for the dive
You will then enter the water and cover 3 basic skills before the dive:
- Regulator remove and replace underwater
- Regulator recovery
- Clearing a mask partially filled with water underwater
Your dive time will vary depending on how good you are with your breathing control, which is affected by a number of factors, such as aerobic fitness, body composition (more muscular requires more oxygen), whether you smoke, nervousness, stress, etc but typically its 25-45 minutes long.
At the end of your dive your instructor will show you how to exit the water and get back on to the boat safely. Your instructor will then change over your tanks ready for the afternoon dive will you relax and discuss the dive you just had with your fellow divers. Your instructor will also provide you with some feedback as the to things you did well and what aspects you could improve upon to make your diving experience better. The total time you will have is 2hrs from start to finish, which is plenty of time for the briefing, diving and debriefing, making for a very relaxed and stress free schedule.
The speed boat will then meet up with the snorkelers and take you to Koh Tao for lunch. From April to September this is at our hillside restaurant in Hin Wong Bay on the east side of Koh Tao. From October to March lunch is served from our beach front restaurant along Sairee beach on the east coast.
After lunch, if you have only booked 1 dive you will join the snorkeling party and enjoy some snorkeling, if you have booked a second dive, you will go to a different dive site that matches your interests and go diving. On this dive there are no skills to cover as you have done them already, so its just diving! Your instructor will still cover all the other aspects of the briefing, such as the dive site, communication protocols, equipment, entry and exit, etc.
After your second dive or snorkeling the boat will return to Koh Samui, where your instructor will give you some information on how to contact them if you have any questions.
It doesn’t matter if you’re PADI, SSI, BSAC, NAUI or CMAS, if you have your license already you can dive with us!
Diving tour to Koh Tao – 1 dive or 2 dives
We offer daily tours to Koh Tao for either 1 or 2 dives. The dives are tailored to your needs and interests, such is the variety of dive sites available in Koh Tao and the excellence in service we provide.
As we operate our own speed boat from Koh Samui and specialize in small groups, we are able to fulfil all of your criteria:
- Quiet dive sites
- Personal attention, small groups
- Flexible schedule, plenty of time, no rush
- Cave diving
- Wreck diving
- Digital Underwater Photography
- Deep diving
- Diver Propulsion Vehicles
- Night diving (in Koh Samui only at this time)
What’s included in your scuba diving tour?
- The transfer from your hotel to the pier in the morning and back to your hotel when you return is included in the price of your scuba diving tour.
- A full set of scuba equipment (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, fins & snorkel) and life jackets are provided throughout the day. Please be aware that you must take care of the equipment on loan to you otherwise you may be charged by the company for any loss or damage.
- Bottled water is provided free of charge all day.
- You will be provided with a PADI or BSAC instructor, who speak English, French or German, and are first aid & oxygen trained to deal with any situations that may occur throughout the day. Maximum number of divers per instructor is 3 to 1.
- If you do suffer from seasickness or have ever suffered from seasickness, medicine is provided free of charge. Note that you must take this medicine 20 minutes before departing Koh Samui and again 20 minutes before leaving Koh Tao on the return journey.
- A light breakfast of tea & coffee, toast and jam is provided in the morning before departure and a buffet style (self-serving) Thai lunch consisting of rice, 3 tasty Thai dishes, fresh fruit and water is also included in the cost (*speed boat tours only).
- You are always fully insured when you dive with us.
Your dive tour schedule
|07:00-08:30||Transfer from your hotel to the pier in the north of Koh Samui. Enjoy our complimentary breakfast of hot tea & coffee, toast and jam.|
|08:30-10:00||Journey by speed boat from Koh Samui to our first dive site in Koh Tao (dropping off the snorkelers on Koh Nang Yuan first).|
|12:00-13:15||Enjoy our tasty Thai buffet lunch at our seafront restaurant in Koh Tao.|
|13:15-14:45||Dive 2 or snorkeling|
|14:45-16:15||Transfer by speed boat back to Koh Samui and back to your hotel to unwind.|