Koh Tao is stunning. One of the most beautiful sunsets you will witness.
We spent 4 days on the island but unfortunately, we did not have that much free time to explore. It’s bitter sweet actually because we dedicated our time to become PADI certified! This is the place to get it done. Not only is it one of the cheapest place in the world to get certified, but the surrounding water is perfect. Clear water (at certain times during the year – do your research), incredibly warm water, so many dive sites and fish to see.
There are tons of school to get certified. I spent a lot of time doing research to try and find the best place to complete it with. I looked at various factors such as location, price, reviews, and schedule. After days of research, I narrowed it down to one place: Simple Life Divers. It’s a perfect location, has a range of accommodations on site, friendly staff, and various amenities such as free breakfast, free wifi in room and pickup/drop off to pier. I truly enjoyed my time here and we had a great instructor. I’m now PADI certified yay!
I highly recommend staying a few extra days either before or after you complete your course. The course takes up a chunk of your day but you still have nights off to roam around – the only problem is you should not be drinking/smoking/staying up late while completing your course. You have to be in tip top shape unless you want to risk drowning or failing your course lol. So spend extra days and experience what Koh Tao has to offer.
To get to Koh Tao, you must take a ferry from either Bangkok, Koh Samui, or Surat Thani. Please do your research in advance. We took it from Koh Samui and had to wait hours since we had just missed one of the morning ferries. It only leaves around 3 times a day.
As a side note, DO NOT eat at “AC Restaurant”. Just take it from me, don’t do it. It has a pretty set up so maybe just grab drinks.. Alex (my friend) and I both had chicken fried rice and 4 hours later were hit with the worst food poisoning. Never been that sick in my life.. The fun part? We had 2 flights early the next morning to bring us to Bali. YAY. Just don’t go.
If you have any questions about Koh Tao or PADI open water course feel free to ask 🙂