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Enjoying Scuba Diving in Koh Tao

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A tiny, enchanting island hidden away in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island is a scuba diver’s paradise. It is one of the most beautiful and cheapest diving spots in the world, where you can do everything from learning diving to getting a certificate to simply enjoying a diving vacation.

The beaches around the island are some of the finest in the south, however, Koh Tao’s true beauty and treasure lies beneath the surface of the crystal clear turquoise waters. With magical apparatus allowing you to breath underwater, a whole new universe opens up to you: brilliantly-colored coral reefs, amazing rocks and isolated deep sea pinnacles, add to this some of the most extravagantly beautiful marine creatures, from stingrays and sea snakes to big pelagic species and sharks to triggerfish butterfly and angelfish and even more. Diving in Koh Tao is available throughout the whole year, although visibility may change season to season.

There are numerous dive sites in Koh Tao catering to beginners and professional divers alike. But when conditions are good and the visibility is superb, Chumphon Pinnacle is one of the best and most impressive choices, found 40 minutes boat journey from Koh Tao. The entire top of the pinnacle is carpeted in magnificent anemones, full of prancing pink anemonfish.

This is an ideal place to spot many pelagics and big reef fish, as well as blue-green damsels, bannerfish and blue-ringed angelfish and swirling schools of rabbitfish and yellow-tailed barracuda. A short swim away is another pinnacle called ‘the Secret Pinnacle,’ also good for fun diving. Those who are extremely lucky may come face-to-face with Bryde’s Whales, though they come around once a year.

Scuba diving in Koh Tao is a truly memorable experience, which will surely delight the highly advanced and excite the novice making you want to return time and time again.

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