Thailand is not so famous for surfing (even though there are a few great places where you can learn how to surf, rent equipment and practice your favourite activity, eg. Kata Beach in Phuket) but it is one of the best places for diving, taking the second place after Indonesia. And the best place for learning how to dive in the whole world.
There are a few reasons why you should choose Thailand to get your first diving certificate:
The highest number of diving professionals who came to Thailand to fulfill their dreams and become diving instructors.
Dive instructors here are passionate about the ocean, the underwater life, the ecological situation in the coral reefs, the bottom and the shores. Weekly hundreds of schools around Thailand are gathering to pick up trash and clean the ocean from the people’s intervention.
Most of the diving places like Koh Tao, Koh Lanta, Phi Phi islands, Phuket, Koh Lipe, some places in Krabi have already prohibited to sell unnecessary plastic (like plastic bags, straws, plastic cups) to stop wasting and prevent all those plastic straws end up in the ocean. Thailand has a long way to go, but the first steps were definitely made.
The price of the diving course is considered one of the lowest in the world. The lowest can be found only in Malaysia.
As an example, we will show you the price range in different countries provided by the official PADI organization in 2019. We will take the most common places people go to get their dive certificate:
Thailand has amazing diving spots and unique underwater life that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
The ocean life of Thailand includes 83 unique species which can be found only in Thailand or mostly in Thailand. There are 7 species of sharks, stingrays and rays in Thailand: Coral catshark, blacktip reef shark, blue spotted stingray, famous whale shark - the biggest shark in the world which you can only spot in Thailand (the best time is March, April), unique and absolutely gorgeous zebra shark, whitetip reef shark and leopard shark.
Thailand is considered the safest place in the world to dive.
Especially Ko Tao which was untouched by the 2004 tsunami. The water in Thailand is calm, there are no harsh underwater streams that can turn your learning into a lot of hustle. There are no dangerous animals underwater that can hurt you or which you can’t avoid by the surveillance of the experienced dive instructor.
Okay, now we have found out why Thailand. But Thailand is huge and there are hundreds of dive schools. Which one to choose?
There are beautiful places to go diving all around Thailand. You can choose any location you would go to spend a vacation as there are no bad choices. Places, where the diving courses are available, are Ko Tao, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, the whole region of Similan Islands, Krabi, Khao Lak, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui.
Our absolute recommendation is, of course, Ko Tao. Ko Tao is a small, chill island with the biggest concentration of diving schools in Thailand. There are more than 60 schools and each of them is highly professional and has something unique and special. Recently, the new price regulations were implemented and now all the schools are obligated to have the same price level (which is 11000 THB or 345 USD) so the new diver can choose based on the professional qualifications and not on price.
This rule also allows schools to stop competing on price and put more effort to raise the quality and bring new interesting features.
We know that it’s so hard to choose from such a variety of schools and we went to ALL of them to make a list of THE BEST ones and tell you what is so special about each of them.
Below you can see the name of the school and the main features that make it special. Read till the end to learn also how to find the cheaper price for the course and have a private island all by yourself as a bonus:
1) Calypso Dive Ko Tao
Calypso Dive Ko Tao Center, Thailand
Tanote Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand
2) Simple Life Divers
Simple Life Divers Center, Koh Tao, Thailand
3) Koh Tao Divers (KTD)
Koh Tao Divers (KTD) Center, Koh Tao, Thailand
4) Rainbow Fish Divers
Rainbow Fish Divers Center, Koh Tao, Thailand
5) Czone Diver
Czone Diver Center, Koh Tao Thailand
6) Pura Vida Diving Koh Tao
Pura Vida Diving Center. Koh Tao, Thailand
7) Master Divers
Master Divers Center, Koh Tao, Thailand
8) Pimp My Dive Koh Tao
Pimp My Dive, Koh Tao, Thailand
9) Koh Tao Scuba Club
Koh Tao Scuba Club, Thailand
10) Isla Tortuga Divers
Isla Tortuga Divers, Koh Tao, Thailand
11) Aqua Tao, Koh Tao
Aqua Tao, Koh Tao, Thailand
12) Pearl Diving Center
Pearl Diving Center, Koh Tao, Thailand
13) Koh Tao Diving Academy
Koh Tao Diving Academy, Thailand
14) Ocean sound dive + Yoga
Ocean sound dive + Yoga, Koh Tao, Thailand
15) Ban’s Diving Resort
Ban’s Diving Resort, Koh Tao, Thailand
16) Sairee Cottage Diving
Sairee Cottage Diving
17) Siam Scuba Dive Centre
Siam Scuba Dive Centre, Koh Tao, Thailand
18) Carabao Diving
Carabao Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand
19) Nava Scuba Diving
Nava Scuba Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand
20) Koh Nang Yuan Easy Divers
Koh Nang Yuan, Thailand
Koh Nang Yuan Easy Divers, Koh Tao, Thailand
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