Koh Samui Scuba Diving Guide

Diving Koh Samui is a great diving archipelago with PADI Diver Courses from complete beginner up to instructor available in many languages. Entering the professional world of scuba diving brings exciting challenges and endless possibilities. Diving on Koh Samui, Koh Tao and The Angthong Marine Park is a great way to start.

Samui-diving is the north shore section of Samui International Diving School, and there’s an office located in Bangrak opposite 7-11 (near Big Buddha). This is highly recommended provider of PADI courses. The Samui International Diving School Group of companies incorporating Planet Scuba has over 20 years of experience in Scuba Diver Education and Dive Tours in Thailand and is one of Thailand's leading dive centre's and the first in South East Asia to be awarded the prestigious PADI Career Development Center Rating(CDC).

The reputation of the center is the best in Thailand. It has been the proud recipient of many awards from PADI over the years. In 1994, it received the PADI award "Excellence in Dive Resort Operation" and in 1999 received the "Outstanding Commitment to PADI" Award. It prides itself on its customer service and is committed to Diver Safety, Diver Enjoyment and Customer satisfaction. It is continually looking at ways to upgrade and improve its services.

Scuba diving is the sport of swimming deep underwater and using self-contained breathing apparatus. Through carrying a container of compressed air, a diver is able to remain underwater much longer than with the natural breath holding methods used in Snorkeling and Free-diving, and is not held back by air-lines to an attached air source. The scuba diver usually swims underwater by using flippers on the feet. A few divers do move around with the assistance of a DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle), commonly referred to as a "scooter", or by using surface-tethered devices called sleds pulled by a boat.
Koh Samui Diving Day Trip
Choose from an extensive combination of diving options to many exciting locations around Samui. There are daily trips to Koh Tao and Nang Yuan by catamaran while longer trips to Angthong National Park are available by either ferry or speedboat. You can go out to Sail Rock five times a week while Sail Rock, Shark Island and Twin Peak are other fascinating choices.
Koh Samui Diving Course
Samui makes a good base for those seeking to learn how to dive or upgrade their skills. Get your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certificate or take a one-day sampler course. Train to be a Divemaster or learn advanced rescue techniques. Novices and experienced divers alike will find courses suitable to their skill level.
Koh Tao Dive Sites
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About 70 Km north of Samui is the island of Koh Tao (Turtle Island). There are numerous dive sites in and around Koh Tao, which is is a mini-tropical paradise offering jungle walks and white sandy beaches. Here the water visibility ranges from 15-30 meters and includes the popular dive spots of Chumporn and Southwest Pinnacles, Nang Yuan, Green Rock, White Rock and Red Rock. The waters around Koh Tao are home to an abundant range of marine life, including barracuda, tuna, snapper and sea turtles.

Chumporn Pinnacles
Considered one of the more challenging dive sites with occasionally strong currents and depths of 10-35 meters, this site consists of fascinating submerged pinnacles. The highest of these rocks is approximately 16 meters below the surface. At Chumporn, you can swim with man-sized groupers and other large pelagic fish, including schools of barracuda, tuna and mackerel.

Southwest Pinnacles
The Southwest Pinnacles consist of three rock formations which range from 4-30 meters below the surface, representing a series of short wall dives. At the top of the pinnacles are blankets of underwater plant life in a stunning array of rainbow colors. Between the rocks are many bushy black coral sea whips and gorgonian sea fans. Leopard sharks are often encountered and it is even possible to meet an occasional whale shark. Giant groupers are common here, as are scribbled filefish, masked porcupine fish, yellowtail, barracuda and snapper.

Samran Pinnacles
This dive site tends to attract the more advanced diver as the water is deeper and the currents are certainly much stronger. The rocks are submerged in 12 meters of water and attract large schools of jackfish (bigger varieties), trevally and giant barracudas.

Green Rock
Green Rock provides a good selection of swim-through opportunities in depths of 4-25 meters. The rock consists of large archways, caverns, caves and crevices. Common sightings include harlequin sweetlips, blue-ringed angelfish and moray eels. Sometimes you can spot whitetip reef sharks, and further out in deeper water, large groupers, schools of yellowtail, fusilier and silver fish.

White Rock
This dive explores two submerged pinnacles which are only two meters above the surface but extend between 18-22 meters underwater. Schools of butterfly fish and angel fish predominate and colonies of staghorn corals attract breams and damsels to make their homes here. On any given dive look out for the more exciting sightings of sea snakes, turtles, morays and blue spotted stingrays. An interesting and equally exciting part of your dive will hopefully be an encounter with White Rock's resident titan trigger fish -- territorial by nature and supremely erratic.

Sail Rock

North of Samui between the islands of Koh Tao and Phangan is the internationally renowned dive site of Sail Rock. Although only 15 meters above the water, the structure extends 40 meters below the surface. The main attraction of Sail Rock is a naturally formed 15-meter high underwater dive wall or chimney.

Divers can ascend from 18 meters up the chimney wall to the surface, making this a unique diving experience. Visibility is usually excellent at around 30 meters. The structure itself is pocked with small holes which are ideal homes for white-eyed and yellow margin moray eels, as well as large sea anemones. Sightings of reef sharks and manta rays are also common, as are large schools of tuna, jacks, trevally and barracudas. During the winter months whale sharks can be seen on occasion.

Angthong National Park

Ang Thong National Marine Park lies approximately 30 Km to the northwest of Samui. Popularized by the movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo Di Caprio, the park comprises 80 islands and offers some of the best diving in Thailand.

Koh Wao and Koh Yippon are the most popular dive sites, featuring incredible swim-through experiences, not to mention other encounters with caves, tunnels and passageways. The water visibility is 15-25 meters and the area is best visited between the months of September through January. The marine park is a proverbial spawning ground for many fish species and is home to hundreds of different varieties of colorful soft and hard coral.

Hin Wong

Located east of Koh Tao, Hin Wong is a large and varied site, with depths ranging from 10-30 meters. Unfortunately, the only shortcoming of the site is the unpredictable water visibility, which cannot be assured at all times.

Nevertheless, the site abounds with delicate sea fans and spiraling wire coral and is home to many types of fish including groupers, filefish, snapper, etc. If you are lucky and keep your distance, you may even see sea turtles feeding off the rich variety of food the reef has to offer.

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