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Koh Tao Diving

With a day to spare and some nice sunny weather, I went diving to Koh Tao. Koh Tao is around an hour and half away by fast boat and is a very very popular island for diving.

I booked my trip with Easy Divers, at their shop in Bophut – Fishermans Village. Cost was 4500 ThB, that included pickup from outside Coconut Laguna, breakfast, all equipment, lunch, snacks, two dives, dinner and return to Coconut Laguna.

There were eight of us on the boat plus four instructors/divemasters. The majority of the divers were Russian. One dive instructor was Russian, two Germans and a Thai lady.

First dive was at White Rock, a relatively nice and easy dive with plenty of pretty scenery. It was also clear how popular Koh Tao is, as there were 13 dive boats there. Visibility was around 8 meters or so, and max depth didnt get much past 16m. Dived with a shorty wet-suit, but could easily have dived without, the water being soooo warm. Second dive after lunch was at Mango Bay. The depth was around 10 meters and the dive was parallel to the shore swimming along the edge of the coral. There were some spectacular scenery. Again visibility was around 8-10 meters. Below are some photos from Mango bay dive.


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Where is Baan Pimalai?

Baan Pimalai is located on Bang Po or Bang Por beach, which is on the north coast of Koh Samui, a relaxed, Samui-speed 20 minutes drive from the international airport and 10 minutes from the old capital, Nathon.

Koh Samui itself is a small island of less than 230 km2 in the Gulf of Thailand (this means its beaches and waters are sheltered by Thailand that curves around this sea). ┬áThe island is roughly triangular in shape with a gentle north coast of quiet communities, sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and coral reefs … the perfect holiday destination!

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