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Fun Dive Packages

Koh Tao is unique to Thailand  as it offers 27 dive site, with the majority close to the island.The close proximity of these sites, combined with a variety of deeper and shallower dives, allows us to offer divers up to 5 possible dives a day (4 day dives and 1 night dive).

Average depths around the island are from 8 - 20 meters, with deeper off shore sites offering depths of 30m+. 

The first two dives are in the morning. departing at 7.00 am, returning around 11.30 am. The two afternoon dives depart at 12.30 pm, returning around 4.30 pm. For those who would like to explore the reef at night, our night dives depart at 6.00 pm and return in time for dinner at around 8.00 pm.

This system gives the diver the flexibility to dive everyday and still have time to enjoy a lazy morning or a whole afternoon to discover the island, relax on the beach.

WHY SCUBA JUNCTION FOR FUN DIVES ? 

 

  • All our group sizes for fun dives are limited to maximum 4 divers per guide, ensuring that you will see more fins of fish than fins of divers !
  • We don't mix experienced divers with less experienced divers so that everyone can enjoy their dives at their comfort level of depth, time and air consumption.
  • As still the only dive center on Koh Tao, all our divers get to dive with a NEW dive computer. This is not only safer but also allows our divers more flexibility with their dive profile and surface intervals.
  • Also the only shop out of 65 dive shops that provide free use of optical lenses for all prescriptions...
  • As an EanX center we also offer EanX dives for free as part of a 8 or more dive package, of course you need to EanX certified to be able to benefit from this, so please don't forget to bring your card.
  • State of the art maintained dive equipment, NO leaking hoses or salt encrusted diving equipment, all regulators have silicone mouthpieces that are changed every week !
  • Our guides are full time professionals with more than 1,500 dives experience on Koh Tao.
  • For those who would like a different size tank (standard 12 liter) we have smaller 8 liter tanks for the junior divers and 15 liter tanks for those in need of some extra air !  

All our prices are for boat dives and include full equipment (and dive computer).

1-9 dives           850 ThB/dive

10+ dives          750 ThB/dive

 Torch Rental (LED torch) 200 ThB/dive

 EanX tank          FREE if booked with 8 or more dive package (if not in combination 200 thb per tank) 

 Skill Review/Refresher course   1,500 Thb

 Book your fun dive package here or contact us for more information.

 

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Diving

Koh Tao is unique to Thailand, as it offers 25 dive sites, with the majority close the island. Average depths around the island are approximately 14 - 18m with deeper off shore sites offering depths of 30m+. The close proximity of these sites, combined with their depths, allows us to offer divers up to 5 safe dives a day.

The first two dives are in the morning, departing at 8:30 am. Returning at approximately 1pm. The two afternoon dives depart at 1.30 pm returning around 6 pm. Night dives depart on request at 6.30pm and return in time for dinner, at around 8.30pm.

This system gives the diver the flexibility to dive everyday and still have time to allow them to have either a lazy morning or afternoon to discover the island or just relax on the beach. It also helps those divers who wish to maximize their diving experience during limited stays.

Our Divemasters are fully qualified and special training is given in local aquatic life. Dives are fully planned and lead by are Divemasters and customers are encouraged to use our free dive computers in the interest of increased safety.

All our dive equipment is well maintained by our management, who hold international technicians certificates in all areas of equipment repairs.
   
For those divers who have their own equipment a 15 % discount is given off the regular prices except Divemaster and Instructor level courses. (see Prices). Private equipment may be left in our dive center.

Should you decide to buy your own equipment or any diving accessory, we have a fully equipped retail shop in the local town, Mae Haad. Brands sold include Scubapro, Suunto (Stingers and Vytec computers), Saekodive, Pelican cases etc. Special rates are given to our customers. All purchased equipment is backed by full International warranties.

Scuba Junction is the acting retail agent on Koh Tao for Dive Supply - Thailand's leading and largest recreational diving retail distributor.

Below you can read about the most popular dive sites around Koh Tao.

 

Chumphon Pinnacle

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Average Depth: 20m (66ft)
Maximum Depth: 36m (120ft)Chumphon Pinnacle, Koh Tao

Koh Tao's most impressive dive site. The dive site consists of four underwater pinnacles that tower up from around 34m (112ft) to the highest peaks at 16m (53ft) below the surface. This is an ideal place to spot many pelagics and big reef fish.
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Green Rock (Hin Kee-Oh)

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Average Depth: 15m (50ft)
Maximum Depth: 25m (83ft)Green Rock, Koh Tao

Divers come here for the tremendous selection of adventurous swim throughs provided by large archways, caverns, caves and crevices that cut through Green Rock.
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Nang Yuan Bay III, Twins (Aow Sam)

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Average Depth: 12m (40ft)
Maximum Depth: 21m (70ft)Twins, Koh Tao

Descending down onto the large rocks in a depth of 9m (30ft) you will find the dive site come to life. Alabaster sea cucumbers with their feathery mouthparts occur in large numbers, but are part of a more interesting community scattered around rocks and boulder corals, which are rich with multicoloured Christmas tree worms and bivalve molluscs.
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Nang Yuan Bay II, Japanese Gardens (Aow Song)

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Average Depth: 10m (35ft)
Maximum Depth: 15m (50ft)Japanese Gardens

A coral head covered bottom with patches of pristine sand, provides a good dive site to go off and see plenty of bivalves and tropical reef fish.
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White Rock (Hin Khao)

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Average Depth: 15m (50ft)
Maximum Depth: 24m (80ft)White Rock Koh Tao

This is a very enjoyable dive, suitable for both novice and experienced divers. The site consists of two main pinnacles, the higher of which (White Rock itself) is covered by only 2m (6ft) of water and the lower (down in the southern end of the dive site) known as the Coral Garden.
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Hin Wong Pinnacle

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Average Depth: 15m (50ft)
Maximum Depth: 30m (100ft)Hin Wong, Koh Tao

The site consists mainly of large tabletop rock formation with an array of purple soft corals scattered over the surrounding area that give the site its name ("Wong" is Thai for purple).
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Aow Leuk Bay (Aow Leuk)

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Average Depth: 10m (35ft)
Maximum Depth: 15m (50ft)Aow Leuk, Koh Tao

This is an ideal site for novice divers. One of the most beautiful bays on the island, you will typically moor up in 6-10m (20-35ft) and begin your dive over some pristine sand - look out for the elusive snake eels that poke their heads out of their burrows.
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Aow Leuk Point

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Average Depth: 10m (35ft)
Maximum Depth: 24m (78ft)Aow Leuk Point Koh Tao

If you continue round the corner from Aow Leuk, you'll come across this superb little site that is based around two above water pinnacles and leads you down into an underwater haven for small reef fish, angel fish, sweetlips, blue spotted rays and even, on occasion, turtles.
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Shark Island (Kong Sai Daeng)

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Average Depth: 15m (50ft)
Maximum Depth: 28m (93ft)Shark Ialand Koh Tao

It consists of two main rocks that are separated by a narrow channel which gives the island the look of a shark swimming on the surface, hence the name.
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Southwest Pinnacle (Hin Tung Gu)

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Average Depth: 17m (56ft)
Maximum Depth: 28m (93ft)SouthWest Pinnacle, Koh Tao

Smaller than it's counterpart, Chumphon Pinnacle, Southwest consists of a series of pinnacles the deepest at 28m rising up to 5m belowthe surface.
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Nang Yuang Pinnacle (Hin Daeng)

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Average Depth: 15m (50ft)
Maximum Depth: 21m (70ft)Nan Yuang, Koh Tao

A cylindrical rock column stretches up from a sand covered bottom to the surface and provides the normal start point for this dive. Spiraling down the rock you will come across a big crevice at about 15-16m (50-53ft) that is the home for large Jenkin's and pink whiprays.
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Table Top

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Average Depth: 12m (40ft)
Maximum Depth: 15m (50ft)Table Top, Koh Tao

Tabletop lies in between Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan and is a coastal dive. A simple sand bottom, covered with large granite rocks and coral heads make this dive relatively easy to navigate and plan.
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Mango Bay (Aow Muang)

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Average Depth: 5m (15ft)
Maximum Depth: 15m (50ft)Mango Bay, Koh Tao

Nobody's diving or snorkeling experience on Koh Tao is complete without a visit to Mango Bay, located on the north of the island in between two palm fringed and jungle covered slopes.
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Mango Point

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Average Depth: 15m (50ft)
Maximum Depth: 40m (130ft)

Heading round to the east of Mango Bay lies Mango point, a deep water site that starts along the shoreline of Koh Tao and descends deeper down to several coral covered pinnacles and rocks.
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Buddha Point

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Average Depth: 8m (30ft)
Maximum Depth: 12m (40ft)

As one swims around the point to the South East of Chalok Baan Khao where the Buddha rocks sit, you will come across a series of underwater rocks covered in white soft whip coral and purple sponges.
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Tanote Bay (Aow Tanote)

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Average Depth: 12m (40ft)
Maximum Depth: 15m (50ft)

A shallow bay dive, Tanote Bay descends down a rocky pinnacle in the middle of the bay. Main thing to look out for here is some big coral trout and snapper that hide out at about 8-11m and for the six banded angelfish that go around in pairs.
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Lighthouse

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Average Depth: 12m (40ft)
Maximum Depth: 18m (60ft)

Named after the lighthouse overlooking the bay. On the Northern point are two main rocks that come out of the water and these are where you will find most of the fish life. Check under the larger rocks for pink or Jenkins whip rays and blue spotted rays that hide there.
 

Sam Ran Pinnacles

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Average Depth: 18m (60ft)
Maximum Depth: 24m (80ft)

Hin Sam Ran is a series of underwater pinnacles that resembles South West in size and structure. It is made up of a central pinnacle descending down to 30m on one side and with an average depth of 22-24m on the other.
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Sail Rock (Hin Bai)

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Average Depth: 18m (60ft)
Maximum Depth: 33m (110ft)

A pinnacle that sticks some 7-9m out of the water, half way between Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan. A superb site offering a whole range of depths and diving areas and includes the famous chimney that is a vertical shaft that rises from 18m to 5m with another exit at 10m.
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Laem Tien Caves

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Average Depth: 15m (50ft)
Maximum Depth: 24m (80ft)

Along the rocky shoreline of Laem Tien are a series of underwater swim-throughs and caves.
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Hin Pee Wee

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Average Depth: 15m (50ft)
Maximum Depth: 24m (80ft)

Hin Pee Wee is approximately 200m to the south of White Rock (Hin Khao) and provides a deeper alternative to it's more northerncousin.
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Seasons

Koh Tao is fortunate that thanks to its location and geography you can dive ALL YEAR round with two types of season: weather and tourist.

Weather forecast on Koh Tao

Weather:
Conditions are usually favorable from mid-December with temperature and visibility increasing and flat seas until April-May.

May to August can bring changing weather which can include slight showers and windy periods but overall conditions are good. Between the months of September and October conditions re-peak with good visibility and flat seas.

Koh Tao and the Gulf of Thailand has its SE Monsoon usually in November and December with heavy rain at times. Conditions are the worst this time of the year all over the South of Thailand. 

  
Tourist:

The island starts to fill just before Christmas and continues up until the end of April.

There is a second period where the island fills again around about mid-July until the end of September. If you would like to dive during the busier periods we strongly advise that you make a reservation for a bungalow as there is still a shortage of accomodation on Koh Tao. Especially budget rooms are hard to find for late deciders.

 
Visibility

Thanks to the location and geography for Koh Tao, you can dive all year round. There are 27 dive sites to choose from so plenty of alternatives to find sheltered areas.

During the SE Monsoon season in November-December the visibility is at its worst, ranging from 5-10 meters. It gradually improves in January and from then on you can count on 30+ meters.

The deeper dive sites are spectacular as you will be able to see from the bottom (30 meters) all the way to the surface.

 
Whalesharks

Docile whale sharks on Koh TaoFor many divers whale sharks are the ultimate experience and for many divers this ultimate experience comes true on Koh Tao.

Although whale sharks are seasonal, they also have spotted out side the so called whale shark season.

You will have a higher chance of diving next to one of these friendly giants from February till May and from August till November.

For about 2 years now, the whale shark  population is being monitored on Koh Tao and all sightings are reported in the data base of Marine Conservation Koh Tao.

Data collection is very important to be able to see declines or problems in existing populations to encourage countries in the region to take measures to protect this magnificent animals for the future. Believe it or not, whale sharks are now also being targeted by the Shark Fining Industry which is responsible for the death of a staggering 100 million sharks per year !

Sharks keep the oceans healthy as part of the natural food chain.  Humanity is damaging this fine balance through fishing and fining of sharks, some species are now close to extinction.  This will cause huge problems to our ecosystem if left unchecked.

To learn how to help please check out the following sites, every little bit counts.

 

www.sharksavers.org

www.projectaware.org

 
Currents
Koh Tao is one of the few islands in the world, that only has one tide (Diurnal tide) a day. Due to this unique feature the island doesn't suffer the same amount of tidal exchange that is common on the Andaman side (West cost) of Thailand.

This results in safe and calm diving conditions without strong and dangerous currents.

The only time that the island experiences any form of current is around the dates of the full- and black moons, but they hardly pose a problem, not even for novice divers.
 
Temperature
Relaxing on the sun roof of the boatLocals would say that Koh Tao is always warm, other tourists may feel that it is hot.

Air temperatures rarely drop below 30 degrees, except in the monsoon season, where they can plummet to 28 degrees. Because the sea is never far away, even on hot days a gentle breeze helps cooling of a bit, a plunge in the sea can further alleviate the heat.

Water temperatures normally stay around 27/31 degrees, a perfect temperature to enjoy the under water world and all its colorful inhabitants.
 
Equipment

We provide you with full equipment, which is included in the price of the dives and courses.

All our equipment is new as of June 2013: New T-one ScubaPro BCD's, New ScubaPro MK-2 Regulators, Technisub and Mares fins and SeacSub masks and snorkels to fit all size faces.

New Sunnto Gekko / Zoop Dive Computers for all divers to use, New Compasses and Optical Lenses if you need them for ALL prescriptions.

ALL our divers get FREE use of a new Suunto dive computers to add more safety and flexibility to your diving experience.

We are also the only shop out of 60 here that provides FREE use of optical lenses for all prescription masks!

We have all sizes for all scuba equipment including junior sizes to suit all family members.

Scuba Junction has a solid reputation for high quality equipment and only uses name brands which include: Scubapro, Seacsub, Suunto, Mares.

Our equipment is continually monitored throughout the year in order to help maintain our high standards and annually completely overhauled by highly trained European Technicians.

Our Scuba Diving Aluminium tanks are visually serviced once a year and hydrostatically tested every five years to Thailand Standards. The tanks are also clearly marked with this information.

Natalie E Alderton, Manager & Partner and  David Waite, Assistant Manager are Qualified / Certified Technicians in fixing the above equipment which helps to have them in-house.

Scuba Junction also has a lovely range of retail for customers to buy, ranging from Masks, snorkels, t-shirts for SJ, branded shirts, key chains. If we don't have it in the shop it takes us minutes to get your preferred brand, size and color.

    

     

    

 

If you visiting Koh Phangnan you can also buy Scuba Equipment...

All Scuba Solutions is located in Thong Sala on the island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. It's aim is to provide the Island with an expansive range of Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Water Sports Equipment and More.

In addition to the wide selection of water sports equipment All Scuba Solutions also offers Dive Courses and Dive Tours on both Koh Phangan and Koh Tao using specially selected Dive Centres. We also offer Snorkelling Tours, Kayak Tours, Koh Phangan Island Tours, Travel information and Tickets to destinations within Thailand.

Visit their website here

 
Boats

Scuba Junction has it's own fully customized diving boat. The 14 meter Mantaray has been specifically designed for divers and carries DAN Oxygen, First Aid kits and Radio communications.

There is a toilet on board, a nice sun roof and the spacious dive deck below allows everyone to set up his/her equipment with plenty of space. When it was built special care was taken to make it stable in waves so you will have less change of getting seasick on The Mantaray than on other boats.

Because we are all 'land animals' without sea legs, we provide free of charge seasick tablets for those in need.

In between dives we have a one hour surface interval for conservatism, to relax, brief and debrief. In this break we provide tea, coffee, fruit, water and cookies!

 Our captain has been with us nearly the whole time we have been open, 17 years, he is famous on the island for being a great captain, his son Tak, is our boat boy who has also served many years with us, they are amazing.

 

  

 
Snorkeling

For those not having the courage to take the to see what is underneath, snorkeling can be something for you to still enjoy the natural beauty form the surface.

Apart from being a diver's paradise Koh Tao is also a snorkeler's paradise in which the beaches are always quiet because most visitors are involved in diving activities.

Snorkeling reefs can be found all around the island with reefs readily accessible from the shore. We offer mask and fins rental, but you can also join our afternoon diving trip which goes to shallow bays ideal for new divers but also excellent for snorkelers.

The best time to Snorkel on our boat is the afternoons, this is when we visit the shallower bays.

If you wish to join us just to sunbathe and swim we charge your just 200thb each time, this covers our costs for your space, tea, coffee, water, fruit and biscuits.

If you wish to join us for snorkeling we charge you 350thb per trip, this includes your equipment for the trip and above refreshments.

 
Refresher

At Scuba Junction, we realize that many divers wish they could maintain their diving skills. We also realize in today's fast pace and colder waters, that this is not always possible.

Diving is like drivin

g a bicycle, once you know how to do it, you won't forget. It is a good idea though that after an inactivity from diving to sign up for a Scuba Tune Up/Refresher Course.

Your instructor will go over the basic dive theory and equipment set up in the morning and in the afternoon you get to practice your skills again in shallow water under guidance of your instructor. 

Most skills you will remember from your previous training, what most people struggle with is the buoyancy to stay neutral during your dive. Extra care is taken to make sure that after your Tune Up/Refresher you are confident again to jump in and enjoy...

Price: 1,500 Baht - Book Here or Contact us for more information.

(Price includes all diving equipment, tuition, shallow practice and 1 shallow dive directly after the refresh to get your buoyancy back on track)

 

 


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