Welcome to Koh Tao, the diving mecca of the world. We are famous for our clear, calm waters, beautiful marine life and the cheapest diving in the world. So you sign up for a Discover Scuba Diving, or get the adventure started with your Open Water or even keep the fun going with your Advanced Open Water. But now your course is done and you want to spend some more days on this tropical island paradise. So what else is there to do on Koh Tao other than diving? Well, first of all, we have some phenomenal beaches too shallow to dive but perfect for those looking to do some snorkeling. Find yourself a motorbike (be sure to be very careful when driving), hop in a taxi or rent a taxi boat for the day to take you and your friends to the East coast of the island where you are sure to find the perfect beach to fit any needs. Tanote Bay is a personal favourite, offering calm waters to catch a cool dip, stunning corals right off the beach filled with colourful and particularly curious fish, or a large rock in which the more adventurous can jump off from a maximum height of 12 meters! You can even rent a kayak and paddle your way over to Laem Thian to discover another beautiful bay.
On your way back into town make a pit stop at Love Koh Tao look out to enjoy a fresh shake or cold beer and snap the perfect Instagram photo of the island from over 300 meters high. Looking to spend some time out of the water? Then pop over to Hacienda to play some mini golf, watch a movie in their cinema or play lifesize pool in which you have to kick the balls into the pockets (this is one you have to see to understand). If you time it so that you arrive on a Sunday then you can gorge yourself on Sunday roast, with all the usual trimmings as good as your mom makes. The yorkshire pudding is a must have! Why not then pamper yourself with a massage? For the cost of a beer back home you get 1 hour of pure indulgence and bliss. Try the classic thai massage or give those sore muscles a warm oil treatment. Just make sure you give yourself at least 6 hours break if you have been diving that day!Once your perfect day is complete be sure to head back to Scuba Junction, share a beer with our staff at beer-o-clock at 5pm every day, and catch one of the most stunning sunsets you will ever have the pleasure to witness. Sairee beach is full of delicious restaurants offering a variety of different cuisines sure to please any palate. Just ask any of our helpful staff member and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction!
Lucy Dive Instructor.
Let Scuba into your life...Time to tick it off the bucket list
Never tried diving? Sitting on the sofa at home reading this? Let this blog open your eyes to the pure beauty of scuba diving and will have you reaching for nearest flight booking app!My name is Luchia Stone and I once was you, reading this from a laptop screen in rainy England (yes it does rain all the time) and now 3 years later I am a head instructor at Scuba Junction Diving still slightly perplexed that I am still here and with no regrets!Scuba Junction Diving is a small friendly safety conscious PADI 5 star dive center located on the idyllic beach front in Sairee, Koh Tao. We offer a range of dive courses from PADI Discover Scuba Diving right through to PADI Dive Master. This blog is going to look at how to become a PADI Open diver and how you can achieve your dreams in just 3 and a half days. (yes just 3 and a half days!!)Let me first explain how the course runs and the most important things you need to know! Scuba Diving is relatively easy to learn, but do make sure you are trained by a reputable school with experienced staff. Proper training will also make you aware of the most common problems that you could encounter underwater.
Make sure that you are medically and physically fit to dive as certain medical conditions are not compatible with diving. Aside from physiological factors, it also helps to be physically fit. As you will need to swim 200metes and float for 10 minutes as part of your course, the fitter you are the easier diving is! Dust of those running shoes or brave the outdoor pool! We can send you a medical form prior to booking with us.Always double check that you don't need any vaccination jabs and you have travel insurance. You will be insured for all your scuba diving with Scuba Junction Diving.So you've arrived! for your 4pm start. You will be welcomed by one of our lovely staff members for your orientation. During your orientation you will fill in all your paper work and be shown around our lovely dive center. Its then into the classroom for the first 3 PADI videos. Finishing at around 6:30pm just in time for that all important selfie as the sun sets!
The next day starts at 8:00am with some theory, equipment set up and fitting you into our equipment. All our Scuba Pro equipment is fully serviced and maintained however you may want to purchase something of your own and your instructor will be more that happy to help you find that perfect mask. (I like mine all pink!) After a healthy lunch of local pad thai its out on to the boat to get down with the local aquatic life of Koh Tao. From taking those first underwater breaths you will realise how relaxing scuba diving is! We arrive back at the shop around 5pm to log our dives and plan the next day. At 8:00am we start the next day for some more videos, theory, diving and practicing being neutral buoyancy (feeling totally weightless whilst diving) and of course not forgetting cleaning our scuba gear after each day!
The final day is here and its a 06:45am start (dont worry we have coffee on the boat for those that are not early birds) and we are out to make our final open water dives too. We get back at 11am to finish that all important paper work for your final certification! Not forgetting sharing our experiences on facebook, instagram and making friends at home very jealous! Take the afternoon to relax and then we can all celebrate with our certification dinner with your new buddies at one of the many restaurants on Koh Tao and drink a well earnd beer (or maybe 3!) The PADI Open Water course certifies you to 18m and lasts for life, something that needs celebrating!So whats next...Seems logical that since you flew all the way out here, why stop diving? Continue with the PADI Advanced Open Water..5 dives in 2 days? How you may ask. Simplest answer..book a flight, pack a suitcase and come and see us! Turtles, Whale sharks and our famous Trigger fish are all waiting for you! It was the best decision I ever made and my life would not of been the same with out SCUBA J! Do one thing different today and you never know where it could lead you!