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Ko Samui is known as a backpacker paradise where many tourists undergo their first steps into the world of diving.

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Ko Samui is the fallout base for many travellers, short holiday tourists, wedding trips and nowadays even family tours visit this island. Since the 1970s this island has become one of the most favourite tourist destinations with such an array of resorts and hotels that everything you want can be booked. Nightlife, bars, Ang Thong National marine Park, diving, water sports, nice beaches, Thai cooking and some excellent weather have been the reasons. Heavy showers during the monsoon season hit this part of the gulf from November to February. During these months it is better to visit the Andaman Sea in the west as the season for diving is on its top then. Diving is not completely absent between November and February but boat rides can be bumby, surface currents can be strong and swells can be huge, making it a great combination for motion sickness.

The Gulf offers some excellent coral formations, healthy reefs where even whale sharks come to feed on the abundant plankton. Fish life is divers with several pelagic species and many of the common reef fish. Even fishing tours can be booked as there is some excellent game fish to be caught in the waters offshore. Water temperatures are between 25 degrees in winter and up to thirty in summer making shorts a very pleasant way of diving.

Ko Samui offers some diving around its shores but for the more interesting dive sites you will have to book a tour to Ko Tao or one of the pinnacles in the middle of the Gulf. It is a very good and cheap place to learn diving. Many of its shore dives are used for training dives such as navigation dives, fish identification and showing the instructor your skills underwater. Some of the best sites near Ko Samui are Five Islands on the southwest reachable after a short boat ride and Ao Chaweng on the east.

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- Phangan Divers, Main Street, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, Surat Thanni

Phangan Divers

Phangan Divers
+66 (0)77 375-117
 Main Street, Haad Rin, Koh Pha...
Surat Thanni

Thailand has much to offer the visiting diver and snorkeller. There is a vast range of exhilarating sites of many different kinds, providing something for everyone, regardless of their qualification levels or experience Phangan Divers was established in the early 1990's - the first dive shop on Koh Phangan. We have since became the premier dive school for technical and pro dive courses on the island.

Phangan Divers was established in the early 1990's as the first dive shop on Koh Phangan! Since then, Phangan Divers have experienced many exciting changes. Our first shop in the lively town of Haad Rin was recognized for achievement and awarded PADI 5 Star status in 1993. In May 1999 Phangan Divers was further recognized for dedication and professionalism and was upgraded to become the first Instructor Development Centre on Koh Phangan. Our Instructor Training Courses have been running frequently ever since with a 100% pass rate ! In the year 2000 we were one of the first dive schools in Thailand to introduce Nitrox and a little later we started Technical dive traning here on Koh Phangan . Since then we have continued to lead the field in innovation in the dive industry. In 2004 we diversified to offer SSI and BSAC courses to compliment our PADI diver training to ensure that you are able to pick the course that is the right fit for you. Having an Instructor Certifier on the staff indicates a five star commitment to offering professional level training and continuing education opportunities to existing dive professionals.
- The Salamander Dive Center, 17/4 moo 3, Bophut , Koh Samui

The Salamander Dive Center

The Salamander Dive Center
+66 77 413-693
 17/4 moo 3, Bophut
Koh Samui

Full PADI Dive centre with several dive shop on Koh Samui, located in Chaweng, Bophut & Maenam. PADI scuba diving courses & dive trips in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Long established Diving company on Koh Samui, reflecting the quality of the service we provide and our ability to cater to all your needs. We have several dive centers on Koh Samui, located in Chaweng, Bophut & Maenam. Rest assured, you will experience your first breath underwater in a professional, safe & relaxed environment. We are one of the very few diving providers on the island that have our own boat which takes us comfortably to all the amazing dive sites we have in Koh Samui and the Gulf of Thailand.


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Accommodation Guide Koh Phanga...
 113/3 Moo 1
Thong Sala Koh Phangan

Find and book over 35 quality resorts, bungalows and hotels online. Honest info, easy booking!

Find and book over 35 quality resorts, bungalows and hotels online. Honest info, easy booking!
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Samui Travel and Tourist Guide

Samui Travel and Tourist Guide

Complete travel and activities guide to Krabi and Thailand, where to stay and party, sightseeing, transportation and diving information.

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Name: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

The marine park dive site on Koh Samui is one allowed for divers and snorkelers. We saw lots of aquatic life including blue spotted stingray, seasnakes and stonefish. Visibility, corals and fish life were not superb though. The visibility on our second dive increased slightly. We spotted a large area of clownfish. Back at the boat I saw that someone stepped into a sea-egel and had big red bruised on his knees. Later, back at the hotel, I had ear problems because my equalization was not good during the dive.

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