Want to learn how to snorkel or dive at one of the easiest dive spots and clearest waters around? Then head for Koh Tao, the little island in the Gulf of Thailand with over 30 dive operators, 20 dive spots and visibility of up to 40 meters on a good day. Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places to get dive certified. If you are lucky, besides the reef sharks, turtles and stingrays, you may bump into the whale sharks that occasionally drop by.
There are several wrecks to sniff around, among them the USS Lagarto and the spooky Tottori Maru from the Second World War and the Seacrest Drill Ship hammered down by Typhoon Gay in November 1989. Be aware that storm season in the Gulf of Thailand is usually in the month of October thru November.
Not only is Koh Tao a little remote from its popular neighbour Koh Samui, its also much quieter, just nice to get away from it all to its secluded beaches, or go hiking, abseiling or biking.
This short video by photographic75 shows off glimpses of Koh Tao.
And this video by MasterDiversKohTao may inspire some to go diving soon.