Koh Tao is a popular destination for scuba divers and those who want to obtain a scuba diving certificate. The 3 million visitors a year that Koh Tao welcomes have a choice of accommodations from the Naroua Villas Koh Tao, Thailand to hotels and budget resorts. Diving courses are cheap, the island is beautiful, diving sites are abundant and lifestyle is simple.
Koh Tao is second to Cairns, Australia in the number of annual diving certifications. Travellers from all over Asia visit Koh Tao to experience their first breath underwater and have a close up view of coral reefs and aquatic life. Prospective divers have a wide range of choice when it comes to dive schools, dive instructors and diving sites. There are 50 dive shops in the island and you can expect serious competition.
The choice for scuba diving training systems comes down to two: PADI or SSI. Each of these organizations has developed their own teaching materials, standards and certifications. Differences are minimal and it does not matter whichever certification card you walk away with. You will be using the same equipment, see the same coral reefs and fishes and dive in the same resorts.
Diving certifications whether from PADI or SSI are recognized all over the world. What matters is the quality of the course and the experience and knowledge that the scuba instructor will share. A diving course can be completed in 3 days and designed for students that are as young as 12. A student has to watch videos, read book chapters, take tests and learn how to dive.
PADI or Professional Association of Diving Instructors is a leading scuba training organization with more than 6,000 dive shops and resorts all over the world. SSI or Scuba Schools International has more than 2,500 authorized dealers all over the world. An SSI diving course is 10% cheaper than a PADI course.
If peace and privacy is your reason for visiting Koh Tao, an excellent place is Naroua Villas Koh Tao, Thailand with its spectacular views and convenient location. The pictures on the website do not do justice to the beauty of the villa and the surrounding environment.