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Ko Tao Diving

Do you want to learn to dive, but avoid the cold, murky waters of home? Then why not learn to dive in the warm, tropical waters off the island of Ko Tao. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular diving course in the world, and where better to take it than this exciting, exotic location. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, this secluded island provides the perfect setting for your first diving course. Warm, clear waters conceal some of the worlds best dive sites, most just a few minutes boat trip from your hotel and the dive centre. Read more


  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Bangkok

We meet you at Bangkok airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

  • Day 2:
  • Bangkok

We start the day with a half day tour of Bangkok, visiting the stunning Grand Palace complex and the Royal Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Afternoon is free for you to relax or explore more of Bangkok before boarding the overnight sleeper train to Chumporn, in a second class, air conditioned, sleeping berth.

  • Day 3:
  • Ko Tao

Upon arrival in Chumporn we transfer you to the direct ferry to Ko Tao, which takes 2-3 hours. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into and explore the beautiful island paradise of Ko Tao. Sometime in the afternoon we'll introduce you to the dive school and go over the plan for your diving.

  • Day 4-7:
  • Ko Tao

Today you'll start your Open Water course, which should take 4 days to complete. The course consists of 3 sections: confined water dives, usually in a cordoned off beach or pool; classroom lessons, where you will learn the theory and practical side of diving; and at least 2 open water dives in the presence of a qualified dive master.

  • Day 8:
  • Ko Tao

Today is free before you take the afternoon ferry back to Chumporn for the return overnight train back to Bangkok.

  • Day 9:
  • Bangkok

Today is completely free for you to recover from the previous nights travelling and to enjoy some last minute shopping or some more sightseeing. There are plenty of optional tours you can do around Bangkok, which can be booked from our local office.

  • Day 10:
  • Bangkok

Your morning is free to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping before we transfer you back to airport for flight home.

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Tour facts

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Private tour; minimum age 12
Grand Palace; Gulf of Thailand Coral Reefs & Fish; Relaxed Ko Tao Atmosphere; Tropical Island Scenery
2nd class a/c sleeper train, local bus, ferry
Group departures:
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Approx. UKĀ£30 p/p
Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 7 | Lunch: 0 | Dinner: 0


We use a range of carefully selected hotels for our private departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a tailor-made tour.


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"Great holiday! Nice people! Exciting experiences! I would love to do it all again."

Elliot Henry (Thailand Uncovered)

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