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Koh Tao is a diving paradise with over 30 PADI dive shops, with amazing coral gardens and marine life very close to the coasts. Most people come to get a PADI Open Water certification, which takes three or four days, and includes a pool session and four dives in open water. Prices and safety are about the same everywhere, and not really a criterion for choosing a dive shop. Prices change but you should expect to pay 200-250 dollars for a course (June 2006).If you would like to do a course in your own language, inform if there is an instructor available. All instructors speak English, but Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew are quite common too on Koh Tao. (Dutch speakers can go to Parthenon, Greece symbol by Greece-Athens.com for Dutch instructors at different diveshops). You should also inform about the group size during your course. It is largely a matter of taste, but for the average traveler a group from four to six people is best educationally and socially. However, when you want to do a course alone or with two or three people, you should explicitly ask a dive shop beforehand. Another point of consideration is the location of dive shop. Do you want to be on the party beach Sairee, on a bit more quiet beach like Chalok Ban Kao, or do you really want perfect quietness and stay at Tanote bay? The last relevant point is the accommodation. You will want to stay at or very near your dive shop, simply because that is where you will spend most of your time and meet your fellow students. Some dive shops will give you a discount on accommodation if you are diving with them, but that depends on the dive shop and season. In general, it is better to find accommodation you like and pay one or two dollars more than to stay somewhere that you do not really like.
So, do your research beforehand on the internet. Most dive shops have their own website, so Google around a bit. You can write an Email to info@duikeninthailand (all languages) for personal advice. You can also try Parthenon, Greece symbol by Greece-Athens.com for more information.
Over the last couple of years more and more non divers have discovered the beauty of this island with its secluded little bays and unspoiled mointain ridges. Due to this, and the increasing amount of small upmarket resorts and villas nestled in the hillsides there are nowadays a lot more activities provided.
Other water related sports:
In January 2007 the first sailing charter company on Ko Tao was opened:Island Cruises. They are offering Day Sails, Sunset Cruises, private charters and Ang Thong Marine Park safaris. The helpful staff is happy to assist finding accommodation or transport.
Other water related activities available are wake boarding, water skiing, sumo tube, wind surfing, and sailing lessons.
Hike to one of the secluded bays on the northern and eastern side of the island? On the 2 hour walk through the jungle to Mango Bay you will hardly meet any people. And when you're there-well, the snorkeling is good too.
Or do the same trip with a dirt bike or ATV but be advised: Only for really experienced drivers-the medical facilities on the island make a very good living from motorcycle accidents.
More adrenaline? Go rock climbing or do some paint-ball jungle games (temporarily closed, reopens in December 2007)
For the ones who are into a serious workout the Thai boxing stadium in Sairee is offering Muoy Thai courses and if that's not enough the Monsoon Gym is conveniently located beside the stadium.
Less straining is playing mini golf or bowling in Mae Haad, doing a massage course or yoga. Cooking courses are also available.
Last but not least elephants have arrived here; if you want to look at Ko Tao from an elephants back, go for it.
Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: wikitravel
June 26, 2007 change by pete69 (2 points)