Simple Life runs two resorts on Koh Tao, both situated along Sairee Beach.
Offers a wide range, from dorm rooms to beachfront villas at the south end of Sairee Beach.
Posted May 29th, 2010 by dan
Dominique, Sion, James, Elisabeth, Marlou & I have enjoyed an awesome few days of diving Koh Tao, winding up with the guys qualifying as PADI Advanced Open Water divers here at Simple Life Dive Resort. Following on from their PADI Open Water course the posse decided to stick around for a couple more days and make their Advanced PADI course.
Image: Diving Koh Tao – Lionfish @ the Chumphon Pinnacles, Yellow box-fish, and Giant Puffer-fish at the Japanese Gardens Wreck
Always a highlight of the PADI Advanced course, our deep dive at the Chumphon pinnacles was fantastic. We saw a beautiful lionfish (pictured above) plus many snapper and trevally. Also bizarrely we saw a giant grouper which had managed to make it’s way into an abandoned fish trap near the base of the pinnacles.
Our next diving Koh Tao highlight of the dive course was the advanced wreck dive on the rotting wooden hull of an old dive boat (near the Japanese Gardens dive site north west of Koh Tao). There’s now a giant puffer-fish resident around the wreck, and it’s always cool to check out how quickly the corals and marine life move in to inhabit man made structures.
After dark we made the Advanced course night dive at the White Rock dive site just off Sairee Beach. Of all my many Koh Tao night dives this one had by far the most barracuda hunting activity that I’ve seen with great and chevron barracuda darting around snapping up small fish in the darkness! Very exhilarating. Plus we got to see many of Koh Tao’s other nocturnal species, including porcupine puffer-fish and blue spotted stingrays foraging out on the sand, and feather stars feeding in the current.
During the PADI Advanced underwater navigation dive the posse took their turn to guide me around the dive site, combing use of a compass work with natural navigation techniques, and for the final dive Dominique chose to try digital underwater photography whilst the rest of the gang opted for the fish identification dive.
We’ve had a great few days of diving Koh Tao – congratulations all & hope you continue to be active divers and embark on many more scuba diving adventures in the future!
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