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 Apr 4th, 2014 by Rich
Posted Feb 25th, 2014 by Rich
Just finished one of the best PADI Open Water groups ever with Steve from the UK and John from the States. What an absolute pleasure!
Dive 1 of the Open water was at Japanese Gardens with 18 meter visibility and Dive 2 at Twins where the viz was easily in excess of 20M.
On the way up the buoy line the guys start pointing behind me. I turned to see the largest Hawksbill Turtle I have ever seem with a Remora on it’s stomach.
Then the following morning we made open water Dive 3 at White Rock and Dive 4 at Hin Pee Wee.
The guys then decided to continue and do their PADI Advanced course, during which we made our underwater navigation dive at Mango Bay, then our peak performance buoyancy dive at Twins. We saw loads of Bat Fish at the Buoyancy World artificial reef just off twins and some massive Hermit Crabs (pictured).
That evening we did our Night dive off of Sairee Beach just as the sun was setting we were greeted by no less than three Blue Spotted rays.
The following morning we headed out to do our Deep Dive at Green Rock which turned out to be the guys favorite dive of all. Nice and relaxed and with lots of Marine life. After Green Rock we went to the HTMS Sattakut to do our wreck dive. Visibility wasn’t fantastic at depth but it did add to the mystery and eerie atmosphere of the wreck itself.
So a massive congratulations to Steve and John for completing their PADI Open Water and Advanced Courses, hope to see you guys again soon!
Posted Feb 17th, 2014 by Rich
What a great couple of weeks it’s been! Congratulations to Chris and Krystele who arrived in Koh Tao on their 4 month long honeymoon and got their PADI Open Water Divers certs.
Chris then went on to get his Advance Open Water, doing an awesome Peak Performance at Buoyancy world on Twins. Navigation at Japanese Gardens, Deep at No Name and Search and Recovery at Twins getting to grips using a lift bag. We ended the course with a great dive at the Sattakut for the Wreck dive. Well done fella and I hope you guys enjoy the rest of you trip.
And have just finished PADI Open Water with Stephen, Michael and Vera. Had a great time with you guys! Diving at Mango Bay, Japanese Gardens and Twins, visibility was spot on, allowing us to see Angel fish, Banner fish, Bat fish and all the rest, not to forget our friends the Triggers always great to see those guys. Well done guys enjoy the rest of your travels
What a great couple of weeks it's been, congratulations to Chris and Krystele who arrived in Koh Tao on there 4 month long honeymoon and got there PADI Open Water Divers certs. Chris then went on to get his Advance Open Water, doing an awesome Peak Performance at Buoyancy world on Twins. Navigation at Japanese Gardens, Deep at No Name and Search and Recovery at Twins getting to grips using a lift bag. We ended the course with a great dive at the Sattikut for the Wreck dive. Well done fella and I hope you guys enjoy the rest of you trip. Just finished Open Water with Stephen, Michael and Vera. Had a great time with you guys! Diving at Mango Bay, Japanese Gardens and Twins, visibility was spot on, allowing us to see Angel fish, Banner fish, Bat fish and all the rest, not to forget our friends the Triggers always great to see those guys. Well done guys enjoy the rest of your travels
Posted Feb 13th, 2014 by Steve
I’ve enjoyed a few days cracking days of diving with Jeff, Pete, Mike and Dave from sunny England!
Arriving as beginners we started out with the PADI Open Water course, which takes people from novice through to PADI Open Water diver, qualified to dive to 18M anywhere worldwide.
Image: Instructor Steve guides the guys around the Koh Tao dive site during the PADI Open Water Course
Beginning with some scuba diving theory covering safe diving practices and procedures we then made a shallow water skills session where the guys mastered over 20 underwater and surface skills to get them familiarized using a scuba unit. The guys smashed the skills and we were ready for the best bit; four open water dives exploring the coral reefs and pinnacles around Koh Tao.
First were open water dives 1&2, giving us the opportunity to dive to a maximum depth of 12M. We hopped aboard the Simple Life boat and motored over to Koh Nangyuan, visiting the excellent Green Rock dive site at Nangyuan’s north-westerly tip. The gang further improved their underwater buoyancy control as we navigated through the giant boulders and towering granite pinnacle. We then crossed round to the other side of the island which faces Koh Tao, where we made a second 12M dive at the Red Rock dive site (also known as the Nangyuan Pinnacle). Visibility underwater was excellent and we enjoyed a great dive.
The following day we completed the open water course with dives 3&4 exploring to a maximum depth of 18M. The guys were shaping up as competent divers and qualified as PADI Open Water Divers.
After their first a taster of scuba diving they wanted more! So following open water course I ran a couple more training dives where we took things to the next level!
First we made a Deep Adventure Dive at the awesome Chumphon Pinnacles, giving us the chance to deep dive down to 30M. We ran a narcosis test to gain an appreciation of the effects of water pressure at depth, and explored arguably the best dive site off Koh Tao. Finally we made a Wreck Adventure dive where we got to explore the wreck of the former Thai naval vessel HTMS Sattakut. Visibility was absolutely fantastic on both dives so we had a lot of fun.
Thanks guys – I’ve had a great few days, and hope you continue to enjoy many future diving adventures.
Posted Jan 14th, 2014 by Jo
This new year i was lucky enough to have my cousins come and visit me on the beautiful Island. Eloise, Mark and their 10 year old daughter Tarka.
Having recovered from their journey and sun tans coming along nicely, Young Tarka pulled me aside and said that she would really love to learn how to dive so she could spend more time looking at all the fish. Both Eloise and Mark have dived before and were more than happy to let me take her out.
We decided on doing a PADI discover scuba dive, just to see how things went, so after breakfast i took Tarka into the class room and ran through the flip chart explaining the basics of diving and how all the equipment worked. She picked it all up so fast and was really keen to get gong.
So off on the boat we went, Eloise and mark in tow keen to see how she did. First stop was Budda Rock where we went into the shallows and practiced how to clear our masks and recover and clear our regulators. No problems what so ever only her excited face whenever a fish swam by! From the shallow beach, and firmly gripping my hand we descended down slowly bit by bit until finally reaching 6 meters. This was more than enough to ensure that she was hooked! this visibility was amazing and with so many different varieties of fish around we didn’t have to go looking.
Back on the boat i gently asked how she liked it, “JoJo it was Epic!” With that as the go ahead we took off on a second dive, this time getting a bit deeper, 10 meters, again it was beautiful and i got to see my first sea horse…. Well done Tarka, i’m looking forward to teaching her Open water when they return to Koh Tao next year!
Posted Jan 7th, 2014 by Rich
Its a great start to the New Year here on Koh Tao, with a huge congratulations to Max Lee, Amanda Marshall and Andrew Forshaw on completing the course and becoming my first PADI Open Water Divers of 2014. Its the start of their adventure into the big wide ocean and the first step on the PADI ladder. “Well done guys and girl!”
Plus special congratulations to Erik Jahren for his perseverance and hard work, you are now an official PADI Open Water diver well done!
From instructor Rich!
Posted Sep 14th, 2013 by Jame
Recently on Koh Tao the weather and diving have been awesome, so this morning we decided to take a trip out to Southwest Pinnacles for a double dive.
There were quite a few fun divers on the boat but split up between three of our divemasters and a few instructors we were all able to dive in small groups, with me were Jiri and Dennis both advanced divers.
Our first dive we dropped down to 30m and spent most of the dive on the outskirts of the dive site, with the amazing visibility (30+ meters) giving us a spectacular view of the main pinnacle from afar as well as letting us easily explore the outlaying boulders. Within minutes of the dive we came on a big school of Pickhandle Barracuda (ranging between 1 to 1.5m in length!) As well as a school of Chevron Barracuda. Throughout the dive there was a myriad of marine life all around us but some of the more impressive were the Giant Groupers (1-2 meters in length!)Some huge Queenfish and some big Mackerel and Trevallies (several different types of Trevallies ranging in size.)
Finishing the dive we headed up to the surface for some swimming and jumping off the top deck of the boat for an hour before we went back to gear up and head in for dive number two.
On the second dive the few other dive boats on the site had gone so we had the site completely to ourselves which is always a bonus, I decided to take us off the site to another pinnacle called “the secret pinnacle” After reaching this separate area off the main site we were overrun with life. Schools of Yellowtail Barracuda, Fusilier, Yellowstripe Trevally and more were everywhere! What got our attention most though was the large grouping of Cobia (5 or more) darting around the backside of the pinnacle, we went down to let them circle around us for a few minutes before deciding to head back towards the main dive site but just before we left the secret pinnacle we came on to another school of Chevron Barracuda and as we swam through to our amazement two big Blacktip Reef Sharks darted in front of us then circled around and swam off into the distance.
It was an amazing morning of Koh Tao diving for everybody and we can’t wait to head back out to Southwest Pinnacles for another morning of diving.
Posted Sep 10th, 2013 by Steve
Gem from Germany, Jo from Italy and Russell from the land down under have just completed their Padi Advanced course here on Koh Tao with us.
The girls arrived here straight from the full moon party with only fun dives in mind but with a little bit of charm from the best dive instructor in the world the girls decided to do some adventures dives and gain their licence.
The first day’s diving saw the guys head out to Chumphon Pinnacles where we started we the deep dive of the PADI Advanced course, we took it nice and easy to make sure the team where perfectly safe with the deeper environment. The condition where fantastic and the visability was a cool 20 meters, the guys managed to watch the colour red disappear and they had a opportunity to compare their depth gauage while watching the change. Their second dive we took the guys to the HTMS Sattakut and here the team had the challange of navigating the wreck while making notes on any potenial hazards or dangers, again the visability was a great 20 meters making it still some of the dives on Koh tao.
The following morning we made our way to Laem Thian Bay a dive site which is not regularly visited by many dive schools bar ours, so we have the pleasure of having the whole site to ourselves, here is where the advance class did the fish idenitation dive. This is a nice relaxed dive where the guys got to learn the different types of fish life and corals they had the pleasure of seeing with us.
The next dive we had was at Shark Island where we had to learn all about using compasses underwater. The girls had a little bit of difficulty with the these particluar skills but a bit of practsice the girls soon caught the grasp of things, so much so the team the guys completed the natural navigation and finding the perdetermined location first time.
The last dive of the course was a nice Photography dive where the guys took many photos of the beautiful underwater world and keep them for memories for year to come.
Thanks guys and good luck in the future.
Posted Jul 8th, 2013 by Jame
Today we headed out to Chumpon Pinnacle for our first dive of the morning, with with me were three fun divers, Mike (who completed his Open Water and Advanced Open Water with Simple Life and is now fun diving) Mike and Steve (two fun divers who where doing a birthday dive this morning as well as their last dives on Koh Tao.) The weather was great as we headed out to Chumpon Pinnacle and upon arrival we were greeted with crystal clear blue water. As we jumped in for the first dive we were not disappointed the visibility was 25 meters or more! As the dive progressed we were all incredibly impressed by the amount of marine life all around us, we descended straight through a massive school of chevron barracuda then popping out the other side as they swam around us two huge great barracuda glided past one of them nearing on 1.5 meters long! This morning Chumpon really lived up to its name of Koh Tao’s favourite dive site!
For our second dive we headed off to Hin Pee Wee and the HTMS Sattakut. Again we were very impressed with the visibility on both sites (the two sites are close enough to dive both if you choose to) ranging from 15-18 meters depending on which side of the site you were on! The HTMS Sattakut was perfect as there were no other divers on the wreck (aside from the Simple Life crew!) Leaving the wreck I veered off to a secret little patch of sand that is home to one of Koh Tao’s elusive saddle back clown fish (Nemo!) As we neared its anemone Mike pointed over my shoulder to something else in the sand, it was a common eagle ray something which I have only seen once before on my time diving on Koh Tao over the past years! Near the end of the dive we were given one more treat, a group of 6 giant trevally cruised right passed us. All in all it was an excellent morning of diving with a great group of guys!
Posted Apr 11th, 2012 by Steve
Katie Fitzpatrick, Ruth Kelly, Eric Finnell and Phetsavane Sayasy all competed their Padi Open Water here at ‘Simply the best’, Simple Life Divers.
The guys rocked-up here for their orientation on day one, watched the first couple of Padi Open Water videos to get an insight of the course and we chatted about what we’d be getting up to over the following few days.
The next morning we arranged for the team to meet up for 10:00am and spend some time going over a bit of scuba diving theory. This helped the guys gain useful knowledge of the aspects of scuba diving such as how water pressure affects the human body, the importance of good buoyancy control and the reviewing safety procedures.
That afternoon we made our way to the Japanese gardens dive site where the guys practiced setting up their scuba equipment and making sure everything was checked before heading into the water. The guys also had to do a 200 metre swim. This is where Phetsavane did a great job, not the most confident of swimmers but under our close supervision she braved the flat crystal clear waters and powered her way through the test, gaining a lot of confidence.
After a briefing we headed to a shallow area of Japanese Gardens where we had the opportunity to practice a variety of underwater skills, helping the team get used to their dive equipment and all important skilsl required to dive safely. The gang had a little trouble at first with the mask skills but with a bit of patience and perseverance they started to get into the flow of things and mastered their mask clearing.
The next day we met up in the morning to learn how to plan how to plan our max deth and bottom time of dives using a dive table. The guys turned up a little worst for wear after enjoying the Koh Tao night life (yes I mean you Katie) but were eager to learn. After asking a series of questions, some good ones and some not so good (thanks Ruth) the gang grasped of the dive table and were now really ready to go on their first proper dive.
Following lunch boarded the Simple Life dive boat and made our way to the Twin Pinnacles, where we found that visibility was a healthy 15 metres. The team really enjoyed seeing the corals and aquatic life and were full of confidence and eager to enjoy their second dive. For dive two we headed to White Rock, a little way west off Sairee Beach. Again the visibility was great, and the team were much more relaxed and confident in the water and enjoyed themselves to the full.
On the final day we headed back to Koh Nangyuan where the visibility wasn’t as clear as previously but still very enjoyable. The team performed a few skills to do at greater depth, and did really well to overcome any anxieties passing with flying colors. Our final dive was at Hin Pee Wee where we all made our way down to 18 metres. And we later got to tag on a Deep Adventure Dive where experienced the wonders of 30 metre deep diving.
Everyone here at Simple Life Divers would like to thank Eric and Phetsavane for their kind feedback. We are really glad you enjoyed the course (I did too) and appreciate all of your nice comments.
Thanks guys and hopefully see you again here at Simple Life Divers on Koh Tao in the not so distance future.
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