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 Nov 1st, 2010 by Luke
With a tropical depression moving in from the South China Sea and proceeding westerly across the Gulf of Thailand & peninsular, for today (Monday), & tomorrow (Tuesday), we’ll be diving Koh Tao‘s western dive sites. Sheltering from the wind and waves, Koh Tao dive sites we’ll be visiting will include White Rock, Sairee Reef, 3 Rocks, Hin Pee Wee, the ever popular Twins & ‘Buoyancy World’, and might even have a crack at checking out the ‘Bio-rock’ artificial reef dome structures opposite Koh Nangyuan.
Closely monitoring Koh Tao’s Wind Guru and Thai Meteorological Department Weather forecasts it looks like the strong wind will subside from Tuesday evening onwards, so we expect to be back to our usual business of diving wherever we wish by the end of the week. But in meantime, the weather is certainly a source of entertainment here on Koh Tao.
Image: Facing out from the viewpoint above Koh Tao’s north-easterly facing Hin Wong Bay, waves roll in from the Gulf of Thailand to reach Koh Tao’s eastern coastline
Looking out from the Simple Life Divers shop on Sairee Beach, facing West into the Gulf of Thailand the ocean looks relatively calm, (with the only noticeable exception being a few fishing boats moored up in the bay, presumably sheltering in the lee of Koh Tao). But to get a glimpse of the strength of the prevailing wind, I took a drive over the mountain to NE facing Hin Wong Bay on Koh Tao’s eastern coastline. The waves aren’t massive, but it was fun to head down to the Hin Wong Bungalows restaurant at sea level, and sit and watch the waves breaking.
The Gulf of Thailand is so sheltered (by the Thai peninsular to the West, and Cambodia & Vietnam to the east), that it’s very rare for us to see any waves of this magnitude. Anyhow, as the tropical depression proceeds West it looks like we’ll see the end of this novelty by some point on Wednesday.
Image: At sea level next to the restaurant at Hin Wong Bungalows, Koh Tao, a wave breaks over the giant granite boulders
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