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.
At Simple Life Divers we run our scuba diving internships as a rolling program.
That means that the start date is completely flexible – you can start whenever you want. Simple Life Divers is open all year round, and Koh Tao has a 12 month scuba diving season, so whichever month suits you is fine with us.
All we need is a little notice to make sure everything is organised ready for your arrival. Also, we try to coordinate people’s start dates together – it’s socially pleasant for you to have people going through the internship at the same time. In some cases it works out that people are traveling from the same country around the same date – we can let you know each others contact details so you can coordinate your travel arrangements together.
Koh Tao has a great climate and we’re fortunate to have a true 12 month diving season. The island’s sheltered position inside the Gulf of Thailand means that wave heights are low, which is good news for divers.
Our weather is usually fine all year round, with temperatures varying between 25 and 35C, generally dry and sunny. Underwater visibility is also excellent year round, getting up to 30M plus on good days. (For current weather reports search google for ‘Wind Guru Koh Tao’ or visit the Thai Meteorological Department website).
The one exception is that we get an annual monsoon, usually occurring around late November each year. During the monsoon we get heavy rainfall and stronger winds, resulting in slightly larger waves and reduced visibility. It’s not as bad as it sounds – usually the rain is only for a couple of hours each day, it’s still relatively warm and we’re still out diving each day, but if you have a choice, don’t come then!
One of the diving highlights in Koh Tao are the seasonal visits of the biggest fish in the sea – whale sharks. Sightings around Koh Tao are most common during April and also in September, which usually have excellent visibility. So if you’re able to coordinate your gap year Thailand dive internship so that you’re here during one of those months, you’ve got a good chance of having a very special scuba diving experience.
The busiest times of the year for the Koh Tao dive industry are July/August and around Christmas and the New Year. During these peak periods the island becomes very busy with divers and PADI dive courses, which is a great time for getting lots of hands-on experience during your Thailand Divemaster internship. If you’re planning to stick around once you qualify as a PADI Divemaster or dive instructor, during Koh Tao’s peak seasons there are many opportunities for paid gap year employment.
Another highlight is the Thai New Year ‘Songkran’ celebration each April. This is the hottest time of the year, when temperatures can soar up to almost 40C. The Thai’s celebrate their new year with a giant water fight, showering each other with buckets of water and talcum powder. In some parts of Thailand the festivities last for several days, but here on Koh Tao it’s mostly kept to one main day of celebration. A lot of fun to experience!
Janine | Switzerland
"when you turn around and look at the reef itself, it's so full of life. I saw some of the coolest things." Read more
Joe M. | Wales
"I remember thinking, wow, is that where I'm going to be spending the next 10 weeks...time of my life." Read more
Sarah O'L. | London, UK
"Amazing… I truly miss being on Koh Tao. I have printed my favourite pictures & blue them tacked up." Read more