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.
By Joe Moloney from South Wales
Have been in education my whole life, graduated from university 5 days before leaving for Koh Tao.
Koh Tao is breathtaking, it literally is paradise.
When I first arrived on the ferry I remember thinking, wow, is that where i’m going to be spending the next 10 weeks. It is a palm covered island in the middle of turquoise seas, what more do you want!
Stop procrastinating, and do it! I guarantee you that you will not regret it. Time of my life
Chumpon Pinnacles has to be the best – was always easy to get down to ’30m’ and the marine life was the most diverse in size and species. Still managed to miss a whale shark on numerous occasions though…! Once I was learning dive theory and the other I had just surfaced, got on the boat, and it was seen on the buoy line I was just on. Saw my fair share of turtles though so that made up for it.
I loved assisting the instructors. It was really rewarding watching someone go from complete novice to open water or advanced and knowing that you had a part to play. The more you do it, the more you learn to love. By watching the instructors also, you pick up things that the manual cannot teach you.
The Divemaster academics were tricky in parts but it was always good that you were never on your own completing your DMT so there was always someone else in the same position as you. If you ever got stuck though, the instructors were more than happy enough to help you out and give you an extra lesson if needed.
Personally, I really enjoyed the ‘stress test’. I found it a bit of a laugh having Jeff rip your mask out, whilst inflating your BDC, whilst ripping your reg out etc etc etc. It is all worth while though and does make you a much more confident diver.
Swim tests were OK. If you have the mentality to push yourself to get the highest mark you can, then you should have no problem at all.
Leading your first dive can be a little nerve wrecking, but once you get in the water all your worries go out the window and it all becomes second nature. You get taught really well through all your courses so you are 100% prepared for any scenario that you can encounter whilst bellow the surface. Trying to navigate for the first time if extremely disorientating and some people never get the hang of it (Brad), but once you learn how to trust your compass and not what you think is right, it all clicks into place.
The food on Koh Tao is fantastic. Know matter what you fancy, there is always something to suit every bodies taste. If you ask any of the instructors, im sure they will tell you our favourite place was Tiks, great local thai food and as fantastic prices (about £2 a meal). If you want even cheaper it is possible. There is a small place opposite the cabaret show, make sure you go in there and not the cabaret show, and you can pick up a pad thai for about £1, cant go wrong. Choppers also do awesome half price thai food on fridays which is always nice to go to when you come back from a dive.
The nightlife is amazing! Such a chilled out atmosphere if you want it or you can step it up a notch, and go hell for leather. If your trying to save some money, its always worth buying beers or spirits from a shop and just sitting on a step watching everything happen, or choppers is always a great place to start as it has live music every night. Lotus is awesome, fire shows every night, loads of women and literally on the beach, what more can you want. If you manage to make it down to A/C or cave, then you know you have done well.
I went to a full moon party within my first couple of weeks on the island, and my god, are they worth going to. It is honestly nothing like I have ever experienced before, and I thought university was mental. Imagine the biggest rave you have ever been too and then multiply that by about 100, i think there were 25,000 people there when I was. Bit of advice, when buying your buckets off the beach, make sure you see them pour them from a bottle that has been opened in front of you as they try and water down some bottles and go back to the same person time and time again as they will put a lot more alcohol in each time.
Far too many funny stories from Koh Tao, everyday was just unreal and have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure that it did all actually happen.
I haven’t done any diving since, the UK doesn’t really have the same edge as Koh Tao!
Im off to do a Ski Season in France for 5 months. I hope to get some ice diving done whilst im over there wish should be fun. (I wasn’t ready for a real job yet)
I thought university changes your personality to the max, but Koh Tao literally does bring out the best in everyone. You learn to relax, take things as they come and just slow everything down. Koh Tao has taught me that a career isn’t all about the money, it is about enjoyment, and if you enjoy your job, the people you are with, and the place you live, then money isn’t a worry.
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
Whitney V | Canada
"that is where I saw my very first whale shark! By far, the best day of my underwater life, possibly my entire life :) ." Read more