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    Ko Tao

    Hey everyone, I went to Ko Tao back in 2011 and loved it but have been going to other islands since.
    Is it still the best place for diving? I wanted to go and get my wreck diving cert and maybe nitrox and know that it was cheaper to get dives in there than other places.
    Is it still relatively slower than the bigger islands? Or has it been over run yet?

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    Depends when you want to go....Tao is always busy the week before and after FMPs on nearby Koh Phanghan...and in the euro summer holidays (unfortunately when diving is best there) you get the gap year/Uni holiday backpackers en masse...there are a few good spots including Sail Rock off Phanghan and Chalemporn Pinnacles plus some local dive sites...the only real wreck to do penetrative dives off over there is the HMTS Sattakut

    I would say the best diving I have had in Thailand (and I have had maybe 500+ dives here) is still the Similan Islands...however not much by way of wrecks out there...it is best done from liveaboards during Nov to April/May

    You can dive in Phangna Bay (Krabi/Phi Phi) all year round deending upon local conditions each day...there is plenty to see underwater in this region and one I would recommend if you want to hang out in say phuket or Ao Nang and just do day dives

    Funnily enough the best joint in Thailand for wreck dives is the Pattaya/Samae San region imo...the Hardeep is a good one and there are several others...here's a link belwo for you

    https://www.divecentrepattaya.com/go...ng-dive-sites/

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    Wow!, That dive center looks great. I'm not a wreck diver yet, but I plan on getting that cert next. I'll have to email them and see about their package deals to add nitrox and wreck diving together as I've seen other schools do that.
    I plan on being there the last week of April into the first week of May. I definitely dont have near your number of dives, probably around the 20-30 range at this point.
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    any dive school with access to wrecks should be able to offer Nitrox and wreck penetration dive certification...you can do these as part of an "Advanced Diver" Course if you wish..just a couple more modules like safety, depth, navigation etc to go with them for advanced accredition...should be able to do that in 2-3 days iirc

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    any dive school with access to wrecks should be able to offer Nitrox and wreck penetration dive certification...you can do these as part of an "Advanced Diver" Course if you wish..just a couple more modules like safety, depth, navigation etc to go with them for advanced accredition...should be able to do that in 2-3 days iirc
    Yeah, I have advanced open water so far. I'm leaning towards Patts to get a chance at the 5 different wrecks now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAY View Post
    Yeah, I have advanced open water so far. I'm leaning towards Patts to get a chance at the 5 different wrecks now.
    Plenty of wrecks diving in Patt's 555 You can probably do a alcohol infused Nitrox special as well!..

    But seriously.. Why would you want to do all these specialties with only 20-30 dives in?
    For me that was a time when I just got comfortable diving and really started to see what was around me..

    And now, with about 500 dives, I still have open water and very little need to progress my certification. Maybe I should, but I tend to prefer the shallower dives for visibility, color, and sea-life..
    I must add I did cheat the rules occasionally, Blue hole in Egypt sort of requires that, but no instructor minded that after they dived with me..

    I would like to experience "the blue", where you're not sure about what's up and down anymore, would like to dive wrecks (although a bit claustrophobic), but I still enjoy every dive, and honestly, the best dives were anything but deep!
    Sitting on the bottom 100 meters away from the beach where the baby Barracuda roam in shoales and have yourself completely surrounded by 100's of Barracuda
    Spending an hour in the sea weeds looking for sea-horses,
    watching a sunset in an anemone garden and seeing the lighting change..

    What is the kick of diving deep or certification?

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    I think using Nitrox is a great way to dive if you are staying above the 30m mark....it lengthens dive time considerably and allows you to fly again much more quickly than the standard air mix....

    having said that I rarely use it unless I want to do a late dive and need to fly early the next day

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    Always wanted to go to ko Tao but so many bad stories of violence and cover ups of murders/rapes means i would never go. I have also heard that while the diving is great it is not the island paradise that it used to be and much better experiences elsewhere. For example sleep on boat and swim in similan islands.

    Unfortunately I developed epilepsy 4 years ago and am not allowed to dive. Loved the freedom and saw some amazing fish, wrecks and had great fun with people. Sticking to snorkeling from now on. Best snorkeling I have ever done was in sharm el sheik in Egypt. It really was like being in an aquarium. Pity everything else about the country was sh1te, most notably when I went for a massage in the hotel expecting an Egyptian princess. Instead I got a 20 stone bearded Muslim who wasn’t quite as erotic.

    First experience diving was the scariest. Turkey. No experience. Put equipment on and the instructor pushed me in. Was allowed to go to 20 meters not having a clue what I was doing. How I didn’t die or go missing is a mystery. Didn’t think it affected me that much, but next time I went divin was in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. Pool lessons were fine but had a panic attack in the sea, because I got a flashback to Turkey. That was bizarre, took 3 years to get courage to do it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RakThai View Post


    What is the kick of diving deep or certification?
    Lots of charter dive services will only take advanced open water ticketed divers(30m/40m)- open water diver ticket only allows you to dive to 18m.
    If something happens and your not certified to that situation your insurance will be null and void.

    Lots of thing to see below 18m, especially wrecks, most wreck dives are below 18m for most of the dive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notorius View Post
    . For example sleep on boat and swim in similan islands.
    I have been twice on live aboards to the similians, once with south siam4 and once with white manta, the white manta was excellent and I would recommend, south siam4 not so good but cheaper, worth the extra money for white manta in MO.

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    South Siam4 more like a dive pontoon than a proper liveaboard...agree White manta is a good one as is The Pawarra...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    South Siam4 more like a dive pontoon than a proper liveaboard...agree White manta is a good one as is The Pawarra...
    Wow I did not expect a boat like that!
    Pretty damn impressive

    And the price doesn't seem that crazy

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