A SELECTION OF KOH TAO’S BEST DIVE SITES

 
 
Southwest Pinnacles
Location: About 7 km Southwest of Koh Tao
Depth: Average 17 m / Maximum 28 m
Level of Diving: Beginner to Experienced Divers
A row of pinnacles offering wall dives and fantastic schooling marine life, such as snapper, trevally, and barracuda. The shallower points are carpeted with gardens of sea anemones and the deeper gullies are filled with healthy gorgonians and whip corals.
 
Chumphon Pinnacles
Location: About 5 km northwest of Nang Yuan
Depth: Average 20 m / Maximum 36 m
Level of Diving: Experienced Divers
This deep pinnacle is typically reserved for advanced divers, but can be accessed on your final open water training dives in good conditions. Majestic views, breathtaking rock formations and large marine life, with the increased chance of whale shark sighting.
 
Shark Island 
Location: 1 km off the southern tip of Koh Tao
Depth: Average 15 m / Maximum 28 m
Level of Diving: Beginner to Experienced Divers
Shark Island is named not for its carnivorous marine life but for the island’s resemblance to a shark fin from certain angles. The occasional currents bring in nutrient rich waters encouraging an abundance of marine life. Groupers, turtles and schools of raccoon butterfly fish inhabit the shallower depths, and nudibranch nurseries line the eastern coast.
 
 

Why I Love Teaching Scuba Diving 

 
I remember learning to dive myself – it is a very clear memory, I had many fears, struggles and problems to overcome during my Open Water Course and my Advanced Open Water too.
 
I believe that because of my fears of learning to dive, it has actually served me in teaching others to dive.
 
When I am teaching diving I get such a sense of achievement, I teach all levels of divers from beginners to professionals, my list of courses for myself to learn is endless too, if we believe we know everything that’s not true, its endless and a continual learning curve, everyday actually! Life is work in progress
 
When I see people learning to dive and continuing it fills my heart with joy, I really enjoy teaching Open Water and then to watch them grow and progress throughout the next courses. The pride and happiness each diver feels is intense, overwhelming, each course just feeding them more information and confidence, each course reminding them to take care and reminding them to be safe underwater! 
 
No question is too small, no question is stupid as we have heard them all before, I think it helps to really emphasise this, I also ask people to leave their ego and embarrassment at the door! This is necessary in any extreme sport! 
 
Because I was such a nervous and uncertain diver it helps me to really get inside my divers heads and thoughts, just by looking at someone you can really see and tell a lot of what is going on inside the mind.
 
Some people have never been in the ocean or have never even snorkelled, these are the guys I love to teach, they really get so much out of it, it’s very emotional at times, that’s what I love and that’s what makes me feel super happy about what I am doing in my life.
 
I prefer to teach in rough weather with low visibility, it really prepares the divers that the ocean needs to be well respected, it prepares them for wherever they will go next, the ocean is unpredictable, it can be rough and unforgiving, so we need to respect all the time where we are, underwater!! 
 
I just wanted to share what I love doing, what I get from teaching people to dive, when those feelings end I will hand my fins and mask up, but for now and the foreseeable future, I am excited to keep climbing the scuba ladder and to continue to learn and share all that I do with my students!
 
 
 
Here at Scuba Junction Diving Co Ltd we spend most of our time under water and that is of cause why we always wonder what makes animals in the sea so special
 
Blue Ring Angel Fish : eats other fish 
 
Rabbit Fish :               has toxic spines
 
Butterfly Fish :           can descend to 180 m
 
Long Fin Banner Fish: you can meet this fish around the world, even in Japan
 
Puffer Fish :               can move his eyes independently and change his colour
 
Shark :                      over 500 different species from 17 cm up to 12 m 
                                  they can live in depths of 2000 m and are the top of the food chain
                                100 million get fished every year that makes the shark to one of the most threatened species by human activities
 
Octopus :          has no skeleton but three hearts
                        in the Hawaiian Mythology it is believed that the Octopus is a lone survivor of an Alien Universe
 
Sea Shepherd : is a non-profit marine conversation organization
                        they use direct action tactics to protect marine life
                        seashepherd.org.au
 
                        Hope to see you next time at Scuba Junction Diving Co Ltd!