Living on Koh Tao and Scuba Diving on Koh Tao is a life for many of us.
We get to live the dream and teach people their Open Water Course, Advanced Open Water, EFR & Rescue Diver, then Dive Master, even the Discover Scuba Diving one day course and many specialities.
We teach students in the best ScubaPro dive equipment, it’s amazing to hand students the best dive equipment, we provide dive computers – a very safe way to dive and teach divers the way of the ocean. 
We have great dive equipment and masks to sell – each one is specific to a divers face, budget and of course favourite colour! Although the colour isn’t a priority!
We only teach PADI courses here at Scuba Junction Diving which means the manuals and instructional materials are the best.
Its amazing teaching divers to move underwater, how to breathe, then progressing onto diving at night, wreck diving, deep diving, the list is endless, that’s why I love diving and teaching all the courses from beginner to professionals, there is so much to teach and still so much to learn.
The more you learn the more you want, knowledge is power and there is so many courses and different dive gear that goes with each course, you can go diving with a dive knife, a compass, learning to navigate around dive sites, even at night time, the dive torch gives you enough to see what is around but not too much that it ruins the experience.
There are so many levels in the PADI system that the learning process is endless, traveling and diving go together, meeting new people and diving in your new friend’s geographical location
Scuba Diving has been a part of my life for 14 years, teaching diving has been my passion for 12 years, I am not about to give any of it up, I only want to keep learning and teaching.
I want to teach the world and show as many people as possible the underwater world…
A long time ago in a galaxy far far way it was very difficult to get to this tropical island paradise of Koh Tao!
The ferries to paradise from Koh Samui or the mainland were infrequent and usually very cramped with materials and goods for Thailand. Thankfully over time this has changed and you can easily reach paradise from where ever you are in Thailand or beyond.
 
If you arrive in Bangkok, you have many choices.
Fly and ferry: From Bangkok’s international Survarnabhumi Airport, there are flights to Koh Samui every hour, so if your arrival allows, you can fly in the morning and hop on a ferry to Koh Tao at lunch time, arriving at 2:30 or 3pm depending on which ferry company you travel with, though the Seatran pier is closest to the airport.
Fly and ferry: From Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, there are flights to Chumphon twice a day and flights to Surat Thani several times a day. The flight to Chumphon, is best as this is a early morning departure, meaning you can then catch the lunch time ferry with Lomprayah to Koh Tao. Arriving at 2:45pm in paradise. If you take the early evening flight then you could catch the night ferry to Koh Tao arriving at 5am the next morning, or stay the night in Chumphon and catch the morning ferry the next day.
Flights to Surat Thani can also mean you may spend the night there before arriving the next day in paradise.
Trains and ferry: Many trains leave Bangkok heading south, the overnight express is best as this will arrive in Chumphon early enough for you to catch the morning ferry. Try not to go as far as Surat Thani, as these will mean you have gone further than you have to and the journey will have cost you more.
Buses and ferry from Bangkok to Chumphon: This is the cheapest way to get to paradise with buses leaving Khaosan Road at 9pm or 5am. These tickets are easily purchased from Khaosan roads Lomprayah and Songserm shops or any travel agency in Thailand. These arrive at Chumphon, from where you catch the morning ferry or the lunch time ferry departure.
Day time ferries depart from Chumphon, Surat Thani, Koh Samui and Koh Phangyan and the night ferries depart from Chumphon (no Sunday departure) and Surat Thani.
We hope this helps you get to Paradise and you come and enjoy your diving with Scuba Junction Diving Co Ltd.

Did You Know?....

 

72% of the earth is covered in water
- only 3.5% of this is fresh water
- and 1.7% of that is ice

Water is the most important resource in the world ( and soon will be the most expansive one )

- to create a pint of beer it takes 1.720 gallons of water
- 780 million people lack access to an improoved water source
- a jellyfish and a cucumber are each 95% water

Water is the most common substance found on earth

- up to 50% of water is lost through leakes in cities in the developing world
- 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet
- water regulates the earth temperature
- 10% of homes have leakes that waste 90 gallons or more per day
- it takes 7 years for the averagee American residence to use the same amount of water that flowes over the Niagara Falls in one second ( 750.000 gallons )

Water is what we all need to survive think twice....

 
 

New Season..

 
So after being closed for the month of November, all our Thai and western staff are now refreshed and ready to go again!
Why do we close? you may ask. Well it just gives us time to fix and replace things, also November is usually the start of the monsoon season, which ends mid December hopefully! 
What gets fixed?
Both the dive boat and longtail are taken to a boat yard in Chumphon by our Captain, who then stays and supervises any repairs, new fittings and makes sure both vessels are repainted correctly. The Engines on both vessels are stripped and serviced. New this season is a canopy that gives some shade for those on the upper sun deck. There is also a new CESA line, so we now have 2 available to our staff and students needing to complete their CESA as part of their open water course.
The Dive centre gets a touch of paint in places where it is needed and re-organised for better efficiancy when staff and customers are around. Some outside work is done to make our customers more comfortable when at the dive center.
All our Scuba tanks that need Hydro staticly testing are sent away for this, plus every tank needs to be visually inspected each year, so they can be allowed to be used for diving in accordance with local and international laws. All dive masks and fins are replaced that need replacing. All the regulatoras are serviced to Scuba Pro standards and cleaned.
This break allows our Thai staff who work 11 months of the year, time to go visit family and friends that may reside on the mainland. Most of our Instructors and Divemasters actually work at other dive centers on Koh Tao during this time, mainly because they love what they do. Which is DIVE!!
 
We hope to see many of you, very soon during this new season.
 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Scuba Junction Diving Co LTD. Koh Tao.

More from the amazing Mantis Shrimp..

Eagles may be famous for their vision, but the most incredible eyes of any animal belong to the mantis shrimp. Neither mantises nor shrimps, these small, pugilistic invertebrates are already renowned for their amazingly complex vision. Now, a group of scientists have found that they use a visual system that’s never been seen before in another animal, and it allows them to exchange secret messages.

As impressive as their arms are, the eyes of a mantis shrimp are even more incredible. They are mounted on mobile stalks and can move independently of each other. Mantis shrimps can see objects with three different parts of the same eye, giving them ‘trinocular vision’ so unlike humans who perceive depth best with two eyes, these animals can do it perfectly well with either one of theirs.

Their colour vision far exceeds our too. The middle section of each eye, the midband, consists of six parallel strips. The first four are loaded with eight different types of light-sensitive cells (photoreceptors), containing pigments that respond to different wavelengths of light. With these, the mantis shrimp’s visible spectrum extends into the infrared and the ultraviolet. They can even use filters to tune each individual photoreceptor according to local light conditions.
The fifth and six rows of the midband contain photoreceptors that are specialised for detecting polarised light. Normally, light behaves like a wave that vibrates in every possible direction as it moves along. In comparison, polarised light vibrates in just one direction – think of attaching a piece of string to a wall and shaking it up and down. While we are normally oblivious to it, it’s present in the glare that reflects off water and glass and we use polarising filters in sunglasses and cameras to screen it out.
Light can also travel in a the shape of a helix, moving as a spiralling beam that spins either clockwise (right-handed) or anti-clockwise (left-handed). This phenomenon is called ‘circular polarisation’. Tsyr-Huei Chiou from the University of Maryland found that the mantis shrimp’s eye contains the only known cells in the animal kingdom that can detect it. Our technology can do the same, but the mantis shrimps beat us to it by as much as 400 million years.