How Much Does it Cost to Go Diving in Koh Tao in 2023?

Koh Tao, a picturesque island in the Gulf of Thailand, Southeast Asia, has earned a well-deserved reputation as a scuba diver’s paradise. With its crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life, and numerous dive sites, like Sail Rock, Koh Nang Yuan, and Mango Bay diving in Koh Tao is amazing.  It’s no wonder that diving enthusiasts from around the world flock to this tropical haven. However, for those planning a scuba diving adventure,  whether it is a one-day experience or advanced open water it’s essential to consider the costs involved. In this article, we’ll delve into the various expenses associated with scuba diving in Koh Tao, ensuring you have a comprehensive understanding of what to expect financially.

Koh Tao diving has a variety of marine life, including pufferfish
A group of Koh Tao scuba divers watching a pufferfish

Types of Diving in Koh Tao

  1. Certification Courses: If you’re new to scuba diving, undertaking a certification course at one of the diving schools is the first step to exploring the underwater wonders of Koh Tao. There are many dive centers on the island offering courses for beginners, hopefully, you will choose Mojo Divers 🙂 They all typically follow the guidelines of renowned diving organizations like PADI or SSI. What is the difference between these two training agencies you might ask? The cost of certification courses can vary depending on the level of certification sought, ranging from basic open water diver courses to advanced levels like rescue diver or divemaster. On average, a basic open water certification course can cost around 10,000b, inclusive of training materials, equipment rental, and instructor fees.
  2. Fun Dives: Once you’ve obtained your certification, you’re ready to embark on exciting fun diving in Koh Tao. Fun dives allow certified divers to explore the island’s stunning dive sites, such as Chumphon Pinnacle with a maximum depth of 30m, White Rock, or Green Rock, each offering unique marine ecosystems and breathtaking underwater landscapes. The cost of fun dives typically includes dive boat transportation, dive equipment rental, and the guidance of an experienced dive professional.
  3. Fun dive prices can vary depending on factors such as the number of dives, dive site location, and the dive center you choose. On average, two fun dives in Koh Tao are 1600b per dive trip. Dive packages offering multiple dives are often more cost-effective. If you see a whale shark, well that’s a bonus.
  4. Dive Equipment: While most dive shops provide equipment rental as part of their package, some divers prefer to invest in their own gear for comfort and familiarity. The cost of purchasing scuba diving equipment can vary widely based on personal preferences and brand choices. A basic set of equipment, including a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, and BCD (buoyancy control device), can cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000. Divers may also consider investing in other equipment such as regulators, dive computers, and dive cameras, which can add to the overall cost.
  5. Accommodation and Travel Expenses: In addition to scuba diving costs, it’s crucial to factor in accommodation and travel expenses when planning a trip to Koh Tao. The island offers a range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury resorts. Mojo Divers has a range of accommodation options with its partner resort on Sairee Beach. Prices can vary depending on the location, amenities, and seasonality, with average daily rates ranging from 300b for basic accommodations to 1,500 for AC bungalows. Travel costs, including flights, ferry transfers from mainland Thailand or nearby islands, and local transportation, should also be considered when budgeting for your scuba diving adventure.
diving with a turtle on Koh Tao
A scuba diver and turtle on Koh Tao

Koh Tao in Southeast Asia, is a scuba diver’s dream destination, boasting an array of dive sites, coral reefs, and abundant marine life. While the costs of scuba diving in Koh Tao can vary depending on individual choices and preferences, this article has provided a comprehensive overview of the main expenses involved. From certification courses to fun dives and equipment considerations, being aware of these costs will enable you to plan and budget

open water diving in Koh Tao
A group of divers at White Rock

Do you want to know more about diving in Koh Tao or a diving package? Feel free to contact us and one of our team of professional instructors will answer any questions quickly to see what scuba program is right for you. And which beautiful diving spots are suitable for your certification and interests, from deep dive sites such as Sail Rock or Shark Island with their granite rocks to the shallow bay and soft corals of Aow Leuk. We have a variety of diving courses available with the SSI diving training organization and fun diving packages.

How do I get to Koh Tao from the nearby islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan?

What other activities can I do apart from relaxing on the beautiful beaches?

Find out more about the SSI diver training agency here: Dive SSI

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