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About Phoenix Divers & why we think we're the best diving school on Koh Tao

Koh Tao is a tiny island at only 21km² and has a few main areas where you can stay. There are some smaller beaches and bays that belong to resorts and hotels, these beaches and bays are nice can be difficult to access and are away from the action. You can also stay in Mae Haad which is the main pier town of Koh Tao, it’s close to the pier but doesn’t have a nice beach and can be busy due to a lot of traffic. There is also Chalok bay which is nice, but again not a lot happens on the small beach. The best place for a Koh Tao diving school? Sairee beach for sure.

There really is only one place that you want to stay when visiting Koh Tao, and that’s Sairee beach. The 2km beach is where everything happens on the small island of Koh Tao. All of the beach bars, restaurants, hostels, hotels, diving schools and everything else you need are all located on Sairee Beach. Lucky for you we’re located right in the center of Sairee beach and our dive school, restaurant & pool bar are all located directly on the beach. This gives us one of the best locations here on Koh Tao, close enough to all the bars and restaurant but far away enough to get a good nights sleep.


As well as our diving school we also have our own accommodation, restaurant, pool bar, purpose built dive pool & free pick up service from the pier. We of course give all of our awesome divers some good discounts in our hostel, restaurant and pool bar when taking part in any diving course or diving trip with us.

Our accommodation has everything from AC dorm rooms for as little as 200thb per night to Poolside cottages for 1,100thb per night – its has two pools and is right next door to our dive school and just a few meters from the beach.

Our restaurant and pool bar, AC Bar and Beach club is again conveniently located just next door to us right on the beach and is the perfect place to relax after a long day of completing your diving course or a long days diving on Koh Tao.

We host weekly events for our divers completing our diving courses and diving trips at our pool bar and dive school. Every Tuesday and Saturday we do free BBQ’s and our pool bar organises weekly live music nights, pool parties, 8 ball pool tournaments & sunset volleyball.

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Our diving team is really what makes us one of the best diving schools on Koh Tao. Our team of dive professionals have years of experience at teaching diving courses and guiding diving trips on Koh Tao. The full time diving team can teach in a variety of languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Portugese, Dutch, Thai and more. The Phoenix Divers team have all completed their professional training with us so that we can ensure they get the highest level of training possible. As well as our awesome dive team we also have our awesome customers and divers who come from all over the world! You are guaranteed to meet people when diving here at Phoenix both when you’re completing your diving course and at our social events.

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Phoenix Divers Koh Tao opened in 1992 and was one of the first diving schools on the island of Koh Tao. Over the 27 years we have been open Phoenix Divers has grown into one of the best diving schools on Koh Tao. As one of the more established dive schools on Koh Tao we have an awesome team of dive professionals and staff to make sure your Koh Tao diving experience is an awesome one. All of our dive team have completed their professional training here at Phoenix Divers and we have made sure they received the highest quality training possible. Our dive team all live here on Koh Tao all year round and have tonnes of experience teaching the full range of diving courses that we offer. We are also one of the few Instructor Training centers on Koh Tao meaning we can also teach you to become a scuba diving instructor!

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Whether you’re a scuba diving expert or complete beginner we have something for you if you’re looking to dive on Koh Tao. Diving Koh Tao is absolutely breathtaking for both beginners and the more advanced divers. We offer one day scuba diving experiences called Discover Scuba Dives/Try Scuba Diving for beginners who just want to try diving on Koh Tao for one day. Certification courses if you’re looking to get your diving certification and complete your Open Water course. This first certification course will certify you to 18 meters and teach you how to be a confident and safe diver. For the more experienced diver we offer Advanced Courses, Specialties, daily fun diving trips and every Thursday we visit Sail Rock – the best dive site in the gulf of Thailand. We also have a pro center and can offer all professional level courses including Divemaster and Instructor internships.

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Take a look at what our divers are saying about us being the best Diving School Koh Tao on TripAdvisor

HEAVENLY LOCATION, BEAUTIFUL DIVES. I had a great and unforgettable time with Phoenix Divers on Koh Tao. I did my Dive Master Trainee (DMT) with the Phoenix family and I learned a lot about diving, the underwater world and the work in a diving school. Four months flew away in no time because of these amazing and lovely people. I enjoyed every single moment from the dives, my time on Phoenix’s pink diving boat until the breathtaking sunsets on the balcony at the beach front. Rory was my DMT mentor and he is just a stunning dive teacher and a super nice guy.

I will say thank you again! Thank you for lots of professional, safe and high quality inputs and thank you for a fantastic time. I loved it there! I saw some diving schools during the last years, but I can just highly recommend Phoenix Divers at Sairee Beach on Koh Tao. Dive with them! You will enjoy it and have so much fun. It’s safe, it’s fun, it’s the best!

Read why we’re in the top 5 on TripAdvisor here. 

OPEN WATER COURSE. One of the best activities to do at Koh Tao is scuba diving. My friends and I took an open water course at Phoenix divers, Koh Tao Thailand. It is scuba school at Koh Tao. It was more than worth it. The equipment is so good. Ping was our instructor. He was so talented and great. He taught us very clear and easy to understand. If you guys are planning to visit Koh Tao, Thailand. Don’t forget to visit Phoenix.

Read why we’re in the top 5 on TripAdvisor here. 

OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION. This place is by far the BEST diving school in Koh Tao, super affordable and all the instructors are incredible. My instructor Rory was very patience with my scuba skills, it’s because of him that I was able to overcome my discomfort in the water in able to certified! It was an incredible time, I highly recommend this diving school all travelers! Thank you so much Rory and to the rest of the Phoenix divers team!

Read why we’re in the top 5 on TripAdvisor here. 

AWESOME DIVING AT PHOENIX DIVERS. It has been my 4th year of travelling around Thailand, and once again this year I stopped in Koh Tao to do some more diving with Phoenix divers, surely they are one of the best diving school on the island in terms of equipment, knowledge and professionalism of the diving crew, very friendly and helpful people overall. Look forward to catch up with you again next year and do some more diving together.

Read why we’re in the top 5 on TripAdvisor here. 

BEST DIVING SCHOOL KOH TAO. I had a hard time choosing a diving school in koh tao, because there are sooo many. But I’m superhappy I chose phoenix divers! Really good price, nice accommodation (with pool!!) small groups, a great atmosphere and most of all the best diver instructor everr: Angelo you’re the best

Read why we’re in the top 5 on TripAdvisor here. 

AMAZING EXPERIENCE. First, I only booked my open water with phoenix. I was not sure about diving in general myself, but my boyfriend wanted to go diving on koh tao so I decided to give it a try. At the dive school, I felt welcomed from the very first minute. I could take my time for resting and started the course one day later. The Open Water Diver Course with Rory was the best. He is super experienced, patient and just a nice guy to be around with. Everything was perfect. I always felt perfectly safe and was never insecure about what was going on.

We then stayed longer so I could do the advanced adventurer course which was great to get more comfortable with the gears and to discover more of the underwater world. So if you are thinking to start diving but are not sure yet where or if you really should go, give it a try at phoenix. You will not regret it! PS: if you get to to know Rory, please buy him a beer for me, I still owe him one 🙂

Read why we’re in the top 5 on TripAdvisor here. 

THE BEST DIVING SCHOOL IN KOH TAO. It has been a great experience for my girlfriend and me. We loved everything about the place, the dive instructor FRAZER was so nice and super funny. Everyone else was nice and friendly. Would highly recommend when on Koh Tao. Would definitely do it again. Thank you Phoenix Divers for the great diving experience. Definitely a 10/10!!!

Read why we’re in the top 5 on TripAdvisor here.