About Koh Tao’s price agreement and why every diving school charges the same price for all diving courses and diving trips
At the start of December 2018, all Diving Schools on Koh Tao agreed to sell diving courses for the same prices. This agreement stops ‘pop up’ shops from coming in and offering a low-quality service for low prices and undercutting the established dive schools offering a high-quality service like us here at Phoenix Divers Koh Tao. The new prices ensure that every dive school on Koh Tao makes enough money to offer a high-quality service and make sure that all equipment, boats and other facilities are properly serviced and maintained. It also allowed Koh Tao diving schools to start paying their instructors and divemasters more so that they can afford to live more comfortably in the increasingly more expensive country of Thailand.
Koh Tao is the cheapest place in Thailand to Scuba Dive – Koh Tao’s Cheap Diving prices explained
Despite the price increases, Koh Tao, without doubt, remains the best and cheapest place in Thailand for your diving courses. So why is diving so cheap and why are the prices so low for diving on Koh Tao? Allow us to explain. Koh Tao is a small paradise island in the Gulf of Thailand, despite its size the island has more than 70 dive schools. Why so many dive schools? Because of the amazing diving conditions & year-round diving – the other coast of Thailand (Andaman sea) is seasonal and closes for half of the year. The diving conditions are especially great for beginners here on Koh Tao and make it the best place in South East Asia, or maybe the world to learn how to Scuba Dive. Koh Tao’s shallow dive sites, flat and clear water are perfect for your diving courses.
Doing your Diving Course on Koh Tao is better than Koh Samui or Koh Phangan!
Koh Tao has over 20 dive sites that are very easily accessible by boat from our small island. Because the dives sites are so close the cost of gas is very low, keeping the cost of the dive trips low. If you were to dive from our neighboring island Koh Samui and Koh Phangan they would need to take a speed boat to dive here on Koh Tao as our neighboring islands don’t have many (if any) good diving sites. This gives us a huge advantage over our neighbors and helps us to keep the price of diving here on Koh Tao very low! It also means that you don’t need to spend more than 90 minutes via speed boat to reach the dive sites, our furthest away dive sites are no more than 45 minutes and some are as close as 15 minutes. Meaning you get to spend more time diving and less on a boat.
We also mentioned that the island has over 70 dive schools, because of this the price of diving on Koh Tao stays very low. It also means the quality of instruction, equipment, and facilities remain very high because the competition is fierce and any dive school not offering a high-quality service will lose customers to neighboring dive schools.
What are the most popular diving courses on Koh Tao and what are the prices?
TRY SCUBA DIVE – PRICE 2,500thb
Don’t have a spare 3 and a half days to get your Open Water Certification? Then the Try Scuba Diving programme is for you. This programme lasts just one day from 09:00-16:30 and includes some training in the morning and a quick pool dive before heading out in the ocean for 1 or 2 dives up to a maximum depth of 12 meters.
FUN DIVING TRIPS – PRICE 900thb
Already a certified diver and want to join daily trips? Koh Tao has over 20 dive sites that are frequently visited from Koh Tao. Most dive schools do 4 dives per day and the more you dive the more you save. Koh Tao Dive Schools also offer trips to Sail Rock – the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand.
BECOME A DIVE PROFESSIONAL – PRICE 33,000thb
Want to turn your hobby into your career? Turning pro will allow you to work as a dive professional and open up career opportunities in every corner of the globe. Almost all reputable Koh Tao Diving Schools offer Divemaster Internships and Instructor Courses for reasonable prices.