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Call us bias, but we think Koh Tao is the best place to go scuba diving in Thailand. Carabao Diving Resort is right on the Chalok Bay beach, so we can even brag about this underwater wonderland being our backyard.

We are also proud participants of SSI's Deep Blue Mission. Click here to read more about it.   

This is the Cheapest Place in the World to go diving! So why are you hesitating ?

Learn and Dive in the best bay of Koh Tao, only 5 minutes from Sairee Beach and walking distance to Freedom Beach and Shark Bay.


                       TRY SCUBA DIVING 

Try Scuba for the first time, make 2 dives in just 1 afternoon and discover a new fascinating world! Never tried? Want to see how it is done? click here !


Have you tried already Scuba Diving ? Want to become certified ? Less than 3 days and you will be able to dive everywhere in the world ! If you curious, click here !


Looking for a place to stay 3 or 4 days ? Check out our Resort and Hostel, choose the ebst package for you ! Special Packages available for the high season ( from 30.01.2020 ) !

What’s up in Koh Tao?


Whale Sharks Seen


Grains of sand on Chalok Bay beach


Avg Water Temperature (C)


This is the cheapest place in the world and in Thailand to dive!Get the Best Experience in a very flexible and familiar Atmosphere. Carabao is a 5-star, SSI Dive Center with instructors from Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Chile. We aim to provide a relaxed and fun learning environment so that you enjoy learning without feeling pressured. Class sizes are small so our experienced instructors can pay personal attention to every diver. 

Carabao Dive Resort we has 3 full equipped diving boats, making regular morning trip, afternoon trip and night trips to over 25 dive sites! Courses run year-round.



The first step in your scuba diving education is the open water course. Learn the equipment and the procedures you need to know to scuba dive anywhere in the world! We offer flexible class schedules.


Improve your diving and experience more with an advanced adventurer certification. A deep dive certifies you down to 30 meters. You'll also be certified to scuba dive at shipwreck site and at night after this course!


This first aid course takes one day to complete and is a prerequisite for the Stress & Rescue course. With this course you will learn to remain calm and act effectively in front of problems.


Learn how to in front of a panic diver on the surface, find a lost diver, bring an unconscious diver to the surface and administer oxygen or even more simply, and tow a tired diver on the surface.


Becoming a Divemaster or a Dive Instructor is your opportunity to travel the world, meet incredible people and dive in exotic places.  With our SSI Divermaster program and Instructor Training Course you can have your dream job!    At Carabao Diving Resort, we have the best and most complete programs, so you can become a diving professional.

Divemaster Program

Are you 18 years old? Are you certified in stress and rescue? Do you have 40 dives logged? You could be a divemaster trainee right now in beautiful Koh Tao! Morning rush hour here is much different than it is where you are.

Instructor Course

Carabao Instructor Training Resort guarantees success for all instructor course candidates After the 15-day course finishes, you will be able to team teach with the instructors here to gain experience and certifications.

Why to Dive, Stay and Eat with Carabao

We are located in the south of Koh Tao, with a beautiful sunset and stunning view from Chalok Bay. The Resort provides a relaxed place to sleep, bike rentals, kayaks, laundry service, ferry and bus tickets, a restaurant and--of course--scuba diving! Our resume aside, Carabao celebrates a relaxed atmosphere with great people always at hand. So many of our guests and students return season after season to revisit "the chill" in Chalok Bay. There really is no place like it in the world.



  •   I decided to stay at the dorm in Carabao so I cannot say anything abkut the private rooms.
    The room was clean and the bathroom as well. Enough space... read more


      Had an amazing stay at Carabao, beatiful scenery, great staff and good food! Had Xavier Martineu as our instructor and he was great! Really good with calming us down if... read more


      Absolutely loved this had a Wonderful vibe and lovely people. I did my open water course here and was so utterly impressed. My instructor was Coco who was fantastic.... read more


      Xavier Martineau was our instructor and he was very helpful, patient and made it a very enjoyable experience for me and my friends. Great quality service

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  •   It was amazing! Xavier was a really nice diveinstructor with nice theory lessons as well Thank You Carabao!

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      I decided to stay at the dorm in Carabao so I cannot say anything abkut the private rooms.
    The room was clean and the bathroom as well. Enough space... read more


      Me and my girlfriend just finished open water course. It was perfect! First of all our instructor Xavier Martineau was super patience, relexed, did everything with good atmosphere and was... read more

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      We had an amazing time while doing our Open Water Course with Carabao. Our instructor Xavier Martineau is a really good dive teacher who makes you feel comfortable under water... read more

  •   Originally we wanted to stay for a couple of days. But we fell in love with this place and stayed for almost two weeks, doing almost every fun dive possible.... read more


      I went fun diving twice with Carabao dive centre and had a great experience. My dive master Elias was really professional, he doubled checked all gears before each dive and... read more


      Carabao was an amazing experience for us. We took our Open Water and Advanced Open Water here. The people at Carabao are awesome. Big thanks to Xavier Martineu and Björn... read more

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      We stayed quiet a long time at Carabao about 2 weeks, and it was wonderful ! We did our diving courses with Xavier and Sergio who were amazing to... read more

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  •   Amazing dive center, did the open water course with Chris. He is super professional, explains all very clear and good. At the same time he is relaxed and fun.. wish... read more


      Just certified as an Open Water diver with Xavier and it was amazing. Felt confident to dive in the sea after the theorie and confined water training. Thanks to the... read more


      The best place stay in Koh Tao. Nice apartment, beach bar, pool, and diving center everything in one place. We did the open water course Carabao diving center.... read more

    Kristina R

      What an incredible experience. At first we were both quite nervous to learn diving; however, Xavier ensured that we were confident. We surely appreciate his patience and we would definitely... read more

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  •   I went fun diving twice with Carabao dive centre and had a great experience. My dive master Elias was really professional, he doubled checked all gears before each dive and... read more


      I have been meaning to write this review for months now however felt it was super important due to my amazing experience!! I had not been in the water for... read more


      The carabao was our second stay on Koh Tao and when we arrived we wished we had gone straight there. My partner did a Try Scuba course here... read more


      Been in Carabao hotel for 4 days. We been received very well. We arrived to the island and the driver was there to take us to the hotel, instead... read more

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  •   In short this is a special place full off very kind and skilled divers, you feel welcome from the start. Thanks for the experience we will never forget and opening... read more


      Me and my husband did 10 fun dives with the carabao stuff, all of the dives was incredible! There are several amazing dive sites around Koh Tao and we could... read more


      Got my Open Water Certificate with Xavier and Millie,
    Both of them are incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, professional and kind. I enjoyed the experience so much I've even signed up for... read more

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      My friends and I really enjoyed the open water course. Our experience was definitely made better by our instructor Xavier! He made everything seem so simple and gave us plenty... read more

  •   My friend and I went fun diving with the most amazing team! Super friendly, we felt very safe, well taken care of, nice boat...everything you need for a super duper... read more

    Anja B

      Out of all the different diving experiences I’ve had this one was the most memorable. The crew is unbelievable there are so many people from all walks of life who... read more

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      We planned on staying for a few days and ended up staying 2 Weeks. If you have the chance to go diving with Elias or Millie you should definitely go... read more


      I stayed here because I wanted to get my diving licence. The resort is great, but the restaurant quite expensive. My diving experience was awesome. Xavier was the best dive... read more

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  •   This was my first time diving in Ko Tao. I dived and stayed at the Carabao Dive Center and Resort, a great place with friendly staff, clean and spacious rooms,... read more


      Whilst me and my family were planning our trip to Thailand, we decided that we should use the opporunity to get our diving certification. After a quick google search, we... read more


      From open water to Divemaster course!! Great experience!! 3 Boats, a beautiful swimming pool, all the dive equipment is new. I feel really safe and comfortable every time we... read more

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      I spent 2 weeks at Carabao Diving Resort in one of their private rooms. I got my Advanced Adventure certification and went on several fun dives. Carabao is a great... read more

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  •   My partner and I decided to get dive certified during our 2 month long trip through SE Asia. After having researched several dive centers we picked Carabao. Our trip was... read more

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      First time in Thai, first time in Koh Tao and first time I tried to Dive! I finally did my open water course with Coco and was amazing! He is... read more


      All the people who work at Carabao are friendly, kind and amazing. The vibe is relaxed and the view is gorgeous. A true luxury to have been here.
    If... read more


      The Resort is nice, the rooms are comfortable, with A/C or fan, brand new restaurant and such a good vibe, from everyone! About the diving experience, they have everything... read more

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  •   I really enjoyed doing my open water here. Being a little bit nervous before, Chris, the instructor, was very calming and always reminded us to take our time. I felt... read more


      It was our first experience under the sea. Xavier guided us and taught everything necessary to enjoy healthily. We feel very comfortable and cared for at all times. ... read more


      We did the open water and advanced course at Carabao diving center. Our diving instructor Cynthia, is the best! She explained everything so well, she was calm, patient and sweet.... read more


      Xavier is the type of instructer and teacher you dream of having your whole life. He is knowledgeable, humorous helpful, strict and firm when needed .... and simply... read more


Contact Us with Questions, Wishes and Dreams

We are here to answer your questions about scuba diving, getting to Koh Tao and how to enjoy your time here. Even if you decide not to stay or dive with us, we still want to make sure you have all the information you need to fall in love with the island like we have.