Knowing where to begin your scuba diving adventure can be difficult. Figuring our when or where to continue your scuba education can be challenging, too. But whether you are starting your adventures in scuba diving or forwarding the fun, we have countless reasons why Koh Tao is the best place for you. For the sake of time, here are seven:

1. Opportunity to snorkeling and scuba dive with whale sharks

Thailand is one of the few places in the world where you can see (and swim) with a whale shark, and Koh Tao is the best place in Thailand to do just that. They are regularly spotted around Koh Tao near the following dive site Chumphon Pinnacle, Sail Rock, South West Pinnacle, White Rock and Shark Island.

Whale sharks often swim close to the surface, so you can even see them while snorkeling!

These huge fish--the largest confirmed measured 12.65 meters in length!--might seem a bit scary at first, but they are harmless to humans. They eat plankton and small fish, swimming with their mouths open to filter food from the water. Each whale shark has a unique pattern of white spots which makes it easy for scientist to monitor them. Unfortunately, are still hunted for live oil, cartilage and fin to use in shark fin soup.

2. Ecological Diversity

Koh Tao is ringed by coral reefs--deep and shallow--rock pinnacles and small islands that are home to plenty of marine life. The ecological diversity of Koh Tao is just amazing, and we hope to show it to you. Carabao Diving Center was one of the first to open on the island, meaning we have been exploring and protecting that area longer than most.


Try scuba diving

Want to try scuba diving before you commit to a dive course? Get out in the open water today with a certified dive instructor. We'll take care of everything else while you develop an addiction to diving.

Go on fun dives

Talk to our diving experts and pick the sites you especially want to visit.  Equipment, insurance and a diver master are all at your disposal, so you can focus on enjoying Koh Tao. Ask us about the different dive packages we offer.


We love scuba diving, but maybe you aren't quite there yet or you want something more relaxed. There are also snorkeling adventures available so you can still experience everything there is to see around Koh Tao.

3. Diving Sites Open All Year

There is something interesting happening on or around Koh Tao throughout the entire year. All the dive sites are always open to divers, though there are months that provide better conditions than other months. (But it’s possibly to see whale sharks all year around!)

The best conditions are found between March to September. During this time, visibility can be up to 30 meters.
The busiest months are July and August. Weather is typically warm and sunny, giving great visibility to all the dive sites. Koh Tao even has a little reputation for having a lot of sunny days.

Rainy season is October to February, creating sea swells and reducing visibility.

Water temperature around Koh Tao is usually around 28-29°C.

4. Koh Tao is the Best Place to Learn to Scuba Dive

The sheer number of dive schools on Koh Tao speaks to how great of a location this Thai island is for advancing… or starting! … your scuba diving. Whether you want to try scuba diving, no certification required, advance your education or get the training required to work in diving, Carabao Diving Resort can make that happen for you. We were one of the first dive centers on Koh Tao, and we know the dive sites well.

The diversity of dive sites easily accommodate the skill-level of every diver. So first dive experience? Wanting to specialize in wreck diving? You can do both here!

Carabao Diving Resort is an SSI Dive Center, one of the most recognized Scuba certification agencies in the industry. Our team is formed by instructors and divemasters of different nationalities. We teach in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

5. Did We Mention It’s One of the Cheapest Places to Get Certified?

Yeah, so Koh Tao is one of the cheapest place in the world to get your scuba certification. With less overhead, sample life under the waves or double-up on your certifications! Carabao Diving Center offers even more discount to divers that get their Open Water Certification and their Advanced Adventurer Certification with us. And we offer special packages the include accommodation, speciality course, etc. For even more savings, contact us!


Koh Tao has over 80 dive centers, and all of them are excited to instruct you in scuba diving. 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.

Open Water Course

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.

Advance Course

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!

React Right 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.

Stress & Rescue

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.

6. It's easy to relax and enjoy island life

Out of water, Koh Tao is a beautiful island. With several beaches, lots of nightlife and affordable dining--Koh Tao is a divers paradise to hangout and talk about scuba diving some more! You can also rock climb, play mini-golf, take a cooking class or visit one of the local, affordable spas for a famous Thai massage.

When you dive with Carabao Diving Center, equipment and insurance is included. All our equipment is top of line and regularly maintained by experts and our energetic staff of divemaster trainees. In addition, we have our own equipment service center that provides appropriate services to all gears by our certified technicians. So you can rest easy and enjoy the full scope of what Koh Tao has to offer.

7. Great beaches

On all edges of Koh Tao are relaxing, sandy beaches welcoming independent snorkeling and afternoon naps in the sun. We suggest you grab a coconut and banana shake and head to one of the countless beaches for a few hours. You will never want to leave.

Carabao Diving Resort is located on one such beach in Chalok Bay on the southend of the island. It’s great if you’re staying and diving with us; it’s just a few moments walk to the long boat that will take you to one of our three converted fishing boat that wait in the bay.


Stay at Carabao

Decide what underwater adventure you want at our beach-side resort and restaurant at Chalok Bar. With good food, good prices and good energies, you'll feel like you're in paradise.

Open Water Course

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 2-day and 3-day courses.

Eat at the restaurant

The Carabao Resort beachside/ pool side restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere with affordable eats and an amazing view. If Thailand is feeling a bit crowded to you, come hang out us with and chill.

Zero to Hero

Are you 18 years old? Are you certified in stress and rescue? Do you have 40 dives logged? You could be a divermaster trainee right now in beautiful Koh Tao! Morning rush hour here is better


WATER CONDITIONS: the tropical temperature of the water and the stunning visibility all round the year  make your first underwater experience absolutely enjoyable and relaxed. Being in the Gulf of Thailand Koh Tao s conditions are guaranteed to be the best to learn and improve your diving skills in a total safe enviroment.

PRICE: Koh Tao it is the cheapest place in the world to dive and to get your certification. 11,000 Baht to achieve the first level including :

      • insurance
      • full equipment rental
      • dive computer
      • certification fee
      • boat trips
      • snacks and drinks on boat

LOCATION: Considered one of the top 10 island in the world, the landscape and the beaches on Koh Tao are absolutely stunning.

MARINE LIFE: Koh Tao offer a natural aquarium for both snorkellers and divers. The different species of colourful angelfish, butterflyfish, bannerfish and stingrays are abundant on reefs. Hard corals such as table coral, staghorn coral, mosaic and mushroom corals are predominant within this region of the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Tao provides the perfect opportunity for divers to observe the relationships that make up the marine ecosystem.

ECO FRIENDLY: Koh Tao since many years said "NO" to plastic and plastic bags. Many clean up dives and beach clean ups are organized everyday by almost all the dive schools on the island.

MORE THAN 25 DIVE SITES: Incredible variety and diversity of dive points is what make Koh Tao on the Top 10 place to dive in the world. With more then 25 dives, the conformation of rocks underwater is spectacular allowing divers with any level of experience to enjoy hard and soft corals, shallow and deeper reefs, pinnacles, caves and more

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.


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.