Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time of the year to visit Koh Samui?
When is the rainy season in Koh Samui?
When is Koh Samui's high season?
What is the best dive site in Koh Samui?
When is the best time to dive in Koh Samui/Koh Tao/Sail Rock/Gulf of Thailand?
When is the worse time to dive in Koh Samui/Koh Tao/Sail Rock/Gulf of Thailand?
How often are dive trips cancelled?
What is the journey time to get to the diving sites from Koh Samui?
I have never dived before, is it possible for me to dive?
What is the best time of year to spot or see a whale shark in the Gulf of Thailand/Koh Samui/Koh Tao?
Is it possible to snorkel at Sail Rock?
What is the water temperature?
What is the ratio of certified divers to guides on your day trips?
What is the ratio of students to instructor for teaching of the Padi Open Water Course?
What is the ratio of Discover Scuba Divers to Instructor on the day experience trips?
Can we get pictures taken for our Discover Scuba Diving experience?
Can we use our camera during the Open Water Course?
What is the age limit to learn how to dive?
Is there any discounts available for multiple days diving or large groups?
I am not a strong swimmer, is there any options for me?
What is the best time of the year to visit Koh Samui?

Koh Samui is great to visit all year round.

When is the rainy season in Koh Samui?

The rainy season that usually starts in October, runs through November and sometimes into December. It makes the temperature a bit more bearable but temperature still stay’s above 25 degrees.

When is Koh Samui's high season?

Koh Samui has two main high seasons, one that starts mid-December to end of March and the other mid-July to end of September.

What is the best dive site in Koh Samui?

Koh Samui itself has no dive sites due to poor visibility but all dive schools in koh samui run day trips to Sail Rock(The best dive site this side of thailand) and Koh Tao and occasionally to the Anthong Marine Park.

When is the best time to dive in Koh Samui/Koh Tao/Sail Rock/Gulf of Thailand?

The months of May/June and July produce some of the clearest visibility for diving up to 40 metres.

When is the worse time to dive in Koh Samui/Koh Tao/Sail Rock/Gulf of Thailand?

The visibility usually drops off dramatically to sometime 1 metre during the rainy season and also bring about swarms of jellyfish (mostly harmless but a rare appearance of a box jellyfish have been seen) This does not stop diving, otherwise you can dive all year round.

NB: There has been no incidents related to diving in Koh Samui/Koh Tao/Sail Rock and box jellyfish.

How often are dive trips cancelled?

Dive Trips are rarely cancelled but there are two factor that can cause a boat trip to cancel:

  • High Winds leading to big waves
  • Not enough interested which is rare occurrence and only in low season
What is the journey time to get to the diving sites from Koh Samui?

There are two modes of transport to the diving sites:

Speedboat which is what we use:

– 50 minutes to Sail Rock one way
– 1 hour and 20 minutes to Koh Tao one way

Slow Wooden Boat:

– 2 hours and 30 minutes to Sail Rock one way
– 3 hours and 30 minutes up to 4 hours to Koh Tao one way

I have never dived before, is it possible for me to dive?

Yes you can, there is a simple medical questionnaire to read through along with three simple diving skills that you will learn on the day to allow you to participate in a Discover Scuba Diving Experience. Otherwise why not think about doing a course to get your PADI Open Water Licence.

What is the best time of year to spot or see a whale shark in the Gulf of Thailand/Koh Samui/Koh Tao?

The last few years, the whale shark spottings have been fewer but are generally more common to see at the middle of May up to the end of October.

Is it possible to snorkel at Sail Rock?

It is possible but not recommended as it is a very deep dive site as well as been a very busy dive site there is a lot of boat movement on the surface which can be dangerous for those that are snorkelling.

What is the water temperature?

Averages between 27-30 degrees Celsius

What is the ratio of certified divers to guides on your day trips?

We limit a maximum of 4 divers to 1 divemaster but we also take into account the level of experience of each diver. We separate level of certification based on the dive site.

What is the ratio of students to instructor for teaching of the Padi Open Water Course?

We limit a maximum of 2 students to 1 Instructor unless a group of friends wish to learn together. Padi Standards allow up to 8 to 1. We do recommend completing the course over 4 days if it is a group.

What is the ratio of Discover Scuba Divers to Instructor on the day experience trips?

We limit a maximum of 2 beginners to 1 Instructor but if a group of up to four wish to dive together and are comfortable in the water they can dive together. Padi Standards allow up to 4 to 1.

Can we get pictures taken for our Discover Scuba Diving experience?

The Instructor taking you on the Discover Scuba Diving Experience is not allowed to take pictures as they must be at all times focused on ensuring your safety. You can choose to take pictures yourself or for an additional 1500 baht you can have a separate dive professional accompany you just to take pictures.

Can we use our camera during the Open Water Course?

We believe you are there to learn important skills that allow you to become a good, safe and responsible diver. The choice of using a camera solely comes down to the instructor providing the training as they are the best to determine your level of ability in the water and ensure you are not going to be damaging the marine environment due to buoyancy issues that usually arise from using an underwater camera.

What is the age limit to learn how to dive?

You can learn to experience diving in a pool from the age of 8 years old. To be allowed to get your first diving licence/certification, the minimum age is 10 years old.

Is there any discounts available for multiple days diving or large groups?

Yes, inquiry at time of booking as number of days diving and size of groups will determine available discount.

I am not a strong swimmer, is there any options for me?

Yes, There is no swimming requirements to participate in the Discover Scuba Diving Experience, if you not interested in diving, we do have snorkelling trips.

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