May 132012
 

Diving is the main attraction in Ko Tao, so we signed up for a 6 dive package with Sairee Cottage.  The dive packages are a pretty good deal and cost about half what dives normally cost elsewhere.  So instead of ~$100 for 2 dives, you pay ~$50 and the days we dive we have free lodging.  Not bad!

Visibility is usually better in the morning, so we opted to do morning dives for the 3 days we went out.  6:30am call time is rough!  Usually we’re not really awake until we’re on the boat.  Diving on Ko Tao is a bit more of a DIY kind of spirit.  In Ko Lanta, all our equipment is set up by the dive shop, but here you set up and rinse your own gear every time.  It’s actually good to do it yourself once in a while to remember.

Chumpon Pinnacle was by far our favorite dive site and we went on two separate dives there.  The pinnacles are entirely covered with sea anemones that it looks like one huge carpet swaying in the current.  Magical.  This morning we saw humongous Malabar groupers and these fish were probably half the size of me and as wide around!  HUGE.  Schools of barracuda and batfish were some of the highlights along with moray eels.  Mike and I have been interested in getting our Advanced Open Water certification and this would have been a good site to have it.  With Advanced, you can go down to 30m whereas we are limited to 18m.  We mostly stayed around the tops of the pinnacles.

White Rock was a nice dive and the major highlight there was we saw a whale shark!!  It was only a baby whale shark but even then it was about 10 feet long and really thick around.  Still seemed HUGE to me.

Ko Tao Whale Shark

HUGE Whale Shark!! Photo taken by our dive shop, Sairee Cottage

It had all these cleaner fish attached to it.  When it was spotted in the water, all the divers went crazy and swam over to where it was.  It was chaos in the water with everyone trying to get close to get a good look—maybe 30 divers or so in one area!

The other dive sites were nice but Chumpon Pinnacle and the whale shark outshines them all.  We did a swim through at Green Rock where you go underneath these crazy overhangs and into a small cave and out the other side.  Overall, we think the Andaman side and Ko Lanta was a bit better scenery wise, but Chumpon Pinnacle was fantastic.

f a DI�� n � � �h&.  In Ko Lanta, all our equipment is set up by the dive shop, but here you set up and rinse your own gear every time.  It’s actually good to do it yourself once in a while to remember.

 

Chumpon Pinnacle was by far our favorite dive site and we went on two separate dives there.  The pinnacles are entirely covered with sea anemones that it looks like one huge carpet swaying in the current.  Magical.  This morning we saw humongous Malabar groupers and these fish were probably half the size of me and as wide around!  HUGE.  Schools of barracuda and batfish were some of the highlights along with moray eels.  Mike and I have been interested in getting our Advanced Open Water certification and this would have been a good site to have it.  With Advanced, you can go down to 30m whereas we are limited to 18m.  We mostly stayed around the tops of the pinnacles.

White Rock was a nice dive and the major highlight there was we saw a whale shark!!  It was only a baby whale shark but even then it was about 10 feet long and really thick around.  Still seemed HUGE to me.

 

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