Sand, Sun, and SCUBA on Ko Samui and Ko Tao

I finally had the chance to catch up on some blog posts on an 8 hour bus-ride from Ko Tao to Bangkok. So, look for those to be posted up over the next few days. The ferry ride was fine and the bus was nice enough (although there are no lights at all, so it’s a bit creepy). But it’s on a straight highway with few bumps so I can’t complain.

Beautiful water at Ko Samui!

Beautiful water at Ko Samui!

The last few days were spent on two islands in the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Samui and Ko Tao. Most people have probably at least heard of Ko Samui – I think people honeymoon there? Anyway, we went for a few days of R&R. We stayed at the Impiana Resort, which was a bit pricy for us ($60/night) but was really nice. It had a great infinity pool, a beautiful postcard beach, cable TV with English stations (and BASEBALL!), and an amazing breakfast buffet. We stayed for three nights and it really helped recharge our batteries.

After that we took the ferry to Ko Tao, which proceeded to re-drain our batteries. The places couldn’t be different. Ko Tao is a backpacker island dedicated to SCUBA diving – it is basically overrun with Westerners/Aussies who set up their own dive shops and live there full time. We stayed at a great B&B near the main town with the best pancakes. The beach there was way worse than Ko Samui so we never went. We decided to stay because it’s the cheapest place in the world to get your Open Water SCUBA certification. There are over 60 dive shops on the island, so we shopped around our first day and chose Roctopus Diving because they had a great reputation and we liked their laid-back style.

Our diving course was 5 dives over the course of 3 days, as well as 3 classroom instructional sessions. We had some homework each night, but mainly we were focused on getting the skills right diving. For some reason we didn’t take any pictures of us in Ko Tao (whoops) but we bought the DVD the dive shop made to compensate. I’ve included that below if you’d like to watch:

Our schedule over the next few weeks will take us to Bangkok for a few days, then we’ll be off to Vientiane, Laos, later next week, where we get to meet up with some old friends (very excited!). I’ll try to post more updates about what we’re up to around Bangkok in the meantime.

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One Response to Sand, Sun, and SCUBA on Ko Samui and Ko Tao

  1. Judy Barnes says:

    Congrats for getting your certifications. I really enjoyed the video. When you go underwater like that and enter that world it is an awesome place to see and experience. No words can actually describe it. You really have to see it for yourself.