For an exciting holiday ever, you can now head up to Thailand and get a certificate of scuba diving
Thailand brings you a surprising difference from the predictable vacation in your homeland. You have new memorable experiences from temples to visit, exotic beaches to discover, and the finest weather that SE Asia offers all year round.
Now let's think about what will you do in Thailand to make it more special. Curiosity led people to desire to walk on the Moon - We did; want to dance in the Mars - We are working on it to make our dream come true in a very early future. But until it becomes popular activities, it’s hardly possible for you to explore the space unless you are a millionaire to pay around $75 million per seat. Or you must be an astronaut. Let’s think about other options. How about the ocean?
I assure you at least once, in your lifetime, you may wonder what marine life looks like under the water? It is a whole new world and learning scuba diving like opening a door to this wonderful land. And if you want to experience this, nowhere else is better than Thailand. With its long coastline, numberless islands, and the crystal clear water, Thailand offers some of the best scuba diving locations in the world.
Have you ever wondered about the mysterious world under the water?
Although you can dive all over the country, the best destination for travelers and locals to learn is Koh Samui for its vibrant coral sand the variety of marine species. This is the second-largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus - a perfect place if you want to escape from the tourist crowd. You can either lay on white sandy, palm-fringed beaches during the day or hop into a bar and get a drink with strangers at night. Koh Samui is over 700 kilometers from Bangkok, so easily the quickest way to get here is by airplane. You can get flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok with Thai Airways who fly twice per day, whereas Bangkok Airways has frequent flights, departing almost hourly. Other ways to access the island are by train, bus, and ferry.
Koh Samui island is famous for vibrant coral sand, the crystal clear water and the variety of marine species
The cost for a scuba diving course in Koh Samui starts at 3,700 Baht for one-day activity. I decided to take 4 days course which cost me 12,700 Baht. You can consider booking a tour of Exotic Voyages to Thailand. The price they provide is much more reasonable with lots of priorities: You can choose either Koh Samui, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Koh Lipe, or Similan Island depending on your interest.
It’s better to do a little research before you go. You will find many programs on the internet or just simply ask your hotel’s receptionist for a name but my advice is to search for it on your own. If you book a Thailand tour with a travel agent, they will take care of your need and do the search.
It’s better to do a little research before you go (Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay)
Remember that, the dive experience depends mostly on the instructor a dive school provides. Read reviews on popular travel websites or asking your trustful travel agent before selecting a school. Big schools give a big chance to meet new people, it would be lots of fun to hang around with new friends but these schools are for those who are comfortable underwater and don’t need personal attention. Small schools are best for those new to scuba diving.
Suggested tour: Island Hopping
My first day was just for traveling and resting. I just start my course on the second day. We watched videos and learned scuba diving theories including diving practices, equipment, confined water skills, and other things to keep you safe under the water. In the afternoon, you will be trained in the swimming pool to familiarize yourself with scuba gear, learn how to deal with underwater emergencies, hand signals, and help a friend in emergency situations. We started in very shallow water first then got deeper to gain confidence.
Day 3 was the best. We hopped onto a boat that took us to the first dive site down to a maximum depth of 12 meters. I was eager to explore the coral reefs and hidden marine life. During the dive, we had reinforced the theories and skills we learned in the pool. I was a bit nervous at first, you know, it was totally different between the ocean with the pool where you could easily stand up and got out of the water. But my instructor was really patient and guided me through it. I actually saw a baby turtle. We went to a second location where we were tested on more skills and saw a lot of bright corals, tropical fish, eels, and even stingrays. This was like a dream come true and all of my worries had long gone.
Diving is the way to open the door to a new wonderful land
Day 4 was to explore the depth of 18 meters. I practiced more about diving and increased confidence by repeating some skills plus make an exploration of marine life in Koh Samui. The next dive locations were to emergency skill practice. However, it was lots of fun.
I did have a wonderful time and a diving certificate. That was one of my most memorable times ever. I’m now a fan of scuba diving. I’ll book a trip to Thailand again to discover other dive locations. My next trip would be Koh Phi Phi, I’ve heard many things about this magical island. If you are in Thailand now, you can start searching for a scuba diving program. If you are not, don’t worry, the best time to learn is from November to April. You have plenty of time ahead. Just book a tour and wait to see your dream come true
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