If you’re interested in choosing a Koh Tao diving school and you’re looking for some inside local wisdom before you make your choice, you’ve come to the right place.

Choosing a Koh Tao Diving School

Diving quality, experience, professionalism, equipment condition, location, and accommodation are all our key rating factors when it comes to choosing the best diving school, regardless of where it might be. For some, being family friendly may be really important, too.

On a recent trip to Koh Tao, a friend of mine decided to get SSI certification while in Thailand. We audited the best Koh Tao dive shops we found and chose which one of them our friend should learn to dive with.

Tonao Hawksbill turtle and friend

Are you lucky enough to see a Hawksbill turtle during your open water course

Diving Quality, Experience, Accommodation & Location

There are a lot of dive sites in Koh Tao, Thailand and you’re absolutely spoiled for choice. From shipwrecks to caves, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Dive sites in Koh Tao include;

  • Shark Island (advanced)
  • Aow Leuk (easy)
  • Tanote Bay (easy)
  • Laem Thian (intermediate) 
  • Hin Wong Pinnacle (intermediate)
  • Lighthouse (beginner)
  • Mango Bay (beginner)
  • Red Rock (beginner)
  • Japanese Gardens (beginner)
  • Green Rock (intermediate)
  • No Name Pinnacle (advanced)
  • HTMS Sattakut (advanced)
  • Chumphon Pinnacle (intermediate)
  • White Rock (intermediate)

Any time we’ve seen photos of these dive sites –and I’m talking amateur photographs– they’re always impeccable. A little experience with a polarising lens, and you can really make that Koh Tao diving photography pop.

How to choose a diving school

Dive equipment

With such fine diving spots, our next consideration was the service we were given, the state of their equipment (looking for wear and tear, safety), and whether or not they’re patient enough to deal with kids (because sometimes I need things explained to me like I’m 5). 

We observed how dive shops spoke with possible customers, and especially those with kids. When we eventually chose our Koh Tao dive shop, we were joined with another family. Mojo handled the inexperience and fears of an adolescent kid very well.

And finally, diving accommodation in Koh Tao could be better, but Mojo won us over in this regard. Right on the beach, folks. 

If there’s one thing I love almost as much as a family of whale sharks, it’s a sunset and Singha.

Diving school, where to go?

Diving school, where to go?

In Summary, how to choose a diving school?

Where have you been diving in Koh Tao? Would you recommend Mojo Divers? And of course, what do you think is important when choosing a Koh Tao diving school? Ping us in the comments, we’d love to hear from you. Or contact us for more info.