Scuba Diving in Koh Tao through Photos
It was one of the most amazing experiences and it was a totally unexpected and unplanned adventure. Although we knew Koh Tao was considered one of the places to get certified for scuba diving, we hadn’t seriously considered doing so. As we mentioned, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate our anniversary, and also learn some new skills we could use while travelling to different places.
Learning to dive up to 18m in depth, we are now certified open water scuba divers and hope to take our training to various places around the world. While we started out wanting to see as much of the world as possible, we’ve discovered a whole other universe under the water just waiting for us to explore.
We shared our 8 tips for beginners when learning to scuba dive when we discussed our open water scuba certification training in Koh Tao with Scuba Shack and we even added some amazing photos and an underwater scuba diving video taken by Fat Fish Movies. What we didn’t do was share the remainder of the photos and point out some of the amazing underwater life to be found when diving in Koh Tao. The dive sites there are veritable playgrounds for those looking to spot beautiful and different underwater creatures and habitats.
Running, Or Diving Rather, Into Dangerous Creatures
Since we had an underwater photographer (another shout out to Charlie!!) from Fat Fish Movies taking photos and videos, we were able to relax and enjoy the dive and the sights around us. On the first dive with Charlie, he was equipped with his video gear and was the first to notice we happened to be swimming with a handful of box jelly fish. Those of us learning to dive were completely oblivious to the fact that box jelly fish are considered one of the deadliest creatures in the world. Some of us attempted to get a closer look! With Charlie’s and our dive instructor, James’, sharp eyes, we descended out of range and made our way down. If you are interested in seeing just how close we were, take a look at the video footage of that day and the box jelly fish taken by Charlie and see if you can spot us amongst the divers. It should be noted that there was a strong current that day that had brought the jelly fish to the dive site and that, while box jelly fish are sighted off the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan, they are not overly common.
What You’ll Find Underwater in Koh Tao
Charlie managed to capture some pretty incredible shots of our dive, enabling us to take you on a brief photo tour of the amazing sights to be seen underwater in Koh Tao, Thailand and bring you along on one of the most memorable moments of our journey thus far.
Blue Spotted Sting Ray and Squirrel Fish
What’s at the bottom
Do you know what this fish is above? We’ve been searching and can’t seem to identify it! If you know, comment below and help us end the mystery!
In addition to those that were captured on camera, Koh Tao hosts a variety of other species – some we managed to see, and some we didn’t – including barracuda, triggerfish, sea turtles, whale sharks, moray eels, seahorses, sea snakes, snapper, batfish, and parrotfish.
We can’t wait to continue our scuba diving adventures and explore more of the hidden world underwater. Where will our next dive site be? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!