Bubble Diving Koh Tao
P.O. Box 21, Koh Tao,
Chaloke Baankao, Suratthani 84280.
Tao – Turtle Island
Koh Tao is located about 70 km east of the
mainland, between Surat Thani and Chumporn.
Koh Tao is a tiny and very green island measuring
only 21Km2. Uninhabited for many years, except
for a few passing fishermen, Koh Tao became
a political prison in 1933. In 1947 all prisoners
received a royal pardon and were returned
to the mainland.
long afterwards families from the neighboring
island Koh Phangan settled and began cultivating
the land harvesting coconuts and growing
vegetables in the virgin soil resulting
in a steady growth of the islands population.
was in the end of the eighties that Koh
Tao was first discovered by backpackers
and the news of this paradise island soon
made it a popular destination though it
was not so easy to get there.
quote from Thomas Cook travelers guide from
1993 says : “Those in search of a greater
isolation can also visit Koh Tao. The island
where people spend weeks on end living in
small bungalows, eating prawn and coconuts
and playing at being a modern-day Robinson
Koh Tao is by far not the only place to
go diving in Thailand. That’s why Big Bubble
was searching a way to make all customers
happy. We achieve that with our diving partner
in Phuket. With Merlin Divers we found ourselfs
a reliable partner to organize your individual
Live aboard – Trip in the beautiful Similan
Islands. This means for our guests that
they don’t have to worry about the traveling,
the organization or anything else, you don’t
want to do in your holidays. We will organize
your trip for you. The only thing you have
to o is go dinging and enjoy your holiday…
Big Bubble has experienced, European diving
instructors, all PADI qualified.
can teach you in almost every language.
Main courses will be held in English and
German. Teaching materials (Video, book
and final exams) are available in almost
provide you with all PADI courses from Discover
Scuba Diving up to Dive Master level.
Big Bubble stands for
We try to keep the spirit of the old days
on Koh Tao. Back when you could chill out
on quiet beaches and diving was relaxed.
have bungalows for every taste and budget.
Would you like to stay on a quiet small
private. Would you like to stay on a quiet
small private beach?
- View point resort,
- Sunset resort,
- Moon Dane resort,
Would be your choice
you would like to stay closer to the mail
- JP resort,
- Tropicana resort
Would be your choice
are several reasons to come diving with
- Big Bubble is an international PADI 5
Star Dive Resort which has been conducting
successful scuba diving courses for almost
13 years in Chaloke Baankao.
We offer all PADI Courses with European
instructors in many different languages.
We guarantee small groups and customer orientated
services. You will get the best individual
In our comfortable classroom you will get
the best possible training.
Our instructors are open for any questions
and will help you to understand all aspects
Big Bubble it’s fun and safe for everybody.
Generally you can get all scuba diving lessons
from Open Water Diver to Advanced Diver
Rescue Diver or even Dive Master, Assistant
Instructor or PADI Diving Instructor.
Our dive boat is big enough for 25 diver
and we still have space to gear up easily.
The Boat has a 40m2 sundeck to chill out
on in the surface time. Coffee, tea, soup,
fruit and cookies are included. Our brand
new Bauer compressors are installed on the
For our Fun divers on Koh Tao, we offer
also small groups and, longer dive times
We start one hour later than the other dive
schools. This means we arrive at the dive
sites when all the other boats are leaving.
So we will see fish instead of divers.
Basically we just have a lot of fun.
Our bungalows have an uninterrupted view
over the Gulf of Siam. They also have fan,
mosquito net, shower and toilet. This relaxed
place is located directly by the sea, away
from stress and noise associated with big
resorts and will make your diving holidays
your holiday in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.
a long time waiting we got at last our new
dive shop finished.
all our old customers n friends who have
visited us for many yours and our new customers!.
We have moved to the main beach in Chaloke
Baankao. We still have a small office next
to the View Point Resort but our main dive
shop is at the main beach now.
our long tail driver, will pick you up from
wherever you stay and make sure that you
will get back to your bungalow after diving.
Our Big Bubble Dive Boat is
18m long and 6m wide. There is enough room
on the boat to accommodate 24 divers. You
can relax between the dives on the sundeck.
We supply water (electrolyte), tea or coffee,
noodle soup, fresh fruits and cookies on board.
not take some images home with you?
The Canon IXY D600 Is a 7.1 M pixel Camera
with a special underwater mode. The 512 MB
memory card will be big enough for you to
shoot in best quality.
“ WP-DC70” underwater housing is specially
made for this kind of camera. It gives you
full control over the Canon IXY D600. Only
1000 Baht for the 7.1 m pixel camera and housing
will get a CD with all your images on AND
some professional underwater photos and
Koh Tao images on top.
much wind for diving?
The board is short and wide – not just in
the middle but also in the nose and tail area
and the volume distribution is even. That
makes it stable along the length – and width
– axis and give the newcomer and a great amount
of confidence. A flat bottom curve gives a
long water line for good non-planning speed
an upwind performance.
Bubble Intro Dive Limited
in time but would like a dive certification?
Begin your diving adventures here! No previous
Bubble Intro Diver course is a half day
course designed for people with time limitations
and still would like to discover the wonders
of the underwater using SCUBA.
course prices deposits are approx. 20% of
full price, paid in Thai Baht.
Scuba Diver course
Limited in time but would like a dive certification?
Begin your diving adventures here! No previous
SCUBA DIVER course is a two-day certification
designed for people with time limitations
who wish to receive a life-long certification
and discover the wonders of the underwater
using SCUBA. During day 1 of this pre-entry
level certification, participants are introduced
to dive theory an a confined water experience
where basic training skills for using SCUBA
are mastered. On day 2, divers participate
in 2 open water dives, diving to a maximum
of 12 meters under the supervision of a
divers complete confined and academic sessions
1, 2 and 3 and open water dives 1 and 2
(subset of Open Water Diver course), they
can opt for the Scuba Diver course qualification.
This lifetime qualification entitles them
to dive under the supervision of a PADI
professional, or continue on to complete
the Open Water Diver course.
Open Water course
The PADI OPEN WATER course includes : 4
dives, confined water training, equipment
rental and a open water book.
Bubble has experienced, European diving
instructors. They can teach you in almost
every language. Main courses will be held
in English and German, Teaching materials
(video, book and final exams) are available
in almost ever language.
table for Open Water course :
start your PADI Open Water Course in our
comfortable classroom with a PADI Open Water
video. This PADI open water Video will show
you the basics of diving and gives you an
overview about everything you will learn
in your open water course.
the PADI video you start with academics
under the supervision of one of our well
experienced PADI Instructors. In this session
you will learn all the important rules of
diving and how to handle the equipment.
first exercises in the shallow water will
bring you closer to the underwater world.
You will learn to breath under water, to
clear your mask and many other skills you
need for diving. All exercises will be conducted
in small groups and you’ll soon find out
that diving is pure fun!. If you pass your
confined water training you will be ready
for your first 2 Open Water Diver (mix 12m).
And after that 2 more dives to max 18.
these 2 final dives and your final exam
you will get your certification and you
are a PADI Open Water Diver!!!
this moment on you have a whole new world
to discover You will never forget your first
you liked your Open Water Diver course,
why not continue with the PADI Advanced
Open Water course?
Advanced Open Water course
The PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER course
includes : 5 dives, equipment rental, and
an Advanced Open Water manual.
Advanced Open Water course includes 5 independent
dives, each one is covering different skills.
Two of the dives are mandatory :
- Deep dive (30m/100 feet) and
- Navigation dive, which teaches
you how to use a compass and navigate under
lessons will be of great help in future
diving. After these first two dives you
can choose another three dives which interest
you. All the other advanced open water dives
are described in your book. You’ll soon
find out what you like most. There’s Underwater
Photography with a digital camera, Underwater
Naturalist, Multilevel Diving, Peak Performance
Buoyancy, Night diving and so on…
about it with your PADI Diving Instructor.
EFR & Rescue Diver course
The PADI RESCUE DIVER and EFR
courses include : equipment rental and Rescue
and EFR manual.
As an experienced diver you may want to
continue your diving education. Learn how
to prevent problems before they occur, how
to manage an emergency and how to help divers
at the surface and underwater. During this
course you start sharpening your senses
to spot potential problems and learn how
to take care of the divers around you.
course is also a prerequisite if you want
to go on to become a PADI Professional like
a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or even
a PADI Diving Instructor.
In the Emergency First Responder Course
(EFR) you’ll learn the basics of primary
and secondary care, CPR and defibrillation.
What you learn in this course helps you
not just in diving but also in emergencies
that could happen in your daily life. The
EFR (or another First Aid course with CPR)
not older than 24 months is a prerequisite
for the PADI Rescue Diver course.
The PADI DIVEMASTER course is your
first professional level in the PADI System
of diver education. This course will teach
1. To become a better diver who can take
care of other divers.
2. All the knowledge of diving theory.
3. How to assist an instructor during training
a PADI Divemaster, you’ll be qualified to
Organize, conduct recreational diving activities,
both land and boat based.
2. Have logged a minimum of 20 open water
dives prior to entry into PADI Divemaster
3. Be at least 18 years old.
4. Be in good physical condition for diving
and submit a medical exam form signed by
complete three phases in the PADI Divemaster
Watermanship and skills assessment, watermanship
and stamina and general diving skills.
2. Knowledge development
- Diving physics
- Diving physiology
- Diving skills and environment
- Supervising students in training
- Dive management and control
- Dive planning
- Emergency assistance plan for diving emergencies
in the local area
- Mapping a local open water site
3. Practical Application : This involves
training activities using various structured
training sessions, simulated scenarios and
internship sessions with actual PADI programs.
These training sessions enable you to gain
practical experience as an instructional
assistant and a supervisor of open water
diving activities, both as a coordinator
and as an underwater guide.
a PADI Divemaster you’ll be able to :
1. Act as certified instructional assistant
to PADI Instructors.
2. Supervise participants in PADI experience
programs for uncertified divers.
3. Generally supervise both training and
non training related diving activities by
planning, organizing and directing dives.
4. Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers.
5. Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
for certified divers.
6. Enroll in PADI Instructor level training
successfully completing the PADI Divemaster
program, you’ll receive a certification
card and wall certificate denoting this
rating. You’ll also become a member of PADI
and receive benefits, including the ability
to purchase professional liability insurance
(which may be required to conduct some activities).
Our favourite spot for diving around Koh Tao.
A big granite pinnacle with some deeper rocks
apart from the main pinnacle. The best spot
to sea a whaleshark. You can dive 40 meters
here and follow the rock formation up to 14
we spotted many grey reef sharks, whalesharks,
big school of bat fish, jacks and king mackerels
on Barracuda Rock, guess what, many yellow-tail
barracudas, giant barracudas, real big potato
groupers, sweet lips.
Southwest Pinnacle is next to Chumphon Pinnacle
and Sailrock one of our top dive sites.
granite pinnacle with many valleys starting
up at depth from 26 meters. It’s nice diving
around the rocks and ascend slowly along
the main pinnacle for your safety stop above
the seven meter top.
schools of fish, barracudas, tuna, Mackerels,
sometimes leopard sharks and big potato
Another nice dive site on Koh Tao. Two main
pinnacles will make your diving a pleasure,
the deeper one you can dive down to 35 meters,
heading south you will get at 18 meters
to the big pinnacle. A lot of swim-through
make diving here interesting. Sometimes
the current will just carry you around an
you can just enjoy diving without moving
and hard corals, harlequin sweetlips, yellow
margin trigger fish, barracuda schools,
jack fish and if you’re lucky also whalesharks.
Basically three pinnacles, the deepest one
at 19 meters, the second on 17 meters and
the shallow one at 12 meters. A nice little
swim-through at the middle one. You should
go and visit Mork and Molly, our clown fishes
at about 13 meters.
soft and hard corals, banded sea snakes,
sometimes turtles, brasses, groupers of
all kind, and Mork and Molly.
With the chimney, starting 7 meters and
exits at 18 meters, this is a unique dive
site. Diving in head over and coming out
into big schools of mackerels is fantastic.
The depth around the pinnacle is 27 meters
and goes up right to the surface.
A good chance of whalesharks, grey reef
sharks, leopard sharks, barracudas, jack
fish and bat fish, groupers.