To Chaloklum Diving. After more than 13 years
of enjoyable diving from Koh Phangan our policy
has remained unchanged and simple. Although Chaloklum
Diving has grown over the years, we still truly
believe that dive safety, consistent high standards
and customer satisfaction must always come first.
& Michael opened Chaloklum Diving in 1995
after falling in love with Koh Phangan & the
beautiful seas around it. We started off as a
2 man operation, diving off a peaceful island
from the beach or by longtail boat, & have
grown steadily since then.
of us have been PADI instructors for 15+ years
and our motivation is still a passion for diving
& teaching it to others. The Chaloklum Diving
team is mainly made up of professionals trained
by us, but everyone shares our belief in quality
we do have an unbroken safety record, it is good
to know that we are a fully insured & licensed
TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) operation.
We are affiliated to the SSS Recompression Network
(with excellent hyperbaric facilities on nearby
Koh Samui), our team are all first aid/O2 trained
& we are sponsors of DAN (Divers Alert Network)
diver groups (maximum 4 people), genuine personal
care, long dives (1 hr+; dive tables & air
supply permitting) & consistent safety standards
means that our divers leave us happy & tell
groups of divers & quick dives may mean more
profits for us (in the short term) but are no
fun for either customers or staff.
Dive School in the centre of Chaloklum Village
is our headquarters & teaching facility. We
offer retail sales of most major brands of dive
gear, there is a fully equipped diving workshop
where we personally maintain all our SCUBA gear
(strictly from new!) & we have (Bauer compressor)
tank filling facilities.
now also have 2 dive bases at Wang Sai Resort
on Mae Haad beach, and at Long Bay Resort on Haad
Yao beach on the West coast of the island.
to get here is not so diificult. From Bangkok
you can take a plane, a train, or a coach to Suratthani
town on the mainland, or Koh Samui next door to
us. From there you can take one of a variety of
ferry services across to Koh Phangan. If you want
more detailed travel information, please contact
you have booked accommodation already, your resort
will usually meet you from the ferry. If not,
just ask for a taxi to wherever you want to go.
If you want to come straight to us, tell your
driver "Chaloklum Village", specifying
our school (ie. Chaloklum Diving) as there are
other schools in the village!
you are having any problems on arrival here, phone
us on 077 374025 & we can usually help.
We follow the PADI system of diver education (Dive
Centre # R36328) as they are the largest SCUBA
diving training agency in the world, and the certification
is Internationally recognized.
most important thing for us, however, is thorough
training. This we do by taking only small groups
(we won't usually refuse just one student), truly
personal, understanding teaching and enough time
to do it properly.
are available in English and German (plus French
& more in the high season), with educational
materials available in most other languages.
Discover SCUBA Diving
If you don't have the time for a full course or
you want to check it out first, we can give you
a real taste of diving in a safe, controlled style.
a careful briefing on safety rules, techniques
and equipment, you start in water "deep enough
to stand up" and then progress to do a shallow
water dive (or 2) with your instructor. We usually
specify a maximum of 2 divers per PADI professional.
note that your first dive can then be credited
towards an Open Water Diver course with us....
Open Water Diver
The full beginners diving course, taking about
4 days and involving theory presentations (DVD
& personal teaching) & assessments, shallow
water training sessions (off the beach or in a
pool) and then 4 actual dives (at least 2 on a
day trip with our big boat).
successful completion of the programme you should
understand all the basics of safe SCUBA diving.
You receive from us your diver's log book and
PADI Open Water Diver certification; valid for
PADI recommend this "divers tune-up"
after more than 6 months of no diving; it certainly
is necessary after much longer periods or if you're
feeling a little out of touch.
will refresh your basic dive theory, check &
refine your SCUBA skills, and then do some fun
diving with you too.
Advanced Open Water Diver
The next level is more of an experience course,
introducing you to new and diverse areas of diving
that were not covered at Open Water level.
will complete an u/w navigation dive and a deep
dive, plus 3 other specialized dive activities
such as night diving, peak performance buoyancy,
underwater naturalist (no, not naturist!), photography,
fish identification, multilevel diving or search
& recovery. You do 5 dives in total, usually
over 2 to 3 days.
note that any of the advanced course dives can
be credited toward it's particular speciality
programme, if it takes your fancy.
Emergency First Response
A one-day, classroom based course on basic first
aid techniques, including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
is a pre-requirement for the Rescue Diver course
but equally relevant for non-divers also.
A more serious (but definitely still fun) level
of diving education, available for Advanced O/W
Divers. Self-rescue techniques, surface and underwater
problems, emergency management, actual rescue
scenarios and more are covered in theory lessons
and a minimum of 5 in-water training sessions
over at least 3 days.
certification will help you to care for a dive
buddy with a variety of possible problems, in
addition to becoming a more able, self-sufficient
& confident diver yourself.
We've been diving here for 15+ years & have
set up a full on-line reference guide to our local
marine life, so join us for the Speciality U/W
Naturalist course or the new U/W Digital Photography
course; we are genuine experts.
you ever dived with the extra bottom time that
Enriched Air (Nitrox) allows you, or do you want
to start doing some deeper diving, but with correct
training first? Then you're looking at our Enriched
Air or Deep Diver speciality programmes.
offer many more speciality courses, including
Photography, Search & Recovery, Night Diver,
U/W Navigation, Fish Idenification and Multilevel/Computer
Diving; send us a line and tell us where your
special interests lie.
The first level in the PADI professional programme
will teach you how to care for certified divers
and assist in teaching situations. This should
take a minimum of 4 weeks (including as many dives
as it takes) as there's lots to do!
theory (which we still teach personally), lots
of in-water work with our instructors & DM's,
but also learning how to help in the running of
a dive centre; from filling tanks and maintaining
equipment, to caring for divers & students,
handling potential customers and dealing with
If you intend doing multiple dive courses or trips
with us, or you are a group of divers planning
to come out here, we are happy to offer special
rates. Please contact us for a prompt reply.
Koh Phangan is the perfect base for dive trips
to all the top sites on this side of the Gulf
of Thailand. The great Sail Rock is only an hour
from us & lovely Marine Park is too far away
for most of those Koh Tao boats...
And there's so much more to do here when you're
not diving; from retreats & yoga courses,
to countless on land activities, to full-on partying
(for those who so desire!).
Rock ("Hin Bai")
One of the most famous sites in the Gulf of Thailand
& still great for better visibility, big &
schooling fish, plus spectacular scenery. Max.
an 1 hour trip from Chaloklum pier & you've
an exciting pinnacle dive. The main structure
actually sticks out of the water & the rest
are submerged. Its exposed situation makes it
a focal point for all the marine life around,
stopping for a break or visiting a cleaning station.
Sail Rock is a deeper dive site & there can
be some currents, but by diving in small groups
with personal care & attention it's generally
safe for all.
cup corals, giant black coral, golden morays &
raggy scorpionfish are just some of the highlights
of the non-pelagic life on the pinnacle. Outside,
look out for big schools of fish, particularly
of jack, barracuda, rabbit & batfish, plus
hunting king & queenfish & more. The awesome
scenery as the visibility increases is something
to be experienced, & there's even a small
vertical chimney for those who so desire. Whalesharks
we do also see there sometimes, but don't guarantee.!
Park ("Koh Angthong")
Featuring a really wide range of underwater life,
plus interesting scenery, on a good variety of
quiet dive sites in the Marine National Park.
Nice for snorkellers too. Maximum depth to 30m.
2+ hour trip takes you to the northern tip of
this chain of islands, & there are a number
of different spots to dive. This area remains
our personal favourite, with the best range of
fish & most other interesting stuff we've
experienced in our years of diving in the Gulf
of Thailand . The dive sites are much quieter
than those around Koh Tao, being just a bit too
far away for most operators! You've also more
chance to find the rarer creatures such as turtles
or sea snakes; there's usually something special
to see on most dives.
sites are not so deep as some of the dives that
we offer, but are also really scenic, with giant
hydroids, extensive black & whip corals, plus
some nice hard coral formations in the shallows.
They are not so steep, with some more gradually
shelving bottoms, with lots of special features
such as swim-throughs, outcroppings, minor drop-offs
& some shallow caves/caverns.
Pinnacle Dive Special
Due to popular demand we now offer this great
selection of pinnacle dives; usually Southwest,
then Chumphon, & finishing with an
afternoon dive at Sail Rock. They are the
best sites in this area for spotting those wonderful
whale sharks. Unfortunately their appearances
are not guaranteed; never as often as we would
stop Southwest Pinnacles; a range of massive
underwater rocks running from SSW to NNE. The
largest pinnacle comes to within 7 metres of the
surface, the rest lie deeper & run down to
a max. depth of 25 to 30 m. Black & soft corals
at depth, with magnificent anemone fields encrusting
the pinnacles in more shallow water. Great scenery
& views plus big schools of fusilier, snapper,
trevally & batfish. Some of the biggest saddleback
grouper in our area lurk around the bases of the
we head up North of Koh Tao to Chumphon
Pinnacles. This is the largest of the 3 sites;
the main structure comes to within ~14 m. of the
surface, with small plateaus & walls down
to 35+m. The visibility can be truly excellent
here & the scenery is (once again) awesome.
The site is best known for its big pelagics; it's
the only site where we also regularly spot grey
reef sharks. Always worth the trip!
finish the day we cruise back to Sail Rock.
We arrive after the other dive boats have left
& it's a great dive, even if you've been there
before. The late afternoon lighting, lack of other
divers & wealth of fish life make it an unforgettable
end to the day.