Known as one of the best diving areas in Thailand, Ko Tao is also an unusually affordable place to dive or learn to dive. Divers of every level will find instructors, dives, or lessons to suit their interests. In fact, Ko Tao issues the most scuba certifications in the world.    

There are lots of dive schools vying for your baht, so shop around before committing to a package. Unless you’re coming for master accreditation or something beyond a basic open-water certification, you’ll be fine booking upon arrival. In Ko Tao, remember that other scuba fans are a great resource for recommending dive operators. Be sure to find an instructor that you jive with and ask about group size and the skill sets of the other divers in your group. If you’d like to do some research in advance, here are professional operators that get our stamp of approval. They offer snorkeling trips as well.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.