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are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

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are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

have heard a few reports that koh tao has rubbish strewn beaches, can anyone advise

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1. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

Hi

We were in Sairee village/ beach in October 2010 and the beach was spotless.

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2. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

they bury it under the sand,

what u can,t see ,u don,t worry about

typical thai logic

hope this helps

Edited: 6:47 pm, January 25, 2011
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3. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

I live here and the beaches are lovely....

The local population take great care and regulalry clean the beaches and ocean areas too.

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4. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

ok guys thanks for your imput, so 2 friends and myself will go to Tao for some diving courses, perhaps you can recommend a few, prices do seem cheaper than Samui, also looking for some budget bungalows on the island, we will be staying for a minimum of 4 days so 1 of my mates can do his open water, whats the entertainment like in the evenings, are there any beer bars there , or should we bring something from Pattaya ?

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5. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

Accommodation starts at around 400B per night for a simple fan room - there are a handful that are cheaper but you do get what you pay for...no need to bring anything from Pattaya - theres plenty of night life here!

The prices for diving are cheaper than Samui. If you dive from Samui they drinkg you to Koh Tao dive sites anyway - so you might as well stay on Koh Tao....

Many many people come here to learn to dive, after all it is one of the cheapest places in the world to learn how to do this life changing activity. As a result there are nearly 40 dive centres for you to choose from and this can be a little off putting !! However this really does give you the choice and centres certainly cater to different needs.

I've worked here as a dive instructor over the past 6 years and am writing this to help make your choice easier and hopefully more informed.

Ask yourself what you want from your course....

Are you happy in a large group or would you prefer smaller groups? On the whole the biggest dive centres teach in the biggest groups, great if you are travelling on your own and want to meet new people. However if you are a little nervous and want some more personal attention then check out the smaller dive centres, these often guarantee a maximum of four and are happy to teach in classes of 1 or 2 also.

Do you want a lively resort who will offer a busy after dive party scene or do you want to chill, then choose your location carefully.

What kind of accommodation do you want? Most places offer rooms within the resort and are happy to recommend somewhere else too if you would like something a bit different.

What sort of location do you want; the main and central area of Sairee which has a wide range of food, accommodation and nightlife but can be a bit too busy and noisy for some; your arrival point of Mae Haad which is certainly quieter at night but ensures you have easy access to everything or Chalok Ban Khao which is a quieter beach located on the south side.

What language would you like to complete your course in? On Koh Tao you are very likely to be able to find an instructor to teach you in your own language.

Do not worry that there is a choice of PADI and SSI courses. Each are valid licences and most SSI instructors are PADI instructors too - so you will benefit from the same experience which ever you choose.

Booking before arrival is a good idea as it ensures you have the accommodation reserved for you and a free taxi from the pier. This means you dont have to deal with touts and haggle with taxi drivers upon arrival after a long journey. But why not just book one nights accommodation at a resort of your choice , this will also get you a free transfer. You will have somewhere to stay and then can have a relaxed wander around a few dive centres and choose for yourself. Remember it is the cheap accommodation that gets snapped up first and not the availability of dive courses so atleast this way you get to have a look around for yourself.

How are your questions answered in the dive centre, are the staff friendly and patient? Do they take the time to explain what you will be doing? If the person you talk to is going to be your instructor, are they enthusiastic and passionate? What exactly is included in the course? What is their refund policy if you can’t complete the course and what happens if you have difficulty with some exercises and need more time? Do you warm to the environment?

To choose your dive centre before arrival I would advise speaking to fellow travellers and getting their recommendations and thoughts, look for reviews on online forums and check out websites. Bear in mind though that as the biggest centres have the more students then there will be more references made to them. Prices vary little but I would not advise simply booking the cheapest, would you bungee jump with the cheapest operator?

Look for what you want based on the answers to the above questions and if you have to pay a few hundred Baht more to get it, then thats not so bad. You will only learn to dive once so make sure you are in the environment that you want not simply the cheapest one !

Dont be pushed and take your time - when you have spoken to a few - go and grab yourself a well earned beer, have a little think and decide.

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7. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

thanks for your input masterdivers, you have been a great help, what is the name of the dive centre you work for ?

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8. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

Hi there !

I work for Master Divers on Koh Tao.

Ayesha

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9. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

ok masterdivers, got it,....thanks,..we will search you out when we arrive, thanks for your help,.... all we need now is to sort some accommodation out for ourselves, we are looking for something on the beach, a hut or a bungalow perhaps, or we could even rent a 3 bedroom house if there are any, we will need it for about 9 or 10 days or so, we would love to wake up and have an early morning swim, nice and quiet, and we can get a taxi or something to get to the night-life, , any input from anybody would be gratefully received, thanks

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10. Re: are the beaches in koh tao clean, ? or full of garbage,

How many of you are there and whats your budget ?