I have been travelling around Thailand for a month. I started in Bangkok which gave me a banging headache so it was much welcome relief to head to Koh Tao next. I was there for 5 nights and did my 4 day Open Water (PADI). The meet and greet was excellent and very friendly.
The accommodation is basic but in built in the course cost, I managed easily on the fan bungalow (not a/c). Trust me, there are much worse around and I wanted to be on the resort, close the action, beach, restaurants etc.
I used regents pool the whole time which is beautiful.
Anyway, the PADI course was off the scale. My instructors (Johannes and Brandon) were top guys and an absolute credit to Crystal. The bond between the whole group of instructors is great and I am surprised people have said otherwise.
I was terrified if I am honest but Johannes and Brandon were patient, thorough and incredibly supportive. It is amazing how I went from day 2 - wanting to get through it but would never do it again to end of day 4 - wanting to get back in the sea ASAP.
The resort, the course, the staff, the food and the accommodation is all part of the experience. Go and live it. Oh and I didn't mention watching your final dives on the big screen after one of their top drawer videographers dives with you.
Don't go to Chaweng in Samui afterwards like I did, it's a dump... Stay I'm Koh Tao and do your advanced or fun dives... I wish I did!
If you're lucky enough to have Johannes or Brandon as instructors, say hi from Welshy.
Kev (PADI Open Water certified)
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