Big Bubble Dive Resort is one of the longest established dive centers on the island Koh Tao, a scuba diving paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. Big Bubble opened as one of the first dive schools on Koh Tao in 1994. 11 years later, in the year 2005, we moved the Big Bubble Dive Resort nearer into the town of Chalok baan Kao, in modernized facilities to streamline our services. In 2014 we had some more changes: we opened our beachfront restaurant and bar where we serve delicious thai and western food in a relaxing atmosphere. Now we are also the proud owners of Bubble Bungalows, which is just across the street from the diveschool.
At our diveschool in Chalok baan Kao you will only find well trained and experienced divemasters and diving instructors who keep up with our high safety standards! All our diving guests will find comfortable accommodation, air conditioned classrooms and relaxed scuba diving in small groups at Big Bubble Dive Resort, no matter if you are fun diving or participating in diving courses. At Big Bubble we pride ourselves with an excellent service above and below the sea. Many of our customers come back since many years because we are a family friendly dive resort with well trained staff who understand every of your needs during your diving vacation. Feel welcome at one of the first dive centers of Koh Tao; use this form to contact us and we will be eager to meet you soon on Koh Tao!
Early settlers named the island Koh Tao (Turtle Island) because of its turtle-like geographical shape. In the year 1899, King Chulalongkorn, who has been on a journey through his kingdom, left his monogram on a large boulder on the island’s west coast. Even today, the site is still worshiped as a holy place by the local Thais. In the early beginning of the last century around 1933 the island was used as a political prison. All the inhabitants were granted a royal pardon in 1947 and returned to the mainland. Koh Tao was almost deserted after the prison was dismantled and probably the most beautiful and untouched place in the Gulf of Thailand.
In the following years, families from the neighboring island of Koh Phangan came over to Koh Tao to claim land of the western side of the island – forming the first generation of Koh Tao’s present-day community. In the 1980’s the first adventurous backpackers began coming over with fishing boats and quickly fell in love with the island’s stunning beaches, laid back atmosphere and welcoming locals. It did not take long till they uncovered that this island has the nicest diving and snorkeling in all of the Gulf of Thailand.
From this day on Koh Tao grew into Asia’s number one destination for scuba diving vacations and diving courses. Till today Koh Tao has tried to keep is “small island” charm, so visitors can continue to enjoy this tropical paradise in the same way as those early pioneers. The island has plenty of restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world and a lot of cozy beach bars and accommodation for every budget. Please keep in mind if you visit Koh Tao that this paradise is fragile and help us to save water, electricity and avoid plastic as much as you can. So the following generation of traveler can also enjoy the beauty of Koh Tao.
You have 3 choices how to get to paradise:
bus + boat : http://www.kohtaoinfo.tv/travel/koh-tao-ferry-timetables.html
train + boat : http://www.railway.co.th/home/viewcontent.aspx?ID=time003&lang=EN
plane + boat : http://www.domesticflightsthailand.com/BangkoktoKohSamui.htm
You can either book the tickets online or from various travel agents at your departure point. Please note that you should wait 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane.
Koh Tao has many divesites all around the island and since 2011 we even have a shipwreck. Have a look at the picture, there you can see all the divesites.
The former Thai Navy vessel was donated by the Department of Marine & Coastal Resources as an artificial divesite for Koh Tao. The H.T.M.S. Sattakut was sunk on June 18 2011 on the west coast of Koh Tao, south of Hin Pee Wee Pinnacle. The wreck is 49 metres long and 7 metres wide and lies at a maximum depth of about 32 metres.