Discover Scuba Diving in Koh Kood
Start your diving adventures by simply Discovering Scuba Diving on a sunny afternoon in Koh Kood. As long as you are healthy and at least 10 years old , it is time to experience this whole new world of diving. There’s no study involved. One of our PADI professionals will guide you through a few simple skills and take you to a safe, shallow dive site as an introduction into scuba diving. It’s an easy and fun way to see if diving is for you.
You then have the option of continuing onto the Open Water Course
Price: 1 Dive 2,500 THB, 2 Dives 4,000 THB
Special offer If you book direct true the web site or phone you get 10% discount
15/02/2013 New office soon to be opened
These are new dive package prices
2 dives per trip 3000 THB
4 dives per trip 2900 THB
6 dives Per trip 2700 THB
8 dives per trip 2500 THB
1 dive 1300 THB
night dive 2000 THB
night dive from boat 2300 THB
Seahorses thrive in the waters of Koh Kood 30/11/10Discover Scuba Diving and our Fun Divers have loved seeing them too. Some of the babies we have seen have been no bigger than a centimeter in height and could easily be mistaken for a tiny piece of seaweed! We are happy to have seahorses, the inspiration for our logo so close to home.
Nemo lives in Bang Bao Bay! 25/11/10
Glorious Diving at Hin Loy 21/11/10
Koh Kood Divers got to see Hin Loy in all it’s glory today with 25 metre vizability and big schools of thousands of fish! WOW! We had a full boat of fun divers to enjoy the spectacle too and everyone was amazed to see the whole divesite at a glance. The conditions are improving daily and we can now enjoy the magic that diving in Koh Kood has to offer. Beautiful harlequin sweetlips, big schools of fuseliers, baby titan triggerfish, big grouper, juvenile yellow box fish and lots lots more. We have also found a new big boat to rent so that we can take more divers. It’s a beautiful boat with a lovely captain and his wife so we are happy to have found them. We now plan to make day trips with 2-3 dives a day and snorkeling with a beach picnic included. Our customers can enjoy a lunch of Thai food and fruit in the shade of coconut trees and take a dip in the turquoise sea during their surface interval, before exploring the next dive site of the day. It’s a lovely day trip and we are excited to be able to offer it now on the comfort of our new boat!
Exploring New Divesites 14/11/10
We are still working on a name for the divesite, but we’ll let you know when we think of one! (Maybe Hin Jessie!) Koh Kood is certainly full of surprises and we are sure there must be more amazing diving to find. We can’t wait to find it!… Watch this space…
Scuba Fun for all the family 11/11/10Discover Scuba Diving is a PADI program designed as an Introduction to diving. There is no study involved, just some simple explanations about how diving works, and how to get the most fun out of it possible in a safe environment. Our PADI Instructors will take you to a sheltered and shallow bay (usually our very own Bang Bao Bay!) to show you a few skills and then take you for a gentle dive along our beautiful reef to check out some fish and have some fun!
Natural Fun! 09/11/10
More Birthday Diving at Hin Loy and Hin Yedhi 08/11/10
It’s certainly the season for birthdays here at Koh Kood Divers. Today Mihcel Windahl from Sweden celebrated his birthday with a surprise birthday dive from his wife… ahh!! Georgina from Australia joined us for some awesome dives today with amazing vizability at Hin Loy and Hin Yedhi. Wow! The corals are looking amazing and both divesites were full of fish today with huge schools of barracuda and fuseliers at Hin Yedhi and heaps of blue spotted rays, small sting rays and porcupine fish. We all had a great time and can’t wait to go diving again tomorrow.
Happy Birthday Jess! 04/11/10
Jess celebrated his 27th birthday today in true Koh Kood Divers style! Yes, we went diving!! Rico, Christina and Markus joined us for some DSD’s and Fun diving at Bang Bao Reef. Great Viz and Great fun was had by everyone. Markus loved his DSD and we think he’s a natural at diving. Time to get the BBQ going and see the birthday out with a bang!
Great Diving at Koh Raet and Ao Tum 25/10/10
It was a full day today at Koh Kood Divers with DSD’s and Fun Divers enjoying beautiful weather and great diving. We were worried when a storm hit last night but the weather turned out perfect for the rest of the day. Bob was busy in the water with Bo and Daniel trying a Discover Scuba dive in Bang Bao Bay. Everyone had great fun and saw a lot of cool fish! Meanwhile the boat took a trip to Koh Raet with our fun divers and Alice leading some nice dives, with the second at Ao Tum. Plenty of blue spotted rays around at the moment and we had great vizability at Ao Tum. A juvenile Sweetlips was a highlight along with a huge black spotted puffer and heaps of travelly hunting along the rocks. A good day and nice to finally get stuck in to the season!
DMT Skills Circuit 23/10/10
DMT Miro was back in the water with Instructor Bob today to practice his skills circuit. As part of the Dive Master training, Miro must master all 20 skills and show he can demonstrate them all effortlessly and in a smooth relaxed manner. The boys were busy for over an hour refining the 20 skills from mask removal, no-mask swim to air depletion and gear removal / replacement. Miro is improving rapidly and looking more and more comfortable in the water. We are looking forward to his stress test practice… Well done Miro!
Diving our house reef Bang Bao Bay 22/10/10
Our house reef at Bang Bao Bay was looking healthy and beautiful today with 2 lovely juvenile harlequin sweetlips which have made this their home. We also have a large number of baby Blue Spotted Rays which live here – making it quite the nursery for young marine life. The dive also gave us a big school of fuseliers, great barracuda and a masked porcupine fish. We are very lucky to have such a thriving reef right on our doorstep.
Fun Diving Koh Raet and Ao Tum 21/10/10fun diving today with Bob and Bui. 2 great dives at beautiful Koh Raet and Ao Tum saw some cool nudibranch and massive grouper along with big schools of snapper and fuseliers. The vizability is getting better too after some recent big storms. NOW the rainy season is over! Blue skies for 3 days so hopefully we are now seeing the start of high season.
Koh Kood Divers New Sign! 20/10/10Koh Kood Divers Team have been busy making the shop look great for the coming season. There are a lot of bad backs and sweaty brows around here that’s for sure, but it’s all worth the effort. The Bang Bao shop is looking fantastic and today we put up our beautiful new sign (hand painted by Alice!). Thank you boys!
Diving Hin Loy 08/10/10Dive Master Trainee Miro from the Netherlands went for his first dive on Koh Kood today with our Dive Master Alice. Beautiful diving at Hin Loy – full of fish! Among the highlights were some spectacular fan corals, cuttlefish, razor shrimp, humphead parrotfish, plenty of harlequin sweetlips and schools of fuseliers. The corals are certainly looking healthier after the cooler monsoon season. Miro is back out in the water tomorrow with Instructor Bob to practice his skills circuit. Meanwhile, back at the shop… Jess and Bui have finally got the compressor working after a few set-backs with our island electric supply making life difficult! So we are on a petrol engine now and the first tanks were filled today HOORAY!
First Dives of the Season! 06/10/10
With the rainy season drawing to a end on the Island of Koh Kood Thailand, and our boat back in the water after a little holiday, we had a great start to high season with some beautiful dives today at Hin Loy and our very own house reef Bang Bao. Mark (a fellow DM trained in Koh Tao), Chris and Nong were visiting from Hong Kong and enjoyed great vizability and heaps of beautiful fish with Jessie leading some lovely dives.diving courses are available at our dive school in Bang Bao Bay, including Intro dives, PADI Open Water Course all the way through to PADI Dive Master and Assistant Instructor. Learning to dive here on Koh Kood is an experience you will never forget! Our waters are calm, clear and full of exciting marine life just waiting for you to discover. Come and have some fun and enjoy a whole new world of colour and adventure!
The Big Move – Koh Tao to Koh Kood 18/09-23/09 2010Ferry to Koh Kood, Taxi to Bang Bao Bay where we discovered our bridge had been swept away in the monsoon! (and now it’s dark) So, compressor, 13 tanks, 70 kg weights, 6 boxes of dive gear, 2 computers, 10 bags, a grass cutter and a bed had to cross the river by kayak (well, the compressor went on a little fishing boat… thanks guys!) in the full moon light! We arrived to find no electricity and no running water (just a bucket full of tadpoles!) Check out more photos of our journey on Facebook (Koh Kood Divers) But a week later we are fully wired (electric is in), water flowing, all gear sorted and ready for business! The view alone was worth the effort. This truly is a PARADISE. And the jungle creatures are a small price to pay for that! Our house reef Bang Bao is looking healthy and full of life. Harlequin Sweetlips, Sting Rays, Great Barracuda, Schools of Parrotfish and Rabbit Fish just in front of our shop. The sun is shining and it looks as if the rainy season is drying up. Time to go diving…
For those who don’t have the time to complete the Open Water course, the Scuba Diver course is an option at Koh Kood (Koh Kut). This scuba diving lesson will get you a certification that allows you to dive under professional supervision only to a maximum depth of 12m. This course consists of completing a little more than half of the Open Water course. You will learn basic dive skills and theory. Once certified as a Scuba Diver, you can then afterwards credit this rating towards your Open Water Diver rating, if you wish to pursue your education.
As a Scuba Diver you’ve made the first step towards a SCUBA license.
Price: 10,000 THB BOOK NOW
History & Geography of Koh Kood (Ko Kut)
Koh Kood (Ko Kut) is the last Island in the Eastern Thai waters and very close to the Cambodian border. It sits next to Koh Chang and Koh Mak and is actually the fourth largest Island in Thailand. The original settlers on the island were both Thai and Cambodians who apparently fled to Koh Kood in search of refuge after the French claimed the city of Padjantakiri in 1904. The island offered opportunity for rubber and coconut cultivation, not to mention the rich seas in the area for fishing. Koh Kood was largely inaccessible for many years due to political problems with Cambodia. However, these issue now resolved, the Island has recently opened its doors and is slowly becoming more popular to tourists seeking an ‘Untouched Paradise’.
The Island of Koh Kood – Thailand’s best kept secret
With fewer visitors than its sister islands of Koh Chang and Koh Maak, a visit to Koh Kood is like stepping back in time. There are no banks or ATM’s, so visitors are advised to bring cash. No 7Eleven shops or busy bar filled streets. By visiting Koh Kood you will experience a more authentic and peaceful Thailand. With an Island population of just under 2,000, the biggest community on Koh Kood is Aow Yai Village, a harbor where many fishing boats seek shelter from storms or take a break from their weary travels. The oldest community is Klong Mad Village. The residents of Koh Kood still make a living out of planting rubber trees, cultivation of coconuts and basic fisheries. However, the slowly expanding tourism industry gives more and more work to the people of Koh Kood. Hotels and resorts have been increasing but the island remains largely unspoiled. Bays scatter the circumference of the island with accommodation on Aow Prao, Aow Taphao, Aow Yai Kerd, Aow Klong Chao, Aow Klong Ta Din, Aow Klong Yai Kee, Aow Klong Hin, Aow Ngam Kho, and of course Aow Bang Bao.
Koh Kood is mostly covered with thick ancient jungle, coconut trees and rubber tree plantations. There are several small mountains which make for some very rewarding trekking. The mountains here are not so high, and the views are well worth the effort. There are also several streams and waterfalls. Klong Chao Waterfall is particularly spectacular and a popular place to swim and cool off. With three tiers, it brims with glittering water all year round. Klong Chao Waterfall was once visited by King Mongkut (King Rama VI) and was given the royal name ‘Anamkok Waterfall’ in commemoration of Ong Chiang Lue, a Vietnamese King taking refuge in the Kingdom of Thailand during the reign of King Rama I in the late 18th century. Klong Yaiki is another refreshing waterfall found more to the north of the island and is well worth a visit. Inland there are several ancient trees which are well exploring. Our jungle expert Bui will happily guide you to enjoy the massive 500 year old Makka Tree or the huge Chaiyak which both stand deep in the ancient jungle. We also have monkeys and wild boar, which are a highlight to see if you can spot them. Koh Kood is definitely an island for those with a passion for nature.
It’s not all about the diving in Koh Kood! The Island has a lot to offer and visitors who come here usually find it difficult to leave. Many people re-visit year after year, drawn by the relaxed and laid back pace of life and natural beauty of the island.
There are a number of stunning beaches and beautiful bays with crystal-clear waters - perfect for lazing the day away and relaxing during your stay here. Some of the more popular beaches are Taphao Beach, Klong Chao Beach, Klong Hin Beach and Phrao Beach. Besides relaxing on these tropical stretches of white sand, snorkeling at the beautiful coral reefs is also popular and magical way to spend your time. The Koh Kood waters are home to a stunning variety of marine life which can be explored free-diving and snorkeling the shallows. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, kayaks and canoes are available for rent from a number of resorts. The Klongs (rivers) are a gentle alternative, but sea kayaking is also a lot of fun! Klong Chao waterfall can be reached by Kayak and it’s a peaceful paddle, during which you can also enjoy the beautiful bird life of the Klong. Some of the more expensive Resorts on Koh Kood offer Banana/Donut-boat-trips and water-skiing. Visitors can do drop line fishing at the beaches and bays or rent a boat over night (about 3000 Baht) in order to try night time fishing. The village Aow Salad (Baan Aow Salad) in the Salad Bay (Aow Salad) is located in the northeast part of the island. It is the biggest fishing village on Ko Kood and fresh seafood can be bought every day. It’s a fun day trip and an interesting glimpse into the local way of life.
The night sky on Koh Kood is another natural wonder as light pollution here is minimal and star gazing is a magical way to pass the evening.
Koh Mai Si is a small island situated to the northwest of Koh Kood. There is a local pearl fishery on this island and visitors are welcome to come and look at the pearl production and buy pearl products.
Situated close to the National Marine Park, visitors can also visit any of the 52 nearby islands for snorkeling and other activities. Koh Wai is a small paradise situated approximately 6 kilometers south of the southernmost end of Koh Chang. The island is about 3 kilometers long, in the widest point 1.5 kilometers and has some very beautiful sandy beaches. Koh Wai is reached daily by a boat starting at 3.00 pm from the Laem-Ngop-Pier. The travel time is 2.5 hours and costs 130 Baht. Interconnecting ferries also run to Koh Chang, Koh Maak, and Koh Kradat, which has many deer and will soon be open to visitors for safari.
For those planning on traveling to Cambodia, Koh Kood is an ideal stepping stone to the Cambodian border. This is also useful for anyone who needs to renew/extend their Thai Visa. There is now a weekly speedboat departing from Koh Kood to Haad Lek, the Cambodian border. This leaves every Friday from Doy’s Guesthouse in Klong Chao and the trip takes about an hour.
As previously mentioned, Koh Kood certainly has some catching up to do in terms of modern conveniences. But that kind of adds to the charm of the island. You won’t find any of the usual 7Eleven stores, Starbucks, McDonalds or Burger Kings, but we like it that way.
The Island has an essential infrastructure which includes a hospital, a couple of schools, a police station, electricity (mainly for state-run facilities), water and telephone system. Fuel and solar energy are the main source of power on the island.
However, there are no banks or ATM’s on the island. Some of the resorts and hotels have money changing facilities but these usually charge a fairly hefty exchange rate. Visitors are strongly advised to bring cash.
Koh Kood Climate
The climate of Koh Kood is tropical and the weather is typically warm and pleasant during the tourist season, which is generally from October to May. Average temperatures on Koh Kood are around 28° C (87° Fahrenheit) between October and February, and 30° C (84° Fahrenheit) between March and May. The tide is high in the morning in the cool season (in November) and at night in the summer time (in March).
The best time of year to visit Koh Kood is therefore in late October until the end of February because of its relatively cool, dry and sunny weather. Of course tourists are welcome year round and we have our hot season up until the end of May. June is when the monsoon season usually begins and we typically experience our heaviest rainy period between June and September. Visits are certainly still possible during this period however some of the ferry and speed boat services may be limited due to high waves.
In about 3-4 days we will teach you basic dive theory and techniques that will make you a competent diver. There are many beautiful, shallow and protected bays in koh kood for learning all the basic dive skills, whilst adapting to breathing underwater. All this in a gentle and controlled environment. After this you will be ready to dive in deeper waters, and over the next 2 days we will take you on 4 open water dives around koh kood. Immersed in shoals of fish, and surrounded by beautiful corals, you will be trained to a maximum depth of 18m. By the end of dive 4 you will be a certified diver and ready to explore the rest of the underwater world. Congratulations!
Price: 14,500 THB BOOK NOW
special offer If you book direct true the web site or phone you get 10% discount
Price: 2,500 THB per dive BOOK NOW
Special offer If you book direct true the web site or phone you get 10% discount
There are 2 compulsory dives in this course, and these are the DEEP DIVE and the NAVIGATION DIVE.
For your DEEP DIVE you will descend down to 30 metres and experience the thrill of diving that bit further into the ocean.
The NAVIGATION DIVE involves learning how to navigate using a compass, as well as discovering how to read the natural aspects of a dive site and using these to find your way around.
For the final 3 dives, you are free to choose from a selection of options. These include a Night Dive, Photography, Multi-Level, Naturalist Dive and Peak Performance Buoyancy, to name but a few.
Price: 13,500 THB BOOK NOW
The EFR course takes 1 day and you will be taught how to deal with a variety of emergency scenarios including choking, shock hypothermia, bleeding, resuscitation and CPR. You will also learn about marine life and diving related injuries. This course is designed to prepare you to take the appropriate action when others may need your help. The course is open to everyone, whether you are a diver or not. It is a recognised first aid course and needs to be refreshed every 2 years.
RESCUE DIVER COURSE
During this course, we will teach you how to anticipate and respond to problems, and how to take care of other divers and yourself in an emergency. You will learn underwater search patterns for missing divers and rescue skills above and below the water. We will show you how to surface an unconscious diver using different lifting techniques, to get them out of the water and to resuscitate them. You will have a close look at Oxygen equipment, and how and when to use these systems. We will teach you to be a confident, aware and prepared diver, always ready to help. The rescue diver course is mandatory towards the DIVEMASTER course and so the first step to the professional Scuba Diving level.
The PADI rescue diver course is not only rewarding, but also really enjoyable and fun.
Price: 13,500 THB BOOK NOW
Fun Diving in Koh Kood
For those of you who are already certified divers, Koh Kood has an exciting variety of marine life and many pristine dive sites just waiting for you to explore. Our experienced dive guides are ready to show you around and share their knowledge of the local aquatic life of Koh Kood and the Gulf of Thailand. You will be taken to some of the best diving in the area and experience the beautiful wonders of our surrounding waters.
Koh Kood has a number of sheltered sandy bays which offer perfect depth and conditions for novice divers, while more adventurous can visit our deeper Dive Sites located further off shore.
The reef life is varied with a multitude of beautiful corals, supporting a variety of tropical fish. We have some stunning examples of hard branching corals, sponges, anemones and colourful soft corals. The marine life includes a healthy population of all the typical reef fish found in the gulf of Thailand; Angel Fish, Butterfly Fish, different Nudibranch, Scorpion Fish, Lionfish, Moral Eels and a number of different species of ray. Seahorses are common in our waters, as are both hawksbill and green turtles. At certain divesites we can also be lucky enough to see white-tip and black-tip reef sharks and even the occasional nurse shark too.
We are pretty laid back here at Koh Kood Divers, so generally speaking our boat will only go out once a day. However, we also offer shore dives and day trips. It really depends on our customers and we can be flexible in terms of fitting around what suits you.
We try to deliver relaxed and long dives, with small groups as standard. Dive times are usually around 1 hour depending on air consumption – so breath slow!
The waters around Koh Kood make for perfect tropical diving. There is usually little or no current and the water temperature averages around 30 degrees throughout the year, dipping to 26 degrees in the monsoon season.
Prices are 1,500 THB per dive all equipment is provided and included in this prices. All you need to bring is yourself and lots of enthusiasm!
One of our dive professionals will spend about 1 hour reminding you of some of the dive theory you learnt in your Open Water Course. We will talk a little about air spaces, equalizing, equipment and Dive Procedures. We will then set equipment up together, make a buddy check and then giant stride into the water. This will provide a perfect opportunity for you to become relaxed and comfortable in the water again.
We will start in shallow water with a few basic skills with your regulator and mask, then move to slightly deeper water where you can practice and have fun with some buoyancy skills. Usually there is then still time for a 20+ minute dive during which you can continue working on your air conservations and buoyancy skills and to check out some of the local marine life of Koh Kood.
Once you have done your scuba tune-up you will be relaxed and confident enough to continue the adventure of diving and you’ll be ready to enjoy some for more fun dives with us!
Scuba Review Price 2,000 THB plus 1,500 THB for additional dives.
To book Fun Dives or a Scuba Review contact us here
Special offer If you book direct true the web site or phone you get 10% discount
Our team of professionals are passionate about diving and we all love our jobs! For us, diving is about having a fun and memorable experience, but we are also strongly committed to all elements of safety. Our business is to make you happy!
Experience is the key here. Each one of our team has 1000+ dives, a wealth of underwater knowledge and experience in diving in a number of locations around the world.
Bob is the Godfather of our diving operation. He started his diving career 15 years ago on the Island of Samui in the Suratthani Province of Thailand. Bob quickly fell in love with the underwater world and diving way of life and decided to make a career out of a hobby. A natural born teacher, he completed his Instructor training and moved to Koh Panghan and then Koh Tao to pass on his wisdom and infectious love of diving. After traveling and working as an instructor in Egypt and Koh Lanta, on the East Coast of Thailand, Bob finally found his home on Koh Kood. Tired of the hoards of tourists and overcrowded diving boats, Koh Kood offered a perfect location to set up a small dive school dedicated to good service and a more personal attitude to teaching. Bob speaks 5 languages fluently and has over 2,000 certifications. Needless to say, he knows his stuff and you are in good hands with Bob as your instructor.
Jessie should have been born a dolphin. He is definitely more comfortable in the water than out of it. Born in Holland he then spent several years in Spain, accounting for his year-round tan. Jess started diving in Koh Panghan where he studied to become a Divemaster before moving to work in Koh Tao where he spent several years guiding dives and working as an underwater videographer. After spending 2 years working in Australia, he realised Thailand was home and returned to Koh Tao to finally face the inevitable and became an Instructor in September 2008.
Jessie is a complete natural in the water, and really does make diving more fun! He has over 2,000 dives in Thailand and has a wonderful understanding of the ocean. You won’t meet anyone with a better eye for weird fish and tiny sea creatures. As an Instructor, he has great patience, and an ability to make you a relaxed and confident diver. Jessie delivers a professional and fun Open Water Course, and makes it an experience you won’t easily forget!