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Drone view New Heaven Dive School at Chalok beach
Koh Tao


Koh Tao is a paradise island located in the Gulf of Thailand. The name in English means ‘Turtle Island’ as there use to be an abundance of turtles around its shores. The island also looks like a turtle if approached from it’s southern end, the earlier settlers from the surrounding islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, saw ‘Turtle Island’ first as they sailed to the island in their small sailing vessels some 60 years ago and became the first people to make a home here.

In the early years the island was one of fisherman and farmers, with the rich diversity of nature and untouched soils and coral reefs the local inhabitants were able to carve out a relaxed and sustainable way of living. The population steadily grew and from the mid-70’s the first tourist began to arrive on the island. What the first tourist found was truly paradise, which of course lead to more and more people coming. By the beginning of the 90’s the island already had a small tourist industry and the first dive schools opened.

A few turned in 100’s and then 1000’s until now days the island can accommodate nearly 500000 tourist visiting each year. Of course the island has changed but somehow still manages to keep that same relaxed and wonderful atmosphere that the very first tourist found.

Koh Tao
Koh Tao
Koh Tao

Koh Tao Weather

The Ultimate Year-Round Diving Destination
Welcome to Koh, a truly unique island where the adventure never stops, and the azure waters beckon you all year round. At Koh, there’s always a tranquil bay waiting for you, offering perfect conditions for diving and snorkeling throughout every season. While we do have a brief monsoon season that typically lasts from November through December, even during this time, Mother Nature often surprises us with great weather.

Year-Round Diving Bliss
One of the remarkable features of Koh is its consistent accessibility for divers. Even during the short monsoon season, if the west side of the island, like Sairee, Mae Haad, Sai Nuan, Jun Juea, or Chalok Beach, experiences some waves, rest assured that the east coast remains delightfully calm. Think Hin Wong, Tanote, Laem Thien, Mao Bay, and the incredible Aow Luek, right in front of Baan Talay Resort & Yoga.

Wind Patterns for Your Comfort
Understanding the annual wind patterns makes all the difference in choosing the perfect diving spot. From June to October, winds typically blow from the west, creating ideal diving conditions on the opposite side of the island. These spots are tucked away behind the hillside, providing a natural shield against the wind. For your convenience, New Heaven Dive School offers freediving courses at our Chalok location from December to April. Then, from May to October, our freediving courses take place at Baan Talay in the serene Aow Leuk bay.

Your Friendly Dive Haven
Koh’s Gulf of Thailand is a diver’s paradise, offering a warm and welcoming environment. Here, you won’t find intimidating depths, scary underwater scenarios, or turbulent waves and strong currents. Instead, you’ll encounter a serene underwater world teeming with life and ready to be explored at your own pace.

In summary, diving at Koh is a year-round delight, with November being the only month where conditions may not be ideal. The Gulf of Thailand, with its shallow, calm waters, awaits you with open arms. Dive into the adventure, and let New Heaven Dive School be your guide to unlocking the wonders of this underwater paradise.