After spending 1 week in Koh Samui we packed our bags and headed to the pier to catch the Lomprayah ferry over to Koh Tao. Koh Tao was going to be our home for the next 2 months, as we heard that the diving there was excellent.
We bought all of our scuba gear back in Australia before we left, so were all ready to jump back in the water as soon as we found a dive school that we liked.
The ferry ride to Koh Tao was around 2 hours and cost 600 baht per ticket. The seats are comfortable enough, there are toilets and a food bar on board.
The weather was terrible so was a rather rough ride, but fell asleep which made the journey go a lot quicker.
We were going to Koh Tao primarily for diving and had been recommended a few dive school over the coming months, but the one we liked the sounds of most was Buddha View. Buddha View is located in Chalok on the quieter side of the island, but is still walking distance to Mae Haad and Sairee Beach.
When we arrived we followed our gut instincts and caught a taxi to Buddha View – the taxi cost 200 baht, which we now know we can get for a lot cheaper as it is literally a 10 minute walk from the pier to Buddha View.
When we arrived it took us an hour to work out that this is the place that we wanted to study and become Dive Masters. We had to wait to sign up when we arrived as we had to meet with one of the course directors to double check pricing and a starting date. However they did let us stay with them in one of their dorm rooms free of charge, which was really nice.
Once we had put our bags upstairs we went down to the Buddha Bar and had a drink and were introduced to a couple of the instructors. Everyone seemed very friendly and welcoming, we could definitely see ourselves staying here for the next couple of months.