Why you should get scuba certified with Coral Grand Divers

Updated: May 25

Join thousands of happy customers and get your PADI Open Water Diver Certification on Koh Tao with Coral Grand Divers! Koh Tao is a world-famous destination and home to some of the best diving in Thailand. So if you are looking for the perfect location for your Thailand scuba diving holiday to get your PADI certification, then look no further!

As a popular year-round Thailand diving destination, there are many Koh Tao dive centers to choose from. So why should you pick Coral Grand Divers? Checking out our many amazing trip advisor reviews will give you a good overview of previous guest experiences and an idea about the level of service you can expect to receive from us. And we can fill in all of the other blanks for you right here!

Sairee beach

The best location

With a stunning location at the north end of Sairee Beach, Coral Grand Dive Resort is home to one of the longest-running dive centers on the island, established in the early 2000s. Our enviable location gives you direct access to the golden sands of Koh Tao’s most popular beach. We are in a quiet area at the northern reaches of Sairee, but still only a 10-minute walk along the beach into the heart of the village and all of the best bars, restaurants etc. Take your PADI courses on Koh Tao with us, and your theory sessions and pre and post-dive briefings will be held right next to the beach – the perfect place to enjoy beautiful sunsets at the end of your diving day.

The most experience

Coral Grand has now issued over 50,000 diving certifications, and our Koh Tao dive resort operates to the highest standards. This includes having a full-time PADI Course Director on staff to ensure excellence in our IDC (Instructor Development Course) program, as well as on all of our Koh Tao dive trips and courses. As a testament to the quality of our dive staff, previous Coral Grand course directors have themselves gone on to become PADI regional managers and examiners.

The highest standards

Coral Grand Divers is a 5-Star PADI Dive Center. This means that we are officially recognized by PADI as a progressive dive center that excels in providing dive consumers with a full range of diver education programs, equipment selection, and experience opportunities. 5-Star PADI Dive Centers also encourage aquatic environmental awareness, remain active in their communities, and present a professional image that is consistent with, or better than, the norm in the marketplace. We are proud to be a diverse company and offer all of our PADI diving courses in a variety of languages.

Our boats

The best facilities

Our Koh Tao scuba diving resort has been specifically designed to provide the best facilities for those on PADI training courses. We have a dedicated scuba training pool built specifically for confined water skills development, and our fleet of dive boats are up to date with all of the comfort and safety standards you could expect from a first-rate dive shop. Owning our own boats (many other Koh Tao diving schools don’t!) means we have complete control over dive site choices, and ultimately your safety. We never share our boats with other companies, and we have our own compressors that pump both air and enriched air nitrox. Our fleet is accessed directly from Sairee beach by longtail transfer, so we don’t need to go to the main pier and clamber over other vessels or on and off taxis to get to your dive boat.

Aside from diving specific facilities our beachfront also boasts a restaurant, bar and massage services.

BCDs and Regulators

Top-quality equipment

We use the best brands of scuba diving equipment. Our equipment room comprises all modern Aqualung and Scubapro dive gear, and we ensure all of our equipment is serviced regularly by brand specialists right here on Koh Tao. Diving equipment rental is included in the cost of your PADI course, so there are no hidden costs or additional fees.

Dedication to marine conservation

Coral Grand Divers is proud to be a 100% Project AWARE dive center, which is a signal to divers everywhere that we are an environmentally responsible business. Launched in 2011, project AWARE is a non-profit organization that works to support and protect the underwater world. For our PADI Open Water courses on Koh Tao, this means creating divers who are more environmentally aware and value our commitment to conservation.

Koh Tao Montra Resort

Amazing accommodation options

We have two beautiful beachside resorts, so whatever your budget and ideal Thailand dive package for your course, we’re sure to have something to suit your needs. In north Sairee our Koh Tao dive resort offers charming cottages set in a tropical garden right by the beach. In South Sairee, Koh Tao Montra is a 4-star resort offering the highest levels of comfort and service. Like Coral Grand dive resort, it is also beachside and boasts Koh Tao’s largest infinity pool, as well as an on-site bar and restaurant.

Great value Koh Tao dive packages

For your PADI Open Water Diver course on Koh Tao, and indeed for our full range of PADI dive courses, we offer packages that include free shuttle services to and from the resort, all of your PADI learning materials and certification fees, your diving equipment including free use of a diving computer, discounted accommodation and complimentary refreshments.

Night dive time

The best Thailand diving trips

Once you have completed your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll probably want to take advantage of some Koh Tao diving trips to explore more of the amazing dive sites as a fun diver – without having to stop to complete skills evaluations! We run morning and afternoon dive sessions, and night diving trips every other night. So when fun diving on Koh Tao with us after your course, you can easily dive 4-5 times a day.

As well as daily trips around Koh Tao, diving trips are available through Coral Grand Divers to other amazing Thailand diving holiday locations too. We offer 2-nights trips to Chumphon Marine Park, and also luxurious liveaboard trips to the Similan Islands, Surin Islands and Myanmar (Burma) thanks to our partnership with the Deep Andaman Queen.

We hope you can see the value in completing your PADI course on Koh Tao with us here at Coral Grand Divers. If you need any further information, or have any questions about the course or booking your spot just contact our team and we’ll be happy to help!

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