Koh Tao has a large amount of dive schools on the island and has built its’ reputation on this. As result there are always plenty of travellers passing through. However the people who end up staying for at least a few months find it surprising that there is so much else available in such a small place.
Reading reviews and checking out clips on Youtube doesn’t give a complete impression of what the island offers. Popular parts of the island with easy access and lively nightlife don’t make up the whole of Koh Tao. It’s is only by speaking to people after arriving and taking time to explore that people really get to see what variety there is here.
Our diving instructors aren’t working 24/7. Some of their downtime is spent relaxing away from the dive school. DJL diving instructor Nik gives his account of how he spends his time when he’s not working. He provides an insight into life on the island and what it’s like to be a local here.
Life on Koh Tao
“When people look at Koh Tao they think of sandy beaches, crystal blue water, diving and awesome nights out. But there’s much more to this little diamond in the gulf. For example energetic types can go rock climbing in the hills. Alternatively, relaxing on hidden beaches away from the hustle and bustle of the island is a great way to spend quieter days. Koh Tao is a really interesting place to live.
One of my favourite pastimes is going to the hidden bars and view points that are normally hard to find on a map. There are a select few which have been here a long, long time. I like to go and listen to all the stories of the island from 20 years ago. I also love finding a spot on a beach in the water where no one is around. It’s really peaceful just to hear the water and is another great thing this island offers. For me this slow paced gem is definitely a place that people need to stay for more than just a couple days. Plus you’ll get to see more than just one amazing sunset ;D ”