If you have completed your open water course, and are looking for an interesting and beautiful place to continue your dive adventure, why not make Koh Lipe, at the southern end of the Andaman Coast your next stop.
Despite being quite a long way, you get to spend much of the journey asleep, making it a very easy journey. My favourite way to travel there is to take an afternoon ferry to Chumphon, then pick up the sleeper train to Had Yai. Personally I would choose 2nd class fan sleeper if available, as I am not a big air conditioning fan. The lower bunk is always preferable though, as it is a little bigger and you get a window. From Had Yai, there is a minibus transfer service to Pak Barra pier, where you can take the
speedboat ferry service to Koh Lipe. Another option is to take the sleeper ferry from Koh Tao to Surat Thani, then pick up a minibus across to Pak Barra.
So what is there to do in Koh Lipe, well for a start the diving is world class, expect massive schools of Moorish idols, clown fish, stone fish, soft corals, plus Koh lipe offers drift diving, being effortlessly swept along by the current, for a different and exhilarating dive experience. Those with the required qualifications will love the shipwreck of a substantial fish processing vessel.
The island also has its own unique vibe, be expecting live music and laid back bars, plus some really good restaurants. As well as a dive school DJL has its own accommodation, ranging from budget dorm rooms to hotel style luxury rooms with balconies overlooking the stunning beach.
Book your trip to this little gem today.