Big Blue Diving Koh Tao
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- Exceptional beachfront dive resort with options for all budgets
- Award-winning training for recreational, tec, pro and freediving
- Get involved with the in-house marine conservation program
- Experienced underwater videography and photography department
Big Blue Dive Resort Koh Tao is an established leader in the dive industry, offering expert recreational, professional, and technical dive training. With more than two decades of experience, top-rated facilities and easy access to the area's most popular dive sites, Big Blue is the perfect choice for passionate divers of all levels. This is also a place to kick back and relax, enjoy a few creature comforts, and get to know your fellow divers. Fun on-site details include delicious home-made pizza, a generous saltwater pool complex, and relaxing massage services. Plus, Koh Tao’s legendary dining and nightlife just a few minutes away!
About Big Blue Diving Koh Tao
Big Blue is one of the longest-running dive resorts in the Gulf of Thailand, with some of the region’s highest standards for safety and fun, and a reputation for delivering quality service in a fun, laid-back environment. From the moment of arrival, guests are made to feel like part of the family, with infectious energy and enthusiasm that characterises this popular dive resort. Guests after a bit more privacy will have no trouble finding seclusion among the lush tropical gardens scattered throughout the expansive beachfront property. And yet, Big Blue’s central location is just a quick walk from Koh Tao’s most popular restaurants and bars.
Big Blue Koh Tao caters to all types of scuba divers with its award-winning recreational and technical diving centres, acclaimed professional training, in-house freediving school, and non-profit marine conservation program. Big Blue also offers a vibrant social atmosphere, beautiful sunset location, and short boat rides to all the best dive sites in Koh Tao, making it one of the most popular resorts in the region. Some divers stay here for months at a time, and others return year after year. This is more than just a dive centre, it’s a family.
Explore the resort
Big Blue’s resort extends along the northern shores of Sairee Beach which is known for its quiet and beautiful location, away from the hustle and bustle of the central village. The on-site restaurant serves a selection of fantastic food, including pizza which is famed for being the best on the island. Big Blue’s bar provides a perfect setting for sunset drinks, post-dive socialising, and catching sporting events on the big screen, while daily football and volleyball matches are organised on the beach. Guests are free to relax beside the 12-metre saltwater pool or indulge themselves with a soothing spa treatment at the beach-front massage parlour.
This resort’s comfortable guest rooms cater to visitors of all kinds, from budget backpackers to adventurous couples, families, and even dive groups. And, exciting multiple-month long packages are available for divers who want to take their education further. From the resort, it’s just a five-minute walk along the beach or through the neighbouring palm tree plantations to enjoy the area’s most popular restaurants and vibrant nightlife. With decades of experience in the region, Big Blue’s customer service team are prepared to help you plan transfers, tours and activities, and even liveaboard diving adventures aboard their sister vessel - the MV Hallelujah.
Diving from Big Blue Diving Koh Tao
Big Blue Koh Tao offers an impressive range of facilities with unmatched levels of service. The dive centre’s instructor training department, Big Blue Pro, has certified more Instructors and Divemasters than anywhere else in the world, while Big Blue Tech is the longest-running tech diving centre in Thailand and has won multiple awards. Big Blue also created the first SSI freediving centre on Koh Tao, and were among the very first dive centres to open an ecological branch run by an experienced marine biologist. The resort also has its own underwater videography and photography department, providing guests with personalised holiday souvenirs or teaching them to capture that perfect underwater shot!
Each day’s trips depart from directly in front of the resort, with travel times ranging from 15 to 45 minutes. The dive centre provides well maintained Aqualung, ScupaPro, and Mares equipment for rent, and nitrox and trimix are available for qualified divers. Big Blue’s fleet includes two spacious dive boats equipped with multiple sun and shade decks, bathrooms, and free-flow coffee, tea, water, and snacks. This resort offers full-day adventures to Sail Rock, commonly referred to as the most beautiful dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. Big Blue also offers acclaimed courses from beginner to professional as well as certificates in technical diving, freediving, and various other specialities.
- Koh Tao is larger than you might think, so you might require a rental scooter or taxi service for getting around.
- This resort’s package deals offer extended stays and intensive dive training - ideal for a long holiday or sabbatical.
- Don’t leave the island without trying some other sports - this is a hotspot for rock climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking.
- Combine your stay with a trip aboard the MV Hallelujah for the ultimate Thai diving adventure.
Big Blue has operated an in-house marine conservation programme for nearly ten years, directed by an experienced marine biologist, and focusing on ecological awareness and education. The resort’s partner programme, Big Blue Conservation organises charity events to support community conservation initiatives, such as its annual Swim for Sharks fundraiser. The dive centre’s energetic team regularly leads its own beach clean-ups, coral and species surveys, and artificial reef development. Guests are invited to join in a variety of these activities, as well as marine ecology speciality courses offered by multiple diving organisations.
The resort operates with a general ethos of sustainability, limiting its ecological footprint as much as possible and encouraging sustainable practices among its guests. Its conservation programme urges guests to reduce single-use bags, straws, and bottles, offering sustainable substitutes for all on-site. The resort also supports community projects like facilitating responsible disposal of cigarette butts and upcycling single-use plastic into construction materials.
Diving in Koh Tao
Schooling reef fishYear round
Walls & pinnaclesYear round
Blacktip reef sharkYear round
Hawksbill turtleYear round
Whale sharkMarch - May and October - December
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
SSI, PADI, BSAC, TDI, SDI Resort
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Tech 40+, Freediving, Sidemount, kids courses