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Marine Life when diving in Koh Tao: Nudibranchs

Nudibranchs

Nudibranchs - small staff for seeing on the dive site - Nudibranchs

Most of the divers coming for diving in Koh Tao with the expectation to see a whale shark or big turtle and just a few of them notice the smallest inhabitants of Koh Tao’s coral reefs that are the real hidden treasures of the ocean — Nudibranchs, part of the sea slug family. They have different shapes, sizes, and colors. They can be as small as 6mm and as large as 40cm (The Spanish Dancer).
There are more than 3,000 species of nudibranch worldwide, they are found in tropical and temperate seas as well as Antarctica, although they are most common in the shallows. For example, you can find them on Koh Tao’s dive sites White Rock, Twins and Japanese Garden.

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Basic diving skills in PADI diving courses: Compass Navigation

PADI Underwater Navigation skills

Underwater navigation - correct arms position in PADI Underwater Navigator course - PADI Underwater Navigation skills

During your diving on Koh Tao you will be always suggested to use a compass navigation on the dive sites.
All of us had an introduction to underwater navigation with using dive compass during our PADI Open Water Diver course, but on fun dives, most of the divers prefer to follow the divemaster, whereas knowing exactly where you’re going, where you’ve been and where you are at any given time underwater. It definitely makes diving on Koh Tao a lot more enjoyable and stress-free.
Compass navigation underwater is a piece of cake, just follow few simple rules:

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Diving on Koh Tao and Koh Samui: dive site "Buoyancy World"

underwater gekko sculpture, Koh Tao

Gekko sculpture on Buoyancy Word - underwater gekko sculpture, Koh Tao

Buoyancy World is an artificial dive site in Koh Tao island, located near NangYuan Island, the most popular dive spot in Thailand. The dive site was constructed on a sandy bottom at around 12m depth by Save Koh Tao organization in collaboration with a number of the island's dive centers to provide a training area for new divers, so they don't damage the natural reef when learning buoyancy control.

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Marine Life when diving in Koh Tao: the perfect partnership

Shrimp and Goby

Shrimp and Goby - best friends forever - Shrimp and Goby

Diving on Koh Tao and Samui Islands presents a lot of symbiotic relations of aquatic life of the Gulf of Thailand.

Everyone knows about symbiotic relations between anemones and clownfish (good example you could see on the dive sites Twins and White rock around Koh Tao), but there is some more interesting partnership between different species under the sea. If you look a little further down on the sandy bottom during your dive at Twins, close to Koh Nang Yuan, you can easily find just perfect partners both of which benefit from their relationship. We are talking about Pistol (snapping) shrimp and Prawn Goby.

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PADI courses on Koh Tao and Koh Samui: Digital Underwater Photographer

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty course

If you want to learn how to take great pictures underwater than PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty course in our dive center on Koh Tao or Samui is exactly what you are looking for!

This course conducted on the beautiful coral reefs in Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan islands, the most popular dive spots in Thailand.
So, you really need to know how to dive with a camera without harming the reef.
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course will get you going quickly with today’s modern digital equipment regardless of what type of digital camera you use. You will not just learn how to capture some great underwater memories on dive sites around Koh Tao, but will also improve your buoyancy and general diving skills in the process.

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