Koh Tao - Chumphon Archipelago

Scuba diving Koh Tao, Thailand

Here at New Way Diving, we offer various diving courses and scuba diving certifications on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Tao. Whether you’re new to diving and looking to join an entry-level open water course, or you’re an advanced divemaster looking to scuba in a spectacular location, we’ve got just the dive for you! Learning to dive is one of the most amazing adventures that can be experienced in life and we’re here to help you tick this sport of your bucket list.

Location by New Way Diving

Packages at this location

Sail Rock Diving Scuba diving

On this epic day tour, you'll head to the Gulf of Thailand's premier scuba diving spot Sail Rock, a large rock formation that protrudes high out of the sea and has a maximum diving depths of over 40 metres. Scuba diving here is spectacular as the rocks isolation from other islands means the waters are rife with marine life! Get ready to swim with Barracuda, glide past Queenfish, and scuba past giant smooth tailed Travelly! Note, this popular diving spot is located a two-hour boat ride from our dive shop, and so the tour gets underway nice and early at 6am with an expected return time of 6pm. Those booked on a Monday or Friday tour to SAil Rock will enjoy the bonus of a slow cruise to Southwest Pinnacle, Shark Island, or Samran Pinnacle for a final dive of the day before returning to the dive shop.

  • Nitrox (if you're a certified Nitrox diver)

  • Breakfast, lunch, soft drinks, tea, coffee, water, biscuits and fruit

  • Two dives

This tour doesn't require accommodation.

The itinerary depends on the day of departure, group size, and weather conditions. For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Year round - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday departures.

Divemaster Course Scuba diving

The PADI Divemaster course is suitable for competent scuba divers who are ready to take the next step and would like to become a professional diver with the ability to teach scuba diving to others all around the world. Our all-encompassing course can be completed anywhere between 8 to 10 weeks, or even faster in some cases. On this course, you'll focus on three main areas: Dive Theory, Dive Confidence, and Divemaster Duties. The Dive Theory part of this course consists of two multiple choice exams which will take place around week four, while Dive Confidence is built up over the full eight weeks by embarking on unlimited dives while training (this includes night dives and sunset dives). Finally, Divemaster Duties takes place throughout the course and focuses on demonstration skills, Scuba Revies, and student training. Get ready to propel your way up the scuba diving ladder!

  • Free T-shirt (RRP 350 THB)

  • Free New Way Logbook

  • Free Taxi on arrival & Return

  • 10% Discount on Equipment Purchases

  • All Equipment Rentals

  • 2 Reef Clean up Days

  • Individually Catered Course

  • Sail Rock at least 4 times per month

  • 2 - 3 months unlimited diving

  • PADI Divemaster Materials (RRP 7,000 THB)

We don’t offer any onsite accommodation but Koh Tao island is home to a range of accommodation to suit all budgets include dormitory hostels and 5-star hotels. For our accommodation recommendations, don’t hesitate to ask!

Unlike many of our other courses, the PADI Divemaster Course is individually catered and scheduled. As mentioned, most people complete the course in around 8 to 10 weeks. However, some candidates prefer to get it done faster so that they can attend an Instructor Course on a certain date. For a rough itinerary, please get in touch.

Year round.

PADI Open Water Course Scuba diving

The PADI Open Water Course is the most recognised entry-level Scuba Diving license in the world, issued by the largest certification agency in the world. The course is run over 3.5 days, covering scuba diving theory, shallow water training and up to six dives exploring the amazing marine life around Koh Tao. All our PADI diving Koh Tao training is offered in a maximum group size of 4:1 to assure each student receives ample attention, which creates more than competent, confident divers while having great, safe fun! Completion of this course allows you to dive around the world to a depth of 18m.

  • Free New Way Logbook

  • Free Taxi on arrival & Return

  • Max Group of 4:1

  • All equipment rentals

  • Between 4 & 6 Logged Dives

  • Option to finish at Sail Rock on Mon, Wed, Fri

  • PADI Open Water license

  • Digital Open Water Materials

This package doesn't include accommodation, however, we can assist you in booking accommodation on the island as we work with some hostels and lodges in the area and our customers enjoy a discounted rate. To find out more, just ask!

The New Way Open Water Diver Course in Koh Tao is designed to be flexible, and we offer it as such. However, in our 20+ years of experience we have found the below itinerary to be the most suitable, and how we usually run it:

Day 1 - 16:00 – 18:00
Course Orientation & Video

Day 2 - 08:00 – 10:30
Theory Session 1 followed by afternoon of Shallow Water Skills & Dive 1 (max 12m)

Day 3 - 08:00 – 16:30
Theory Session 2 followed by afternoon of Shallow Water Skills & Dive 1 (max 12m)

Day 4 - 06:00 – 16:30
Dive 3 & 4 (max 18m)

Year round.

About the location


We don’t offer any onsite accommodation but Koh Tao island is home to a range of accommodation to suit all budgets include dormitory hostels and 5-star hotels. For our accommodation recommendations, don’t hesitate to ask!


Our New Way Diving headquarters are located on the west coast of Koh Tao on Sairee Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island. From Koh Tao pier head north and enjoy a 30-minute walk up the coast. Alternatively, if you share your arrival time with us in advance, we’ll send our driver to pick you up!


Some of our day tours include breakfast, lunch, fruit, and soft drinks however for those that don't we can provide plenty of restaurant recommendations on the island!


Scuba diving courses for all abilities.


  • Wireless Internet

  • Videographer

  • Pool

  • Photographer

  • Lunch

  • Lessons

  • Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Instructors/Coaching

  • Gym

  • Guides

  • Equipment Rental

  • Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Air Condition

Available activities

  • Scuba Diving

  • Daytrips