Diving Tours to Sail Rock
One of the most popular tours in Koh Samui are the scuba diving tours to Sail Rock. Sail Rock is an excellent and world-famous diving site, and is frequented by whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea.
For qualified divers, diving at the Sail Rock is an opportunity that must not be missed, for this place is like no other.
Sail Rock is situated in the middle of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Since it is situated in the middle of the islands, it has the right depth and is the place where several kinds of large fish come to feed, including tuna, trevally, barracuda, and the sailfish. Its distance from the islands also results in the clearest water in the Gulf of Thailand. The visibility here is up to 40 meters from the surface to the bottom on a good day, and divers can easily experience it; the visibility is usually between 5 meters to 35 meters, depending on the weather.
Since it is a rock jutting out into the water with several levels from top to the bottom, it is an ideal site for divers of different levels and expertise (see: wall diving). It also has a vertical swim-through that is known as The Chimney that leads from 3 meters to 18 meters. It also has a pinnacle toward the south that is a must-go-to.
Sail Rock is also home to different sorts of hard corals, sea anemones, and sea urchins spread across the vast expanse. Patrolling down under are goliath groupers, yellow tail barracudas, fusiliers, and schools of chevrons; the sheer number of fusiliers are enough to block the light of the sun as you pass under them. Giant moray eels, bat fish, and small white-eyed morays have all found home here. You can also find various other tropical fish here, including the butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish, wrasse, odd blue-spotted stingrays, and jerkins lurking around the bottom.
But the one fish that attracts most people here is the huge and stunning whale shark; this toothless fish is a sight to see, and you can also rent an underwater camera to capture the moment when you see it, in case you come across it.
You can go to Sail Rock on a slow boat or a speedboat. The speedboat takes only 50 minutes to get there, while the slow boat takes a lot more time. The perks of going on a slow boat include the ideal atmosphere for the divers, more facilities, and more space on the boat which allows up to three dives easily; a full breakfast is also served on this boat. The tour boat leaves at about 8 am and returns at 8 pm, but if you go on a speedboat, the boat has to return at around 2 pm.
Either way, whichever boat you choose to go on, the service will be very professional. The boats are professionally operated with PADI professionals who have vast expertise in the area and a record of thousands of dives, so you can dive safely and confidently at the Sail Rock.
Dive Tour to Sail Rock includes:
- Transfer from hotel
- English, German, French, Italian, or Russian speaking PADI Instructor (max. four students per instructor)
- A full set of scuba equipment (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, fins, and snorkel)
- A light breakfast of tea, coffee, toast, and jam
- Buffet style Thai lunch consisting of rice, three tasty Thai dishes, fresh fruits, and water
- Accident insurance
* speed boat tours only
Things You Should Bring to Scuba Diving Tour
- Sun protection
- Swimming costumes
- Your booking voucher
Sail Rock Dive Tour Itinerary
The PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver course includes 5 dives conducted over 2 days. The itinerary remains the same on both days. The 5th dive is usually accommodated in the morning with a shorter lunch break, or as a night dive in the evening on Koh Samui.
06:45-08:00 Transfer from hotel to the pier. Complimentary breakfast served at the boat, and introduction to your PADI guide.
08:00-09:00 Transfer to Sail Rock.
09:00-11:00 First dive.
11:00-12:00 Thai style buffet at the ocean front restaurant.
12:00-14:00 Second dive.
14:00-15:00 Transfer back to Koh Samui and back to your hotel.
Note: You can rent an underwater camera to take photos underwater if you want, or your instructor can take your photos for you and give them to you on a DVD.
Warning: Flying after diving – You should not fly for 12 hours after your dive, in case of one dive. If you go for two dives, you should not fly for 18 hours. Our schedule keeps this in consideration and is designed accordingly so you can fly on the next day in the morning.
Warning: Please do not consume alcohol within a period of 24 hours before scuba diving.
- All transfers
- Thai Buffet Dinner
- Non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, and espresso
- Full breakfast
- Seasonal fruits
- Visit Talay Nai, the emerald green lake on Koh Mae Koh
- Go to the viewpoint for a view of the entire park at Koh Mae Koh
- Hiking to multiple view points all the way up to 500m on Koh Wua Ta Lap
- Bua Boke cave featuring impressive stalagmites and stalactites
- Scuba diving
- Snorkeling at Koh Yippon and Koh Wao Yai
- BBQ on the Beach
- Go to the Picnic area
- Much faster journey, much shorter day
- Their speed means they can visit dive sites further away
- Speedboats are smaller vessels, so they can moor up closer to dive sites and visit some dive sites that larger boats can’t
- A bit more exciting than a slow boat!
- Slow boats are big boats, which have more space to move around and they’re more stable in the water.
- They also typically have more divers on board making for a good atmosphere where everyone has 1 thing in common.
- Big boats tend to use less gasoline, so the tour prices are typically cheaper.
- Generally as there’s more space, tea, coffee, and snacks are provided and there are better facilities onboard such as a wash tank, shower, and proper sized toilet.
- Wreck Diving
- Night Diving
- Search and Recovery
- Peak Performance Buoyancy
- Digital Underwater Photography
- AWARE Fish Identification
- Diver Propulsion Vehicles (Underwater Scooters)
- Underwater Videography
- Multilevel & computer diving
- Boat Diving
- Knowledge Development to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
- Confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills
- Equipment assembly, adjustment, and preparation
- Deep water entry
- Proper weighting
- Snorkel regulator exchange
- Regulator recovery and clearing
- Air depletion
- Alternate air source
- Partial and full mask flooding and clearing
- Mask removal and replacement
- Breathing from a regulator without a mask (60 seconds)
- No mask swim
- Scuba unit removal and replacement at the surface
- Weight belt removal and replacement at the surface
- Cramp removal
- Tired diver tow
- Scuba unit removal and replacement underwater
- Weight belt removal and replacement underwater
- Fin pivot (oral and low pressure inflator)
- Neutral buoyancy (hovering)
- Free flowing regulator breathing (30 seconds)
- Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
- Exiting the water
- Equipment disassembly & maintenance
- Open water dives to review your skills and explore!