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8 of the world's most spectacular scuba spots

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 4, 2013, 5:49 p.m.
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Ko Tao, Thailand

Ko Tao (also referred to as Koh Tao), in the Gulf of Thailand, is one of Southeast Asia's hottest dive sites. It boasts a diverse menu of dives, with options that will appeal to novice and experienced divers. From coral reefs and huge underwater rock formations to challenging open water dives, Ko Tao has something for every level of diver. Ko Tao is a popular dive destination and boasts a high number of dive schools, so novices will be able to get the necessary certification quickly and accomplish their beginners’ level dives in world-class dive sites.

The shallow reefs, rock formations and wildlife-filled coastal waters are certainly attractive spots to take a first tank-assisted dives, but the real magic of this island is found in the more open waters where whale sharks (when in season), sea turtles, barracudas and tuna swim.