Koh Tao’s most exclusive Diving Experience!
Whether you are trying diving for the first time, or a seasoned explorer of the deep, the Jamahkiri Diving Club provides the greatest diving experiences on Koh Tao. We teach a wide range of PADI courses on an exclusive basis; 2 students per instructor. This ensures that you will have the time necessary to thrive underwater, as well as have more time on your dives to explore the beautiful dive sites of Koh Tao.
Fun divers will enjoy offset dive times departing directly from the Jamahkiri Resort & Spa to better enjoy the abundant marine life on uncrowded dive sites. Our group sizes are limited to 4 divers per divemaster, and we never mix divers of differing abilities. Divers with low gas consumption will be happy to learn that we dive up to an hour at a time, and enriched air is available to facilitate this. Heavier breathers can increase their dive time either by learning effective breathing techniques in the Peak Performance Buoyancy course, or by using larger tanks, which we also have available for rent.
When to dive in Koh Tao
Koh Tao’s calm, bright waters provide stable conditions throughout the year and with around 300 days of sun and water temperatures never dropping below 84°F/29°C, you can see why it’s a diver favourite.
You can appreciate rock and coral formations, as well as titan triggerfish, sea snake, hawksbill and green turtles at any time of year when diving in Koh Tao. Whale sharks cruise into the deeper pinnacles through all seasons, but are most likely to appear in April and May.
July-September sees visibility stretch to 30 meters. Macro lovers will spot critters, nudibranch and three species of shrimp inside crevices and gaps between rocks. Divers with a good eye will also notice them on the artificial reefs.
We run two boats to take you to a wider selection of dive sites in total comfort. Special trips to the exhilarating Sail Rock are available on request and it is not uncommon to have this fantastic dive site all to ourselves!
All of our divers benefit from our high end and well maintained scuba gear. Not only are we the only Koh Tao dive center to provide our divers with balanced regulators, we are also the only ones to exclusively use open heel fins with boots. Our BCDs have just been upgraded to the Aqualung Pro HD model, featuring integrated weights for the most comfortable dives possible. We truly are Koh Tao’s most exclusive diving experience!
The dive site that most people have heard of and that everyone wants to go to. The site is almost one long complete pinnacle with a huge fissure towards the South end, large enough to pass through and a swim-through lies at the bottom of the central buoyline. The entire top of the pinnacle is carpeted in Magnificent Anemones, full of prancing Pink Anemonefish. Crabs, Shrimps, Scorpionfish and White-Eyed Moray Eels hide in the many fissures. The far South is home to a solitary Pacific Lionfish. Large Marbled Groupers skulk around the deeper regions. As you descend over the side of the pinnacle, you will feel like you are on a wall dive – lots of holes and cracks to peer into; Tube andWhip Corals aplenty; Blue-Green Damsels, Weibel Butterflyfish, Bannerfish and Blue-Ringed Angelfish dancing before your eyes, until you reach the sand at 30m. Off to the Southwest of the main pinnacle is another large collection of rocks known locally as Barracuda Rock. Dropping down to 40m, you will be diving amongst swirling schools of Rabbitfish, Snapper, Juvenile Yellow-Tailed Barracuda and Fusiliers, watching as the hunting Trevallies dart in and out of this veritable feast! Whalesharks visit in their season too. You might get really lucky and see two on one dive! Sailfish can be seen hunting here and huge walls of Chevron Barracuda will obscure your view of the pinnacle. It’s certainly a dynamic open ocean site where you can see the hunters as well as the hunted. Save for being asleep for the last 10 years you can’t fail to know that sharks are endangered. Unless shark finning and other damaging activities stop abruptly I fear that we might be the last generation to see these magnificent creatures in the wild. The sharks at Chumphon Pinnacle, Koh Tao are no exception. Over the years we have seen numbers dwindle and their re-appearance is always cause to celebrate. Read more about the sharks of Chumphon Pinnacle. We dive Chumphon Pinnacle after the majority of the other dives centres have finished their dives, meaning we normally get the whole site to ourselves. Diving at Chumphon Pinnacle with only a handful of divers is hard to beat.
This beautiful site often gets forgotten in the clamor for Chumphon Pinnacle but it’s easily as magnificent. A circular site of granite blocks which have the shape of a pyramid, looking as grand as its Egyptian counterparts. Whalesharks cruise in during their season and Scorpionfish are easy to find at any time. It’s one of the few places to spot Coral Shrimpfish and there is some lovely Harp Coral growing in the sand at the bottom. Fusiliers, One-Spot Snappers, Yellow-lined Snappers, Scad, Rabbitfish and Junvenile Yellowtail Barracuda school here in vast numbers, at times almost obliterating the dive site; swim under them and they’ll block out the sun; swim into them and they’ll make you dizzy! Craggy overhangs and crevices where boulders have fallen together make for excellent hiding spots for many different fish and various critters. Large Potato Groupers hang out around the sandy area to the Southeast of the main pinnacle. There are several abandoned fishing traps around the dive site which provide a perfect home for several different species of Nudibranch. The ‘secret’ pinnacle lies a small distance off the main site. The five minute swim over the sand will take you past old fishing traps as well as Nemo and his friends. This shouldn’t really be attempted without Enriched Air Nitrox, good air consumption and great conditions. Current and big waves can make this site a little more challenging but overall, divers from Open Water Diver onwards can enjoy this site.