Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations situated in Southeast Asia. Located along the Mekong River, the country is well known for its culture, heritage, history and amazing travel experiences. In addition to this, the opening up of the economy has made the country a major financial and economic hub, with a growing influence in the entire region. For the most part, tourism used to be limited to the two main tourism towns of Bangkok and Phuket. Increasingly however, this flow has started to go to the less frequented areas as well. One such place is an island just off the coast of the country called Koh Samui.
Koh Samui is a very important tourist destination located in the south of Thailand. Known for its sandy beaches, wonderful natural landscapes and cosmopolitan values, the place has become very popular among tourists. In fact, tourism actually forms the bulk of the island’s economy, with the remaining being agricultural products like coconuts or rubber. While the island of Koh Samui is frequented by people for a variety of reasons, one of the most important happen to be the water based activities that one can engage with. When it comes to water based activities, there is certainly no shortage for options, since the tourist industry on the island is fairly well developed. Among all the choices that are available for water based activities, the most popular happen to be snorkeling, scuba diving and sea walking. Given in the following is basic information about all three activities and about how you can engage yourself with them while on the island.
Snorkeling – Floating on waters with beautiful fish below
Snorkeling is a water based activity that is very popular with adventure enthusiasts around the world. It derives its name from the ‘snorkel’, which is a bent breathing tube used during the activity. The activity is popular with people who are interested to get a first hand view of the underwater world, particularly in the shallow areas. People who snorkel are required to wear a pair of goggles, swimming fins and the snorkel. Using these accessories, it is possible for people to reach the depths to experience and witness some of nature’s finest creations, be it the coral reefs or other forms of marine life. It is also a great way to get accustomed to the more serious water sport of scuba diving, since one can get to ‘practice’ the underwater techniques at a relatively safe depth.
One of the things that must be kept in mind is that it would be a good idea to practice snorkeling under the guidance of a trained professional. While people do go about snorkeling on their own, it is not always advisable, since you’re still going to be at a depth and all related risks are going to exist.
If you are going to visit Koh Samui, there is certainly no shortage for snorkeling spots. Surrounded by water on all sides and rich with corals and other marine life, the island makes for an amazing snorkeling destination. In addition to this, there are several amazing service providers who can help you out if you are interested.
Scuba Diving – Swim along with the fish
Scuba diving happens to be another amazing activity that you can engage in while at Koh Samui. The activity is fairly similar to snorkeling, in the sense that they are both carried out below water. At the same time however, there are several differences between both the water activities.
To begin with, the two are practiced at different depths, with snorkeling practiced in shallow areas and diving in deeper areas. There can be some exceptions to this but this is one of the biggest differences between the two activities. Another difference is that the activities vary with regard to the kind of training required before engaging in it. Snorkeling for the most part is fairly easy compared to diving; once the initial instructions and practice is done, it is possible to go snorkeling by oneself. Diving on the other hand is far more professional and will require one to have a great deal of training and assistance during the dive. It should be added that it is always a good idea to do both the activities under the supervision of a professional, or at least have someone there while you are under water, just to be on the safe side.
The third major difference is that scuba divers carry an oxygen tank and special breathing apparatus, since it is necessary for the extended periods of time they would be remaining under water. Snorkeling on the other hand requires no such gear and relies on a simple bent tube called a snorkel. This has to do with the total duration under water, with snorkeling meant for a short span of time and diving being for extended ones.
There are numerous operators providing diving services on Koh Samui for all who are interested to know everything that lies beneath the waves.
Sea Walking – Walk under the sea with the fish
Sea walking is very similar to both snorkeling and scuba diving. It is exactly what the name says, which is to say, walking in the sea.
The way it is done is with the help of a metal dome which is worn on the head, connected to a supply of air from the top. The air gets piped from the top with the help of a pipe. With this allowing for an extended stay under water, people can essentially walk on the sea or ocean bed, exploring all that lives in and around it.
There are some precautions to be taken while engaging in this, with the most important being that it must be done under the guidance of trained professionals. Also, it is important that one wears proper shoes or other protective gear since they protect the feet from poisonous creatures which might be underneath the sandy surface. As long as you pay attention to these important precautions, you should do fine while you are walking on the ocean floor. There is numerous sea walking agencies providing it on Koh Samui for those who are interested in it.