We booked the Koh Tao snorkeling tour on June 4, and our experience was fantastic from start to finish.
I had written the company about a month in advance to book our date, and I recommend this because the tour groups are small and can fill up fast. Caz was very prompt in answering all my questions and making arrangements.
On the day of the tour, their driver picked us up from or hotel on time and took us to the dive shop for a briefing. Ivan made us feel welcome, and put my fears at rest that the waters we would be exploring were very "benign" in terms of scary underwater creatures.
Some of the people on our tour were doing scuba, and some snorkeling. Chai was the snorkeling guide and he was incredibly patient with me as I took a bit longer to master the snorkel breathing given my sensitive gag reflex. After awhile I got the hang of it, and had a great time. Chai also went the extra mile of diving down to the bottom to point out interesting things like clams, hermit crabs, starfish we might not catch on our own.
The dive sites at Koh Tao are beautiful and teaming with beautiful fish, coals, urchins, clams, anemone, etc. We broke for lunch between our two snorkel sites, and I was surprised at how good it was. They even had a vegetarian curry for me as I don't eat meat - seriously, one of the best dishes I had on our vacation.
When we got back to the shop, my husband's credit card wasn't able to be processed through their card readers. Ivan was very understanding, and told us we could just leave our balance in cash at our hotel and he would pick it up later. That's a lot of trust he put in us, and we really appreciated that.
Highly, highly recommend 100 Degrees East for anybody.
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