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Big Blue Diving Resort - Koh Tao - Thailand

News 2017

Turtley awesome news

turtle4300x225Keen to share a 'Turtley' interesting mini update. In the past month alone, we have had a number of fascinating observations, including those from rarer locations around Koh Tao at Tao Tong and Banana Rock, and resident turtles being observed outside their main areas. Among these interesting observations, are an influx of new turtles for the island, two of which were withing 24 hours of each other. Here, I'd like to introduce clockwise from top left, "Gypsy", "Morris", "Sook Jai" and "Lili".
Gypsy was observed at Green Rock, Morris at Tao Tong, Sook Jai and Lili were both observed from Shark Bay. At this point, we would like to urge people to keep their eyes extra peeled for perhaps additional new turtles visiting the island, and to see if these new individuals are spotted elsewhere. The story of Sea Turtles at Turtle Island is growing more interesting.

Amazing Koh Nang Yuan

KNY300x225Once you’ve set your eyes on a picture of Koh Nang Yuan, you’ll probably resolve to visit it at least once in your lifetime. That’s the kind of island that Koh Nang Yuan is – unique and arresting altogether. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Nang Yuan is an island famed its scenic beauty and utopian beaches. Koh Nang Yuan is tiny, a bite-sized wonder, and covering it on foot is an easy affair. It is a stone’s throw away from Koh Tao, and a ferry-ride away from Koh Phangan (the island that is famous for full-moon parties) and Koh Samui (the island that is famous for a great deal of things).
With crystal clear waters in assorted shades of aqua and diverse marine life, Koh Nang Yuan offers great snorkelling and diving opportunities. In fact, visitors can just strap on their gear, walk into the water from the beach, and immerse themselves in the underwater world. Great diving spots nearby include Japanese Gardens, Red Rock, White Rock, Green Rock and Twin Peaks, where coral reefs and colourful fish are plentiful.

Solo Diving

solo300x225As divers, we’re taught from day one that scuba is a team sport — well, a team of two, anyway. The buddy ­system is a proven safety net, offering the increased benefit of redundant-air supplies, electronics — and brains. For decades we’ve found tactical support and emotional comfort in ­knowing that help is just a hand signal away. But sometimes we just want to get away by ourselves.

Solo diving once only existed in the realm of technical diving, along with public-safety divers, scientists, underwater photographers, hunters and other highly specialized breeds.

In recent years, however, ­training agencies have caught up to an increasing demand for ­recreational ­instruction and safety protocols ­covering solo diving.

“There are lots of different reasons a person might not want to dive with a buddy. Logistically speaking, they simply might not have a buddy available. As an instructor, I hear the excuses ‘I can’t go diving since I have no one to dive with,’ and ‘I would love to learn scuba, but I don’t have anyone to take the course with.’ You could wait your whole life for someone else to do what you want to do.”

“True solo diving is even more ­relaxing than diving with a buddy. You have no obligation to check on someone else and ­wonder if they have or will have any issues. And you can also make up stories and no one will contradict you. Maybe it was a whale shark, maybe it was a shadow — only you really know.”

Because solo divers choose to take an important, foundational safety ­measure out of their dive plan — their buddy — they must take on added ­responsibility and be extra prepared for emergencies, both physically and mentally.

“Solo diving is about being self-­sufficient, the course involves training the diver to carry their buddy: an extra air source. ‘As long as you are breathing, all problems can be solved underwater.’ Carrying a redundant-air supply helps solve that issue, and when I say extra, I mean that it is not part of the plan and is only to be touched in event of an emergency.”

You need three foundational elements to be a safe solo diver: “The right attitude or mindset, the right equipment and the right plan.

“Some of the more-obvious risks when diving solo are dealing with any and all emergencies that need to be handled quickly and by the diver, since no one else is around to lend a hand, or a regulator,” he explains. “No one will be there to help get you unstuck from a restriction or to show you the way back to the boat in case you get lost. The solo diver must be prepared to handle everything by himself. It’s 100 percent on you.”

If you are interested in Solo dving then contact us at our Big Blue Tech department www.bigbluetech.net

Whaleshark at Sail Rock.

wslards300x225This years Whaleshark season has been the best ever & its still going with a beautiful 6 meter whaleshark on our last visit to Sail Rock this past weekend. Sail Rock is one of the best divesites in the Gulf of Thailand and a top seller for allo f the Dive centers in Koh Tao Koh Samui & Koh Phangan. Descending more than 40 meters below the surface & arising 15 meters above it is an isolated rock officially part of the Angthong Marine Park but far enough away from the rest of the islands in the vicinity that it stands very much alone. A truely awesome divesite & a must see on your next dive holiday to Koh Tao.

30 days of Whalesharks

ws handsignal300x225In 26 years of Big Blue Diving we have never had a whaleshark season that even comes close to comparing with the last month or 2. It has literally been a Whaleshark dive around Koh Tao every single day and for the last month its not just been 1 but numerous Whalesharks at numerous divesites all at the same time. We've had 2 whalesharks together, many times we've been lucky enough to dive with 3 and at Sail Rock recently some lucky buggers got to dive with 4 Whalesharks all together. Its really been an incredible experience that even some of our very experienced members of staff have been in awe of. Truely incredible & of course just in case you didnt know the universal handsignal for Whaleshark is demonstrated in the accompanying photo. 

TripAdvisor-2015 - Big Blue Diving

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