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Big Blue Diving Resort - Koh Tao - Thailand

News 2017

Which is Koh Tao's best Divesite?

malin300x225Located between Koh Tao & Koh Phangan Sail Rock rises out of the water creating the best wall dive in the Gulf of Thailand, with a maximum depth of 40 meters. The wall is covered in soft sponges along with many oysters and clams clinging to the craggy surface. The site is best known for it's naturally formed rock 'chimney' home to hundreds of little white eyed moray eels, where you can enter an opening at 18 mtrs and ascend inside the rock with your buddy and exit at 10 mtrs. A few Meters away from the wall, schools of batfish and jacks huddle together in the slight current. Most divers come here in the hope of seeing whale sharks, or bull sharks which are frequently sighted in season, whilst the rest of the year divers swim surrounded by schools of pelagic fish patrolling the depths. Yesterday we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the fastest fish in the sea elusive Blue Marlin.You never know what you're going to bump into at Sail Rock which is the reason Sail Rock is not only Koh Tao's most interesting Divesite but also Koh Tao's most exciting! Come join us on our next Full Day Trip to the awesome Divesite.

A beginner guide to the top 8 most beautiful islands in Thailand

KT300x225From Phuket to Koh Samui Becki Enright of travel blog Borders of Adventure goes island-hopping.

With a cluster of islands containing emerald lagoons and secluded beaches, mountainous plains and jungle terrain, it’s not surprising that Southern Thailand tops the list as one of Southeast Asia’s best-known pathways to sun-drenched paradise.

We can't guarantee you'll find DiCaprio, but use this guide and get to know Thailand's Kohs. There are so many must-see islands scattered off the shores of this Southeast Asian hotspot, it's tricky to know where to begin and which ones to put at the top of your holiday wishlist.

To help you out, and to make sure you don't miss a thing, here's a guide to eight of Thailand's most popular islands to get you started:
To the east...
1. Koh Tao

Koh Tao has been a backpacker favourite for years. It’s not only the first accessible stop on the east island-hopping trail, but, despite a growing tourism industry, has managed to retain its natural beauty - both on land and beneath the waves. Best known for its world class diving and snorkeling, this is an island that combines a colourful underwater world with idyllic long stretches of beach and coastal hideouts. One of the biggest dive schools on the island is Big Blue, which offers full PADI training and accommodation packages. Koh Tao can be explored on foot, by moto or quad, depending on your need for speed. When the island starts to feel a little small, hire a long boat taxi to take you to Koh Nang Yuan, another tiny patch of paradise about 15 minutes sailing time from Koh Tao. Bring some baht though - Nang Yuan is a marine nature reserve so you must pay 100baht to visit.
Bored of Bangkok? Want to discover your very own desert island paradise and laze on secret beaches?

read more here... https://www.skyscanner.net/news/8-top-thai-islands-you-must-visit

Experience UV Night Diving with us at Big Blue Conservation and night diving will never be the same!

uv eel300x225The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge

And now we are offerring a whole new type of Night Dive with a new light on the horizon that will blow your mind….. UV Night Diving!

Imagine floating through a neon lit realm with corals and creatures glowing in the dark like a night scene from the movie Avatar.

In UV Night Diving we experience such scenes with our own eyes. During a UV Night Dive, also called a Fluo Night Dive, we descend with specialized High Intensity Blue lights. In combination with a special vizor this dive light allows us to see marine fluorescence.

Not only do the corals around you radiate a spectrum of the brightest fluorescent colors but so too does the aquatic life. Moray eels, crabs and tiny shrimps display flashes of a bright fluorescent yellow and scorpion fish luminesce with pink.

So come join us at Big Blue Conservation our eco arm here at Big Blue Diving and experience an altogether different world!

 

How do you choose a good Dive Center on Koh Tao?

best DC300x225When you look at an area for a scuba diving holiday or arrive near the beach where you plan to dive take a scuba diving lesson, the pull towards the ocean and the need to get under the waves as quick as possible can be overwhelming! Whether you are a seasoned scuba diver or a scuba diving novice, you may not be sure how to choose a good dive center? Therefore it’s important to find out how to judge the quality of a dive center or dive school in Thailand.

    “You need to know how to choose a good dive center before you randomly pick a beachfront dive shop”

Thousands of holiday makers and expats travel to Thailand to enjoy scuba diving trips and snorkeling. There are plenty of scuba diving courses available and scuba day trips to experience, especially here in Koh Tao. The Land of Smiles is one of the top places in the world to try scuba diving, join a guided dive trip or go snorkeling, all of which, are available for professionals and advanced levels as well as amateurs including complete beginners. Here Are a Few Need To Know Advice Tips When You Choose a Good Dive Center .

Choose a good dive center or dive school on experience, quality and professionalism, not only on the price. Scuba diver facilities cost a lot of money to maintain to high standards. If the dive center you choose opts to be the cheapest in price perhaps they also opt for the cheapest in equipment and boats? A little more money spent usually mean you can expect a better quality of equipment and service in reward.

Check Out a Dive Centers Reputation.

The longer the dive center has been in business the more reviews and reputation comments you will find available. Don’t just follow trip advisors words, its not the ultimate and only resource on the internet you know!? Check Facebook Reviews, Google Reviews, Youtube & Twitter. Word of mouth is a powerful tool and if a dive center is taking care of its customers you will see this across all platforms of the web. Don’t get stuck on the odd bad review. Everyone has off days but if many people report good work from different sources, that dive center is doing something right.

Check Out a Dive Centers Credentials

Make sure the dive school has the relevant registration and safety certificates, for instance, certified SSI or PADI Center or higher, Current SSI or PADI instructor or PADI dive master professional ratings.
Other aspects may apply such as in Thailand, upstanding legitimate businesses hold a TAT license as a registered Business for Tourism.

Check Out a Dive Centers Approach to Safety

Sometimes you dont get to see how a dive center approaches safety until you take a day out with them. If you not convinced and assured of a dive centers ability to uphold, follow and most importantly reinforce diver safety practices then I would suggest continue looking around.

Sometimes a single day trip to see a dive center in action is a good way to gauge if what a dive center proclaims to offer is true or not.

You can always ask about safety training and equipment available such as CPR first aid trained staff, emergency oxygen and emergency communication available? Check to see if there is also a certified CPR/ first aid provider certificate.  If you are going out on a scuba diving boat trip, are there plenty of throw rings and life vests on board? Does this safety equipment look in reasonable quality also?

Check If Dive Center Offers Insurance?

Does your dive center offer insurance? It is a divers responsibility to like any traveler to ensure they are covered in the events of a accident. Specialized dive insurance is not as standard, included with any dive trip, a good center however may offer the option for specialized scuba diving insurance. Your travel insurance often gives you a separate option or simply does not cover this. Special scuba diving travel insurance is in expensive and offer way more coverage vs a standard travel insurance. It is well worth spending a few extra $ to be safe and relax knowing your totally covered.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS
If in doubt ask. If you are in any doubt about choosing a choose a good dive center or dive school, it’s better to be safe than sorry by asking the right kind of questions such as:-

How long have the instructors been diving?
Instructors should have plenty of experience with people of all levels of diving. They also need to have good local knowledge of particular diving sites so they are aware of any dangers.

Where will you take me?
Make enquiries about specific diving sites when going out on a reef or ship wreck dive. How will the dive be structured? Find out about what’s in store on a open water training course before parting with your hard-earned cash. It’s essential for beginners and even experienced divers, that diving instructors remain with you throughout your dive.

What about training materials learn to dive facilities?
Will you benefit from up-to-date training materials and methods?
Is everything safe and clean to provide a good learning environment?

MAKE YOUR OWN INSPECTION

You do not have to be a professional when it comes to knowing how to choose a good dive center. You need to trust your eyes and your ears and listen to your instincts.

    Look at the standard of equipment out on display
    Read the certificates on the walls and check the dates on them – are they up to date?
    Are the instructor’s certificates available to be inspected?
    Does the equipment look well maintained on close inspection?
    Do you trust the person you spoke with?

When All Is Said And Done…
You generally get what you pay for when it comes to dive centers. If you do intend to try scuba diving in Thailand, shop around and remember, cheapest is not always the best option. If you are considering a Thailand Dive Trip or scuba diving holiday, and you’re looking for quality, consider Big Blue Diving when you are looking for the Best Dive Center in Thailand.

So what does it take to be considered a good or even a great instructor?

r u 4 scuba300x225Patience. Some folks get it right away, others don't. You must be able to teach them all.

Organization. You must be able to organize your class in a logical manner.

Experience. You need to have watched lots of divers with a critical eye. You need to know how things should be done as well as how they often are done poorly.

Confidence. You need to know you can handle things when they head south. You also need your students to believe in you.

Desire. You have to want to teach.

Open mind. Be willing to learn from everyone. You can learn from an idiot who is a terrible diver. You may be learning rescue techniques, but you'll still be learning.

Ability to say no. No, you didn't quite nail that skill, here's what you did wrong and here's how to fix it. No, you didn't buy a card, you bought instruction.

Willingness to go the extra mile. Be interested in your students. They may need extra help, give it to them.

Knowledge. You can't teach it if you never learned it.

Ability to teach. Most instructors don't understand how to teach.

"inadequacies in instruction that generally fall back on the instructor rather than the certifying agency."

If your agency leaves out skills and/or knowledge you can't teach it because you never learned it. Some go the extra mile and learn additional material and skills which they then teach to their students - most do not. The agency is a factor. An exceptional person can overcome a background based in an agency with low standards, but these folks are indeed rare. Most instructors are a product of their agency. Some agencies produce them with a cookie cutter.

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