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November 17th 2013

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Day-glow invasion
Full-moon-partyIt's that time of the month again where we get the lull before the storm. Pretty much every traveller in Thailand is currently descending on Koh Phangan to buy cheap and cheerful day-glow singlets and shorts in preparation for the full moon party. Personally I can't think of anything worse than being trapped on a beach with 30,000 young beautiful people, whilst we all get plied with booze.. no wait, i'm thinking of that film Battle Royale, with the booze being replaced with weaponry. Ramblings aside, what this all means for Koh Tao and Big Blue is that the Island is currently pretty quiet, but in a couple of days it's going to be very busy, even though it's supposedly Monsoon.
So in a couple of days, at around 9am in the morning we'll start to get the drip drip of people coming into the resort who don't know where they are, why they are here, or what their names are. All they will know is that they want to learn to dive, which is also a good opportunity to detox. It's pretty safe to say that the drip drip will quickly turn into a torrent of people. When you arrive we'll sit you down with a free drink and give you your options; do you want to learn how to dive, which will take 3 days, starting with a two hour orientation on the evening that you arrive, or do you just want to experience being underwater? If it's the latter you can do a try dive, which will take one day and give you two full dives with an instrutor watching over you the entire time. If you're already qualified to dive there are loads of options available to you, from fun diving, to taking your diving further and undertaking some speciality courses like deep, wreck and nitrox, or even technical diving. Once you've decided what you want to do we can set you up with accommodation with us, which, in Monsoon may be free whilst you're diving if you want a dorm room.
But if you can, before you party the night and day away, please please please go on our website and book your diving and accommodation, as when it gets really busy we can't guarantee that we will have any availability for rooms, and bear in mind we have a lot more rooms available than most other dive resorts on the Island. Of course, we can still quarrantee being able to dive with us though. For any pre-full moon queries, send us an email (at the top of our homepage).

Longtail taxi boats
longtail-boatWhen you think of Thailand, there are certain things that spring immediately to mind; Muay Thai, ladyboys, land of smiles.. but what about longtails? You can't miss them, they're everywhere in the Gulf of Thailand (on the water rather than land.. obviously). Longtails are known as Ruea Hang Yao in Thai, and have been around for hundreds of years. They are basically a lightweight long wooden canoe, with a canopy of some kind if you're lucky and a huge exposed rocket engine at the back. The engines don't have a reverse gear, but the driver is able to maneuver them pretty adeptly by rotating them by more than 180 degrees. If you come to Koh Tao and do a bit of sight seeing, getting around by boat is a great way to see the Island, and the easiest way to get to the adjoining Islands of Koh Nang Yuan. If you're getting on one for the first time, here are a few tips to make your experience a little more enjoyable.
Firstly, expect to get wet. They are fairly easy to get on and off from the beach, but you may have to wade in up to your waist, so make sure your phone is in a dry bag. You will also be sprayed by seawater as they travel pretty fast! It can also be a pretty bumpy affair whilst riding the waves so if you're taking pictures hold on tight to your camera! When you climb aboard, get comfy, as the last thing you want to do is think you can stand up and move around- they are very narrow and many a longtail has capsized because it's suddenly listed heavily and taken on too much water. The captain will tell you where to sit so make sure you listen and stay put. Finally, longtail drivers are usually very experienced, but they'll also often feel that no storm is too great for them to navigate through. If you're on a longtail with 1 metre swells, and heading into a storm, do you really think it's a good idea? Don't wait for the captain to tell you it's not safe! Of course that would be very rare indeed on Koh Tao, but still good to have in the back of your mind. If you're mindful of the above you'll have a great time... and probably a sore arse!

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