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Tuesday 12th May 2015blacktip

We saw another bunch of Divemasters celebrate their signing off with a DM challenge. The theme was Trashy Barbie (their choice) and the usual games, humiliation, abuse, buckets and shots we enjoyed by our latest divemasters. No stone is left unturned when it comes to finding out about the details of their time on Koh Tao, Mentor and Master of Ceremonies SSImon Garrity was on form on the mike as per usual Please note that these Challenges are completely voluntary and are not part of the training, they are strictly an adult theme though. Well Done Divemasters. I wonder how many of our past Divemaster still have the shirt that is signed at the end of the night. I know I still have mine and it still stinks of Ugly Dog 9 years on!

So what else is there to do on Koh Tao when you are not cruising around underwater?

Not Diving?  Well For those people who still want to be in the water but maybe can’t go diving or have no interest in diving there is Shark Bay; best place on Koh Tao to see baby black tip reef sharks and a resident huge turtle. The road to get there is straight forward and easily accessible. We also have Koh Nang Yuan which is the small island situated just north west of Sairee, you can rent a kayak or a longtail taxi boat and enjoy the views from the viewpoint. Just make sure you take plenty of water and sun protection.

Hungry?  Everyone needs to eat right and Koh Tao has some of the best restaurants around, from Su Chilli in Sairee for some of the best Thai food around to Fizz which has an amazing menu and is found on the beach near Lotus. Fizz is a great location for travellers with young children, with the European owners having 2 small children themselves this is a perfect spot to watch the sunset and feed the little ones before bedtime. Choppers plays live sport most nights and nearly all the big events will be shown regardless of the time difference, the owner is for Australia but that can’t be helped. Rugby World Cup 2015 will be a great time as this is when all the rugby supporters who live on Koh Tao get together for some friendly banter and bets in the bar.

Wanna sweat some more?  From Gladiator circuit training and cross fit  to Thai Boxing if you want to come and work off those buckets and red,yellow and green curries you have been scoffing there is a wide variety of classes and gyms available with a pay as you go price or monthly membership.

There is much much more to Koh Tao than just Scuba Diving, so when you have finished your Open Water course don’t leave straight away. Stick around and see what else Koh Tao has to offer.

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