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Monday, 16 September 2013 06:31

September 16th 2013

Big Blue Freediving Review

It's always good to read about the experiences of people who visit Koh Tao, and hear what they think of this beautiful island some of us are lucky enough to call home. With the ease at which people can now publish to a wide audience via online blogs, It seems to be getting more and more common that they want to share their experiences. It's even better when the person doing the travel writing happens to visit Big Blue, go freediving with our instructors Pepe and Flavia, and have a great time! Chris quit his job in the UK, went travelling around the world seeking surfing and adventure, and found Big Blue along the way. His account of his time progressing through the SSI freediving courses is up on his blog at backpackerbanter.com, and it's really interesting and informative. Thanks for the good vibes Chris! You can read it all here.


“Excellent experience”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 September 2013- Just finished the advanced course at big blue Koh Tao and it was perfect. We had a small group of 6 with two highly experienced instructors, Ant and Stevo. They were so nice and professional. Had a much better experience than a different club I used last year here in the island when I did my open waters. Thank you guys for a wonderful experience!

Turtles May See the World in Super Slo-Mo

Did you ever wonder why, when you try and swat a fly, nine times out of ten it evades you? Researchers at university College Dublin also wondered this recently, and concluded that it's because the fly sees you like Neo in the Matrix sees the bullets coming towards him- in slow motion! It's all because of how much information the brain takes in per second. For small insects like a fly, they process a huge amount of information per second and need to react to that information quickly to avoid being eaten. Whilst leatherback turtles primarily eat slow moving jellyfish, and also have slow metabolisms, so they don't need to invest in high-speed visual processing equipment (evolutionarily speaking- not Dixons!). We see Greenback turtles and Hawkesbill turtles all the time here on Koh Tao, with the most common dive site for seeing them being White Rock (two seen at the same time recently on a SSI Advanced Adventurer night dive!). As long as people dive responsibly and watch them from a distance, they are quite happy to carry on foraging away for food without a care in the world. Who knew that they're actually pretending to be in the matrix! 

Sunday, 15 September 2013 06:48

September 15th 2013

Picture worth a thousand words

Meet Big Blue's head divemaster Steven DeVelter. We love him dearly. Thought to be in his mid-thirties (or forties), a little bit mangy- I don't know why but he's not showing off. Also said to be distantly related to Charles bronson by blood and Burt Reynolds by marriage. Universally loved by his colleagues and his fun diver customers, he'll do anything for you; he once rang me to to tell me that "your lost wallet has been found on Sairee beach and handed in. There's no money in it but two condoms- who the hell do you think you are?"- typically bizarre of any conversation with him. He organises all five of our dive boats- Banzai, Waverunner, Ao Meung, Big Blue and Porponawa (the exclusive fun diver only boat). He decides when they go out, which divesites they go to, and how many regulators, masks, tanks, weights and weight belts will be needed. He also whips the other divemasters into shape (along with a few instructors from time to time). It may all be getting to him a little bit but decide for yourselves. Have a look at the photo below, do you think he left a fork in the knife draw or forgot to record Montel Williams? We'll put this photo up on our Big Blue facebook page, and would like you to comment on what you think he's thinking or saying. Personally, I think he was remembering that it's Charles Manson that he's related to, not Bronson!

Steven DeVelters

“Great Dive Resort Awesome Instructors (PETRA)”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 11 September 2013- My boyfriend and I recently completed the Open Water course at Big Blue and our only regret is that we couldn't stay for the advanced course. We had an amazing time staying at/diving with Big Blue and learning from our awesome instructor Petra. We stayed at Big Blue while we were diving - our accommodations were pretty basic, but they were free every night we dived so no complaints. The diving experience was awesome. Petra was a phenomenal instructor and we felt completely comfortable diving with her. Her pre-dive training more than prepared us for our first open water dive and we loved the experience. Great Job Big Blue and Petra!

Ugliest fish in the ocean?

Here on Koh Tao, it almost goes without saying that we're really lucky in having such a huge anmount of variety in terms of marine life, right on our doorstep. The animals that inhabit the Gulf of Thailand are as varied as they are abundant. What catches your eye when diving, and what you find beautiful are obviously very subjective; I could sit and watch razor fish do their weird synchronised vertical dance for hours, but I'll not even give a second glance to Nudibranchs- the divemaster's favourite. It's probably fair to say that most people find triggerfish pretty unattractive. But in the ugly stakes, I don't think there's anything in the waters around Koh Samui, Koh panghan or Koh Tao that could compare with the blobfish (see photo below- you can't miss it!) It's been given the unofficial title of world's ugliest animal by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, recently announced at a science-themed comedy night at the science festival in the UK. It's all a bit tongue in cheek (no offence blob fish!), but it has a more serious aim, which is to highlight threatened species- even if they are aesthetically challenged, rather than the cute and cuddly species that usually draw attention such as pandas. It all falls on deaf ears to Big Blue Conservation's head honcho Lizzie though, as in her eyes everything in the ocean is beautiful!


Saturday, 14 September 2013 03:25

September 14th 2013

Spring Cleaning

In the ever changing landscape of social networks like MyFace and SpaceBook it can be quite easy to get left behind. Not us, though! Here at Big Blue we're doing some late summer, early autumn, pre-winter spring-cleaning of our online accounts so that they're are all shiny and user friendly! It's called "brand alignment" apparently. As well as emails, snail mail, and phonecalls, you can also stay in touch with us on:

  • Facebook - our biggest network, for all the latest student photos, diving videos, full day trips, and of course not forgetting the regular updates of "which style dress Simon Garrity is wearing in this photo?"
  • Twitter - Follow @BigBlueDivingKT for regular updates on diving conditions, local weather, news & features, all in 140 characters or less!
  • Google  - For those not on Facebook who still like to stay in touch, or for those fancy people on both Facebook and G , we'll be posting the latest videos, pictures, and news direct to the Big Blue page.

So get liking, following, and adding us to circles. Keep an eye out in the very near future as we'll be running some contests to get your hands on some much sought-after Big Blue merchandise!

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“Best Dive Team On Koh Tao!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 11 September 2013- This place is AWESOME. You have half a million options of shops to dive with on koh tao, and these guys are by far the best. Great equipment, comfy boats, cheap open water courses, cheap dives, great food, fire spinning every night, knowledgeable staff, better than anything I coulda asked for. For me what really makes a dive shop are the people who lead you. Since all the divesites will be the same no matter what company you book with, having skilled divemasters who know how to find hidden sea creatures, know the names of EVERYTHING in the sea, know the animals swimming patterns (we saw a WHALE SHARK today. TWICE. Only because our divemaster knew the way they swim, we were able to get up close to the majestic animal.), and are cheerful, fun and funny people. This place has all that in spades. Special shout out to James who knew a ton about whale sharks and steven who's a funny, practical, and smart dive guide.

More good news for sharks
Following recent news that a number of Hong Kong airlines have banned the import of shark fins, now the Hong Kong Government has joined in! They have announced a ban on shark fin soup at Government sponsored events in order to "set a good example". They have also banned Government employees from consuming shark fin soup at functions hosted outside of Government! Now considering that Hong Kong is the global hub of shark fin imports, this is a big deal! Big Blue Conservation will be watching events closely to see what else gives in the coming months. In the meantime we'll continue to educate all our fun divers, open water students, and dive professional trainees about conservation and being a responsible diver that also sets a good example.

Thursday, 12 September 2013 04:44

September 12th 2013

Whaleshark at Chumphon Pinnacle!

It's all gone a bit whaleshark crazy here at Big Blue. We haven't seen a whaleshark in a couple of weeks, and then one appeared on the Sail rock full day trip 2 days ago, and another one at Chumphon pinnacle yesterday morning, thus proving the point that whalesharks are like buses.. you wait around and nothing, then 2 come along! Lots of happy instructors, divemasters and instructors here at the moment, which is especially tormenting for the people that didn't sign up for the boat and missed it! See, sitting on the beach drinking mojitos and reading the latest Dan Brown book about how the Vikings built the ark out of lego (and therefore also invented lego) is not all it's cracked up to be.. Get out diving! You can sign up for the fun diving boat in the Big Blue office, we go out twice a day- 2 dives in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, and we go to the best dive sites in and around Koh Tao; Chumphon pinnacle, Sail rock, White rock, Samran pinnacle, Green rock, Chumphon Marine Park, the Trident and Sattakut wrecks, and please feel free to request a dive site with a day or two's notice, and we'll make it happen.

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“Is that a Shark ?!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 9 September 2013- Well i´m home.. :( Just got back from Thailand where i spent a few weeks. One of which was really good spent on Kho Tao learning and diving with Big Blue. It was a really nice and interesting experience. All the instructors are nice and helpful (and they really appreciate it if you wave to them all the time :P). You get to chose from a variety of languages but English is the most used language and they all speak it perfectly. Petra, our instructor, really had a knack for teaching. Real funny girl that transforms into a real siren when underwater. All in all a very pleasant experience that i would repeat. I´m actually thinking of taking some months off and joining the Dive Master program over there.. If you´re wondering what with the title well.. if you are among the really lucky ones, you could get to see a big freakin´ whale shark during your training. Speaking of.. also doing the Advanced Open Water is a must. THERE you get to see and learn the really cool stuff. Safe diving.

Reduction in shark fin imports

Big news on the fight against shark finning, a number of airlines and shipping companies in Hong Kong have caved in to pressure from campaigners to ban the import of shark fins on any of their flights and ships! Emirates, Quantas and Air New Zealand have agreed to a total ban, whilst Cathay Pacific has said it will only carry shark fins from sustainable sources (sounds a little dubious). Two major shipping lines have also announced they will no longer carry shark fins. Hong Kong is a global hub for the trade, previously importing roughly half of the world's harvest of fins. The ban has already seen imports reduce by 30%! The fight continues and we'll only be satisfied until that figure is up to 100% But it's definitely progress. Big Blue Conservation will continue to work with the Thai Government, local fishermen and other organisations to reduce finning and educate the simple fact that sharks are worth way way more to their economy alive in the form of tourist dollars.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:32

September 11th 2013

Big Blue Youtube Channel

Did you know that Big Blue Diving has it's own youtube channel? Well now you do! It's your chance to see what our instructors, divemasters and customers see every day diving around Koh Tao. Groupers, trevally, turtles, barracuda, batfish, mantis shrimp, scorpion fish, trigger fish, crocodile fish, whalesharks, the odd pilot whale and minke whale... I could go on but it's much better to see these beautiful animals than talk about them! We work closely with Ace Marine images to film open water courses, promotional events, Big Blue Conservation projects, and big events such as the swim for sharks charity extravaganza. So every day they get great footage of the best that the Gulf of Thailand has to offer. Recently a sailfish was spotted (I also saw one a couple of months ago actually jump out of the water), and there were rumours yesterday of bull sharks being back at Sail rock- i'll believe it when we get photographic evidence! Anyway, have a look at youtube and then book your flight tickets.. we'll pick you up from the pier! http://www.youtube.com/user/BigBlueDiving (p.s. It's a clown trigger fish in the photo!)

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“Great experience with Big Blue”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 8 September 2013- On recommendation of a friend, my boyfriend and I completed our Open Water diving course here in August 2013 and feel we hit on a real winner- Instructors: all very friendly and all either were English or spoke perfect English. They obviously cater for a number of different nationalities, allowing for people to get the best instruction possible. Neil, our instructor, was very thorough and as a result I felt very comfortable in the water. He also made the dives fun and enjoyable and clearly loved his job and diving, which bred enthusiasm in the group! - Group sizes: very small, with a maximum of 6 people per instructor. - Location: great spot on the well appointed Sairee Beach. Plenty of dining/drinking spots on the beach and in the village too, all within 5 mins walk of BB. - Rooms: reduced price when diving with the company. Very basic room, with no A/C but at £6 a night for a double room this seemed very reasonable.
- Free transfer from ferry to site upon arrival.

Mid-Ocean Recycling
How do you rid the ocean of all the plastic that has been dumped since plastic was invented? Well one possible answer seems to have come from nowhere, with clogs on! A Dutch student- Boyan Slat, has come up with the ingenious but simple idea of having a floating boom tethered to the sea bed, that would suck in any plastic that floats by, whilst allowing plankton and fish to pass harmlessely through it. The plastic would be periodically removed for recycling and the machine would even be self sufficient by harnessing energy from the Sun and waves. Pretty clever stuff eh. Marine animals die when they either get caught in plastic, or eat it. On koh Tao we have occassionally found dead turtles with plastic in their throats, which is both sad and frustrating. Big Blue Conservation organises regular beach and underwater clean ups, but it is a never ending job, so anything that could (excuse the pun) turn the tide against plastic is very welcome.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:03

September 10th 2013

Big Blue Tech Photoshoot

What's the point in sitting in the tech shack all day servicing equipment and making it look all shiny, if you're not going to show it off once in a while? So, with that in mind, James Foleheleher- the only man I know that can fall asleep standing up, and Ian Jordan- the only man I know that could probably make me fall asleep standing up, decided to grab their fanciest twinsets and head to Chumphon pinnacle and the Sattakut wreck for a photoshoot. Filmed by divemaster Andy in his sidemount set up, and Big Blue Conservations's Lizzie filming Andy (this is getting confusing now), they set about bringing sexy back with all manner of underwater moves and poses that would put Derek Zoolander to shame. If you've never heard of technical diving, it's a form of scuba diving that allows you to go beyond the recreational depth limit of 40m, and also trains you to go into decompression. This opens up the doors to learn proper procedures for wreck diving and cave diving. Big Blue Tech teaches TDI and BSAC courses, for any kind of technical diving that you wish to pursue. You just have to put up with a pair of underwater posers that can't turn right! 

Big blue tech sattakut

“Big Blue- Scuba Nirvana!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 8 September 2013- Stayed and dived with Big Blue at the end of August- i already had my PADI OW and Adventure Diver and my boyfriend wanted to complete his, the plan being to do some fun dives together once he was done. I ended up being welcomed into his group, who had all decided to stay on to do their Advanced and fulfil the remaining dives i needed to also receive my Advanced. Rich, our instructor was great- really enthusiastic and so helpful as well as generally being a lot of fun. We did some brilliant dives, including the night dive and deep dive which were some of our faves. The vibe at Big Blue is so chilled, matching that of the whole of Koh Tao- my favourite Thai island. This is my second trip here and Koh Tao will always be a place i want to return to, with Big Blue being added to that. You can really see how people get sucked in and want to stay here, much like instructor Rich...go and find out for yourself: Accommodation is brill and discounted on dive days so great for budgeting...the courses are really reasonably priced too and worth every penny. The staff are all super friendly and you'll fall in love with the Big Blue dogs who seem to love being walloped with a flip flop! And to top it all off, the sunsets here are the most beautiful, and can be enjoyed after an awesome day of diving with Big Blue x x x

Deep Oceans Are Out of This World

The Gulf of Thailand is pretty shallow as far as oceans are concerned. If you were to travel from Suratthani or Chumphon, to Koh Samui or Koh Tao, it doesn't get any deeper than 55 metres, and the average depth would be more like 25-30 metres. That's perfect for recreational diving, and the deeper bits are perfect for technical divers. Any deeper than 55m and you'd have to travel quite far East into the South China Sea, there 80 metres is possible. Now compare these depths to the deep open ocean. The average depth of the Atlantic Ocean is 3,339m, the Titanic sits at 3,784m! The deepest point of the entire ocean is the Marianas Trench, lying 10,911km deep! Pretty mind blowing stuff, and definitely a little bit beyond even the craziest scuba diver. But these numbers are nothing when we start to look up into the sky. The deepest ocean in the solar system is thought to be on Jupiter's moon Europa. Are you sitting down?... good. Do you have a friend with smelling salts at the ready? ok ok- covered in a thick sheet of ice at the surface, it's thought to be 99 kilometres deep! Now considering we've only been to the deepest point in our ocean twice, i'd say there's a little bit more exploring to do out there!

Monday, 09 September 2013 04:28

September 9th 2013

Mermaid School 
Who would have thought that holding your breath would be so popular!? Pepe and Flavia at Big Blue Freediving are rushed off their flippers at the moment, teaching SSI and AIDA freediving courses. It's actually quite incredible to think that, if you walked in off the street (or yellow brick road behind Big Blue!) and had never dived or even snorkelled before, within 2 days Pepe and Flavia will have you diving down to 20m on a single breath of air! That's what you can achieve on the SSI level 1 course. If that seems a bit much, you can do a discover freediving session, which is very similar to level 1 but without the depth. Once you've got the basics you can progress on to level 2, which focuses on relaxation (ommmmmmmmm!) and conserving oxygen in order to go even deeper, until you get to level 3; 40 blooming metres! All SSI Freediving courses include theory sessions on relaxation and breath-holding techniques, as well as advanced techniques for equalising your ears, and Pepe and Flavia are record holders in their respective countries so you are in very experienced and capable hands. Just don't bet that you can hold your breath longer than them!

Big Blue Freediving

“Great course, fantastic diving, brilliant people!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 8 September 2013- I undertook my SSI Open Water Course with Big Blue and it really was the highlight of my time in Thailand. Our instructor G took the course at the pace we required and created a great learning environment and really made the 4 day course incredibly good fun and very interesting. The resort, restaurant and bar were a great place to relax after a days diving and the accommodation was great value. All in all, I can't recommend Big Blue enough to anyone looking to dive in Thailand!

Naked Gills!
Wrongly called sea slugs, Nudibranchs are very common within the Gulf of Thailand, and can be seen on every dive site in Koh Tao. But that doesn't mean they are by any means dull. They are some of the most colourful creatures on Earth, which dictates whether they blend in to their surroundings, or display aposematic coloration; bright and distinctive colouring to warn potential predators that they taste horrible or are poisenous! They live all over the world from Antarctica to the tropics, but are most commonly found in warm shallow reefs- in other words, everywhere in Koh Tao! Ask any divemaster on Koh Panghan, Koh Samui or Koh Tao about nudibranchs and they'll start reeling off latin names- "oh yes, they are soft bodied marine gastropod molluscs, with the name coming from the Latin nudus- meaning naked, and the Greek brankhia- meaning gills!" You may or may not fall asleep before they finish talking.... ok maybe that's just Steven DeVelter! But divemasters definitely see it as a challenge to get their eye in to find the smallest ones possible, or look for a previously unseen species. One final fact, nudibranchs are hermaphroditic, and have sex organs for both sexes, but cannot fertilise themselves- and you thought you were weird!

Nudibranch Chumphon pinnacle Big Blue Diving

Sunday, 08 September 2013 02:56

September 8th 2013

Responsible Diving Practices Campaign

Big Blue Conservation's head honcho Lizzie has launched a campaign to encourage responsible diving practices, I would say accross koh Tao but it also applies to any dive site in the world! How often have you been diving and seen someone who's buoyancy is so bad that they bang into rocks or even coral, or they know perfectly well how to dive but just have a complete disregard for the damage they are doing to the marine life. This campaign is all about reminding those who should know better, and also educating those who just didn't realise how bad it is. Big Blue Conservation has been working closely with SSI, Save Koh Tao, and the Thai Government to create a number of artificial reefs around Koh Tao. These are structures that are deliberately placed underwater to allow marine life to grow on them, and can be steel bars, concrete, or even a whole ship! Over time, organisms such as coral and sponges will cover the material, which has a knock on effect; small animals will move in, followed by larger predators. Hey presto, a whole eco system! So please pass the message on that it's really not a good idea to touch anything underwater, and if you see anyone do it, please have a word with them. We need to preserve these beautiful dive sites so that they can still be enjoyed in the future.


Big Blue Conservation responsible diving practices

“Exceeded my high expectations”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 7 September 2013- These guys (and ladies) are simply the best. We completed our PADI Rescue course with Tim and had a terrific time. More importantly, we learned a lot-highly recommend this course to all divers. And if you must take it, Tim teaches both PADI and SSI (and his own extensive skill review) and is the best dive instructor either of us have had coming from three different backgrounds between the two of us. After class, we did four days of fun diving (including the full day trip to sail rock) with Phil and Steven-with-a-v. The diving is beautiful, but it wouldn't be the same without this team of amazing dive masters and their fantastic support team. They are fun, animated, communicate beautifully under water, have a great eye for the small stuff, and are full of bad jokes. We had the absolute best time! We also stayed at Big Blue 1 and loved it. Highly recommended (as long as you aren't high maintenance). This place has a great atmosphere. Very hard to leave!

Sairee Beach Jellyfish? Graveyard
Ever walked along Sairee beach in the morning to go out diving and wondered what those squishy jellyfish-like creatures are? They're pretty hard to miss, especially the smell by the afternoon! although people think they are jellyfish, they're actually called salps! These multicellular organisms are the fastest producing animal in the ocean. They live in deep ocean water, coming up to the surface at night to graze on plankton. Salps form large chains in the water, recycling and transporting carbon to the deep sea in their fast-sinking fecal pellets! Pushed to shore by wind and sea currents, they appear in enormous numbers with the annual plankton bloom. Next time you see these squishy creatures, blow them a carbon-loaded kiss- whilst holding your nose!

Saturday, 07 September 2013 03:34

September 7th 2013

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Specialities anyone?

If you're already a qualified diver, you may be wondering what you can do to get the most out of your diving. If you weren't, i'm going to tell you anyway! Here at Big Blue, we teach a number of PADI and SSI speciality courses that are designed to give you the knowledge and practical experience to safely take your diving to new levels- literally! With the deep speciality, you will be qualified to dive to 40 metres (and understand what it means to get narced a little better!). This potentially opens up access to a lot of dive sites around the world, and will make you a much more conciencious diver. The Nitrox speciality enables you to stay much longer at a given depth compared with breathing bog standard air, as the tank you breathe from is "enriched" with a higher precentage of oxygen, therefore lowering the amount of nitrogen- it all becomes clear on the course! The wreck speciality teaches you techniques for navigating around shipwrecks, such as how to safely use a guideline, how to communicate in low visibility, and crutially, how to make your way back to the boat!- easily one of the most fun courses you can do. But if you've really got your head screwed on, you'll do the deep, wreck & nitrox courses combined. There's a big discount if you do all three at once, and in 3 days time you'll be able to go fun diving on Koh Tao's very own shipwreck the HTMS Sattakut, and watch all the other divers surface while you enjoy the rest of your nitrox!

“Got a new family on Koh Tao”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 September 2013- Adventure started in Bangkok when I went in the big blue office on koh San rd. I spoke to a wonderful Thai woman called Lin who was so helpful. She then booked me up to head to koh Tao. She also helped a friend of mine sort transport for other places too so very helpful. The guys down at big blue are very cool. Almost makes you want to go get a tattoo and a Mohawk (the Thai guys are always cutting each other hair at big blue so you maybe able to request one on site). For my open water course I had Rich who is one cool guy who clearly loves what he's doing and is always wanting to help. As well as teaching me about diving he also taught me how to do
a gainer (running backflip) off a boat. So don't expect just to learn how to dive on this trip. For my advanced which I originally didn't plan to do but loved it here at big blue so much I stayed on I had Kevin. (Ask Kevin how to say aluminium, really funny if you're English as he is American) Kevin was awesome. He took us on our night dive and his bright blue and purple shorts were easy to spot amongst the hunting barracudas and turtles we saw. Again you could see Kevin like rich really loves what he does and wants to help you any way he can. To be honest I'm pretty sure that all the instructors are amazing at big blue. But with rich and Kevin you can expect to do some stupid stuff like doing a horse and jockey race at 15metres with your buddy, read again if you didn't believe me. If you want to know anything about diving or koh Tao or anything really about travelling. Don't use lonely planet or rough guides. These guys know everything and its not what you know it's who you know. Really enjoyed my time at big blue and iv made some really good friends here who I hope to meet again. Maybe at 30metres.

17 Facts about Whalesharks

1. it's the worlds largest fish, growing to over 12.65 meters (40 ft)

2. weighs over 30 metric tons (66,000 lb)

3. eats mostly plankton

4. is a filter-feeder, sucking water in through it’s mouth then pushing it out through the gills.

5. gives birth to live young

6. lives to over 70 years

7. reaches sexual maturity at 30

8. is found in tropical and warm oceans

9. has pale yellow or white stripes and dots in a checker pattern all over it’s grey back

10. is docile and at times playful with divers

11. likes to live alone, groups have very rarely been seen

12. lives in open water

13. usually swims and feeds near the top of the water

14. has thick skin, up to 4 inches (10 cm) thick

15. swims slowly at about 3 mph (5 kph)

16. has a really big mouth, up to 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) wide with 10 filter pads and around 350 rows of tiny teeth

17. it can be quite an invigourating experience to dive with one................................. !!!!!!!

Thursday, 05 September 2013 05:56

September 5th 2013

Big Blue Tech

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The boys at Big Blue Tech are out teaching day three of TDI intro to tech today. The three day course teaches the core skills required of technical divers, allowing them to progress on to more demanding TDI courses; advanced nitrox and decompression procedures. They will be working on kit configurations, dive planning, and emergency skills, and will also need- and get, lots of buoyancy practice, as this is initially very challenging compared with the feel of recreational diving equipment. Lets also not forget the final "hell" dive, where the students are put under pressure with gas loss scenarios and entanglement issues! Very testing on the student, great fun for the teacher! So if you want to challenge yourself, have a lot of fun, and learn valuable new skills that will also benefit you in your recreational diving, and you don't miind being taught by a Northerner, contact James and Ian at Big Blue Tech.

“Simply awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 September 2013- I came to Koh Tao for an open water diving course and mainly because of the lonely planet decided to go here. The vibe of the resort and on the boats is really great and the instructors are very good at what they do. My instructor was Rich and he was really good at getting the most fun out of every dive. I ended up staying two days longer to do my advanced as well and have no regrets. Especially the night dive was great fun (got to see a turtle swim right over us).

Koh Panghan Airport

Construction of an airport on Koh Panghan- Thailand's fifth-largest island, has stepped up a pace, with developers announcing their aim to complete the project by 2014. Historically it was always difficult and time consuming travelling to Koh Samui, Koh Panghan and Koh Tao, with fishing boats being the only method of transport. Then slow ferries came along which made the journey slightly less agonising, but it wasn't until the Lomprayah, Songserm & Seatran ferries, and the airport at koh Samui came along that access to these beautiful Islands became more comfortable. The airport at Koh Panghan will have a knock on effect for Koh Tao, making it much easier for people to travel from Bangkok to the Gulf of Thailand. The only thing that will be missing is the train tunnel from Koh Tao to the mainland!

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