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Monday, 12 August 2013 05:52

July 24, 2013

SSI Platinum Scuba Instructors

 Lots of awards from SSI were sent out yesterday to some of our Instructors who have shone brightly over the last year or so & have been commendd for their services to Scub Diver Education, their professionalism & for the amount of students they've trained. Special mention goes to Instructors Felix, Guy, Petra, Luke, Neil, Iain, Tosh, Simon, G, Nick, Chloe who have all been awarded the very respectable Platinum  Instructor Card. One more rung of the ladder guys & you'll join the exclusive Platinum Pro Membership of which we have only 1 member of staff who's reached that particular echelon. Now I wonder who that was again?

One of the Best Experiences in South East Asia

“Great teaching from great instructors. Best place in Thailand” -5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 19, 2013- I arrived on Koh Tao not knowing which dive school to choose but from looking at the amazing reviews on trip advisor I chose this one and was not disappointed at all. I walked to the big blue 1 center which is right on the beach and was taken through the steps and plans by one of the instructors in the office. My instructor was Tim, who was amazing (even with the constant beer fines). He took everybody through the 4 open water course with a friendly but professional manner and is really brilliant at his job. The food at Big Blue 1 restaurant is excellent and around the same price as the other beach resorts. You will get cheaper meals further inland but they come without the awesome view. I was also lucky enough to have John Huntington on the boat with us teaching another student to dive, he was brilliant fun to talk to and also helped me a lot with snorkeling trips I was planning around the island. (I did get to see some Blacktips by the way John!). Even when you're not diving, the instructors will help you with any questions you may have about the island and seem happy to do so. Overall, one of the best experiences I've had in South East Asia and I'm just annoyed I didn't get to spend more time there. I will definitely be back to complete further diving qualifications though! Thanks guys! Especially Tim and John. 

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party rush... due... any... minute...NOW!

Its the calm before the storm what with the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party tonight so we've donned our rubber gloves & french maids outfits & are knee deep in soap suds & dettol water as we give the place a damn good spring cleaning! We've cleaned out the Poonama Canal, we've exploded the abandoned Bikes in the car park, & we've cleared out the equipment rooms of all the piles of debris & waste products that have been collecting there over the years & it looks like we're spot on ready & good to go again. All we need now is the Rush! 5... 4... 3... 2... ....

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:51

July 23, 2013

Your Divemasters are Magic!

 Dear Jim, My wife Jenny and myself had the privilege to dive with and stay at Big Blue from the 10-18th July 2013 whilst on holiday. We want to take this opportunity to thank your staff for making us feel welcome and receiving great service during our visit.  We will certainly recommend and promote Big Blue - Koh Tao to all our club members and future students as a "must dive and stay with" - destination!  I managed to do 12 dives and Jenny did 4.  7 Staff members we would like to especially thank and commend are: Wibeke - Jenny did our research and booking/travel arrangements and was so impressed by the quick response and detailed information from Wibeke and also great website and that sold us on choosing Big Blue. Peter - What a lovely guy, - he was most friendly from the moment we met him on the pier in Chumpon and always made the time to chat to us during our stay when we saw him.  He also went out of his way to try and assist us with a bag we lost in the train station in Bangkok. Phil, Carly, and Kim, - So very helpful and lovely to chat to, dived with them all once and really helped us with lots of info etc. on the island. - Lovely bunch! DARREN & STEVEN - Wow - now these two guys are magic!!!!!  Wow - if I could poach them as DM's for myself - I would do so in a heartbeat! Had most of our dives with both of them and they really went out of their way to assist us, made the dives super special and all round just excellent DM's and great guys!!! All your staff above are huge assets to your operation!!! All our gratitude and greetings from South Africa and we will surely be visiting Big Blue in future! Kind regards, 7th Heaven Scuba.

I travelled solo & met some awesome people at Big Blue

“Rip snorter off a time”5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 NEW - I chose big blue because off their fantastic reviews on trip advisor. I was NOT disappointed!!! When I first arrived in Koh Tao I was whisked away by the friendly big blue sangthew driver and taken to big blue 1. We were then greeted by a superb Irish instructor G and given the run through on what was going to happen next. She then arranged the sangthew driver to take us over to big blue 2 where we were to stay (very thoughtful as I had quite a load to carry). We gathered to go through the induction. G was very funny and I was hoping I was going to get here as my instructor....I did!! Yay!! Pool work and theory was informative the next day. G's enthusiasm for her job is infectious and makes you wan't to dive constantly :) dive 1 and 2 (aow leuk and hin ngam),on the third day were awesome and we all started getting more confidence in the water. Day four was fantastic, we had and early start but it was worth getting up for! Our destination was champhon this was by far one of the best dive spots I have been in the world. Visability was excellent and we had an extra buddy for the day (Barney, our camera man). We saw so many fish including a massive school of barracuda swimming along side us. Not the big one (the whale shark) like we were all hoping, but you have to be extremely lucky to get that chance.... Next time :) NR after that dive it was off to Japanese gardens (dive site 4) to have some fun with the camera and man did we have a blast!!! Brilliant instructor, excellent cinematographer, very helpful reception staff, polite and helpful bar and wait staff, food was lovely (though could have been slightly cheaper), housekeepers very kind. I travelled solo so I met some awesome people. 100% the best stay and great fun. Thank you all at big blue for the experience and memories, I WILL return :) :) Elaine

Full Moon Party- Koh Phangan

So we've had a hell of a week just gone which has completely caught us off guard. It does usually get a little busier around Full moon Party in Koh Phangan but this month has been absolutely unbeleivable. In 15 years or so On Koh Tao I've never seen it so busy. Its quieter now as the party is tomorrow night but then its all just going to completely kick off again. & will again be probably as busy as I'll ever have seen it then too! So word of warning people, if you are on your way then book ahead. Its going to be mental next week AND I can feel a Whaleshark coming on too! Full Moon Rush & Whalesharks. The ultimate recipe for success!

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:51

July 20, 2013

UK's SCUBApursuits leaving PADI to join SSI

So the overall UK Number One Certifying Center, Scuba Pursuits with over 50 Instructors & 18 years as the PADI top dog in the UK are defecting & joining SSI. This is huge news in the Scuba World. The reason for jumping ship & joining with SSI is... "We feel that as SSI focuses less on sales and more on enjoyment, experience and “cost free” reward and recognition for this, it is sure to be far more rewarding in the long run for everyone involved. We also feel that our students and divers will now get so much more out of this amazing and rewarding sport. After all there is absolutely no point learning to scuba dive unless you actually get the opportunities to get out there exploring and adventuring. It's about giving our divers every opportunity possible to go diving, to develop their skills and then, when they are good and ready for it, to buy equipment or complete further training. We believe the SSI system is the best way forward for SCUBApursuits, our centres, our staff, our students and in our opinion quite possibly scuba training in general." Adsolutely right Guys. & here at Big Blue we've known that for years already. SSI- definitely the future of scuba diving.

I would recommend Big Blue diving to everyone

“Freaking awesome!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 15, 2013 - Diving was the highlight of whole Thailand. It doesn't get any better. I would recommend Big Blue diving to everyone. Great atmosphere, nice food, but most important great instructors! Our instructor was Richard (rick) and he was a really good instructor. My girlfriend (lisa) was really nervous for the whole course and the deep dive (SSI open water diving 18m) but he got her all relaxed and she did everything. We liked it so much that we did the advanced adventurer course and that was even more amazing. Big blue diving is a good combination between fun, relax, profesional and experience. Big applause for Rick who was nice and got lisa to dive to 30m and a night dive! WE LOVED IT! 

Book before you get to Koh Tao or we might be full

Can't stress this enough. Its the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan next week & as July is one of the busiest of the years then I absolutely have to 100% totally hands down no holds barred have to recommend booking your accommodation here in Koh Tao before you even get here. Its going to be chaos next week. & even then we can't guarantee if you've left it this late already that we will even have the accommodation that you've booked but we will do our absolute utmost to do everything we can to help you. Its going to be soooo much harder to do for those who walk in without having made a booking. For you guys we'll probably offer you a cushion to sleep on either in the classroom or on the beach, so bring your sleeping bags! Look forward to seeing you all next week... with your bookings!

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:51

July 18, 2013

Big Blue Free Diving

Well the Freediving seems to be really taking off here at Big Blue. Both Pepe & Flavia, our national record holders & Koh Tao's only AIDA recognised International Freediving competition judges are puffing themselves into oblivion! Making a bit of a name for themselves as well and got the Koh Tao competition a little riled up! Well that's what you get when you're the best & everyone's jealous of your success! Congratulations Pape & Flav. Awesome job guys.

Go to Big Blue Diving if you go to Koh Tao

“Awesome Dive Experience”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 15- I had the best days of my Thailand trip here at Big Blue Diving. I did my Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water here. All instructors are super friendly and helpfull, especially my instructors Kyle and Steve-O ! Thanks alot for the awesome experience and all the stuff you taught us, you did a great job !! I stayed in the included Accomodation (4bed dorm Fan) at Big Blue 2 which was good, not to warm in this time and very clean! The food in the restaurants at BB1 and BB2 was really good but bit more expensive than in other restaurants in the "city". If you go to Koh Tao, go to Big Blue Diving!!

Book your Accommodation & Diving before you get here


So no kidding... its extremely busy in Koh Tao. We're taking bookings & if we can find somewhere else for you if you come in having not booked anything then we'll bend over backwards to help you out. But in all honesty you really should plan ahead & book your accommodation before you get here. & I'd advise you book it at least 2-3 days before you arrive! Its just that busy here right now with the lead up to the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. Look forward to hearing from you soon either on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to our website to book direct.

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:50

July 17, 2013

Koh Tao's Most Popular Dive Resort

 "Big Blue Diving is a PADI Dive Resort, an SSI Diamond Instructor Training Center & a BSAC Center of Excellence, Big Blue has 2 fantastic beachfront locations directly on Sairee Beach. Both Resorts offer a beach side bar and restaurant & Big Blue 2 also has a large purpose built swimming pool for confined water skills. With over 100 rooms this dive center offers all courses from beginner to instructor with Asia's leading certifying Instructor Trainers Simon Garrity and Paul Tanner. Big Blue Tech is the technical arm of this outfit offerring all things technical, including cave trips to Khao Sok National Park & Wreck trips throughout Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore. Big Blue Conservation offers eco-internships and has for the last 3 years won PADI's Project Aware Environmental Achievement Award & been awarded SSI most environmentally friendly Dive center in Thailand. Big Blue Freediving is run by 2 record holding Instructors who are also Koh Tao's only recognised AIDA judges.One of the longest-established dive centres on Koh Tao, Big Blue is also one of Koh Tao's most popular" Wikitravel!

Fantastic Facilities & Instructors

 “Incredible Instructor”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 14, 2013 - Back in the spring, a friend recommended for me to learn to dive at Big Blue and if I could go back, I would in a heartbeat! Not only were the facilities fantastic and easy access to everything you needed on the island, but my favorite part by far was the instructor. Ant Silwood is the best! He made our open water course an absolute blast! And when I stuck around to do my advanced, it ended up being just the two of us and it was fantastic to get to have that kind of one one one training. While diving with Big Blue, I was even able to swim with a whale shark! I would absolutely recommend Ant and Big Blue to anyone wanting to learn to dive and to have a great time as well!

Big Blue Retail Shop to open soon

Looks like we might have found a wholesaler who can help us in our next big venture. Big Blue Beachwear. Keep your eyes out for our new retail store which will be opening in the Sairee Village high street & will be the only official Dive Retail Store in Sairee. Not only will it ave the best collection of masks & snorkels, Regs & BCD's, Wetsuits & rashies, fins & booties we'll alos be stocking an awesome collection of divewear from Boardies & bikinis, t-shirts & singlets, hoodies & sweats, boat coats & anoraks,caps & beanies. All we need now is a good retail name. Write into This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your suggestion & if we use it we'll send you a free Hoodie!

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:50

July 15, 2013

Instructor Training Course starting today

 Starting another SSI ITC today. 7 more Scuba Diving Divemasters all ready to take the plunge & become fully trained Diving professionals so that they too can travel the world live in excotic locations & travel to & from their office in their boardies all day! Sound like a dream come true? Well then maybe you too should consider taking the plunge. Right now we have opportunities for SSI Scuba professionals in the Caribbean, the Meditteranean, The Red Sea & even here in Koh Tao. Oh yeah & while I'm about could really do with a Nanny too if anyone's interested in applying for that post as well!

Great Dive Facilities & Great Dive Sites

“Best dive school hands down”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 11, 2013 -Big blue diving was my best experience in Thailand. I originally planned to only get my open water dive certification however I was so impressed with the quality of my Instructors Rick and G, the great dive facilities and sites, that I stayed on to do my advanced open water course with Rick. Another way I know big blue diving is the best diving resort is, I became very ill due to a bug going around the island.I had to miss a day of diving but I was not charged for it nor was there any hassles with scheduling me in the next day. They also scheduled a night dive on an off day so I would have 24 hours between the end of my course and the time I started flying home. I would recommend big blue diving to anyone who goes to Thailand.

Burmese Advanced Course


Nick took out another 5 of our Burmese staff to complete their Advanced Divers Course yesterday with a Deep dive to 30 meters, a dive on the wreck & then top it all off with a Night dive followed by an aperitif down the bar! Working hard to get all our boys trained up to be proper divers. Nick took them for their Open Water too last year. To them Nick is God! To us he's still Sid the Sloth from the Ice Age movies!

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:49

July 13, 2013

Voted Best Island in Asia

Official! Koh Tao has now been voted Asia's very best Island! Known it all along but now its officially official! We've beaten all sorts of exotic spots teeming with islands throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, even other local hotspots here in Thailand! Sun soaked beaches, Golden Sands, crystal clear waters, Palm fringed bays,teeming marine life, bronzed bikini clad babes, Charles Atlas styled hunks, first class cuisine, awesome beach front bars, blood red sunsets, excellent vibe & Asia's Best Dive Shop- Big Blue Diving... on Asia's best Island.

Scuba Diving was the most amazing experience of my life

“Big blue is where it's at!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 11, 2013 - I was really anxious about diving but signed up for my open water anyway and I am so glad I did because it was the most amazing experience of my life!! I was nervous to go under and had problems with equalizing my ears which made me panic a bit however the instructors there Lisa and John were extremely patient and helped me throughout the dives. I would recommend this school to anyone visiting koh Tao as the trainers are really friendly and make the experience one to remember alot of fun stuff and u make friends with them!! Great stuff guys awesome job fully enjoyed it and look forward to diving again!! 

Big Blue Diving wheels in motion

So its all guns blazing! Big Blue Freedivers are Freediving with their students. Big Blue BSAC, Thailands largest BSAC Dive Center, has just finished another Ocean Diver Course. Big Blue Tech are out diving the deepest depths around Koh Tao. Big Blue Conservation are planning for our big event coming up next month the Swim for Sharks Charity Swim. Big Blue Pro is cleaning the boards & sweeping the floor in preparation for their next Instructor Training Course & Big Blues Best Divemaster in the World, Steven, is busy turning the cogs in the machine that makes Big Blue everyone's favourite Dive Center. Hope it stays like this till Monday, I'm having tomorrow off!

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:49

July 11, 2013

Swim For Sharks 2013

It's that time of year again! Time to show you dedication to Sharks and put your body to the test! The Swim for Sharks is a Koh Tao wide charity event to raise money and awareness for shark conservation in Thailand. Last year was so successful that we have made even bigger plans this year, with shark DNA sampling and tagging training, the big swim around Koh Nang Yuan, and the evening Big Bite Festival at Maya bar with some awesome live music and DJs. Come and join us for the shark conservation talk, the swim, shave your head like a shark fin, or just celebrate your love for sharks! Join us on August 10th! And here is the sponsor form for those of you doing the swim, bring it back with you on the day, with the sponsorship, in order to enter into the swim! Cheers and Save our Sharks!

Booked my Open Water & went on to do my Advanced aswell

“Diving”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 9, 2013 - I have nothing but good things to say about Big Blue. From being met at the boat, to made to feel welcome, to having Donny (assisted by John) teach me to dive. I booked to do just the Open Water but went on to do my Advanced. Donny was exceptional - experienced, knowledgeable, calm and made diving so enjoyable, fun and opened my eyes to a whole new world. He treated everyone individually and respected that people move along at different paces but kept us together as a group also. I doubt I could have had a better instructor as a total beginner and a nervous - but also excited- one at that! And he was also just a genuinely nice friendly guy on top of that - even if he is Aussie! Definitely recommend Big Blue - am hoping to get back and futher my diving and enjoy the island more.

Divemaster Internships

Just signed off a whole bunch of Divemasters in Training who are now fully certified Diving professionals all earning a crust in the underwater world. In fact signed off so many we've practically found ourselves with very few other Divemaster Interns remaining. So if you are looking to become a consummate diving professional or are having a Gap year & want to do something worthwhile before University then get in touch & ask us about our Divemaster Internship options with either PADI, SSI or BSAC. Courses start every day and take between 4-6 weeks to complete. Look forward to making you a professional beach bum soon!

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:48

July 10, 2013

Free Diving starting every day from 20m to 40m depth

Big Blue Freediving has just started their AIDA Level One Beginner Course today with 2 students who are looking to dive down to a depth of 20 meters on just 1 breath & learn to do it in just 2 days! No sweat. Then they'll be signing up for their Level 2 Course which takes a day longer & will get you down to a depth of 30 meters! Then... they'll be signing up for the Level 3 Course which takes 4 days total & by the end will be able to dive down to a maximum depth of 40 meters on just 1 breath! How Freaking cool is that! Courses start every day with our Breathold Instructors Flavia & Pepe both of whom are International Record Holders, National Champions & AIDA Competition Judges so these guys really know their stuff! For more info contact us or write to these guys directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Easy going Consummate Professionals

“Exceptional Experience at Big Blue!”-5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 8, 2013- I arrived at Big Blue the first week in July and wasn't quite sure what to expect. Immediately upon arrival myself and the other new arrivals received a warm welcome form Rick (who would later be my instructor for the Open Water course). He briefly explained how things worked at the resort, costs, options, accommodations, etc. and handed out necessary paperwork. From start to finish, every instructor I came into contact with at Big Blue was a consumate professional. I quickly realized that Rick was a stellar instructor: patient, outgoing, and exceptionally good at explaining the basic physiology of diving. At no point did I ever *not* feel comfortable in the water with any of the instructors; quite the opposite in fact. I found it to be an extremely relaxing, serene experience. The only thing stopping me from immediately signing up for the advanced course with Rick (which my entire group of 5 other individuals did) was my tight timeline and itinerary which had my leaving Koh Tao the day after completing the Open Water certification. All in all, Big Blue (1 & 2) was generally clean, staff friendly, service good. The word "easy-going" immediately comes to mind when I think of one word to summarize the atmosphere at Big Blue. The food at the restaurant was good, the beer cold, and the environment extremely warm and welcoming. I cannot speak to the accommodations specifically as I stayed elsewhere on Koh Tao but all of my group-mates had nothing but good things to say about the free-or-nearly-free lodging provided. The only thing to be conscientious about if you come to Koh Tao (as with any other small tropical island) is that 24hr bugs (i.e. stomach viruses) seem to go around quite frequently. However, such is the nature of the beast and this is in no way a reflection upon Big Blue...just remember to bring some traveler's meds and hand sanitizer! Regards and Happy Travels, Tom Bailli.

No BullSharks

No Bull sharks were spotted at Sail Rock yesterday I'm sorry to say despite all the hype. Shame but not to worry I'm sure they'll be there soon. However it was awesome conditions so everyone had a great day diving in 30 meter visibility. Our next Full Day Trip is in a couple of days off to the Chumphon Marine Park which is definitely one of the best places to go diving as there's no one else who dives there, just us, & last time we went got to dive with a Whaleshark & came across a brand new sunken Fishing boat which was cool. Come in or send us an email for more info on this & all our other Full Day Trips. English Breakfast, Thai Buffet Lunch, 3 dives & Chocolate brownies for everyone!

Monday, 12 August 2013 05:48

July 9, 2013

Bull Sharks at Sail Rock

So the rumour mill on Koh Tao is telling us that the Bull Sharks are back at Sail Rock. So like intrepid explorers & frontline journalists on the hunt for a story we've gone to Sail Rock today to check out the rumours for ourselves. Fingers crossed the rumours are true & they come from a  fairly reliable source & of course Bull Sharks at Sail Rock is where they are often do congregate & usually at this time of year so by adding it all up we're definitely hoping that that 2 2 = 4: Not 22! Watch this space & I'll tell you how maths is tomorrow!

Amazed how well we were treated

“Open water Dive course”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 6, 2013 - We made our booking online without knowing what to expect from Big Blue, and were amazed by how well we were treated. Free pick up from the ferry terminal on arrival was great, as the initial experience on the island can be a little over whelming. All the staff were very friendly and always willing to help out. We did our open water course with Chris Cherry, who is a very confident, relaxed instructor. My girlfriend was a little nervous going into the course, but was made to feel comfortable immediately. She enjoyed it so much, that we stayed and did the advanced course too :) I would recommend going to Big Blue no matter what experience level you are, as there is something on offer for everyone - no matter your age. Big Blue has made us re-think our future travel destinations just so we can dive. 

The Best Dive Center in Thailand

So we've been recommended by a big marketing guru to pull in all our brands and redesign the logos so they stay in synch with each other which is of course blindingly obvious but apparently being this close to the action we've kind of been a little blind to it. So we're undergoing a bit of a font stlye change for our different outfits within Big Blue. So of course our main get up is Big Blue Diving. Then our eco arm is called Big Blue Conservation. Our Apnea guys run Big Blue Freediving. SSI Instructor Trainers Tosh & Simo head up Big Blue Instructor Training. James & Ian organise our wreck, cave, tech & specialties through Big Blue Tech Thailand & also Big Blue BSAC. Then on the West Coast over in Khao Lak we also have Big Blue Diving Khao Lak of which our biggest business is Big Blue Liveaboards. So synching them all together... you've pretty much got the Best Dive Center in Thailand!

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