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Monday, 03 April 2017 03:35

Whaelshark at White Rock this morning

21.01.17Neil Anne300x225Another Whaleshark was dived with at White Rock this morning making this our 30th Dive of the year so far with a Whaleshark. Which makes it a statistical average of 1 whaleshark dive every 3 days for 2017. Not a bad average. Which also does go to show that Whalesharks do seem to be growing again in their numbers. Not quite to the extent of days of old but probably the best so far. In days of old if you talk to the old Thai Fishermen they would fish around Koh Tao & see Whalesharks in their 10's. The increase in Shark fin soup seems to have been the major factor for the loss in numbers over the last couple of decades but now that Shark Fin soup is becomming less popular due to worldwide condemnation & outrage we keep our fingers crossed that the Whaleshark numbers will once again rise to their 10's per whaleshark sighting. 'Fins'gers crossed!

Saturday, 01 April 2017 01:12

Saturday April 1st 2017

train300x225At long last the board of directors for the Gulf of Thailand have approved the long awaited plan for the underwater tunnel that will link the 3 island of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan & Koh Tao to the mainland. The tunnel will start from the Mainland hub in Surat Thani then it will be a mere 10 minute drive to oh Samui, another 10 minutes to Koh Phangan then it'll take about 30 minutes to Koh Tao & then from there to Chumphon should only take about 45 minutes. The designer of the plan Mr Yu Bin Had said the tunnel should be completed within 5 years, about the same time as the Koh Tao airport opens!

Monday, 27 March 2017 04:48

Scuba Diving with Blacktips

P1040227300x225Awesome week of diving so far. While one boat went out in search of the Whaleshark which they found at Chumphon Pinnacle this morning another of our Diveboats went out & found a meter long Blacktip Reef Shark at Shark Island. Blacktips aren't often encountered when Scuba Diving as the noise of your breathing scares them off but today we were very lucky & encountered this beauty. A meter long as well which is a decent size for a Blacktip.

Sunday, 26 March 2017 01:12

Its Whaleshark weekend

wsOPW 22 11 16 Sonia Reiss300x225Having just dived our first dive at the day yesterday at the awesome swim thrus of Laem Thien, our captain was informed that there was a Whaleshark swimming around all by himself at Southwest Pinnacle so we made a trip out there & low & behold there she was. A beautiful Whaleshark all to ourselves. Not a bad mornings diving for anyone let alone our brand new Open Water students. Its not every Saturday morning you get to scuba dive through arches & canyons & then get to hang out with a whaleshark for 45 minutes.

Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:36

Congratulations to our new Instructors

ssi inst300x225Introducing Big Blue’s newest SSI Instructors. Three weeks of gruelling diving & al fresco teaching and a 2 day exam has enabled them to become scuba diving professionals & a ticket to dive & work in the most luxurious destinations in the world. What’s not to like about being a Scuba Instructor? If you fancy a career change then Go Pro & join us. You won’t regret it for a minute. Best thing I ever did & that was in 1997. 20 years later & I’m still loving work in the Dive Industry.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:50

Arrested Development, Gilles Peterson, Pillowtalk & more to play Koh Tao's first music festival

kt fest300x225The Koh Tao International Music & Underwater Festival is a massive 3-day 3-night festival that combines house, hip-hop reggae and traditional Thai music with diving and environmental endeavors.

The festival will run midweek from March 28th to March 30th and has an incredible line-up featuring international names like Arrested Development, Gilles Peterson, Kevin Yost, Pillowtalk and Trus’me as well as local names like Paradise Bangkok T-Bone, and Rasmee Isan Soul. Artists like Alex Face, Bordalo II, Cart 1, Monsieur Lupin and Yukijung are also billed. Away from the stages there is plenty more performances including sword fighting, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, visual art, mapping and graffiti with the environment the center of all the elements. Hope to see you all there!

Friday, 17 March 2017 04:46

And the winner is ...

ruth300x225Congratulations to the winner of our trip for 2 on a 4 day 4 night Liveaboard cruise with Khao Lak Scuba Adventures to the Similan & Surin Islands. All money raised from the raffle for this charity event goes to a little girl who means very much to us all at Big Blue, 3 year old Isla Donaldson who is battling leukemia for a year now. Thanks so much to everyone who bought tickets but most of all thanks to the kindness & generosity of our friends at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures who donated this amazing prize. Absolute legends especially Fabian the Manager & most of all the owner MR. Oh. Your kindness knows no bounds. Thank you everyone & have an awesome trip Ruth.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 03:53

2017 Award Winner for Best Dive Company of the Year

ltg300x225Congratulations to everyone at Big Blue Diving Koh Tao for receiving this years most prestigious award from Luxury Travel Guide for the Dive company of the Year.
The Luxury Travel Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Their team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies. And this years honors falls to us. Thank you LTG & well done everyone at Big Blue.

Saturday, 11 March 2017 01:34

Ciao Patrone

Ernie300x225We are very proud of our teams of Instructors & Divemasters here at Big Blue. Generally every member of staff at Big Blue has under some form or other undergone rather vigorous training whether it be in the form of alearning through a course with us, or an internship, so that with the guidance of one of our existing high performance educators they truely get to learn the ropes. The how's why's & what's of the system at Big Blue if you like. This way the candidate can truely make the decision as to whether they want to work at Big Blue or not & we can tell too as to whether the applicant is of the exceptional quality we are looking for in our staff with regards to character, professionalism, knowledge & amicability. And so it goes with pretty much all our Instructors & our Divemasters. Its extremely rare we employ from outside this framework but if we do you can bet your booties its cos we've struck gold. & with Ernie, We struck gold! 5 very happy years at Big Blue for him & us in which he won Big Blue Diving's staff awards in the form of Best Dive Staff, Best Instructor & the prestigious Instructors Choice Award for 2016. In his time with us he also recieved SSI's highest honour with the Platinum Pro 5000 Award. A true Spanish legend. So it is with great sadness we bid our amigo adios as he heads to Mexico for new adventures and from all of us at Big Blue we wish you all the best for your future & thank you for everything you have done for all us in the past 5 years. Adios Muchacho, you will be sorely missed.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 01:12

Koh Tao Officially the most frequent place in the world for Whaleshark sightings

OPW 22 11 16 Sonia Reiss300x225Well the surveys complete & the results are in! The best locations throughout the world to swim & dive with Whalesharks are finally revealed. Apparently Koh Tao comes in 5 months a year as the one of the top 5 & those month are March, April, May, September & October. Bearing in mind that we have had on average this year so far an average of 1 sighting a week so far for 2017 I'd say Jan & Feb weren't too far off the top 5 either! And bearing in mind we had 30 days of Whalesharks last November then I reckon November must have just been overlooked. But anyway 6 months a year aint bad & officially it makes Koh Tao the most frequent location to swim & Dive with Whalesharks througout the year worldwide! Better book your ticket hey!

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