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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:35

Post monsoon Beach Clean up collective

ecoclean300x225A huge thank you to all those that participated in our latest community eco day yesterday with mountains of trash collected from the streets and the ocean. Not really a surprise to pick up quite as much garbage as we did this clean up especially bearing in mind the torrential rain storm we had at the beginning of the month. So thank you everyone for coming and good job from Rachel our Manager at Big Blue Conservation for organising the Diveshops collective in coming together to generate a bigger taskforce of garbage collectors. Act locally, think globally.

Monday, 09 January 2017 10:27

Sun of a beach!

calm300x225And as you were! The rain has stopped & the floods have eased and very quickly we are able to restore relative normality back on Koh Tao after the dreadful downpour we’ve had over the last week. We are able to go diving again & surprise surprise its actually nowhere near as bad as we first feared. Visibility though not great aint bad with the closer to shore dive sites at les than 10meter viz but the further divesites are 10meters . The sea is relatively flat & January is beginning to look a little more like January should! The island infra structure has taken a bit of a beating but luckily for us at Big Blue we seem to have escaped all the damage. Got to put it out there aswell to all the tourists who were here for the rough ride you were awesome. Completely understanding, no complaints & pitched in to help the local community with clean ups & sandbag filling. Thank you so much. Bet you didn’t anticipate shovelling sand into sand bags when you booked your holiday on a sunsoaked tropical island paradise did you. Thanks guys.

Saturday, 07 January 2017 01:57

Big Blue Diving Khao Lak

hallelujah300x225Koh Tao might not be your first choice of holiday destination right now. With all this rain we have taken a bit of a battering here. Luckily at Big Blue we’ve escaped most of the damage and as soon as the rain does actually stop it’ll only take us a few hours to get things back to ship shape, but the rest of the island… well it aint good. Mother Nature sure is a powerful beast!

So what are you going to do instead? Well our recommendation is Khao Lak on the west coast of Thailand. Big Blue Diving Khao Lak offers 4 day 4 night Liveaboard trips aboard one of the largest boats MV Hallelujah. An amazing experience cruising through the beautiful Similan & Surin Islands. A holiday of a lifetime. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place now.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 01:31

All the small things

filefish300x225So the weather in the region hasn’t been the greatest but because Koh Tao is such a small speck in the Gulf of Thailand we’ve managed to escape most of the precipitation. But not all! And with the heavy downpours & strong winds it does effect the visibility underwater which for this time of year is pretty disappointing. However having said that when the visibility reduces like it has it’s a great opportunity to focus on the smaller marine life we get here in Koh Tao and not just swim past as we cruise the divesites acknowledging their presence but actually spend time checking out these creatures & their habits. Like these Baby strapweed filefish aging at the buoyline of Twins... aren't they cute! Thanks Fishual Diving for this awesome shot.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 00:51

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

gals300x225As we draw closer to the end of the year we just want to take this opportunity to thank each & every one of you who have contributed to another successful year for us at Big Blue Diving. Everyone who dived with us whether it was on an Open Water Course, Advanced Course or Rescue Course. For all those who were part of our Divemaster or Instructor Candidates at Big Blue Pro. To all our fundivers, & experienced divers & Full Day trippers. All our Freedivers at Big Blue Freediving, all our Techies at Big Blue Tech. For everyone who bought a memory of their time spent with us through Big Blue Movies. Every bit of effort shown to keep our beaches clean & our impact on the island low thru Big Blue Conservation. For everyone who bought something from our retail store Drift. But the most thanks to all my staff for doing what we all love, and for being an awesome group of people who pull together when needed. To every boat boy, housekeeper, admin staff, DM & Instructor thanking you for all you’ve done in 2016 & wishing you all a very Happy New Year for 2017.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 09:11

Banzai returns looking all sparkly & shiney!

newbnz300x225Banzai, the Big Blue Diving Mothership tha we’ve been running now for almost 20 years just got back from her annual hair do. Every November December we send all our boats away to the boatyard spa. A retreat for boats where they spend a month getting pampered with a few touch ups, a bit of elbow grease here & there, a massage, a wax, an internal endoscopy, all their tubes tied up & made to look sparkly & an enema! 4-6 weeks later, one brand new sparkly boat! Welcome back Banzai & not a bad start to the year with another Whaleshark sighting at Chumphon Pinnacle this morning.

Thursday, 22 December 2016 01:10

Festive season officially starts now with the 2016 Big Blue Staff Party tonight.

scobby300x225Staff Party tonight! My favourite night of the year where we celebrate a job well done. From the housekeepers, and taxi drivers, the admin & the waiters, the cooks, the bar staff, the boat boys, the captains, all the DMs & Insts, the handymen & the gardeners, the equipment boys, the tank boys, & the shopgirls tonight we are all going to let our hair down & get together for a nice big soiree. There will be a lovely slap up buffet for everyone with a large selection of beverages available. Then the boys at Big Blue Movies have made a 20 minute VDO compilation of the last year which should be fairly entertaining. Then its Tequila time as we hand out this years Staff awards to those who’ve made a special contribution to all our success this year & then, well…  never really remember much after that but apparently there’s music & dancing. Lazy day tomorrow folks. No diving in the morning. Sleep in, thanks to all & Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:36

Monsoon coming to an end with the arrival of whalesharks!

kristiws300x225So the weather is still a little hit & miss but we have been assured that there is a change a foot and that monsoon is very nearly over. And because of the weather here in Koh Tao the diving has understandably not been the clearest but has been a little green as you can see in this photo taken yesterday. Crap weather, green water & Whalesharks! 2 of them!

Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:34

While you partied at the Full Moon, we cleaned up the beach!

beach clean up300x225So while everyone else is off to Koh Phangan to party the night away at this month’s legendary Full Moon Party, us hard working souls at Big Blue Diving went to Hin Wong Bay to clean up the beach. Between 18 of us we picked up over 40 massive bin bags of rubbish! Now it’s not fair to assume that is all Koh Tao’s rubbish cos it’s not. The majority of the rubbish picked up has been crap that has made its way here from the mainland thanks to the recent storms we’ve had here over the last few weeks. So do hope all you revellers out there had a great night last night but hope even more you cleaned your crap up as you partied. You know what they say, “it aint a party till everyone’s put their shit in the bin!” They say that right? Been a very long time since I partied last!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 01:54

What is the best Scuba Diving training agency?

padi sdi ssi300x225There is no best scuba diving certification agency! Whether you choose scuba schools international SSI, PADI, BSAC, NAUI, CMAS, TDI or SDI instructors from all organizations should be able to teach you to become a capable and enthusiastic diver.  What may sway your decision is price & because PADI are the only agency where you are required to purchase your training materials it makes PADI the most expensive, and also the one that will add to your baggage allowance while travelling. All other agencies offer a rental service. you borrow the materials & give them back at the end of the course. But in the end, there is only one thing that lets you evolve into a great diver, and that is spending time under water, doing what you love best, be it watching fish, visiting wrecks, taking pictures or filming. The possibilities are endless!

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