mums300x225Despite having dived with Whalesharks again yesterday with 3 at Suthwest Pinnacle lets take this opportunty to wish a Happy Mothers day to all those awesome women who have managed to continue diving even while doing the hardest job in the world that of taking care of their kids. Hope you are able to squeeze in a dive somehow ladies.

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Takeshi Omura 2300x225This year we celebrate our 26th Anniversary at Big Blue Diving & in that whole time we have never experienced the amount of Whaleshark sightings we've had this year. Yesterday we had Whalesharks at Sail Rock, Samran pinnacle, Southwest Pinnacle, Shark Island, Hin Wong, White Rock, Green Rock, Chumphon Pinnacle & at the Torpedo shipwreck. Its been an incredible month. 26 days on the trot of Whaleshark sightings. Hope you've had your fill and managed to tick the Whaleshark dive off your bucketlist with us.

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wss300x225This could just be the best Whaleshark season we have had on Koh Tao since before tourism here began! We've got 3 whalesharks at Sail Rock, 1 at Southwest 1 at Shark Island & there are 2 more to the north of the island cruising around Nang Yuan Island & Chumphon Pinnacle. Its just insane. I don't think we have had a day now in the last 3 weeks when we haven't dived with a Whaleshark. Might have to start offerring Guaranteed Whaleshark dive or your money back thats how confidant we are right now. (photo credit to Brian Skerry of Nat Geo).

 

 

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drinks300x225Nothing like a relaxing cocktail or an ice cold beer to finish off a days spectacular diving. In the world of scuba we call this Apres Diving. And theres no better place to enjoy your drinks than sitting at our restaurant on the beach watching one of Koh Taos legendary sunsets. Cheers. Look forward to seeing you here soon for a dive a chat & a drink (or 2).

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sunset3001x225Sunsets on Koh Tao are... wait for it... legendary! Especially in the summer months of April & May & the las few weeks have been outstanding with majestical sunsets every night. And due to our geographical location on Koh Tao which is west facing you can quite literally enjoy  great days diving followed by a great social beer as you chill out on one of our sun loungers to view the great sunsets from our restaurant with beer in hand. Its days like this that life becomes really special. Thank god for sunsets.

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andytech300x225So how deep do Whalesharks dive to? Apparently they've been recorded to reach depths over 600 meters. This is a shot of our Big Blue Tech Manager Andy diving on a Rebreather at a depth nowhere near 600 meters but way deeper than most of us will ever dive to at around a depth of about 50 meters. You will notice as well that Andy is trying out our new shop rebreather which is a system that recycles the air you exhale so you can inhale it again which not only means you can stay down for longer but also means that the closed circuit menas theres no bubbles meaning without the Darth Vader sound effects you get when normal scuba Diving youre silent underwater which means you can actually get closer to fish cos you aint scaring them. The best way to see the fish is to actually be a fish!

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wsk300x225It's been a Whaleshark bonanza this weekend with whalesharks spotted all around Koh Tao & 2 where dived with all day long at teh legendary site of Sail Rock. Koh Tao is becomming increasingly more famous year on year for the amount of Whalesharks that cruise through the Gulf of Thailand here making it actually the most frequent place in the world to dive with Whalesharks. It aint just seasonal here it seems to be all year long & with no rhyme or reason as to when they come. Best year ever for Whaleshark sightings & its only May!

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white rock300x225White Rock is located about halfway between Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao and is a very popular night diving destination. The site consists of two submerged pinnacles starting at 20 meters and rising up to within 2 meters of the surface. The pinnacles gently pan out into many shelves, which are covered in a healthy selection of hard and soft coral formations. As the reef slopes away you will see small blue spotted sting rays and larger Southern Rays resting on the bottom as well as Pelagics like, Jacks and Great Barracuda patrolling the depths. This great aerial shot was taken by Andreas Fisketh from Koh Tao Aquatic Images.

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If you are thinking of becomming a Dive Pro then you need to take your Open Water your Advanced & then your Rescue before you can enroll in the joyous experience of the Divemaster Course. The Rescue course is probably the most challenging of the non professional certifications but only takes 2 days to complete. It will expand your knowledge and experience beyond the purely recreational level because you’ll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence. And then its time to enroll in your DM Course.

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kt300x225Koh Tao. Also known as Turtle Island which is the direct translation from Thai. So called beacuse as you approach the island from the sea you can see the very distinct outline of a turtle. Helps as well that Koh Tao also has lot of resident turtles here too! Amazing to think that in this 21 square kilometer island there are over 50 Dive centers here. Must be pretty good scuba diving if theres that many centers here wouldn't you reckon.

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