freediving4300x225In recent years Freediving, also known as Breathhold Diving or Apnea has become the fastest growing water sport in the world. Records are being broken around the globe for longest time underwater, deepest depth reached on one breath & some amazing footage has been recorded of freedivers being approached by some of the biggest & most amzing underwater creatures in the world. Because there is no Darth Vader type noises as there is with Scuba Divers Freedivers get approached out of curiousity by these creatures & underwater photographers are recording some unbeleivable encounters. Well worth a go if you have time to learn. It just takes 2 days & we'll teach you how to hold your breath for longer than 2 minutes & reach depths in excess of 20 meters. Try us out at www.bigblue-freediving.com

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octopus300x225So this is exciting. A marine creature thought to be only residing in the waters around Australia has recently been seen ( alot) here in the muck around Koh Tao. One of the most venomous creatures in the world the Blue Ringed Octopus tho small in size packs a punch that can kill! So no touching, as always. But they are not naturally aggressive so there is no cause for alarm and they are beautiful and very rare so getting a glimpse of these creatures is definitely worth a note in your Divelog!

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songkran300x225Sawadee Pee Mai everyone. Happy Thai New Year 2017. Songkran is Thailands most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist Calendar, a water festival marking the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. Songkran sees the entire country go bananas in friendly water fights & street parties. So when in Rome... we water fight! Happy Thai New Year.

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whale shark1300x225More Whalesharks than you can throw a stick at this week with sightings at Chumphon Pinnacle, Southwest Pinnacle Shark Island Sail Rock & White Rock! April it is typically Whaleshark season here in Koh Tao so we haven't been let down! And bearing in mind May & June are usually pretty good months for Whaleshark sightings too it looks like we could be in for a very successful Whaleshark season. Fingers & Fins crossed!

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mini300x225Mini Ant used to be a big shot Architect with many of his fine erections scattered throughout London & was offered a job by one of the UK's largest building firms but turned them down in order to become a Big Blue Diving DMT! Could have been a disastrous decision for Ant but luckily he excelled at his DM Training & went straight on to become an SSI Instructor and was immediately offered a job by another Dive shop on Koh Tao before we told them to bugger off! "He's ours!" Now works as one of our Full Time SSI & PADI Instructor's in our Big Blue Pro Mentor Team Ant is still trying to keep his eye in the architectural game & totally designed our Mothership MV Waverunner. A bit of elbow grease here and a bit of imagination there & Ant has gone & created another fine erection!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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