7 Newly certified SSI Scuba Instructors

Congratulations to our in House Instructor Trainers Simon Garrity & Paul 'Tosh' Tanner for maintaining their 100% record when it comes to new Scuba Diving Instructors! 7 SSI Instructor candidates & 7 brand new fully certified SSI Instructors today! And apparently every single Instructor they have ever certified is actually still working in the Dive business which means that not only are these candidates happy with their career choices but that all of them have been able to get work in Diving! Says alot about SSI. The fastest growing Scuba organisation in the world with jobs available in almost every country you can imagine. Sun, sea, scuba, Best job in the World? You bet your ass!

One of the Best Experiences of my Life

“Best Diving Experience”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 29, 2013 - A friend and I didn't have a diving course booked when we arrived in Koh Tao but we saw great reviews so we thought we'd give Big Blue a go. Arrived at 4pm and were signed up for the 5pm Open Water certification that day. I can say that this was one of the best experiences of my life. Our instructor Guy was FANTASTIC! After the four dives we had time to spare and were excited to take on the Advance certification over the next two days (5 specialised dives to be certified in). The Open Water was great but it was just a taste of what you can see & explore on the Advance course. I would recommend it to anyone if you have the time. Overall an awesome experience at Big Blue diving and very professional. 

Thailands Most Popular Tourist Island

A picture postcard beach on one of Thailand's most popular tourist islands is now the focus of frantic efforts to staunch a tide of oil sweeping ashore. Where pleasure seekers would normally relax on pristine white sand, sandwiched between two lush green headlands, now white-coated cleanup crew smeared with crude  oil from the shallow waters. Goblets of oil lie along the beach, a thin sheen covers much of the wet sand and oil-drenched booms lie like giant black snakes along the shoreline. The sea is a rust red color and the odor of fuel hangs heavy in the air. Not even a brisk onshore wind can keep the smell away. For the past four days crude has been washing up here and cleanup crews have been dealing with it the best way they can - pumping it into holding tanks, containing it with booms, even mopping it up with absorbent pads. Ao Prao beach on the island of Koh Samet is the main impact zone of the 50,000 liters of oil spilled during a faulty transfer operation between a tanker and a seabed pipeline on Saturday. About 600 soldiers, volunteers and workers from PTT Global Chemical, the partially state-owned oil giant that has claimed responsibility for the spill, are involved in the cleanup. A PTT spokesman says that 70% of the oil has been dealt with. The remaining crude will be "90% clear by Friday or Sunday at the latest.


World Ocean Clean-up 27th September

Dear Jim, Big Blue Diving & Ocean Ambassadors around the world! Welcome to the biggest ecological diving family in the World. My name is Kristijan Curavic, I am a diver and the president of GUWAA (Global Under Water Awareness Association). In September 2013 we are organizing the biggest sea, lakes and rivers clean up in History. This global clean up is being organized in memory of Legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau in Partnership with Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco, Bernie Ecclestone Formula 1 CEO, GUWAA Patron Bianca Jagger and Francois Sarano a personal friend of Cousteau and former member and diver of Calypso. This clean up will be verified by Guinness Book of World Records and together with you we will make this officially the biggest water clean up in history with more than 80 countries participating. Become a part of history with us and make your diving centre an official GUWAA supporter, representative or an agent. Please join us on 27 September 2013 (time zone variations apply) in this incredible mission to preserve, protect and clean our most important life support element ”water” which is responsible for all life on Earth. This clean up will unite all countries, continents, people around the world to come together and fight for the same cause and same dream - Ocean preservation. As a diver you are also an ambassador - you speak for the sea and all life in it. Guwaa has started systematic clean up in the whole world during 2013 and this will continue for 3 years - at one point it will come to your country to organize clean up with your diving center. 

Great acccommodation, food, location & Scuba Instructors

“Absolutely amazing scuba diving, great price, location and people!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 23, 2013 - Had such a great time doing my advanced open water with big blue. My instructor Kyle Davis was so great he helped me so much with my two main issues, equalizing pressure and buoyancy. I feel like I am now a much improved diver! Big blue has great accommodation, food, location, and more, everything you would want from a scuba diving trip. 

Book accommodation before you get to Koh Tao

"Super duper busy" is how one person described it. Busier than a cop in a donut shop or Earls Court during a porn convention, its just gone mental here in Koh Tao & this is just the beginning of peak season. August actually gets busier though its hard to believe at this very moment. So I can't stress this enough if you are planning on visiting Koh Tao in August & you happen to be coinciding your visit either side of the Full Moon Party than you really must book something before you get here. Unless of course you fany sleeping on the beach or resting your head down in our mozzie ravaged classrooms! Use your head! Book a bed! Use your noggin, get your booking... in!


Sail Rock - Best Divesite in the Gulf of Thailand

Big Blue's going to Sail Rock TOMORROW! The weather has cleared up, and the sun is shining again! We are all excited to be heading out to this amazing dive site, and it's an opportunity you definitely don't want to miss out on! Come along and do 2 outstanding dives at Sail Rock & 1 dive at the beautiful Samran Pinnacle - one of Big Blue's best kept secrets. Experience diving with huge schools of bat fish, spanish mackerel, big-eyed trevally, colossal schools of barracuda...and maybe even a whaleshark! And don't even get me started on the sublime Thai cuisine - breakfast, lunch, unlimited soft drinks & just wait till you see the scrumptious chocolate brownies for dessert!

Our Scuba Diving Instructor was Incredible!

“Absolutely phenomenal!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 22, 2013 - My wife and I have just started our year sabbatical and had been advised by fellow colleagues not to bother with any other dive company, but to go straight to Big Blue Diving. This advice turned out to be 100% accurate. Our instructor, Rich, was incredible. As two teachers in one of Londons top private schools, we feel very qualified to state that Rich has a natural talent for teaching. His knowledge and delivery thereof was second to none. His patience and ability to adapt his teaching style to the individuals in our group reflected excellent skills in differentiation. He made the course so exciting that we changed plans and stayed to complete our Advanced. We were also most fortunate to have Jeff doing his Dive Instructor training and so under the supervision of Rich, we had excellent instruction. The price for the courses was good and fair and the entire package is something that will make us want to return and do other courses. We will of course be, asking for Rich.

Post Full Moon Party Rush


Right its going to be one heck of a busy day today so I've come in early to fill you in on the latest but I can't muck about it as time is of the essence so its one quick breath.... phooooooooooo &, Day after Full Moon party today, & its peak season so its officially the busiest day of the year next to the Full Moon Parties in August & New Year so maybe the 3rd busiest day of the year but still barmey busy so we got 4 Instructors meeting & greeting today, & they probably won't even get time to eat, & you thought being an Instructor was fun, & all our boats are full especially tomorrow as we have a Full Day trip planned to Sail Rock again & its sunny, hot & sunny, great viz, heaps of fish awesome diving, but no rooms, you should have booked but pop in here anyway & we'll see if there's anything we can do to help you out, which I'm sure there is as we are that helpful, & nice & professional, look forward to seeing you here soon!... and breathe!


Nang Yuan Island Swim for Sharks Appeal


Our Swim for Sharks a 3.4 km charity swim around the island of Nang Yuan to raise money & awareness for Shark protection is coming up in just a couple of weeks. Last year's winner, Big Blue Instructor Nick Bufton has been training for months and is looking forward to meeting the challengers for the 2013 title. He is feeling pretty confident about his swim this year too, and is hoping to win the title for most money raised for the charity as well. In fact he's so keen to win that he has promised to wear this fancy little number during the evening celebrations at Maya Beach bar. So calling all his old students, past Big Blue employees, or anyone who just wants to see him shake his stuff in this sexy one-piece, sponsor him for his swim!! To sponsor him contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will give you all the details.

A Qualtiy Dive Center in Koh Tao

 “Highlight of our trip to Thailand!”5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor July 20, 2013 - Had never gone diving before, but had heard good things about it from friends. We chose Big Blue based on reviews, and arrived to do the two day Open Water course. We had such a good time, that we extended our stay on Koh Tao by five days and completed the advanced course and did fun dives too. We learned with Phil and Rich as our instructors, who were immeasurably patient with me when I had trouble equalising on some dives. Granted the quality of the dive school was high, the greatest return factor was Phil and Rich, who were extremely friendly, knowledgable about diving, and such a pleasure to be around that we went out with them more than once after the dives :) We will be back!

Orcas at Seaworld

Those who think that Orcas have great lives in SeaWorld are naive. In the wild, these animals swim 80 -100 miles a day across the oceans. They enjoy lifelong relationships in tight, close- knit family groups. (males never leave Mum, except to mate) All this natural behaviour is denied in SeaWorld, where they live in concrete & glass pools where their amazingly sensitive sonar is useless. Even some of those whales actually born as captives in SeaWorld have been separated from their mothers when young and moved onto other centres, the equivalent of a human child being torn from its mother and placed with strangers. The stress caused by lack of stable family relationships and confinement is immense. Those who support keeping these animals in captivity should watch the documentary 'Fall from Freedom' to see the true 'backstage' story of this industry. It does not make easy watching, but you will never want to see a captive whale or dolphin used for human entertainment again.


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... ....


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!