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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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wsviz300x225Guess its been almost 2 weeks since we saw our last Whaleshark and bearing in mind the weather we have been having it isnt entirely surprising. Guess we figured that would be it on the Whaleshark sightngs for a while. So what a lovely surprise to see this little fella hanging out waiting for us at Chumphon Pinnacle yesterday, chilling out & waiting to hang out with the divers again. What amazing creatures they are. The Behemoths of the Deep.

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xmas300x225So with Christmas & New Year just around the corner its probably a good time to address a few of the usual questions we get about now. Yes we are open all through Christmas & New Year, no days off at all! & and yes the rains and crap weather will have stopped by then, always has so no reason why it shouldn’t this year either. Yes there will be a few parties you are more than welcome to join us for including our usual Christmas party where Santa always appears & yes it gets busy so definitely advise booking for anytime between 22nd Dec & 2nd Jan as soon as possible! Can’t wait to see you all this Christmas guys. It’s going to be so much fun!

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Similans300x225Our sister branch on the west coast of Thailand, Big Blue Diving Khao Lak, are offering a very special last minute 10 % discount for the Hallelujah trip departing on the 14th of December. The trip is 4 day and 4 nights and visit the Similans Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the world famous Richelieu Rock. We will also offer you free equipment OR free Nitrox for your cruise. Absolute bargain. Someones going to have an early Christmas present. Is it you? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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