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Koh Tao - 8th best location in the world for Night Diving

uv300x225Not a bad accolade when it comes to the "in the world accolade" but this years top 10 in the world for best night dives, Koh Tao has come 8th according to a readers Poll in Scuba Diving Magazine the no 1 read for Scuba Divers in the know. The actual reason given for the award wasn't actually for the magnificence of Koh Taos underwater night life but actually for the uniqueness on offer in Koh Tao of the UV Night Dive, also called a Fluo Night Dive. We descend with specialized High Intensity Blue lights in combination with a special vizor this dive light allows us to see marine fluorescence. Not only do the corals around you radiate a spectrum of the brightest fluorescent colors but so too does the aquatic life. Moray eels, crabs and tiny shrimps display flashes of a bright fluorescent yellow and scorpion fish luminesce with pink.

Win THE Ultimate Dive Holiday for two- 4 day/ 4 night Similan & Surin Island Liveaboard

MV Manta Queen 3 liveaboard dive boat300x225The wonderful people at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures have given us two spots on board the luxury Liveaboard Manta Queen 3 for a holiday of a lifetime 4 days & 4 nights cruising the beautiful Similan Islands then over to the legendary Manta Ray cleaning station at Koh Bon, then its leopard sharks at Koh Tachai & then on to the best Divesite in Thailand Richeleieu Rock where an encounter with anything & everything is possible. This amazing trip departs from Khao Lak, on the west coast of Thailand on March 20th next month. In addition we also have one Rapid Dry Sharkskin Rashvest valued at 5000Bt available for the lucky winner as well. This is a trip valued at 47000Bt & we are raffling it off over the next couple of weeks. Tickets are available at 500Bt per ticket or 800 Bt for 2 tickets and are available for purchase at all good Dive Centers on Koh Tao and also available online thru our website by writing in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note all proceeds of this raffle go to Isla, a 3 year old Koh Tao girl who is in her 2nd year of her battle against Cancer.

Congratulations Anne on your promotion to the Big Blue Pro Team

anne300x225Anne Marie Morak, used to be a Disney Princess at Disneyland Florida before ditching the world of fairytales for the life of make believe as a Scuba Diving Instructor. Anne is a Dual Cert Instructor with both PADI & SSI & is also one of our team from Big Blue Pro responsible for training all our Divemaster & Instructor Candidates. Originally from Holland Anne speaks 3 languages Dutch, Deutsch & Dinglish of course & has worked at numerous Diveshops around Koh Tao as well as a stint in the world famous Similan Islands on the west coast of Thailand working on one of the more luxurious Liveaboards that cruises around those areas. Packed all of it in when she heard the Number One Dive Center in the world was looking for someone of enormous quality to join the and with a Bippedy Boppedy Boo here she is!

Drift by Big Blue Diving- Koh Tao's Number One Retail Store

Tshirts300x225Famous for our awesome dolphin logo we sell more T-shirts than most Dive shops put together. In fact the reason our Retail Center Drift exists is due to public demand. We had people from all over Koh Tao come buy a T-Shirt from our diveshop. Then we realised that people were buying our caps, Board shorts & bikinis too just because of the logo. So we opened a retail store in Sairee Village high street focused on beach wear featuring our dolphin logo. It was an instant success & is now Koh Tao's number One Retail store for beach wear & watersport accessories. So keep up with demand we produce a lot of different T-shirts every year. Here's our latest effort. What do you guys think of our new t-shirt designs? A lovely underwater number with a beautiful sea snake and a sunset view of our tech boat Big Blue. The guys at Drift by Big Blue never let us down. Let us know what you think of our latest offering.

Predicting Whalesharks for the next few days

waynesws300x225Well we're getting pretty good at his now for predicting how long the whalesharks will hang around for. Dived with one for 2 days on the trot & my money s on a t least another 2-3 days more. Conditions are perfect. Great visibility, slight ocean currents & lots of plankton all make for a good pit stop for these huge ocean travelling beasts of the deep. And then of course when they do finally head off chances are we will bump into them again at one of Koh Tao's other awesome dive sites most predictably, Green Rock, then White Rock, round the corner to Shark Island, off to Sothwest Pinnacle & probably the last place we'll see them as they head off on their great adventure will be Sail Rock. Awesome creature, awesome divesites, awesome Dive center!

Charity fundraiser for Sea Shepherd & Koh Tao Animal Clinic

auction300x225So we have counted the the cash, and recovered from a love filled week. But we would still like to mention that the Valentine charity auction was another great success. Raising a grand total of 35,000 THB that will be split between our local animal clinic and the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians.
We would like to say a special thanks to Banyan bar for hosting the event, and our very own Instructor Trainer Simon Garrity for his excellent auctioning abilities, plus all our wonderful volunteers.
Oh and our awesome Big Blue Movies photographer Billy Cloud

Early bird catches the Whaleshark!

rachws300x225Nothing better than diving with a Whaleshark before breakfast. Not many people in the world get to experience such an amazing event but here in Koh Tao its actually a fairly regular experience. It is beleived the Whalesharks we get that visit us in Koh Tao are on a migratory route which involves setting off from the Phillipines, then up to Thailand over to the Indian ocean for a visit to the Seychelles and Maldives then down the coast of Africa where when it reaches South Africa then is beleived to head back along the coast the way it came & back to Thailand. SOme Whalesharks have been tracked all the way over to Western Australia aswell but most of the ones we get do the Asian/ African route. Whalesharks are they the backpackers of the ocean. Typically here in Koh Tao if we see Whalesharks at Chumphon Pnnacle where this Whaleshark was seen then we can pretty much expect to see them at some point in the coming days or weeks at Shark Island, Southwest Pinnacle & Sail Rock too. So request your divesites with us & we'll take you there. Big Blue Diving, backpacking with Whalesharks since 1991!

Big Blue Pro in for our best year yet!

bbp300x2252016 was a good year for Big Blue Pro, South East Asia's largest SSI Instructor Training Center. We managed to train 30 new SSI instructors while keeping our proud 100% pass success record and we also developed 90 new awesome divemasters to impact the dive community in the coming years. 2017 is starting off even better than 2016 as we have started our first Instructor Training Course of the year with 9 candidates our largest ITC ever! And with the world the way it is becomming a Dive Instructor is actually becomming an increasingly popular career choice. And with our in House Instructor Trainers Iain Goodfellow & the legend that is SSI himself Mr SSImon Garrity Big Blue Pro continue to lead the field in SSI Instructor Training. Want to learn more? Check us out at www.bigbluepro.com for a good time!

More prestigious awards for Big Blue Tech.

Andyc300x225Congratulations to Big Blue Tech for receiving yet again the award from both TDI Tech Diving International & SDI Scuba Diving International for the largest amount of Certifications issued throughout 2016 ANd special congratulations to the Manager at Big Blue Tech Andy Campbell for being awarded with the highest certifying Intructor for both TDI & SDI as well. Considering Andy only started at Big Blue Tech after Easter last year thats an enormous achievement. So a huge congratulations to you & a massive thank you to all our Techies who wer certified at Big Blue Tech last year. Great stuff & with the increased demand for Sidemount diving this year it looks like 2017 is going to be a good year too. www.bigbluetech.net Fish & Ships!

Charity event to raise money to help a 3 year old beat Cancer

isladiver300x225This Saturday 18th Feb we are organising a charity event to help raise money for an extremely worthy cause. 3 year old Isla is on her second round of Chemotherapy and we thought it was about time that we raised awareness and some much needed money to help this heroic little girl kick cancers arse. We would like to run a pub quiz to which EVERYBODY is invited to bring your teams of 5 max and test your knowledge. Entries will be 100 baht per person (max 5 per team) with the all money raised going to Isla. We will have drink promotions and a share of the bar profits will also be donated. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and wooden spoon T.B.A

To find out more about Isla and her plight please have a look at her Facebook page here Everybody Love Isla

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