17/18 Moo 1, Koh Tao Suratthani, 84360 Thailand         Info @ Big Blue Diving        +66 (0) 77 456 050

Responsible Tourism

Diving Policy

  1. All dive briefings include low diver impact guidelines, such as warnings not to touch.

  2. All night torches are powered using reusable batteries

  3. All our dive professionals are educated on marine identification and conservation.

  4. As part of the dive professional programmes, divers must contribute to a conservation project, such as coral nursery construction.

  5. Big Blue has adopted North Sairee Beach. This means we are responsible for keeping this area clean and free from fishing.

  6. The last Saturday of every month, Big Blue hosts a Beach and Underwater Clean up, which includes a free dive.

  7. Big Blue organises the Swim for Sharks each year, a 7km sponsored swim to help reias money and awareness for sharks. Last year (2010), we raised 15,000 baht and obtained 460 signatures against shark fishing.

  8. Big Blue is an avid contributor to Save Koh Tao projects, such as Buoyancy World and Koh Tao’s BioRock.

  9. Big Blue wrote BSAC’s Marine Conservation Course, and was the first dive school to offer this international course.

  10. The use of metal pointing sticks and diving gloves are forbidden, to help prevent divers touching the reef.

  11. All dive leaders are educated on appropriate diving etiquette, particularly in the presence of sharks.

  12. On our boats, nothing is allowed to be thrown overboard, including food waste. There are specific bins for recycling and cigarette disposal.

  13. Divers are advised to apply sunscreen an hour before entering the water, as sunscreen can give corals a virus infection.

 

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Resort Policy

  1. All batteries are recycled. We have a recycle bin for batteries in our shop for residents.

  2. All shower heads are water-saving, and all leaks and dripping taps quickly rectified.

  3. We strive to use biodegradable washing liquid for our laundry.

  4. Rooms are cleaned using microfibre cloths, requiring no bleach-based chemicals.

  5. When possible, we use our economical side-cart motorbike, known as a ‘salang’, in preference to our taxis.

  6. All printing is done on recycled, non-bleached paper.

  7. All bottles and cans are recycled, and we have easily accessible recycling facilities for residents.

  8. We collect can ringpulls to send to prosthetic limb charity Ring Pulls to Limb.

  9. We plant vetiver grass and lemon grass around our resort to help protect from soil erosion and to act as a natural mosquito repellent.

  10. Where possible, food served in our restaurant is locally sourced from the island. Alternatively, it is bought from sustainable farms on the mainland.

  11. Where possible, we use natural lighting through skylights to light our buildings.

  12. Big Blue has a ‘no straw’ policy. Straws and plastic cutlery are only provided upon specific request.

  13. We are currently working with government officials to educate locals on climate change, including the construction of a climatology centre on the island.

  14. Our staff and Divermaster trainees frequently visit the local school to educate the children on fish and coral, and teach them how to snorkel. Through this, we hope to educate future local generations on the potential resources of their reefs and that we should strive to sustain them.

  15. Our boats are properly maintained to ensure no oil is leaked.

  16. We advise against the use of shampoos and conditioners containing high amounts of preservatives, and offer customer the chance to purchase environmentally friendly washing products. In each bathroom, natural soap is provided which we buy from a local village.

  17. All lights use energy-saving bulbs.

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