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SWIM 4 SHARKS 2015

So with the big event now over, we can look back on the great success and fun that was had throughout the day, from face painting to fun swimming, fun was had by all.swim4sharks2015

This year we added some new activities to the day, including some activities that were aimed towards the young ones, after all they are the future and the next generation of eco warriors.

Liz from Shark Guardian came over from Phuket to help give a presentation to the children from the local day garden school, plus we had face painting, shark sand sculptures and fun in the pool.swim4sharks22015

The total we raised reached a staggering 130,000 ฿, approximately $3600 which was a new record compared to previous years.

This year we also decided to give the money raised to a new charity organisation, as well as Shark Guardian, which do brilliant work around Asia, we also donated some of the money raised to Sea Shepherd Australia, which will go towards some of their shark conservation based campaigns, like Sunu Gaal, and Apex harmony.

We are pleased with the support of the local community, and look forward to next year, let’s make it bigger and better.swim4sharks32015

WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Underwater Full Moon Party

Imagine a night dive where everywhere you look your eyes are bewildered by florescence, an image like that of a 70’s poster. By using Blue light instead of the traditional white, on a night dive it’s like entering a new world, a dive site that you have seen on numerous occasions at night can be an intriguing new environment. The different blue light wave length enables you to see underwater life in a whole new colour.

Organisms like Corals and Crustaceans, contain proteins that absorb the blue light, and then reflect to make wonderful bright colours.uv

 Corals that seem dormant during the day, come to life at night, and with the blue light you can see them feeding on the small organisms that float within the oceans.

Crustaceans that can be hard to see, will now stand out making it easy to observe their activity, this can also apply to Octopus, and Scorpion fish, their camouflage abilities making them hard to see, now clear to see amongst the coral.

Reasons behind why some organisms reflect the blue light, are still being researched, some suggestions our feeding techniques, defensive strategy, or even mating practices.uv1

Here at Big Blue, thanks to the help from UV Koh Tao we can now offer the chance to try this new activity, for further information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Earth Day!

An annual event celebrated on the 22nd of April, where events are held, to express our support for all environmental protection happening worldwide. It first started in 1970, where a total of 192 countries showed a united support, becoming a true global event.Earthday152

The first day of spring for those in the Northern hemisphere, it was seen as an opportunity to honour the Earth for all that it has given and provided.  Over the years the way people have honoured and supported, ranges from money raising events, like a sponsored Everest climb, to a global clean-up, ridding the land and oceans of its pollutants.   

Here on Koh Tao, we try to always show our support for events like this, coming together as a community, and this year was no exception, local businesses came together to help with an island clean-up, and events were held for the local school children.

So all in all the day was a great success, the island became spotless, and in an attempt to keep it clean we are working alongside the charity organisation Trash Heroes, to arrange weekly clean-ups, all over the island, a way to bring volunteers together every week, for some good work. 101

2015 Save Koh Tao Festival

An annual event that brings together the whole community in the name of conservation, dive schools and other local businesses, discuss the efforts made and future plans, to conserve the beautiful island of Koh Tao.

Going from a small population of just a few families in the early 80’s to now a growing population of over a 1,000. The community came together and set up a group known as Save Koh Tao, their job to regulate activity that effects the island, and the surrounding waters of Koh Tao. 

Their efforts continue throughout the year, however once a year we have a two day party to celebrate their efforts to the general public, and put forward any future plans we have that will benefit the island.KOHTAOFESTIVAL2015

As members of Save Koh Tao, each year we join in with the festivities, to put on a great show for the public. This year we decided to go for constant laughter with Big Blue’s un-sychronized swimming squad, and we even made some outrageous outfits out of recycled materials, for the Mr and Ms Koh Tao competition.

In all the two days were filled with fun and cheer, a party that can keep the entire family smiling, so if your ever in the neighbourhood around June, I would seriously recommend popping over to see what all the fuss is about, a community event that comes together perfectly.

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Songkran

The world famous water festival, which is the celebration of many Asia countries new year, including Thailand, where it is celebrated for 5 days during April, the 13th marking the date of the New Year.Songkran2012

The traditional celebration includes the pouring of herbed and fragranced water over each other to purify one of any sins for the coming year, it however has become more of a extravagant party over the years as cultures have evolved, the meaning still remains, but let’s just say the methods by which people are cleansed has become more outrageous.

The underlining factor of a worldwide water shortage, and the mass amounts of fresh water that is wasted during these 5 day celebrations, must be something we need to think about in preparation for next year.  As global warming changes our climate creating more long periods of drought for a lot of South East Asian countries, is the wasting of such quantities of water practical each year.f1-7-Songkran-2007

One can agree that traditions must be upheld, however at what cost to our survival, the celebration can still go on but maybe there are methods by which we can use sea water, or simply save rain water just for that occasion.  Just think how we can’t live without water.Save 4 Songkran poster