Welcome to Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao's most recommended, SSI Platinum Instructor Training Facility, with al fresco and AC classrooms, a purpose built swimming pool, 5 dedicated dive boats and a beachfront location with stunning views and perfect sunsets.
Big Blue Diving Tech Shack, Accommodation and Restaurant
We've been on Koh Tao for a while...
Since 1991 in fact, our first dive shop was end the end of the pier. Back then, there was only one other dive shop on Koh Tao, there was no 7-11, no mobile phone reception and only one ferry a day! Still, it wasn't too long before divers started to discover our unexplored tropical island paradise with great diving right on our doorstep.
Eight years later
Koh Tao's reputation was growing and we opened our new resort in the heart of Sairee Beach. A restaurant and bar right on the beach, two dive boats moored within easy reach, dive sites on request and open-air classrooms. Perfect sunsets, ice-cold beers, sea breezes, a great place to hang out
Big Blue opened another store on the West Coast of Thailand in Khao Lak, and this quickly grew to be a popular destination with both our customers and staff. Khao Lak offers easy access to the beautiful Similan Islands Marine Park and some awesome diving. Manta Rays at Koh Bon, the original Giant Moray at Anita's Reef, depth, currents and stunning marine life at Elephant Head Rock. Big Blue Diving Khao Lak, Liveaboard Trips on the Similan Islands
Big Blue also offers regular trips to Thailand's number one divesite, part of the Surin Islands Marine Park, Richelieu Rock, where Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Frog Fish, Harlequin Shrimps and Peacock Mantis Shrimps can all be found. Day Trips by speedboat and our very own liveaboard, The M.V Hallelujah.
Then in 2004
Big Blue began offering the region's first SSI Instructor Training Courses and quickly became SSI's most successful training facility for both recreational and professional diving courses.
Then in 2007
Big Blue Tech - our Technical Diving division of Big Blue Diving started offering training and fun diving exploring our Wrecks, extended depth, gas blending, Nitrox and Trimix, our very own Rebreather units, Cave Diving expeditions, Side Mount, the lot. Big Blue Technical Diving
With trips around Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia & the Phillipines, Big Blue Tech fast became one of Thailands leading Tech, Wreck & Cave Diving Operators.
Also in 2009
We officially opened Big Blue Eco, the conservation arm of our business. Run by our very own Marine Biologist Jennifer Matthews, Big Blue spear headed the annual Swim For Sharks Event, we built our own Eco Lab and Shark Nursery, helped construct and maintain some of Koh Tao's Artificial Reef projects, Bio Rock, Buoyancy World especially. Since 2010 we have been awarded SSI's prestigious award for Most Environmentally Active Dive Center in Thailand. Big Blue Diving is also the first Dive Center in the world to work together with Coral Cay Conservation Society towards Marine Conservation Education & Coastal resources.
Was a year for awards. SSI Outstanding Contribution to Tech Diving, Best SSI Dive Center in Thailand, Best SSI Instructor, Most SSI Recreational Certifications and the most SSI Professional Certifications in Thailand. Big Blue Diving's New Resort
Big Blue opened our new resort, imaginatively called 'Big Blue 2', down the quieter end of Sairee Beach. A brand new teaching swimming pool, more classrooms and accommodation, and another great location for eating, drinking, training and fun. Our new neighbours include some of Koh Tao's most loved backpacker, beachside, old school bungalows Pranee Bungalows & Mama O'Chais.
We had relaunched Big Blue Free Diving- our breathold center with National Champions from Spain & Brazil Pepe Arcos & Flavia Eberhard who are both internationally recognised Free Diving record holders & the only AIDA trained judges on Koh Tao meaning that we have every intention of launching some internationally recognised Free Diving competitions with the worlds leading Breath-hold Divers. Flavia is also an SSI FreeDiving Instructor Trainer making Big Blue FreeDiving the only FreeDiving Instructor Training Facility in Thailand.
We brought our video making enterprise in house by introducing Big Blue Movies. Spearheaded by one of the most creative underwater videographers we've come across. Wayne Morris brings with him a team of vast experience from BBC Documentary makers, professional photographers and experienced videographers aswell as some serious music afficianados. Big Blue Movies films our daily showreels for our Open Water courses as well as make our Promo reels, reels & adverts for all our media needs. If you are looking for an inlet into media then Big Blue Movies can offer you it all with individually focused internship programmes.
Also by 2014
We had opened our very own retail store on one of Koh Tao's busiest high streets. Drift by Big Blue, very quickly became the busiest water sports & Beach clothing retail store on Koh Tao with clothing designed by us & featuring our very own iconic Big Blue dolphin.
Was a time of great sadness as the lease for Big Blue 1 Resort was due & the option to extend was not made available. Not to be defeated we reinvested heavily in a brand new Divecenter with offices classrooms & relaxing area for our Big Blue Chaba Team from Japan at Blue Wind Resort on Sairee Beach. as well as a brand new booking office on Sairee High Street open from 9am till 9pm 7 days per week
Now, we have extended our Big Blue 2 resort to accommodate a further 10 budget Beachfront Dormitories, & backpacker bungalows and have extended our restaurant & incorporated our brand new Dive center here at the new Big Blue Diving Resort, Koh Tao.
Fast forward to 2016
We are now the biggest and most successful SSI Training Facility in the world with over 10000 recreational and professional certifications last year, and this year is looking even better. Great weather, great diving, plenty of whale sharks and lots of happy students and staff. Come and see for yourself!