Welcome to Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao's most recommended PADI Dive Center, SSI Platinum Instructor Training Facility, PADI Instructors, BSAC Center of Excellence and a TDI/SDI 5 Star Instructor Development Facility, with accommodation for all budgets ranging from FREE dormitories to poolside Air conditioned rooms with sunset views al fresco classrooms as well as the most idyllic beachfront Restaurant & Bar.
In the Beginning... 1991 to be exact, we opened a small little dive shop at the end of the only pier on Koh Tao. At that time it was only the second shop on Koh Tao. We sat around most of the day waiting for customers to arrive on the island once a day! But it wasn't long before scuba divers started hearing of this unexplored diving paradise around a little known island about 90 kilometers north of Koh Samui, Thailand.
By 1999, as Koh Tao was beginning to get a mention in the Rough Guides & Lonely Planets, we expanded a little & opened Big Blue Diving Resort on Sairee Beach. A 5 Star PADI Gold Palm Resort, with a Beachside Dive center, bar & restaurant operating, with 2 purpose built Dive Vessels, leaving the choice of divesites upto our guests & leaving directly from our Resort. Big Blue Diving Resort comprised of 5 Beachside fan bungalows as well as over 20 fan rooms all with ensuite bathrooms & another 10 Air Conditioned rooms. Our own Big Blue Restaurant & Beach Bar quickly became a favourite with guests & locals alike with its ambient al fresco style dining quite literally on the waters edge & an amazing seat when it came to enjoying some of the worlds best sunsets at one of the islands most popular beachside bars.
By 2000 as tourism became increasingly busier throughout Thailand we branched out & opened up another small Dive Center in the heart of a new up & coming little island called Koh Samui with luxury speed boat trips to the best divesites around Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan, as well as the legendary Sail Rock, the best Divesite in the Gulf of Thailand & also the then famous Angthong National Marine Park. (The setting for Alex Garlands Best selling book- The Beach). From here we also offerred overnight trips to Koh Tao so our Samui customers could enjoy a real taste of tropical island life.
Then in 2003 we opened Big Blue Diving Khao Lak, on the West Coast of Thailand in the sleepy seaside resort town about an hour north of the touristic island of Phuket, making us instantly one of Thailands biggest Dive operators. Here we originally offerred Full Day trips to the Similans and before too long we were also offerring Liveaboard cruises onboard our own private Liveaboard MV Halleluja, as well as faster daily speedboat services to the world famous Similan Islands & the more challenging divesites of the Surin Islands including the legendary Koh Bon (Manta Rays) Koh Tachai (Leopard Sharks) & in the words of Jacques Cousteau Thailands Number One Dive Site - Richelieu Rock (Whalesharks). Big Blue Diving Khao Lak also services our expeditions to Khao Sok National Park for our Fresh Water & TDI Cave Diving Trips.
In 2004 Big Blue Diving Koh Tao took the next logical step & having been a major partner in the formation of the Koh Tao PADI IDC Group we branched out & became Koh Tao's first SSI Instructor Training Center with South East Asia's most experienced Instructor Trainer and of course a Big Blue Instructor for over 6 years, Simon Garrity.
In 2007 we opened Big Blue Tech- our Technical Diving division of Big Blue Diving specialising in Wrecks, Tech, Depth, Nitrox, Trimix, Rebreathers, Caves, & Side mount diving. With its own dedicated Tech Diving boat we were able to concentrate on pioneering tech dives around Koh Tao & further afield within the Gulf of Thailand which ultimately led to excursions around Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia & the Phillipines, Big Blue Tech very quickly became one of Thailands leading Tech, Wreck & Cave Diving Operators winning numerous awards & commendations of achievement throughout the Tech Diving Industry.
By 2008 we opened up Big Blue Guesthouse also known as Preewa. A brand new clean, spacious & quiet little building set back about 100 meters from the beach & just a 2 minute walk from our main resort. It was perfect for light sleepers & also for Dive club Groups who were looking for something a little bit nicer & where everyone could stay at the same place.
2009 saw Big Blue Diving become a BSAC Center of Excellence, and with our present in house BSAC Instructor Trainer, James Foleher we became the leading BSAC Instructor Training facility in Thailand & Asia.
Also in 2009 we officially opened Big Blue Conservation, an Eco awareness & educational organisation with in house Marine Biologist Jennifer Matthews. She organised the Charity Event Swim for Sharks which raises money & awareness of the inhumane practise of Shark Finning. We've won awards every year since we formed Big Blue Conservation from the Project Aware Foundation for outstanding contribution to Eco Awareness & since 2010 have been awarded SSI's prestigious award for Most Environmentally Active Dive Center in Thailand.
In 2010 we also won other prestigious awards from SSI. Outstanding Contribution to Tech Diving, Best Dive Center in Thailand, Best SSI Instructor, Most Environmentally Active Dive Center, Dive Center with the most SSI Certifications & the most SSI Instructor Certifications in Thailand. The same year we were also recognised for the highest amount of Tech Diving & Rebreather certifications in Thailand by TDI.
In 2011 Big Blue Diving became the first Dive Center in the world to partner with the Coral Cay Conservation Society in the education of Marine conservation & Coastal resources.
2012 - we opened our second Beach front resort also on Sairee Beach, Big Blue II. A little more upmarket than our original resort Big Blue II offers Air Conditioned Bungalows on the beach, Private AC & Fan rooms & 4 bed air con & fan dormitories with ocean views, a purpose built divers pool, & another excellent Beach side Restaurant & Bar. From here we also offer the accommodation at Koh Tao's legendary backpacker beachside bungalows Pranee Bungalows & Mama O'Chais.
By 2013- 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.
2014- 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.
2015 Came with great anticipated sadness at the impending knowledge that 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.
And in addition this year, 2016 we extended our Big Blue 2 resort to accommodate a further 10 budget Beachfront Dormitories, & backpacker bungalows and extended our restaurant & incorporated our brand new Dive center here at the new Big Blue Diving Resort, Koh Tao.
Welcome to the new & improved Big Blue Diving.