Best of Diving from July 2012, Koh Tao, Thailand

As you know we are closed for November but we knew you would be suffering withdrawal if we didn’t keep some diving news and Koh Tao pictures floating your way.  If you peruse our blog at your desk at work to keep the blues at bay you might even find that winter is drawing closer, its getting darker earlier and certainly lot colder – so how could we stop sending diving sunshine through our blog?  That wouldn’t be fair!  So here’s a series of posts to wrap up the year and give you a flavour of the best of the diving from each month passed …

We started off the month with the unusual …a pleurobranch …I know it looks like a blob …

Blob?
Blob?

This wicked walkman was seen too – we had a ‘black and white’ photo day on this day which we think makes him look even cooler !

Indian Walkman

Chumphon Pinnacle delivered some awesome conditions and a brilliant bat fish display too…

Bat Fish

And we even saw octopus which are reasonably hard to find here..

Octopuis

Every now and then we find a ball of juvenile cat fish which are wicked to watch as they pulse in a huge group

Cat Fish
Cat fish

 

Ofcourse the obligatory turtle sightings too

Turtle

And who can forget the jackfish that stole Charlotte’s earring – yes it really did happen…..

Thief

We had some great dives with the big fish ball that hangs out in Mango Bay too..

Amongst the fishies

 

And apart from the usual array of nudis we saw this cowrie too

 

Cowrie

You can read more “BEST OF MONTHLY’ posts here and dont forget to keep and eye on our “DAILY REPORTS” too.

 

Best of Diving from June 2012

As you know we are closed for November but we knew you would be suffering withdrawal if we didn’t keep some diving news and Koh Tao pictures floating your way.  If you peruse our blog at your desk at work to keep the blues at bay you might even find that winter is drawing closer, its getting darker earlier and certainly lot colder – so how could we stop sending diving sunshine through our blog?  That wouldn’t be fair!  So here’s a series of posts to wrap up the year and give you a flavour of the best of the diving from each month passed …

 

In juse we had the pleasure of watching this Juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips grow up in Japanese Gardens…

 

Sweetlips

 

We saw turtles ……. actually quite a lot of turtles ….

Turtle

And enjoyed some awesome conditions too…

Awesome Viz

More awesome conditions …

Mango Bay

And still more…

Hin Wong

 

 

You can read more “BEST OF MONTHLY’ posts here and dont forget to keep and eye on our “DAILY REPORTS” too.

Best of Diving from May 2012

As you know we are closed for November but we knew you would be suffering withdrawal if we didn’t keep some diving news and Koh Tao pictures floating your way.  If you peruse our blog at your desk at work to keep the blues at bay you might even find that winter is drawing closer, its getting darker earlier and certainly lot colder – so how could we stop sending diving sunshine through our blog?  That wouldn’t be fair!  So here’s a series of posts to wrap up the year and give you a flavour of the best of the diving from each month passed …

 

So clearly seeing another whaleshark is a great way to start the month…

Whaleshark

 

Turtles are always cool…

 

Turtle

and still more wicked flatworms

Pretty Flatworm

Snake eels…..

Snake Eel

Sea snakes

Banded Sea Snake

 

Upclose …curious turtle

 

Boo

You can read more “BEST OF MONTHLY’ posts here and dont forget to keep and eye on our “DAILY REPORTS” too.

Best of Diving from April 2012

As you know we are closed for November but we knew you would be suffering withdrawal if we didnt keep some diving news and Koh Tao pictures floating your way.  If you peruse our blog at your desk at work to keep the blues at bay you might even find that winter is drawing closer, its getting darker earlier and certainly lot colder – so how could we stop sending diving sunshine through our blog?  That wouldn’t be fair!  So here’s a series of posts to wrap up the year and give you a flavour of the best of the diving from each month passed …

More wicked diving – so many great images to choose from….more flatworm sightings..

Flat Worm
Orange Flatworm

 

Flatworm

 

Some cool nudis………

Nudi at Aow Leuk

 

Nudi

 

Nudi
Nudi

 

Flabelina

Sole ……..

Sole

Teeny tiny file fish ….

File fish

 

Oh and turtles too – quite a few sightings actually………

Turtle

And last but of course not least a WHALESHARK!  Well more than one actually but here’s just one picture ….

 

Whaleshark

You can read more “BEST OF MONTHLY’ posts here and dont forget to keep and eye on our “DAILY REPORTS” too.

Best of Diving from March 2012

As you know we are closed for November but we knew you would be suffering withdrawal if we didnt keep some diving news and Koh Tao pictures floating your way.  If you peruse our blog at your desk at work to keep the blues at bay you might even find that winter is drawing closer, its getting darker earlier and certainly lot colder – so how could we stop sending diving sunshine through our blog?  That wouldn’t be fair!  So here’s a series of posts to wrap up the year and give you a flavour of the best of the diving from each month passed …

There was a baby bat fish at Junkyard – they are soo cute !

 

Baby Bat Fish

Chumphon Pinnacle, not to be out done, did put on an awesome bat fish display too.

Bat Fish at Chumphon

Japaneses Gardens really out did itself too – an octopus..

Octopus

an orange flatworm

Flatworm

Cracking vis and plenty of barracuda too

Japanese Gardens

even a pluerobranch ……………..

Pluerobranch

These flatworms were seen at Green Rock and quite a few other spots too….

Flatworm

These beautiful nudis were seen with quite some frequency too

Nudi
Nudi

There was so much more too – what a lovely month of diving !

You can read more “BEST OF MONTHLY’ posts here and dont forget to keep and eye on our “DAILY REPORTS” too.

Best of Diving from Feb 2012

As you know we are closed for November but we knew you would be suffering withdrawal if we didnt keep some diving news and Koh Tao pictures floating your way.  If you peruse our blog at your desk at work to keep the blues at bay you might even find that winter is drawing closer, its getting darker earlier and certainly lot colder – so how could we stop sending diving sunshine through our blog?  That wouldn’t be fair!  So here’s a series of posts to wrap up the year and give you a flavour of the best of the diving from each month passed …

Look at the viz !

Cracking Viz

If you love flatworms and nudis then you are going to love what comes next….

Flatworm at Japanese Gardens

We saw these flatworms at Chumphon too but we’re more dazzled by the fish displays

Chumphon Pinnacle

The bat fish were awesome at Junkyard…

Bat Fish at Junkyard

Polka Dot Nudis seemed to be at every site …..

Polka Dot Nudis

There were also quite a few juvenile harlequin sweetlips too…

Baby Harlequin Sweetlips

 

 

You can read more “BEST OF MONTHLY’ posts here and dont forget to keep and eye on our “DAILY REPORTS” too.

Best of diving in January 2012

As you know we are closed for November but we knew you would be suffering withdrawal if we didnt keep some diving news and Koh Tao pictures floating your way.  If you peruse our blog at your desk at work to keep the blues at bay you might even find that winter is drawing closer, its getting darker earlier and certainly lot colder – so how could we stop sending diving sunshine through our blog?  That wouldn’t be fair!  So here’s a series of posts to wrap up the year and give you a flavour of the best of the diving from each month passed –

During January the water returned to blue ..

Blue Blue Blue

And there were plenty of fishie friends around too..

Anemone Fish

We found a whip coral shrimp…which are not only rare but hard to spot…

Whip Coral Shrimp

We love file fish too and had the pleasure of their company on dives around Koh Tao.

File Fish

And the first of the wicked nudis made their appearance too.

Wicked Nudis

Chumphon Pinnacle cleared up nicely and we were treated to a great display.

Fish at Chumphon

Similarly the yellow tailed barracuda were out in force at Japanese Gardens.

Yellow Tailed Barracuda

And the best bit of the best bits … this seahorse at Mango Bay!

Seahorse

 

 

You can read more “BEST OF MONTHLY’ posts here and dont forget to keep and eye on our “DAILY REPORTS” too.

 

 

Best of Diving from December 2011

As you know we are closed for November but we knew you would be suffering withdrawal if we didnt keep some diving news and Koh Tao pictures floating your way.  If you peruse our blog at your desk at work to keep the blues at bay you might even find that winter is drawing closer, its getting darker earlier and certainly lot colder – so how could we stop sending diving sunshine through our blog?  That wouldn’t be fair!  So here starts a series of posts to wrap up the year and give you a flavour of the best of the diving from each month passed – starting with Dec….

Calm Seas

While its true it wasn’t all plane sailing we certainly had some lovely days.  The visibility was mixed too but we enjoyed seeing some cool critters and favorite fishie friends too.

Polka Dot Nudi
Bat Fish – One of our favourites.

And of course we enjoyed Christmas by the sea too……..

Merry Christmas

 

You can read more “BEST OF MONTHLY’ posts here and dont forget to keep and eye on our “DAILY REPORTS” too.

Best dives of 2011 on Koh Tao, Thailand (Part 3)

August again was such a busy month for dive reports that it needs a post of its own – and what a month ….August kicked off to a great start when Phill found this awesome sea moth in the shallows of Mango Bay on the 10th August.

Phill takes some great shots but this one below is certainly one of my favorites, taken on a trip to Red Rock and Japanese Gardens on the 11th August’11

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We often see squid at Junkyard and it seems they enjoy it as much as we do as they left their eggs there to hatch.  Not only squid think this is a great nursery though; if you have a look at the same days divereport you’ll see an anemone fish with its eggs too.

Our visit to Red Rock and Japanese Gardens on the 17th of August was fabulous….not only did we e this unusual slug (below) but I spent some quality time with a banded sea snake too.  I got some great video and pictures – which you can see on the original post.

Chumphon Pinnacle is always a big ticket dive but some days it just out does itself and the 18th was one of those days……

19 Aug_045It was awesome to watch these jacks just explode towards me and the barracuda are always a grand sight to watch swirl around…

19 Aug_065Phill first photographed the new wreck, the HTMS Sattakut on the 22nd Aug and cam back with some cracking shots – the gun shot below is one of my favorites…She was sunk especially for diving and the story of her sinking and subsequent moving and restoring her to the upright position made for quite the conversation around Koh Tao – if you want to know more – go through to this post where you will find the whole tale..

There was far too many high points to spoil you in one post so watch out for  part 4 and if you missed part one –click here and if you missed part two – click here…

What was your best moment underwater this year – tell us your highlights in the comments section below.
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Best dives of 2011 on Koh Tao, Thailand (Part 2)

July was a busy month for Daily Dive Reports and Phill and I were out quite often, so Part 2 is essentially a round up of July on its own …July saw the start of turtles,  predominantly seen at White Rock on almost every dive and everyone loves a turtle ….

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July also saw the bat fish return to Chumphon hovering above the pinnacle teasing and turning their back to the camera at every click of the shutter….but its great to see these curious and sociable fish….

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But July was turtletastic…..

And Junkyard was busy excelling itself as usual.  This artificial reef seems to be loved and inhabited by all of our favorites and we never failed to see batfish and puffer fish and file fish too…

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On the 14th of July  Wilco and I had friends visit and we popped off for the day to Hin Wong – I hadnt been for ages so it was a treat and once again a turtle graced us with his presence…

I also managed to get this great shot of a titan trigger fish too….and he seemed quite happy to pose …

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Shrimp fish are one of the many attractions at Him Wong and Phill managed to snap this shop of these nervous often fleeing fish.  Their topsy-turvey swimming and behavior is what makes these fish such and attraction and favorite too.

From the tiny to the grand on one dive…never get so engrossed in the reef that you forget to look up and about every now and again or else you could miss this …..swimming passed….

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There was far too many high points to spoil you in one post so watch out for part 3 and part 4 and if you missed part one, click here.

What was your best moment underwater this year – tell us your highlights in the comments section below.

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