Macro Diving on Koh Tao

I’m just looking through the passed years Daily Diving Reports to do a little round up of the best and I came across three posts that really do deserve a second look and a post in their own right. Why ?

Well there are lots of locations around the world that are renowned for their macro critters but Koh Tao is not one of them !  I am not about to claim that Koh Tao is littered with the tiny and wonderful – but they are there – and always a pleasure to find.

If you were here or live here then you are likely to remember the freak storm that we had towards the end of March.  We were left in the unusual position of having no one to take diving – so not to be put off – we took ourselves diving.  Wilco, who is the king of Macro, happily got out his camera and went a-hunting and came back with some fab shots over the few days.

You can see a bristle worm above and a cool looking file fish below – both of these came from a dive at Pottery Pinnacles which is a site some would have you believe is not worth visiting. We certainly challenge that opinion and not just with these two (maybe lucky finds).  On that same dive numerous puffer fish, sea hares, pipefish and other cool critters were seen.  Its even cooler at night!  But if you are still not convinced then check out the slide show from the 18th where many more nudis, seahores and anemone eggs were captured both there and at  Twins too.

Flabellina are always a pleasure to see and this one was spotted at Twins too on the 17th after a visit to Chumpon Pinnacle. 

It just goes to show that there are some real macro treats here – IF – you know where to look and have a good guide.


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Sea Shell Universal Underwater Camera Housing

We are passionate about underwater imaging here at Master Divers.  Phill and I are often out documenting our dives and have recently made a fun underwater movie which is our version of Queens Bohemium Rhapsody.  We also made a more serious environmental movie too.  So when we were approached with these innovative housings, we jumped at the chance to stock it for our divers.

If you like taking photos underwater and have looked into buying your own camera and housing then you will realize that there is one drawback to this.  Most camera housings are specific to the camera meaning that when you want to upgrade your camera, you have to upgrade your housing too.  This new idea from Seashell solves that problem as their two housings are compatible with over 800 different camera models.

The SS1 can house 600 models of camera (look here) and is suitable for external zoom compact digital cameras.

The SS2 can house 200 models of camera (look here) and is suitable for internal zoom compact digital cameras.

You can convert them to house this huge range of cameras with the insertion of pads and stoppers to securely hold your camera in place and ensure that the buttons can be properly manipulated.  This short movie shows you just how simple it is.

Housings come in a range of colours and are rated to 40m. We love them so much that we have a model for rent as well as offering them for sale too.  Both rental and purchase have been extremely popular with our divers but dont just take our word for it – check out these reviews. We are happy to offer mail order or have a housing ready for collection when you join us to dive or get to Koh Tao. Housings retail at 6000B which is around GBP 125, Euro 14o, USD 202.

Simply mail us for further details.

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Seashell Housing SS1 Compatable Cameras


1, 100, 102, 103, 104, 105, 505x, 1338mT, 1438m, 2030m, 2338mT, DC733i, DC733s, DC830i,  DC833m

F100, P1, T30, T35, T60, * T1000,  T1028, T1068, T1200, T1258, T1260, T1428, T1458, V68, V80, V500, V630, V700, V720, V728, V740,  V760, V780, V800, V830, V860, V866, V880, V890, V1000, V1018, V1080, W148

C520, C530, C630, C750, C850, C1020, C1060, C1220, C1230, C1250, C1255, C1460, E510, E520, E605, E720, E800, E820, E1000, E1020, E1030, E1035, E1040, E1050, E1050t, E1220, E1230, E1240, E1250, E1260, L1020, L1050, T700, T800, T850, T1260, X600, X710, X720, X725, X835, W1220

A2200, A3000, A3000IS, A3100, A3100IS, A3200IS, A3300, IXUS30, IXUS40, IXUS50, IXUS55, IXUS60, IXUS65, IXUS70,  IXUS75,  IXUS80 IS, IXUS85IS, IXUS90IS, IXUS95IS, IXUS100IS, IXUS105, IXUS105IS, IXUS110IS, IXUS120IS,  IXUS130, IXUS200IS, IXUS210, IXUS400, IXUS430, IXUS500, IXUS700, IXUS750, *IXUS800IS, IXUS850IS, IXUS860IS,  IXUS870IS, IXUS900TI, *IXUS950IS, IXUS960IS,  *IXUS970IS, IXUS980IS, IXUS990IS, IXUS i, IXUS i5, IXUS i7, IXUS iZoom, IXUS i7 Zoom, IXUS IIs, IXUS II, IXUS Wireless,  IXUS V3,  IXY10, IXY10S, IXY20IS, IXY25IS, IXY30, IXY30a, IXY40, IXY50, IXY55, IXY60, IXY70, IXY80, IXY90, IXY95IS,  IXY110IS, IXY200F, IXY210F, IXY210IS, IXY220IS, IXY320, IXY400, IXY400F, IXY 410F, IXY450, IXY500, IXY510IS, IXY600, IXY700, IXY800IS, *IXY810IS, IXY820IS, IXY830IS, IXY900IS, IXY910IS, IXY920IS, IXY930IS, IXY1000, IXY2000IS, IXY3000IS, IXY L, IXY L2, IXY L3, IXY L4, IXY Wireless, SD10, SD20, SD30, SD40, SD100, SD110, SD200, SD300, SD400, SD430, SD450, SD500, SD550, SD600, SD630, SD700IS, SD750, SD770IS, SD780IS, SD790IS, SD800IS, *SD850IS, SD870IS, SD880IS, *SD890IS, SD900, SD940IS, SD950IS, SD960IS, SD970IS, SD980IS, SD990IS, SD1000, SD1100IS, SD1200IS, SD1300IS, SD1400IS, SD3500IS, S95, S230, S400, S410, S500

FC100, FC150, FC160S, S5, S6, S7, S8, S10, S12, S100, S500, S600, S770, S880, Z1, Z2, Z3, Z4, Z5, Z6, Z7, Z8, Z9, Z10,Z11, Z16, Z19, Z20, Z25, Z27, Z29, Z30, Z33, Z35, Z37, Z40, Z50, Z55, Z57, Z60, Z65, Z70, Z75, Z77, Z80, Z85, Z90, Z100, Z110, Z120, Z150, Z200, Z250, Z270, Z280, Z300, Z330, Z350, Z370, Z400, Z450, Z500, Z550, Z600, Z670, Z700, Z750, Z800, Z850, Z1000, Z1050, Z1080, Z1200, Z1200SR, Z3000, ZS5, ZS10

A100, A150, A170, A180, A175, A220, A225, A400, A500, AV100, AV105, AV110, AV120, AV130, AV150, AV180, AV200, AV205, AV230, AV235, AV250, AV255, AV280, AV285, AX200, AX205, AX245W, AX250, AX280, AX300, AX305, AX330, AX335, AX350, AX355, AX380, AX385, F10, F11, F20, F30, F31fd, F40fd, F47fd, F50fd, F60fd, F70EXR, F80EXR, F85EXR, F75, F85, F200EXR, F455, F460, F470, F480, F100fd, F200, J10, J20, J25, J26, J27, J30, J32, J35, J37, J38, J50, J100, J120, J150W, J210, J250, JV100, JV105, JV110, JV150, JV160, JV170,  JV200, JV205, JV250, JV255, JX200, JX205, JX210, JX250, JX255, JX280, JX300, JX305, JX350, JX355, JX400, JX405, JX530, JZ300,  JZ305, JZ310, JZ500, JZ505, JZ510, J15fd, J110W, J150W, T200, T205, T300, T305, V10 GE: A730, A735, A830, A835, A950, A1030, A1035, A1050, A1150, A1200, A1230, A1235, A1250, A1255, A1455, A1456W, C1033, C1233, E840S, E850, E1040, E1050, E1055W, E1240, E1250W, E1250TW, E1255, E1255W, E1450W, E1480W, E1486TW, J1050, J1250, J1455, J1470S


A21, G20, G30, L90, L1080, MA5B, S40, S50, S52, S61, S66, T70, V80, V1080, V1082, V1280T, X80, X90

HDC-502, HDC-507, HDC-509, HDC-632, HDC-841, HDC-1231, HDC-1241

C140, C142, C160, C180, C182, C190, C763, C913, C1013, M320, M340, M341, M380, M420, M530, M550, M575, M753, M763IS, M853, M863IS, M873, M883, M893 IS, M1033, M1063 IS, M1073IS, M1093IS, M2008, MD30, Touch, V550, V603, V1073, V1273, V530 Zoom, V550 Zoom

*C-LUX 1, *C-LUX 2, *C-LUX 3

L2, L3, L6, L10, L11, L12, L14, L15, L19, L20, L22, L23, S70, S200, S210, S220, S230, S500, S510, S520, S550, S560, S570, S600, S610,  S610C, S620, S630, S640, S700, S710, S3000, S3100, S4000, S4100, S5100, S6000, S6100

FE20, FE25, FE26, FE35, FE45, FE46, FE47, FE130, FE140, FE150, FE160, FE180, FE190, FE200, FE220, FE220D, FE230, FE240, FE250, FE280, FE290, FE300, FE320, FE330, FE340, FE350, FE350 Wide, FE360, FE370, FE3000, FE3010, FE4000, FE4010,  FE4020, FE4030, FE4040, FE4050, FE5000, FE5010, FE5020, FE5030, FE5050, FE5500, μ700, μ710, μ740, μ750, μ760,  μ780, μ810, μ820, μ830, μ840, μ1000, μ1010, μ1020, μ1200, μ1060, μ5000, μ5010, μ7000, μ7010, μ7020,  μ7030, μ7040, μ7050, VG-110, VG-120, VG-130, VG-140, X600, X905, X915, X940

*F516, *FH1, *FH2, *FH3, *FH5, *FH-7, *FH20, *FH22, *FH25, *FH27, *FS1, *FS2, *FS3, *FS5, * FS6,  *FS7, *FS10, *FS11,  *FS12,  *FS15, *FS18, *FS20, *FS25, *FS30, *FS33, *FS42, *FS62,  *FX01,  *FX2, * FX3,  *FX07, *FX7, *FX8, *FX9, *FX10, *FX12, *FX30, *FX33, * FX35, *FX36, *FX37, *FX38, *FX40,  *FX48, *FX68, *FX50, *FX55, *FX60, *FX65, *FX66, *FX77, *FX78, *FX100,  *FX150, *FX180, *FX500, *FX520, * FX550, *FX580,  *LS85, S1, S3, *ZR1, *ZR3, *ZX1, *ZX3

50, A10, A20, A30, A36, A40, E40, E50, E70, E85, E75, E60, E65, E70L, E90, H90, L20, L36, L50, M10, M20,  M30, M40, M50, M60, M85, M90, P70, P80, RS1000, RS1500, S, S5i, S5n, S5z, S1, S4, S4i, S6, S7, S10, S12, S30, S40, S45, S50, S55, S60, T10, T20, T30, V10, V20, W60, SV, Svi, Z10

i737, i834, i835, i836, i1035, i1037,  i1237, i1437, T830, T1455

5203, 6105 ,6403, 6503, 7103, 7203, 7303, 8203, 8213, 8303, 8403, 8503, 4-Z50S, 14-Z5, 14-04, 12-Z5, 12-Z4, 12-XS, 12-TS, 12-23, 12-04, 12-03, 10-XS, 12-Z4TS, 10-X3, 10-TS, 10-23, 10-03, DC 60, DCZ 5.8, DCZ 6.8, DCZ 7.2, DCZ 7.3, DCZ 7.4, DCZ 8.2, DCZ 8.3, DCZ 10.3, DCZ 10.4, DCZ 12.1,DCZ 14.1,  Dpix 530Z, DPix 740Z,DPix 750Z,DPix 820Z, DPix 1000Z,DPix 3200,DPix 3300,   DPix 5100, DPix 5200, DPix 9000

DC67, DC68, DC87, DC593, DC6360, DM6365,DC6370, DC6371,  DM7362, DM7365, DS7450, DSA350, ES6, SL4, SL5, SL8, SL53, SL58, SL63, SL68, SL83, SL86, SL1000

R1, R1S, R1V, R2, R2s, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R30, R40, R50, RR730, RR750

Compactine 81, Compactine90, Compactine101, Compactine 102, Compactine110, Compactine200, Compactine 202, Compactine 302, Compactine 350, da8, da70, da80, da81, da100, da101, da120, da800, da1325, da6325, da7535, da8325, da8535, dr135, dr835, Flexline140, Flexline200, XS10

CL5, D75, D860, ES10, ES15, ES17, ES20, ES30, ES55, ES60, ES65, ES70, ES73, ES75, ES80, IT100, *M310, L60, L70, L77, L100, L201,L210, L301,  L310W, L700, L730, L830, PL20, PL50, PL51, PL55, PL60, PL65, PL70, PL80, PL90, PL100, PL120, PL150, PL170, PL200, PL502,  S760 , S1070, SH100, SL50, SL102, SL202, SL600, SL620,  SL720, SL820, ST30, ST45, ST50, ST60, ST65, ST70, ST80, ST90, ST95, ST500, ST550, ST700,  TL205, TL210, TL220, TL225, TL320, TL350, WB100, WB1000, WB2000

DSC-E6, VPC-E7, VPC-E10, VPC-E60EX, VPC-E760, VPC-E870, VPC-E1000, VPC-E1075, VPC-E1090, VPC-E1290, VPC-S6, VPC-S7, VPC-S60EX, VPC-S70, VPC-S500, VPC-S600, VPC-S650, VPC-S670, VPC-S700, VPC-S750, VPC-S770, VPC-S870, VPC-S880,  VPC-S1070, VPC-S1080, VPC-S1275, VPC-S1285, VPC-T700, VPC-T850, VPC-T1060, VPC-X1200, VPC-X1250, DSC-E7, DSC-S7, DSC-1200, DSC-X1250, DSC-X1260, VPC-W800

N1, N2, S650, S700, S730, S780, S930, S950, S980, S2000, S2100, WX1, WX7, WX9, WX10, W30, W35, W50, W55, W70, W80, W85, W90, W100, W110, W120, W130, W150, W170, W180, W190, W200, W210, W215, W220, W230, W270, W290, W300, W310, W320, W330, W350, W350D, W370, W380, W390, W510, W520, W530, W560, W570, W570D, WX1, WX5, WX9, WX10

DC504, DC803, EZF10, EZF12W4XA, EZF12W4XL, EZF12W5XL, EZF524, EZ F524MKII, EZF525, EZF527L, EZF531, EZF725, EZF824, EZF827, EZF924Z, EZF1027, EZF1027L, EZF1031, EZF1230, EZF1230L, EZF1231, EZF1233, EZ7032, EZ8032, EZF8035, EZF8321, EZTP-5, EZTP-9, EZTP-10, EZW-503A

Seashell Housing SS2 Compatable Cameras


V750, V790

FS10, FS10S, M1, M2, M20, S1, S2, S3, S20, V7, V8

F800EXR, XP10, XP11, Z1, Z1 Zoom, Z2, Z2 Zoom, Z3, Z3 Zoom, Z5FD, Z10FD, Z20, Z20FD, Z100FD, Z30, Z31, Z33WP, Z35, Z37, Z70, Z71, Z80, Z81, Z90, Z91, Z100, Z200, Z200fd, Z250, Z250fd, Z300, Z700EXR, Z707, Z707EXR, Z800EXR, Z808EXR

G1, G2, G3WP, G5WP




S1, S2, S3, S5, S8, S9, S50, S50C, S51, S51C, S52, S52C, S60, S70, S80, S1000pj

TG310, TG610, TG-615, µ550, µ730, µ790SW, µ850, µ850sw, µ1030, µ1030sw, µ1040, µ1050, µ1050sw, µ1070, µTOUGH-3000, µTOUGH-6000, µTOUGH-6010, µTOUGH-6020, µTOUGH-8000, µTOUGH-8010, µ720sw, µ725sw, µ730sw, µ770sw, µ790sw, µ795sw, µ850SW, µ1050SW

FP1, FP2, FP3, FP8, FT1, FT2, *FT2SG-D, TS1, TS2


DMMC 4, DMMC,luxmedia 7403,  DPix 5000WP


AQ100, CL5, i5, i6, i8, i50, i70, i85, i100, L83T, NV3, NV9, NV33, PL10, ST10, ST100, ST1000, SC-MS20, SC-MS25, VP-MS11, WP10

J10, T1, T2, T3, T5, T7, T9, T10, T20, T30, T33, T50, T70, T77, T90, T99, T99D, T100, T110, T200, T300, T500, T700, T900, TX1, TX5, TX7, TX9, TX10, TX100V

DC318, DSC T68, EZ7033, EZF537IR, *EZ NV-1, EZUW-505

Photo Competition – Save Koh Tao Festival

Get Snapping !

Grab your camera and capture images that say,
Protection and Restoration .

Save Koh Tao Marine Conservation Branch runs the photo contest which is one of the many events and competitions during the Koh Tao Festival.  There are some fabulous prizes, plus winners will be printed in “Sabaijai” and used in the Koh Tao Calendar for 2012.

There are two categories and photographers can enter as many images as they like into either the Land or Sea Category.


Fabulous Prizes!

The Overall Prize

3 nights at The Place Luxury Boutique Villas.  This prize is for 2 people, includes a hamper upon arrival. The prize expires on the 13th of Dec 2011 but can be taken any other time subject to availability.  Click on the logo below to have a look at these stunning villas.


1st place – 1000B voucher for Barracuda Seafood Restaurant and Bar

2nd Place – 500B voucher to be spent on Sunday Roast at Reef Bar.

3rd Place – 1 lane of bowling for an hour and 4 beers at the Bowling and Mini Golf.

4th Prize – A Dry Dock Camera Bag from Dive Supply


1st Place – 1000B voucher for Dolce Vita Restaurant

2nd Place – 500B voucher for Kakureya Japanese Restuarant

3rd Place – 1 round of mini golf for 2 people with 2 free beers.

4th Place – a 1 hour Trapeze Lesson.


Rules  !

Anyone can enter as many images as they like however each photograph entered will cost 100B.  This money goes to Save Koh Tao Group for future conservation projects.

Each image must be the entrants own.

Images should be submitted in any format and resolution but non revised images in the highest resolution will have a better chance.

Images should’ve been taken on Koh Tao in the last 6 months.

Each image should have its own name and the photographers name, dive centre (if applicable), contact information and location.

Entries should be received no later that the 2oth March’11, judging will be finalized by 23rd March’11 and the winners will be announced on stage at the festival.


How To Enter !

Images can be submitted at…

Crystal Dive Resort – 077456106

Master Divers  – 077456 314

Big Blue Diving Resort – 077456 415

New Heaven – 077 457 045

Black Tip Diving  – 077456 488

Save Koh Tao meeting at Yao Bar on the 5th March ’11

By email to or uploaded onto the Facebook Group.  If you enter images electronically then you will still have to make sure that you pay your entrance fee to one of then places listed above.

If you are not on Koh Tao, please contact for details of how you can enter and make a payment.


What else ?

If you have a questions then call…….

Nathan 0875908548
(Crystal Dive Resort)
Takashi 084-837-3385
(Sabaijai Magazine)
Chad 085-210-8920
(Save Koh Tao)
Ayesha 080-620-5527
(Master Divers

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