Chumphon Pinnacle and Twins- 17th April’11

A whaleshark was spotted yesterday at Chumphon Pinnacle, so we went to see if we could see it today.   Unfortunately we didnt see one but maybe that was because of all the barracuda that were in the way.  The vis was a bit murkier than the last time we were there but it is full moon tomorrow, so that is to be expected.   The dive was still lovely, you can check out the video below which include all those barracuda and the return of the bat fish to the site too.

Nice !

The next site was Twins where Wilco went macro hunting in the sand and found Sea Horses and Flabellina too ! Check out the photos below.

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Koh Tao Fin Olympics

As you might’ve noticed, after our recent music video, we do like to have a bit of fun. The bad weather nearly 2 weeks ago put many visitors off coming to Koh Tao and we were in the unusual position of have no divers to teach or take diving. You can easily see from the photos and video that the bad weather long since passed and we are hardly the disaster zone that the media would have you believe.

We are not the type of people to sit around bored, so over a few beers one night the idea of Koh Taos Fin Olympics was born. We invited our mates along to take part and have a bit of a giggle on the beach infront of Master Divers and chaos ensued.

The Events
The Events

The events taking place were the Coconut Shot Put, The Kayak Race, The Obstacle Fin Race, Lilo Paddling and The Relay Race – which involved the use of mangos and eggs – more on that later. The teams were made up of four (mostly) and competing for the honour of winning were Team Goldilocks and the 2 Bears, The Awesome Foursome and The Rainbow Warriors.

The Coolest Babe on the Block
The Coolest Babe on the Block

People came out to support and have a laugh too and Ae came along with her cool kid !
So to the first event, which was the Fin Obstacle Course. This involved donning an old pair of fins and jumping over a kayak, going underneath a rope, spinning around three times at with your head on a stick and then back under the rope and over the kayak – well you didnt really expect it to be serious – did you? The dogs joined in too .

Action Shot
Action Shot

Above is Mark demonstrating a roll technique and below, well we are not sure if Paul jumped or tripped.

Trip or Jump ?
Trip or Jump ?

If you wanna see it all then, watch the video below…hilarious!

Next it was time to cool off in the water with the kayak race. Which involved a chicane provided by the pier. A stewards inquiry was called due to some un-sportsman-like ramming and certain tactics involved in the chicane. Below you can clearly see the ramming incident ! Hmm!

Clearly Cheating
Clearly Cheating

And of course there’s video – watch the white puppy …..

The Coconut Shot Put was close to having dire consequences not only for the dogs but for referee Charlotte too.

Theas Coconut Shot Put
Theas Coconut Shot Put
Simone Cocnut Shot Put
Simone Cocnut Shot Put
Marks Coconut Throw.
Marks Coconut Throw.
Channels Throw.
Channels Throw.

Wanna see the event from the business end – we think the contestants may actually have been aiming for Charlotte….

Next we were back into the water for the Lilo Paddling ….the rules said you should both have half of your body on the Lilo, meaning that you couldnt just swim and drag it ….Kev and Thea ready to go …

On your marks...
On your marks...

We think Phill and Harry actually just got in for a float around and cool down !

Phill and Harry
Phill and Harry

Another stewards inquiry was called as it seems one team dislodged another from their lilo at the turn …..

The final event was the relay race, which actually took longer to explain that it did to run. Teams had to run the length of the course with a mango under their chin, pass it to the team mate without hand (lots of cheating here!). They then had to run along the beach keeping an egg balanced in a spoon – the white puppy made this quite difficult ! Then there was a two person wheelbarrow race – I cant explain this – watch the video. Finally there was a short swim. Phew…

Who won ?

Scores
Scores

Who cares it was great fun !

The End !
The End !

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Master Divers does Queen

We’d been racking our brains trying to come up with an idea for a movie that would tell the world a little about us. This is what we came up with. Enjoy !

Once you have finished, scroll down and you can see the out-takes too !



 

If you enjoyed this then you might want to check out our other videos too… we gave the Robbie Williams smash, Let me Entertain You, the same treatment too !  On a more serious note we re-worked Gloria Gaynors, I will Survive, which was sun by the reef – ofcourse !

 

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Pottery Pinnacles on 4th April 2011

The team were keen to get out for a dive after the recent storm and as it was Phills Birthday, it seemed rude not to.

The water was flat calm and the viz had been clearing up so Wilco took an opportunity to grab his camera and the rest of the gang and head over to Pottery Pinnacles to see what was going on. Wilco loves photographing marco critters, so they headed out with keen eyes to look for the seahorses.

They didn’t find sea horses but they did find some wicked critters, see the images below and scroll down for the video too. The second creature on the clip is a fireworm, never seen on Koh Tao before !

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Koh Tao in the sun!

The sun is out and the water is calm and its HOT! Diving resumed a few days ago but the viz is still a bit murky but getting better !

Check out the photos below and the video below that – which I took on a long tail trip yesterday !

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Koh Tao after the rain.

Koh Tao was hit by torrential rain on the 27th March’11 after having had stormy weather for the prior week or so.  The down pour was heavy and you can click here to view conditions then. Or here for conditions on the 1st April.
Yesterday saw tourists being helicoptered to Navy vessels lying offshore which seemed a little dramatic.  Contrary to media created hysteria, we had power, water and food.  We just didn’t have any ferries running, which is hardly unusual in bad weather. In monsoon this has lasted significantly longer without food running out.  At least those that had onward connections made it and if you don’t live here then its nice to get home or where you are going !

Local residents have had damage to houses, property and businesses and a few have lost homes too. It seems other areas in Thailand have suffered worse and our thoughts go to all of those people badly effected.
Today, (31/3) the rain has stopped and its bright, the wind has dropped and the sun is trying to break through too.  The clean up operation has started in earnest.  Master Divers., was lucky, and has been unaffected.  In fact there has been relatively little damage to the areas that visitors see, only one resort was badly hit and one short stretch of beach road has been washed away.  There is still a little surface water, but not deep, and there is some sand and mud to be cleared but other than that life carries on.  Ferries are running and Samui airport re-opened yesterday and dive boats even went out today.
I’ve seen this island dust itself down and pick itself back up again. You can see from the images below, work has already started and, for the majority it will be business will be as usual within as little as 24 hours.

Some of the worst damage we have seen is the road home to our house, which is nowhere near the main thoroughfare for visitors.  You can seen photos and video below the photos too. I have not seem it this bad before.

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Shark Island and Hin Ngam – 21st March ‘ 11

The sun is shinning again on Koh Tao and the water is calm once again.  Yesterday we had reports of Brides Whales at South West Pinnacle and while the visibility close to the pinnacles was still a bit low, open water visibility was amazing.Today we headed out to Shark Island and Hin Ngam ( which means beautiful rock in Thai) to test the waters.

Wilco took new DMT Mark out to look for the Chevron Barracuda who stalk the channel at Shark Island and then on a navigation course through the pinnacles at Hin Ngam.

The water was still a little green with lots of particles and viz was around 5m.  This can be seen in the short video below and you’ll notice a little surge in the first part of the video which was taken at Shark Island.  There were Polka Dot Nudibranches everywhere both the largest and smallest that I have ever seen.  On certain parts of the reef there were eggs everywhere as well.  Its trigger mating time so there were a few large Titans bombing around too which is not so good in murky water!

Hin Nagm had about 8m viz and we saw a huge Jenkins Ray as well as the usual puffers and great variety of shrimp too.

Check out the video below.

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Chumphon Pinnacle and Twins, 10th March’11

There have been consistent whaleshark sightings for the last few days but we were not lucky enough.

I was out trying the video function on the camera so for this report here’s a short clip which shows the conditions.

Chumphon was murky at the north end but towards barracuda rock it was lovely – around 20m viz and only a light whisp of current. Twins was still quite murky, around only 5-8m visibility but both sites were loaded with life.

Check out the clip to see for yourself.

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