Tanote Bay (By Ed)

By , 14 July, 2014, No Comment

Tanote Bay

 

Tanote Bay is located on the Eastern Side of Koh Tao meaning its sheltered location makes it an ideal dive site when other dive sites of the island are affected by southwesterly winds.  Easily identified by the massive granite boulder at its centre (also popular with cliff jumpers) the palm tree lined bay in the definition of idyllic tropical beauty.  Under water the bay features some of the most beautiful coral gardens in the gulf of Thailand.  It also boasts a selection of features that make it the perfect place to go for a dive, whether working towards a qualification with Davy Jones Locker’s experienced, multilingual team of instructors, such as the PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water diver courses, or just looking for an interesting and different fun dive.  As well as the stunning coral formations surrounding the boulder there are a few cool things to see here.  Practice your navigation skills by trying to find the wreck of a catamaran located a short swim from the rocky outcrops at the North side of the bay.  Heading back towards the main bay is a somewhat smaller wreck (an abandoned motorcycle!)  Heading back towards the mooring buoy takes you past one of the many artificial reef projects on Koh Tao.  Produced in association with local marine conservation charity, Save Koh Tao, and PADI’s project AWARE the artificial reef area consists of a series of reef balls, designed to promote the growth of coral and is a great example of divers working towards a better marine environment.  Book your next underwater adventure with DJL diving today!!!

 

Ed

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MSDT at DJL

By , 3 July, 2014, No Comment

I am so glad I decided to do the MSDT internship at DJL

3 raisons qui font de la plongée à Koh Tao une expérience formidable

By , 1 July, 2014, No Comment

Koh Tao, une des îles de Thaïlande les plus demandées, est un vrai paradis pour les plongeurs. Que vous soyez intéressé par la découverte de la plongée, débutant ou plongeur expérimenté vous trouverez la plongée à Koh Tao géniale et exaltante.

Grâce aux eaux claires, sans courant, et riches en sites de plongée, l’île offre une visibilité impeccable et une vie marine diversifiée, allant de nombreuses sortes de coraux avec tous les petits animaux vivant dedans, jusqu’aux nombreuses sortes de poissons tropicaux ainsi que tortues, raies et même requins baleines. Impossible d’oublier l’expérience d’être entouré par tant de vie sous la surface de l’océan.

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Les 3 raisons qui font que la plongée à Koh Tao est géniale

Premièrement, la température de l’eau autour de l’île ne descend jamais en dessous des 27 degrés avec une moyenne annuelle aux alentours de 30 degrés. Vous êtes donc assuré de pouvoir plonger sans combinaison épaisse et sans avoir froid. En plus de cela, une autre raison qui rend la plongée à Koh Tao unique est la visibilité qui peut aller jusqu’à 30 mètres. Vous n’avez donc pas à vous inquiéter de plonger dans des eaux troubles. La troisième raison qui rend Koh Tao spéciale est que la plongée peut s’y effectuer toute l’année, alors pas besoin de réserver votre cours ou vos plongées pendant une saison particulière. Basse ou pleine saison l’expérience reste unique !

 

Plonger avec Davy Jones Locker

L’un des avantages du club Davy Jones Locker est sa taille. Infrastructure de taille moyenne, l’école offre des cours vraiment personnalisés. Ils se font en petits groupes pour que les instructeurs et divemasters soient vraiment à l’écoute de chacun. L’autre avantage du club est son espace de vie : entre le shop, la piscine et le pool bar/restaurant, les étudiants de tous niveaux, divemasters et instructeurs se retrouvent tous les jours pour manger ou boire un coup. Ambiance familiale garantie !

 

By Robert

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HTMS Sattakut

By , 27 June, 2014, No Comment

Hey all today I’m going to be talking about one of the great wrecks we can dive to on this island, the HTMS Sattakut.

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The Sattakut was laid down at Commercial Ironworks in Portland Oregon. She was launched on February 27th, 1944 and commissioned into the US Navy as a Landing Craft Infantry large. After her long service she was commissioned into the Thai Navy as the HTMS Sattakut in 1946, and was sunk in Koh Tao on the 18th of June 2011 and to this day she is one of the most popular sites to dive especially for a PADI advanced open water course.

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She lies approximately 40m south of Hin Peewee with her bow facing Northwest, Sitting upright. The top of the wreck is around 20m and and since she lies on a slope the bottom is at about 32m. When she was sank as a part of an artificial reef project in 2011 she landed on her starboard side in a different location to where she is now, it was only after a few months that her position was corrected and she was put back upright that more and more people started to dive on her.

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By Nick

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Chumpon Pinnacle

By , 25 June, 2014, No Comment

Chumpon Pinnacle has long been regarded as Koh Tao’s premium dive site, and here at Davy Jones Locker our morning boat is usually there for our first dive of the day.

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Chumpon is a large lozenge shaped granite rock located 45 minutes to the north of Koh Tao. The dive site itself starts at around 14 meters and finishes at around 37 metres, this makes the site perfect for the PADI Deep Adventure dive as part of the PADI ADvanced Open Water course and also 40 meters is easily achievable for the PADI Deep Speciality. Divers on an Open Water level should not be put off by the depth, the visibility at Chumpon is generally very good and the bottom of the rock can easily be seen once your below the surface. At around 20-22 meters there is always a large school of Yellow tail Trevally and large schools of Chevron Barracuda are a regular sight. Queenfish, Cobia, Rainbow Runners and Batfish are normally present on the site. There are several large Groupers who have made their homes in the various cracks and fissures on Chumpon, including a very large male and female just west of the center bouy line. There is also cleaning station at the bottom of the swim through where Groupers are often seen being attended to by Cleaner Wrasse. There are also plenty of Moray Eels around the pinnacle.

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Barracuda rock, just too the west of the main pinnacle also boasts Green Morays and a group of Durban Dancing Shrimp. Angel fish, Longtail Bannerfish, Butterfly fish, Titan Trigger and Anemone fish are also residents here. Bryde’s Whales and Dolphins can sometimes be seen cruising through the area. Whale Sharks are regular vistors and the main reason people dive at Chumpon, they are more frequently seen during our Monsoon period and are always a spectacular sight! My personal highlights of Chumpon were my Tec 40 and Tec 45 training dives and of course the Whalesharks.

 

Mike S

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