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Is Koh Tao Safe for Travelers? An Insider’s Perspective.

Is Koh Tao Safe for Travelers? An Insider’s Perspective.

It is impossible to not come across negative media attention when researching a trip to the beautiful island of Koh Tao. Just a quick search returns more terrifying articles than articles about actual life on Koh Tao. So when considering a trip to Koh Tao, you may have asked yourself, is Koh Tao safe for travelers? Let’s not pretend that

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Baking Soda – Great remedy against Reflux and Heart Burn

Baking Soda - Great remedy against Reflux and Heart Burn

To those divers out there that suffer from heart burn and acid reflux, i would like to give you some advice. I wouldn’t even think about setting off on a day of diving without the particular white powder that is baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate). This cheap easily found, powder is the best quick fix for acid reflux or heart

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Inward Lighting – Underwater Photography Tip

Inward Lighting - Underwater Photography Tip

Hi and welcome back to another one of my photography blogs for Sairee Cottage Diving. This time I will be talking about different ways to use strobes. For most underwater photographers, getting their first strobes is a big day. It means that from now on we don’t need to worry so much about white balancing the camera. We can also

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Strobe Accessories – Underwater Photography Tips & Tricks

Strobe Accessories - Underwater Photography Tips & Tricks

Hi and welcome back to my latest underwater photography blog for Sairee Cottage Diving. This time I will be talking about what kind of extra camera equipment we can attach to the front of our strobes. When using a strobe, even on low settings, the light can be too harsh and therefore over expose the main subject and add backscatter

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Diving at Home: The benefits and opportunities of Scuba Diving

Diving at Home: The benefits and opportunities of Scuba Diving

Hello and welcome back to another one of my blogs for Sairee Cottage Diving. This time I would like to give you a few you all a few tips on how you can keep diving even when your trip is over. You can also take your diving in different directions that can be far more rewarding than just fun diving

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From undecided to PADI Diving Instructor in Thailand

From undecided to PADI Diving Instructor in Thailand

This was the best choice I have ever made in my life and choosing the PADI IDC course with Marcel van den Berg at Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao was an experience to never forget. This is my story from being undecided to PADI Diving Instructor… Why should you choose Koh Tao, Thailand for your Dive Instructor IDC Course?

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Marine life behavior study for underwater photography

Marine life behavior study for underwater photography

In my last blog for Sairee Cottage Diving I wrote about some of the various ways that certain marine life defend themselves and the hazards that this could possibly present to divers and, even more so, to underwater photographers. I also wrote about how underwater photographers can take advantage of some of these strange defense techniques to get better photos

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Conserving Koh Tao to be the Best Island in Thailand

Conserving Koh Tao to be the Best Island in Thailand

I’m not gonna lie… I was late. I had stuff to take care of back home and I was late. I quickly put on a bikini and some shorts, picked up my dry bag and put on the symbolic green Eco Day Koh Tao t-shirt that was given for free to me at the beginning of my Sairee Cottage Diving

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Say NO to plastic straws as much as you can!

Say NO to plastic straws as much as you can!

Did you know that we are using millions of Plastic Straws in Thailand on a daily basis and over 1 Billion Plastic Straws each day all over the World? Plastic Straws are made from Polypropylene a by-product from Petroleum (the stuff that fuels our engines). Petroleum Plastics are designed to last forever… YES Forever! Plastic straws are a particular problem

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Dive Instructor Salary – How much income does a Diving Instructor make?

Dive Instructor Salary - How much income does a Diving Instructor make?

I get these questions a lot. “How much money will I make as a Dive Instructor?” or “Where do Dive Instructors get paid the best?” – “What is the yearly income?” – “Can I make a career out of being a Diving Instructor?” or “How much is a dive instructor salary?” I understand how important it is in making your

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