Dive Shop News[singlepic id=33 w=320 h=240 float=left] Goodbye 2011! And hello 2012! The last year has definitely been very kind to us over here at Sairee Cottage Diving in Koh Tao. We had such fun teaching our students, diving with our fun divers, and working with our try-divers! While we experienced a mild monsoon season in November, the weather in December turned out to be a bit unexpected. It was quite unpredictable – very windy and wavy and at times, the visibility was less than 5 meters while the water temperature hovered between 26 degrees C (brrrr!) and 27 degrees C. However, conditions like these are what make us more experienced divers! [singlepic id=36 w=320 h=240 float=right] This month, we completed quite a number of diving courses; Danny, Neil, Bear, Chris, and Barry finished several Open Water, Advanced, and Stress and Rescue courses. We definitely had some awesome groups of students – a lot of great characters, all of which made for some great videos and nights out! Feel free to visit our Facebook page and check out our December 2011 photos! Our freelancers (Nacho, Gordon, Sarah, and Greg) stepped in and helped around the dive shop as well. Moreover, we had two more divemaster trainees join our team this year – Kirsten and Jon. Along with Sam and Paddy, we now have four DMTs! [singlepic id=43 w=320 h=240 float=left] Rest assured, the dive shop celebrated the holidays in style. The girls (Sarah, Laura, and Rachel) scoured the island for holiday decorations, and with Nanni’s help, they made the dive shop feel incredibly festive. Laura went home to Australia for the holidays, and we can’t wait for her to return! We also had several Irish friends visit Trevor; they kept us well entertained with their antics. Chris prepared an amazing Christmas dinner for us – turkey, ham, delicious vegetables, and a mouth-watering gravy. Needless to say, we didn’t leave too many leftovers!
Koh Tao Diving in December[singlepic id=46 w=320 h=240 float=right] While the visibility wasn’t spectacular, we still had some wonderful dives! We ventured to Tao Tong, which is a shallow little bay on the south end of the island. Within the first two times of diving there, we saw a Hawksbill turtle, White-eyed Moray eels, loads of Unicorn and Rabbit fish, and Fusiliers. We also stayed close to home and visited the ever faithful dive sites, White Rock and Twins. These spots never fail to surprise us with sea life: Harry Hotlips, Sixbar Angelfish, Teira and Orbicular Batfish, Dancing Shrimp, and loads of different types of Snappers and Monocle Breams.
Sairee Cottage Dive Shop News[singlepic id=34 w=320 h=240 float=left] While our restaurant is still under construction, we are looking forward to it opening in January 2012. The restaurant is starting to look very jazzy; we will have new furniture, new lighting and big comfy cushions – all of which you will be able to enjoy with stunning tropical sunsets and a delicious cocktail or two. Most importantly, we are all very EXCITED about the new pizza ovens, which should be in use by the beginning of February. All in all, 2011 has been a FABULOUS year, and we look forward to sharing our home with y’all in the new year! We here at Sairee Cottage Diving Koh Tao wish you all a
Happy New Year 2012!