Diving at the SS Yongala

Eagle ray at SS Yongala
Eagle ray at SS Yongala

When I told my diver friends in Koh Tao (Thailand) that I was going to Australia,  they all instantly told me to go diving at the wreck of the SS Yongala. I haven’t even heard about it before, but as it turned out, they were absolutely right. This dive site is one of the most spectacular dive sites I have ever seen.

As divers you mostly hear about the Great Barrier Reef when talking about Australia and when you compare this dive site to the entire Great Barrier Reef, then it probably won’t hold up. But comparing the Yongala to any one dive site at The Reef, I am sure that the Yongala will come out as the winner 99 out of 100 times, just because at the Yongala there is a guarantee that you will see lots of big stuff. Continue reading Diving at the SS Yongala

1 of 1000: The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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Cute clownfish

Giant clams with a diameter of 1m, hundreds of different colorful fish, huge turtles and reef sharks all visible from the surface while snorkeling – there are only few places in the world where you can enjoy all of that in one day. And the Great Barrier Reef is one of them.

Luckily for us, the Great Barrier Reef is also 1 of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die, so we had to go and see it (with a sarcastic emphasis on ‘had to’). Since Soni doesn’t dive, I got to spend a day diving the Great Barrier Reef before we went together on a snorkeling trip where I got to see the beauty of the reef once again. Continue reading 1 of 1000: The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Our own 1000: Koh Tao, Thailand

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Famous palm tree at sairee beach

After we spent more than 3 months here on Koh Tao, I think it is time that I finally introduce you to the island that made us change our travelling plans. We already planned to stay here 8 weeks so I could become a DiveMaster. This island, however, has the strange effect on people that once they come here, they stay much longer, don’t want to leave and at some point, they will come back.

We spent 14 weeks on the beautiful island that is Koh Tao instead of just the previously planned 8 and there is a reason for it. If you want to know those reasons, you should continue reading. Continue reading Our own 1000: Koh Tao, Thailand

Save Koh Tao: Building a Coral Nursery

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Dive briefing on the boat

A few weeks back I had the chance to take part in an extraordinary eco project. Together with about 15 divemaster trainees and instructors Ban’s Diving and Save Koh Tao we built a coral nursery near the reef at Sairee Beach. Although I could write lots of stuff about it, this post (again) is mostly about the pictures.

There are a few things though, that I would like to say, because maybe it will open the eyes of some people how important it is to save our planet. Continue reading Save Koh Tao: Building a Coral Nursery

Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand

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If you have even been to Koh Tao, you might not be surprised that I am diving here. Koh Tao lies in the Gulf of Thailand and offers the best and most conveniently located dive sites on the east side of Thailand. Check out our post about the island itself later, but for now you can enjoy the amazing pictures of Koh Tao’s underwater life. Continue reading Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand