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Archive for April, 2014

Daily Woof April 29

Man still busy, busy, busy.  I have been running my tail off between all the divers we’ve been having, and getting my new shop up and going.  Check out our new signs that just went up and I am sure you notice the handsome guy on one of the signs.  That alone should be enough to bring in all the customers.  We also had our first guests at Stoli’s guesthouse this week and they are very happy and even extended their stay for 3 more nights.  Make sure to inquire about our dive and stay packages that we now offer in conjunction with the Amari Palm Reef and Stoli’s gueshouse.  I really like the sound of that.

The diving has still been unbelievable and we are so busy from divers wanting to book extra days and seeing all the spots we have here in the Gulf.  We’ve been going to Sail Rock daily where the visibility has been 25-30 meters, Chumphon Pinnacle which has been about 25 meters and all of the other dives sites around Koh Tao which have been 15-20 meters.  This is some of the best diving we have had in years and you need to come out and enjoy it with us.

Congratulations to Jessica who completed her PADI open water course with Arno, Charlotte who completed her course with Nick, and Torie and Kenny who completed their open water courses with Joe.  Also, Kristian who completed his PADI advanced open water with Nicola.  Great job everyone.

Ok, back to work so I hope you enjoy the pictures from the last few days and see how much fun everyone is having with Discovery.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 25

Yes, finally I got the call to go on the boat.  Not for diving, but as a snorkel guide.  Hey, I love snorkeling anyway and what a great way to spend the day guiding the snorkelers around.  We had two boats yesterday, one to Koh Tao and one to Sail Rock.  I was on the Sail Rock boat with two snorkelers and we had a great time.  I showed them all the good spots to see fish and corals on the rock and got some extra swimming time in between dives for myself too.

Sail rock was awesome for the divers too yesterday with 25 meter viz and tons and tons of barracuda, fusiliers, giant morays, white-eyed morays, and the biggest grouper I have ever seen!  What a monster.  Koh Tao was really nice also as we went to the wreck on the first dive and shark island on the second.

I’ll leave you with pictures of the day as I got to go home and rest now.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 24

Finally, I got a day to go on the boat.  We had a trip to the Angthong Marine Park today, one of my favorite places in the world, and I was put on the schedule to go.  Unfortunately, I forgot to set my alarm clock and overslept.  I cannot believe this has happened to me.  Eapecially after I saw all the pictures from the day and saw how much fun everyone had.  The gang did one dive at Koh Yippon and went in and out of all the caves and saw tons of fish, sting rays, lionfish and so much more.  then they went into the main marine park and went swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.  I am the best kayaker of course as I have 4 arms to use.  I’m like 2 people!  I hope my dad isn’t mad and not put me on the boat anymore for oversleeping.  I guess we’ll see.

Enjoy the pictures and you should all book this tour from us as everyone always has a great time.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 23

OK, enough of this.  I am going on strike if I cannot get out diving soon.  I have been working my tail off here at the shop.  And what do they pay me with?  Bones!  Who pays people in bones?  I have been so busy that I even had to get my little brother Jagger to help with the inventory.  And what does he do?  He jumps in a bin of t-shirts and starts playing instead of counting.  Some help he is.

It is even worse for me because the diving has been so great.  Yesterday we had 2 boats again, one to Koh Tao and one to Sail Rock.  Koh Tao sites are down in visibility a little to about 12-15 meters, but Sail Rock is an amazing 30 meters with tons of fish.  Put me on the list please for the next opening.  Today we had our Koh Tao boat visit the wreck which was  a lot of fun and the Discovery boat was back at Sail Rock again.

Congratulations to NIco and Chantal on completing their open water courses.  I am heading over to Tesco now to get signboards and markers for the picket line.

Enjoy the pictures of the last two days.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 21

Hey Dudes,

I know we are busy here at the shop, but I still found time to start a new career.  I am going to be managing a few Muay Thai fighters here in Koh Samui.  I am pretty well known as a fighter myself, so I think it is time to pass along my knowledge and skills to other dogs.  Of course, to be a good manager and promoter I need to look the part.  So, I am going to start wearing my hair like my idol Don King.  I figure if it worked for him, it will work for me.

On to the diving.  Yesterday we had both boats out again with Stoli boat going to Chumphon and Koh Tao and Discovery back to Sail Rock.  Chumphon was a very nice 20 meters with tons of fish and huge anenome fields.  Our second dive was at Shark Island where the viz dropped down a bit to 12 meters, but still a lot to see including turtles.  Sail Rock is still outstanding with 15 meter visibility.  Today we went with two boats to Koh Tao and Stoli went to Chumphon with 30 meters viz and our second dive was at Twins which was nice with 10 meter viz.  Discovery did the first dive at Green Rock which was 10-15 meters and was to Lighthouse with viz about 6-10 meters.

Congratulations to May, Kai, Brad and Frank on completing their PADI open water courses with Axel and James and to HK and Peter completing their advanced open water course with Seb.  Great job everyone.

Well, off to the gym to find some prospects.  Enjoy the pictures.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 19

Sorry, I haven’t wrote my blog in a few days, but we’ve still been really busy at the moment.  Even my brother Jagger has had to work to keep up.  So, now we got the whole family working.  It’s great when we have these excellent diving conditions and our biggest problem seems to be accommodating everyone who wants to dive again and again.  So, on Thursday we had one boat to Koh Tao and one to Sail Rock and the same on Friday.  Both days we went to Chumphon Pinnacle and had great conditions of 25 meter visibility.  Sail Rock dropped down a little to about 15 meters, which is still very very nice.

Congratulations to Charlie and Ling who completed their open water course with Mike, and to Einar who completed his advanced open water course with Nick.

Well, back to work for me.  I haven’t even had a chance to get to the Boneyard this week, but got to keep the divers happy.  Enjoy the pictures.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 16

Another day that I did not make it on the boat.  We are very busy now, and because we limit the amount of divers on the boat, I got left off. Again.   I thought I was the boss!  I mean seriously, I only weigh 13 kilos.  I’d be happy to sit in the icebox if I have to.  Not fair at all.  I think I will have to go into the computer and cancel out some people for tomorrow to make room for me.  I hope no one catches me doing this.

Today we had two boats again.  The Discovery boat was at Sail Rock with 25 meter viz and Stoli went to Koh Tao where we visited HIn Wong Pinnacle  (20 meters), Mango Bay (18 meters) and Shark Island (20 meters).  Everyone was happy, happy, happy as usual and many divers wanted to book again.  I think we need to re-think our policy.  It seems if they have a great time they book again and then I can’t go on the boat.  I will have to fire all of our staff and get staff that is not as good so we have more space for me.  I am not sure if my Dad will go for that though.

So, today Mike was with Jane and Charlie for dives 1 and 2 of the open water course, Ankita and Radhika were taking their first underwater breaths with Axel, and congratulations to Rachael on completing her open water course with Joe.

Enjoy the pictures from today.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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