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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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Daily Woof April 15

What a waste of time.  I spent all day doing my taxes and then I forgot that I was not in the US anymore.  On top of that, I forgot that dogs don’t have to pay tax anyway.  I can’t believe that I spent all day inside doing that instead of going diving the last two days.  Especially after seeing all the pictures of how much fun everyone had the last couple of days.

Yesterday we had two boat to Koh Tao.  One boat went to Chumphon Pinnacle and Shark Island, and the other boat went to Mango bay and White Rock.  Chumphon had about 20 meters viz, and Shark Island about 12-15.  Maybe Bay was a beautiful 20 meters and White rock about 15.  Tons of Marine life at all the sites as you can see in the pictures.

Today we had the Discovery boat to Sail rock, which was amazing at 25 meters and Koh Tao where we visited mango bay and Twins.  both great.

Congratulations to Colin, Matthew and Johannes in completing their advanced open water courses with Steve and congratulations to John and Shen completing their open water courses with James.

Busy, busy busy, got to run.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 12

Happy Songkran everyone, or as they say here “sawadee pee mai”, which means happy new year. Looks like the fun has started early here as I just walked outside the shop here in Chaweng and got soaked by a bucket of water.  We will be closed tomorrow so our staff and myself can enjoy the festivities, which here on Samui are pretty much massive water fights mixed with some mild (haha) alcohol consumption.  The Discovery gang will be celebrating at our pier in Bangrak if anyone wants to come join us.

So to wrap up our last day of diving this year we had one boat to Sail rock and one boat to Angthong Marine Park today.  Angthong was spectacular with 12-15 meter visibility.  We had a fun mis of divers and snorkelers and we did our diving at Koh Yippon lek, and Koh Yippon Yai.  When we get this kind of conditions and visibility the marine park is one of the best sites in the area. Tons of fish and caves and swim throughs.  Sail Rock was a good 15 meter today with the usual suspects of giant morays, white eyed morays, batfish, fusiliers, trevally and so many more.

Congratulations today to Birgit on completing her deep adventure dive, Katrina on completing her open water course.  Katrina just came back to the shop soaked already.  We also had 6 people doing discover scuba with us today who all had a great time.

As I am off tomorrow I will be heading to the dogpound with my crew Deng Mo, Tong naam, and maybe even Andra tonight for some doggy cocktails and chasing some tail.

Have a great Songkran and see you Monday.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 11

Still getting ready for Songkran, but all of our divers are getting wet already so I guess what is the big deal.  I’ve still been very busy at the shop as with the great diving conditions we are having now we have many more customers wanting to dive than we have room on the boats.  I hope this goes on forever, but I do need a break.

So today we had two boats again.  One to Sail Rock and one to Chumphon Pinnacle Koh Tao.  It seems like a broken record as all the dive sites were about 20 meter visibility and very calm seas.  Also, so many fish around as you can see by the pictures.  We had a very busy day with courses today.  Congratulations to Kim on completing his scuba diver course with Nicola, Katrina was doing her first two dives at Koh Tao with Steve, congratulations to Birgit on completing her open water course with Axel, and Jemma completing her scuba diver course with Nick.  Great job everyone.

I’m off to get some sleep so I’ll leave you with some pictures of today.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 10

Ok, as we are sold out until Tuesday, I found some time to get out of the office and get myself ready for Songkran.  For those of you who don’t know about that, Songkran is the Thai new year which is on Sunday.  It is tradition here to have water fights and spraying water everywhere.  I just got myself a new super soaker and I am ready to use it.  If you are around Samui, come join us at our Discovery pier in Bangrak, but just watch out for me as I have no mercy in soaking you. (with water of course)

It never gets boring talking about the great diving conditions that we have now here.  Our Stoli boat went to Chumphon (20+ meters), Mango bay (20 meters) and Twins (20+).  We also had someone almost lose their hand to a shark bite.  Bood thing we got a picture of it below.  I would have kicked that shark’s butt.  Our Discovery boat went to Sail Rock where we had about 15-20 meters.  Can’t beat this!  Tomorrow we will have one boat going to Sail Rock and one to the Koh Tao.  We also had a lot of courses going on today.  Axel was with Birgit doing her open water, Steve was in the pool and classroom with Kim, Katrina and Rikke, and Nick was in the pool with Jemma and Jane.  All of them will be on the boat to Koh Tao tomorrow.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 9

Wow!  Looks like high season again.  Sorry I was not able to do my blog yesterday, but we have been crazy busy.  I have been running my tail off booking people for the next few days and I can’t wait for my day off on Sunday for Songkran.  We are now sold out until Monday.  I have to get my squirt gun out of the closet and get ready.  It doesn’t hurt that the diving conditions have been nothing short of awesome lately.  Now that the conditions are great we are back to running one boat to KT and one to Sail Rock every day and everyone comes back from the dives booking more dives.  Yesterday we went to Twins and White Rock.  Both were about 25 meter visibility.  Sail Rock was also great with 20 meters, but had a very strong current.  Great if you want to burn those calories.  Today we went to Lamtien and Shark Island.  Both had a bout 15-20 meter viz on them.  Congratulations to Andrew on completing his advanced open water course today with Nicola.  Great job!

Back to work now.  Now we can start on booking divers for next week.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 7

Another great day here at Discovery.  We had two boats our today.  Discovery boat went to Sail Rock where the visibility was a stunning 25 meters.  Lots of barracuda, trevally, batfish, white eyed morays, giant morays and all the other species.  Stoli boat went to Koh Tao and we visited mango bay (20 meters), green rock (15 meters), and twins (20 meters).  We have some fantastic pictures of today also I’ll attach.

Congratulations to James on completing his advanced open water course with Nicola yesterday at Sail Rock.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 6

Ok, got big news now for you.  The secret project I’ve been working out is done.  We here at Discovery are opening up a new shop here in Koh Samui.  The shop will be located in Central Chaweng on the beach road near the new Central Festival shopping center.  Even bigger news is that we also have connected to it Stoli’s guest house.  A 12 room hotel which will be above our shop.  We will start offering out dive and stay packages on our website very soon.  We will still be keeping our shop in north Chaweng at the Amari hotel where we have been for 14 years already.  I’m not sure which shop I’ll be making my home, but I am sure I’ll be bouncing around between both shops if you are coming to see me.  We should be opening full on on May 1st.  Come by for some great grand opening specials.

Back to the diving.  Of course the diving should be 1st as the conditions are absolutely awesome right now.  We had two boats today.  One to the Marine Park and one to Chumphon and Koh Tao.  Chumphon was outstanding with tons of fish and 20-25 meter viz.  Mango Bay had 20 meters, and Twins was 20+.  Now that I am done with my project I need to get my butt on the boat and get diving.  Who knows, maybe tomorrow 50 meters?  We had a good mix of Discover scuba divers, advanced open water courses and lot of fun divers.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of today and talk to you tomorrow.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 4

Hey Everyone,

Sorry about not being able to post all day, but I was babysitting my little brother Jagger.  While everyone else was having fun on the boats I was home watching him.  That’s ok though because I love the little guy.  Tonight, I’m going to make Mom and Dad stay home and babysit while I go out and party.  Me, Deng Mo and Tong Naam are headed out to the boneyard for a big night.  We hear Scooby Doo is making an special appearance tonight and playing with his band.  On second thought, maybe I should bring Jagger with me.  That guy is a chick magnet!!

Ok ok, enough about me.  I know you want to hear about the great diving we have been having.  On Thursday we had one boat to Sail Rock and one to Koh Tao.  Sail Rock was beeeeaaauutiful with 15-20 meter viz and tons of fish.  Koh Tao and we went to Mango Bay (15 meters), HIn Wong Pinnacle (15 meters), and Lighthouse drop-off (5-10 meters).  Today we had one boat to Sail Rock (10-15 viz) and one to Koh Tao visiting Twins which was outstanding at 25 meters and Shark Island which dropped off a little to 10-15 meters.

We had a whole bunch of students taking and completing their courses the last couple of days.  Congratulations to Paul and James who did their open water course with Axel, Julie who completed her open water and advanced with Joe, William and Steven who completed their open water and adventure diver courses with Steve, Yuk Yee who completed her open water with James, Tony who did his advanced open water with Arno, and Michael who completed his open water with Tak.  Great job everyone.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Well, off to get a nap before by big night.  Please enjoy the pictures and

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 2

Yo diving buddies,

Another beautiful day here on Samui, but we really need some rain.  We haven’t had a good rain in over 3 months now I think.  I have been trying to do my part watering the plants, but nobody seems to appreciate it.  Anyway, I haven’t been diving the last few days because I am working on a big, big  project.  I should be able to tell you all about it in the next few days.

The rest of the Discovery gang though has been taking advantage of the awesome diving conditions that we have now.  Today we went to Koh Tao and visited Mango Bay, the wreck and shark island.  The wreck today had 25 meter viz.  I never have seen it that clear.  The pictures look awesome!  Also, more turtles on shark island and mango bay was very nice.  As we had some advanced divers and advanced open water students the wreck was a perfect choice for the day.

Congratulations to James and Paul on completing their open water course today.  Great job guys!

I need to get back to my project so I’ll leave you with some pictures from the day.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof April 1 (Real)

Hey Everyone,

Well, yesterday being April fools we had many comments and messages about the diving day in my blog.  Unfortunately it didn’t happen that way, but we have something to look forward to.  I still would really like my own pinnacle and I will still look for that.

We did have a great day today though.  Actually we were scheduled to go to Koh Tao, but we heard from our friends in Koh Phangon that Sail Rock was really nice on Monday so we all decided with the divers to make an “audible” and switch to Sail Rock for the diving.  What a great decision as the conditions are Sail Rock were outstanding with big schools of barracuda, trevally, batfish, fusilier and many scorpion fish, banded shrimp and tons of other stuff.  The visibility was about 15-20 meters.  Sail Rock is awesome when we have conditions like this.

I’ve put in some pictures from Sail Rock and the day before at Koh Tao.  Please enjoy them.

So, we will be back now to running one boat a day to Sail Rock and one to Koh Tao, so I hope you join me and the Discovery team for some diving now while it is really nice.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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