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Stoli’s Koh Samui Diving Blog

I want to start out talking a little bit about Thailand and the current situation here.  I want to assure everyone that traveling and staying in Thailand now is very safe for humans and dogs.  There has been a lot of international press and warnings, but I can assure you that especially Koh Samui is very safe and we don’t even have a curfew here, so you can enjoy our beautiful and fun island the same as it has been.

In addition, now is the best time to book and come to Koh Samui.  Many of the hotels are offering incredible deals right now and airfares are dropping also.  In addition, we here at Discovery are offering a 15% discount for internet bookings for the month of June.  I hope this does not come out of my bone fund.  You can see more information at http://www.discoverydivers.com

So, the diving has also been great this week and not very crowded, so a good time to dive also.  Yesterday we were at Sail Rock which had about 15 meters visibility and the day before we were at Chumphon Pinnacle (15 meter) and shark island (15 meters).

Check out some of the pictures from the last few days and I am throwing in a bonus.  For anyone who books diving in the next 48 hours, I will throw in a partially chewed tennis ball.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Stoli’s Koh Samui Diving blog

Hey Everyone,  I’m going to start by giving you my top 5 reasons the army coup is good.

1.  With the curfew our customers are not out late so showing up bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning

2.  With the tv stations off the air, I don’t have to sit through the God awful Thai soap operas at night with my mom

3.  With the bars closing at 10 I don’t spend my money on bar dogs that hand out at The Boneyard late at night when I am drunk

4.  We have to close the new shop at 10 now.  Home earlier for me 🙂

5.  No TV, no late nights at the clubs, everyone might as well go diving with Discovery

So back to the diving.  We’ve had a few great days here and even had our first whale shark in about a month on Tuesday.  The weather has been great during the day, with some storms later in the afternoon, but with our fast Discovery speedboats, we are already back home safe and sound by then.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of the last few days and don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.  I better get out of her and home before curfew or I might be grounded with no TV.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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Daily Woof May 16

Sorry peeps.  I have been so busy lately I have not had time to do my blog.  So many things have been going on here so let me fill you in.  Not only have we been crazy busy everyday running our boats to Sail Rock and Koh Tao as the conditions are still great and we are getting so many people who want to dive multiple days.  We also now have opened up our new shop  in the center of Chaweng and I have been working there everyday booking dives and selling lots of equipment.  We also have had some guests at my Stoli guesthouse, but are not fully open there yet as we have been so busy opening the dive shop.  The new shop has turned our traditionally low season into a mini high season as we are still very busy.  Today though we are taking the discovery boat our for it’s regularly scheduled maintenance and full check-over to make sure everything is perfect for the upcoming high season.  It will also give Captains Nan and Aong some much needed rest as they have been running the boat almost everyday for a long time.  Of course I can always drive the boat in a pinch.  We still have our Stoli boat in the water though so we will be running just one boat for the next few weeks as when discovery goes back in the water we will take the Stoli boat out and give Captain Aon and asst captain Pop a break.  If you get down to Samui anytime soon, please come visit us at either of our shops at the Amari hotel, or the new shop in Central Chaweng near the new Central Festival Shopping Center.  I will leave you with some pictures from the last week or so.  Don’t forget to visit us at http://www.discoverydivers.com.

Bark at ya later,

Stoli

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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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