"...Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao) is an island in Thailand located near the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand... In the 1980s the first travelers discovered Ko Tao and their special backpacker network quickly made it widely known and a popular destination... In the 1990s the island finally became known as a diving site..."
In the water around this island I obtained my Open Water and Advance Open Water diving certificates during my year-end holiday couple years ago. So it is only proper if I went back there to get my Rescue Diver certification. However, the key reason why I decided to go back there is Eco Koh Tao, a great school for Marine Resource Management and other environment related courses.
These two weeks in Koh Tao have opened my eyes on how ignorant we, human being, are. There are many big noble things we can do, but there are more than many small things we can do too as an individual. After this trip, I have now been trying harder to participate as much as I can one way or another.
Thanks Nath and the team, you guys are fantastic, the tireless eco warriors...
Pic 1364 - 1367: First part out of seven.
The first picture is Mango Bay dive site. The second picture shows some structures made by Eco Koh Tao for the Junkyard Reef.
From Eco Koh Tao page on Facebook, here is the description of Junkyard Reef:
"... Our (Eco Koh Tao) own artificial reef located a few hundred metres offshore from the dive school. It was developed by a hardy band of eco-warriors a little over a year ago. It is small but interesting and the aim was, and still is to make it a viable place to dive with courses and recreational divers alike. Those divers interested in the ‘little stuff’ can probably spend a dive there while many others find it a little monotonous..."
The last picture is the Thai's style of Maneki Neko - just guessing though :) Taken from the school's restaurant.