The Dive Blog from Chaloklum Diving, Gulf of Thailand

Whale Sharks in the Gulf in May?

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

Whale Sharks in the Gulf in May?

Chaloklum Diving wish you summer greetings from a typically peaceful, post-full moon party island. What’s not so typical is the fact that a bunch of Whale Sharks seem to have taken a liking to Koh Phangan’s top dive destination Sail Rock, and we’ve been seeing them most times that we make a diving, and snorkelling, trip out there. As it is also low season, it means that we have been neglecting our other favourite destinations – Anthong Marine Park and Koh Tao are still very much off the schedule although we have had...

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Whale Shark at Marine Park !

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

Whale Shark at Marine Park !

After a somewhat shaky start this month we now have some great diving conditions – with real blue water diving and even the appearance of a big whale shark at Hin Yipon in Anthong Marine Park – plus a Whale Shark video from our Divemaster to prove it! Of course we are still visiting the spectacular Sail Rock, but we also have a special dive trip in mind for Advanced Open Water divers and above – probably cruising up to Shark Island at Koh Tao for dive one, then down to the legendary Samran Pinnacles for number two… Of...

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A hectic SCUBA Diving week on Koh Phangan…

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 1 comment

A hectic SCUBA Diving week on Koh Phangan…

We’ve just had a really fine week of diving in the Gulf of Thailand – 6 days of dive trips to 5 different destinations – with good visibility, calm seas and hot, sunny days. After this January’s weather and conditions we were having some problems remembering how it’s meant to be – SCUBA diving on the paradise island of Koh Phangan! Anyway Jan and his team of divers have already moved on to experience the delights of Khao Sok National Park – we wish them a great time, with thanks once again for diving...

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An interesting start to the year on Koh Phangan

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

An interesting start to the year on Koh Phangan

Long time no hear, you might say, and indeed it’s been nearly 3 months since we last gave an update on Chaloklum Diving goings on. Our excuse is that (sadly) there wasn’t anything special about January from the diving and snorkelling point of view, and then February (happily) was surprisingly busy – to the extent that we didn’t have time to do more than run an efficient diving school for a fair length of time – which is what we enjoy best, of course! February has featured great visibility at most of the dive...

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A bit of Real Rainy Season in the Gulf of Thailand!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 2 comments

A bit of Real Rainy Season in the Gulf of Thailand!

For the last few days we’ve had some authentic rainy season conditions on Koh Phangan – proper waves crashing on the beach, a serious wind blowing through the dive centre, a thoroughly bad-tempered cat, plus some torrential rain for good measure. The diving school stays open as ever, but it’s more for the PADI pro’s to socialise, complain about the weather and enjoy an excellent noodle soup from Mr Chai across the road – thankfully he is still open! Today is actually a lot calmer although still wet, and the...

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Quiet times on Koh Phangan

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

Quiet times on Koh Phangan

The Gulf of Thailand is calm, the weather is generally sunny (with the occasional serious shower), the SCUBA diving and snorkelling conditions are good and we even have whale sharks making appearances at Sail Rock. It’s such a shame that this time of the year is meant to be our rainy season!! Over the last few years we’ve been seeing this change in the weather – and now we’re trying to let divers know that there can be a chance of great diving on quieter dive sites at this time of year. Longer trips are off the agenda...

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The Big Boat is Back and further Chaloklum Diving news from Koh Phangan

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

The Big Boat is Back and further Chaloklum Diving news from Koh Phangan

Well, it was meant to be a quick visit to a new boatyard in Suratthani, but Lek and Nick ended up spending 2 weeks there as a great team of craftsmen did a lot of necessary and thoroughly professional work. For sure, after all that it’s great to be back on Koh Phangan and a fine feeling to have the Chaloklum Diving boat looking so good. All we need is a little more SCUBA diving action – things are still quiet in the Gulf of Thailand, although the upcoming full moon party should make the island busier soon. Sail Rock remains our...

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It’s time to take it easy on Koh Phangan!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

It’s time to take it easy on Koh Phangan!

In the period of about 1 week Koh Phangan has changed from rather hectic, high-season mode to a laid-back tropical island once more! Instead of a busy diving boat and dive sites we’ve more space both onboard and underwater – and although it’s nice to work hard for a while, the Chaloklum Diving team are not complaining at this peaceful start to September. Diving conditions remain great at Sail Rock, and with the excitement of several whale shark appearances last month, it has remained our favourite destination. We have...

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Enjoying the Summer with Chaloklum Diving

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

Enjoying the Summer with Chaloklum Diving

Summer holidays in Europe mean a busy Koh Phangan this year and we are happy to say that all the team at Chaloklum Diving are hard at work! It’s great  to have a healthy range of PADI courses on the go, as well as to be making regular dive trips with our own boat. Our 3 dive special is back on the schedule along with trips to Koh Tao dives sites – in addition to the mighty Sail Rock – the only sad news is that we’re still waiting for some visibility at Angthong Marine Park, again… Today our boat has gone up to...

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The Diving School slips back into gear on Koh Phangan

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

The Diving School slips back into gear on Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan has had a quiet, restful June and the team at the dive centre have been taking it fairly easy, and why not indeed? It’s fine to take a break, but also a little frustrating when Sail Rock has such great diving conditions and we haven’t made it out to Angthong Marine Park or Koh Tao for some diving and snorkelling for much too long… Hopefully the summer months will see rather more SCUBA action at the dive shop – amongst other things we are hoping to offer a wider variety of diving trips, and to promote more...

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