Since coming back to Koh Tao in January, a lot has happened on the Island. The Dive conditions have been good for the most part, with days of crystle clear visibilty, perfect for filming. Right now it’s the calm before the storm, predicting that June/July/August are going to be busy months.
In early March, SAVE KOH TAO held their annual film festival, which Chelle and Steve, 2 of my collegues, entered pieces in, and did really well.
That was followed by SONGKRAN (Thai New Year), 2 days of water fights and celebrations, with Ban’s Dive Resort putting on another one of their huge beach parties, and everyone just let off.
On a new site in Chalok, KOH TAO FESTIVAL kicked off, this year without the rain and much more room to move around and enjoy the food drink and entertainment.
Apart from all that, it was Island life as usual, full of parties, work and relaxation, everything that makes Koh Tao home.
But all of that is irrelevant if the diving is not there, the HUB of everything that runs on Koh Tao. But the HUB of Koh Tao is starting to change because of GLOBAL WARMING. It’s not totally a bad thing, it can be fixed and managed, but coral bleaching is happening, and it’s not just Koh Tao, but all reefs around the world.
On Koh Tao, we have a group called SAVE KOH TAO, who endlessly look for and do things to help protect the waters around here and they have a lot of support. But now is the time to look at the big picture and accept that it’s not only a job or activity for some, but something everybody needs to do. It’s not just Koh Tao, it’s reefs in Australia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Palau, and the list goes on.
My blog is going to follow the progress of Coral Rehabilitation around the world, which will contain websites and information for people to see what they can do to help the reefs of the world. In the meantime, check out:
KOH TAO REALLY IS PARADISE AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT STAYS THAT WAY.
IT’S MORE THAN JUST PRETTY PICTURES, IT’S HOME TO SO MANY.