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- Blue Guru
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Blue Guru Conservation is based on the remote tropical island of Koh Phra Thong, accessed by traditional long tail boat from Kuraburi on the Andaman Coast.
Blue Guru is the closest PADI Dive Resort to Richelieu Rock, Thailand's top dive spot and commonly called a worldwide top 10 dive site. Richelieu Rock, which is located in Surin National Park, is most famous for whale shark sightings. Blue Guru therefore conducts its PADI Whale Shark specialty dives here and at Koh Tachai, the most northerly island in Similans National Park. Data & photos of whale sharks & manta rays spotted whilst diving at these sites are submitted to online databases to contribute to research. In 2013-14 dive season we spotted more whale sharks than ever before at Richelieu Rock and Surin Islands.
4 species of turtle come to breed on the protected beaches of Surin National Park and on Koh Phra Thong's 15kms of undeveloped beach. There has been a turtle monitoring project conducted on Koh Phra Thong for over 10 years, with daily walks between Dec-Apr to look for signs of turtle nests. Blue Guru offers PADI Turtle Awareness specialty course & conducts regular beach clean ups to help reduce plastic in our local seas, which threatens the turtle population.
Our house reefs at Koh Phra Thong are regenerating well following Tsunami damage in 2004 & coral bleaching in 2010. Marine life comes to breed in the nearby mangroves and our local dive sites are the nursery ground for a wide diversity of juvenile fish including black tip reef sharks & tiger tail seahorses.
Blue Guru trained 2 local Thai boys from DSD to Rescue with the aim of giving these boys an alternative career to fishing. They helped discover new offshore reefs, with a great diversity of corals & marine life.
Blue Guru offers the whole range of PADI Dive Courses, including a choice of 22 specialties. These include many environmentally-conscious specialties: Whale Shark, Manta Ray, Turtle Awareness, Shark Conservation Diver, Project AWARE, Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist & AWARE Fish Identification.
One of Blue Guru's owners is a PADI Course Director who is wholeheartedly committed to protection of the aquatic environment and can train PADI Instructors wishing to gain a wide range of eco Specialty Instructor ratings.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of Blue Guru's environmental education or conservation activities, please check out the website: www.blue-guru.org and contact Helen by email: firstname.lastname@example.org