Author Ellis Derkx

Ellis Derkx is a PADI MSDT and has been working as a diving instructor on the Canary Islands, Dominican Republic, Maldives, in Mexico and Australia. Ellis is originally from the Netherlands, but left her home country in 2006 and has been living in many different countries since then. She also lived in New Zealand for a year. Ellis has completed a course in ´Travel Writing´ with the Australian Writers Centre and is graduated from Breda University of Applied Sciences with a BBA in Management Tourism in the Netherlands in 2004. She´s the author of the book ´Safety Stop´, which is currently being written and in which she shares her adventures of being on the road for over a decade.

There are many dive centers on Koh Phi Phi Don. Upon arriving on Ko Phi Phi I was overwhelmed by the amount of dive centres on this island. To be honest, I felt a bit dissapointed in the way certain dive centers out there are mainly focussed on the numbers without caring for the oceans or the island. Because I was still working on my article about scuba diving on Koh Lipe, I suddenly figured out that this eco-conscious dive centre on Ko Lipe has a sister company diving center, called Blue View Divers, on Koh Phi Phi! After I…

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When I first arrived on the island of Ko Lipe, located in the Andaman Sea in the South of Thailand, I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of tourists on this small island, especially after just coming from the quiet island of Koh Mook. Arriving on the 30th of December, this was also the busiest time of the year for Koh Lipe. Looking at the size of the island and the amount of tourists, I was very pleased to have my stay booked in the Eco Lodge of Adang Sea Divers. In contradiction to most other accommodations on Ko…

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During my stay on Koh Lanta I went on a triple tank dive trip with Kon-Tiki Diving and Snorkeling center, it was an amazing experience! Although it was only one day, it was quiet a long day and it felt a bit as being on a living aboard! Their service was excellent, the diving was great, the food delicious and I made some new dive friends! Although it was quiet a big and full boat, I was positive surprised by how well everything was organised and how the diving took place in small groups. Read on to experience this amazing…

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How I ended up in Hat Nai Yang, Thalang District on Phuket, Thailand Exactly at the moment that I decided to escape the winter in Europe this year and go back diving again, I got a message from somebody telling me that he had opened his own dive center in Phuket, Thailand. We were both dive instructors in the Dominican Republic in 2008 and after that I accidently met him again on Malapascua Island, Philippines in 2012. That´s when we exchanged Facebooks and we kept in touch thereafter. At the moment he invited me to come over and dive with…

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Scuba diving is probably not the first thing you think off when considering activities to do in Arguineguín. You might be surprised that Gran Canaria offers spectacular diving with lots of variety. Ellis takes you on an underwater tour exploring the marine reserve ´El Cabron´, in Arinaga. “After diving many destinations all over the world, I’m still very excited to dive ´El Cabron´ again. I think it’s Europe’s best diving,” says one of the other divers as we make our way to Arinaga. The marine reserve is home to more than 400 marine species and is the base of the…

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