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Address: 158/6 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 92 464 3264
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We are a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Koh Samui, Thailand...

We are a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Koh Samui, Thailand operating since 2005. We offer PADI Courses from beginners to professional as well as providing an abundance of dive sites for recreational divers. We also offer VIP snorkel tours on our own purpose built speedboat so that the snorklers don't miss out on all the fun!

We are the only dive centre on Samui who have their own facilities all contained in one location. Our main dive centre has 2 modern, comfortable, air-conditioned classrooms allowing customers to learn in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have our own purpose built, 4m deep, swimming pool located on site which is perfect for simulating real diving in a safe, training environment, so you will not be transported elsewhere to use a public swimming pool. You are also able to browse our retail section which is located in store, for any items you may need for diving.

Our aim is to help as many people as possible share the fantastic experience of exploring the Underwater World whether as a diver or snorkeler. You come to us as customers and leave as friends!!

Internet forums such as Trip Advisor provide a great feedback tool for customers, however please also always check out the company website, whether the company is registered with a diving organisation such as PADI and are operating legally within the laws of that country which require them to have licenses and insurance in order to offer diving services to tourists. If you are able to do so, visit the dive centre first to check out the facilities and staff. Unfortunately internet forums do not always represent the full picture as people can assume that good reviews mean everything else is in place - and you want to ensure you stay safe as well as have a good time!

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Enjoyable diving experience

We did 4 days diving with the Dive Academy between Xmas and over New Year. Claire’s prompt and personal responses to our enquiries made our decision to book with them. Although... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Liz W
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did 4 days diving with the Dive Academy between Xmas and over New Year. Claire’s prompt and personal responses to our enquiries made our decision to book with them. Although the diving conditions weren’t the best following some recent bad weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Our 3 dive masters (Steve, Winnie & Heath) were all excellent. Our equipment... More 

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Thank Liz W
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Koh Samui has a nice dive site in Koh Tao but it is distant, and if the wind and waves pick up the 67.6 km trip can be challenging, especially in a relatively small boat. The British-run Dive Academy advertises that it takes small groups of divers and gives them personal attention, and that is certainly true, but don't expect... More 

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Thank DragonladyHK2014
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review here on Trip Advisor. There are 3 main diving destinations on the Samui Archipelago. Unfortunately none of them are in Koh Samui itself. If there were dive sites closer, we would most certainly use them. When the wind and waves pick up it can make the journey a little bumpy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Today I did the snorkeling in koh tao and shark island not only is the water crystal clear with amazing fish the staff and crew absolutely made the day! Their warm vibes and bright personalitys add to making a great experience. The lunch that's provided was so tasty home made traditional Thai food! With no shortage in food or drinks.... More 

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Thank Lauzilauz
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hello there. Many thanks for taking the time to write a review here. We have passed your Big shout to Winnie who took you snorkeling and she send back a big thank you. Our caterers also greatly accepted your kind words about the food. It is our goal to make everyone's day out a special day and we hope that... More 

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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We keep an excellent memory of our first dive with The Dive Academy! It was in January at Koh Tao, full day with 2 dives and a nice moment. Our instructor was very patient and pedagogue. I was a bit afraid when starting and he had been able to reassure me and the dive was a real success! Big thanks... More 

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Thank Coralie C
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hello Coralie Thank you for taking the time to write a review here. We had a great time taking you out diving and even though you was a little apprehensive at first, our instructor was able to let you go at your own pace so that you could finish with a successful dive. One day maybe, you might just do... More 

West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In December 2015 I completed my Advanced Open Water Diver, and Enriched Air (Nitrox) with the Dive academy, which I only decided to do a few days beforehand, and had only been in contact with guys about doing some individual dives with a friend. Although I gave myself a very short amount of time to study , The Dive Academy... More 

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Thank Kim P
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hello Kim Thank you for taking the time to write a review here for us. Many people who come to Samui are here for a short time and we understand that sometimes completing courses takes up a lot of your holiday. However, it is always our aim to make sure that all things are prepared for students so that they... More 

Wokingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend and I dived with The Dive Academy at the end of Sept 2015.We booked to dive with them before we went whilst in England. The communication and information provided via email was excellent and the replies were prompt. When we got out to Thailand our experience got better meeting the very friendly & helpful staff. I did my... More 

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Thank shocker86
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi there. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review here on this site. Receiving feed back from our guests is important as it lets us know if we are meeting their needs. We are happy to know that we provided you with the level of teaching and service throughout your time with us, from first... More 

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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Excellent dives at koh Tao. Five staff really friendly. Good equipment and boat. Got real up close with a turtle. Amazing!

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Thank Tony A
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Tony Thank you so much for writing a review here for us. We are glad you took the time to come out on a diving trip with us and had an excellent time. All the more memorable as you was able to get up close to a turtle. Let's hope that if you come out with us again you... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We completed 4 dives with The Dive Academy at the beginning of January while staying in Koh Samui. The positive feedback given by previous TripAdvisor reviews convinced us to try these guys out and we are so pleased we did. Whether this is your first time or experienced, we can highly recommend this company for a great trip whilst improving... More 

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Thank Jimmy7827
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hello Jimmy Many thanks for taking the time to write a review here. It is our goal to make sure that our guests have a fantastic time with us regardless of their experience levels or abilities. We are please to hear that we provided you with two great days of diving and that you was lucky enough to see one... More 

New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I wanted to get a refresher course as we are not experienced divers and tried it only once in the past, so the best option was the 'Discover Scuba Experience' day. We went a couple days before to do the trial dive in the pool and Claire was very patient and provided clear explanation as well as... More 

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Thank tasteph
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to write a review here. We are very happy to hear that you had a great day and also that the try dive you took in our pool helped you have a fantastic days diving. The advantage of doing the try dive is that it enables you to master some skills and... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter Lily enrolled in the Discover Scuba Diving course and together we had a fantastic dive experience with the guys at the Dive Academy. From the first phone call all of the staff were very friendly and professional. Stu was very thorough with his basic skills training and Steve made her feel very relaxed underwater. Claire and Paul were... More 

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Thank Cullo2016
TheDiveAcademy, Manager at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hello there. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review here. We are very happy to hear that both you and Lily had a great time diving with us. To be able to take Lily into our own pool at our shop makes the try dive easier for you. It also enables people who have never... More 

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