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The Dive Academy

Bandara Resort & Spa | Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
+66 81 086 6214
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Ranked #5 of 160 activities in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
Owner description: The Dive Academy are an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at Bandara Resort and Centara Villas in Koh Samui,... more » Owner description: The Dive Academy are an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at Bandara Resort and Centara Villas in Koh Samui, Thailand. We offer the full range of PADI Diving courses and we provide our customers with the highest levels of customer service, safety and fun. We have been on Samui since 2002 so have the experience and knowledge to make the most of your diving around Samui.Internet forums such as Trip Advisor provide a great feedback tool for customers of their experience, 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! « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Our three children (aged 12, 15 and 17) wanted to learn to dive and after some research we settled on The Dive Academy. We (the parents) were somewhat nervous about it all but were really put at ease by the professionalism of Claire and the rest of the team. The kids achieved their PADI Open Water certification - and had... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I went diving with The Dive Academy for two consecutive days in August 2014. The staff were really professional, knowledgeable and safety was their priority. We went to Sail Rock on Day 1 and then to Koh Tao on Day 2. Good dives (2 each) on both days. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

What an amazing day. I have my PADI open water, but my it was my fiances first dive. He was a little apprehensive (understandably) but our instructor Cris was excellent & took it very slowly with him. By the end of the 2nd dive we'd got down to 12m! The sites were fab (mango bay & shark island off Koh... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My Sisters and I completed our PADI Open Water Diver qualification here. We were all looking forward to the trip and had high expectations... which were exceeded in every way! Everyone on the team was lovely and made the trip really enjoyable! We look forward to returning next year for our Advanced Open Water Diver Qualification! And a big thanks... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We took a trip to Koh Tao - first dive in many years. Nick and the team got us right back into it and feeling like pros. Everything was organized and on time, and the lunch and planning was perfect. Very high quality operation and top notch personnel. Thank you!

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Chip, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you had a great time and we were able to get you back in the water and enjoying some nice dives again. Nick is a great dive guide and will always provide you with a solid briefing to ensure you know exactly what is happening... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The Dive Academy is a brilliant place to learn diving. I did both my Open Water and my Advanced Open Water course there and I had an amazing time and was generally very impressed with the overall experience. I am sure that without their enthusiasm I wouldn't have fallen as much in love with diving as I did. The team... More

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Putrajaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Superb Dive to Sail Rock with Mike. Very professional Dive Master. Cris helped us with the booking and scuba reintro as we are not a hardcore scuba divers. Excellent way to spend half day out in the sea.

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi guys Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you had a great time and we were able to get you back in the water and enjoying some nice dives out at Sail Rock. We always offer a refresher free of charge to divers who haven't been diving for a while and that is... More

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Diving was a priority item on our to do list when my husband and I decided to visit Koh Samui. The challange was, that I was a non swimmer, petrified of water and my husband is a diabetic! So I posted on the Koh Samui forum on Trip Advisor and to my dismay recieved only discouraging feedback from the patrons.... More

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Prachi, Now this is what teaching people to dive is all about! Just reading what you have written and being able to be part of this new experience for you, is what makes our job so rewarding! It really was a pleasure to take you both out and we're glad you had a great time. All of our instructors... More

Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Five star dive school. The instructors are very patient, And know the area well . The dives were great fun and I felt really safe with the Diving Instructor. I will certainly be diving with the Dive Academy on my next tripe to samui ! Instructor was english which was also great and I would just like to say I... More

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Dell, Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your diving experience with us. We're glad you had a great time whilst you were here. Being sure there are no communication issues or language barriers are particularly important for us as your safety is the most important thing. Which is why all of our instructors have English... More

Ko Samui, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This really is a five star dive school. The instructors are patient and thorough with all lessons, and know how to have fun. The dives were a lot of fun and I felt really safe with the Dive Academy team. I will certainly be diving with the Dive Academy again!

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Jeff, It was great fun having you and Nick on board completing your Open Water course with us. As residents on Samui, we know you have a lot of choice as to who to dive with and you have good insight as to which dive school to choose and people will tell you about where to get the best... More

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