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Address: Bandara Resort & Spa | Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 92 464 3264
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Description: The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor...
The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at Bandara Resort in Bophut and Centara Villas in Laem Set on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand. We offer the full range of PADI Diving courses, dive tours for certified divers as well as VIP snorkeling tours. We have been on Samui since 2002 so have the experience and knowledge to make the most of your diving & snorkeling around Samui. Being the highest ranking PADI dive centre on the island means you can be assured that your experience will be professional, safe, calm, yet passionate and fun, delivering the highest levels of customer service. 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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April/May 2014 Well I would like to start with how disappointed I was not being able to have done more diving with Paul & Claire. What an amazing organization you have in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Maitland, Australia
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Gothenburg, Sweden
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

But I am really good no bull. When you survive over 200 alone dives in Sweden then you have to be good. Or I would not sit here still today!? But this company have a real bad attitude! Leaving divers alone! Blaming good divers who want to take good underwater pictures. Promise that you can have a nice dive taking... More 

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Maitland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

April/May 2014 Well I would like to start with how disappointed I was not being able to have done more diving with Paul & Claire. What an amazing organization you have in the Dive Academy. From the initial communications via emails before leaving home (outstanding) to the training learnt from Paul in gaining my Advance & Nitrox certification is nothing... More 

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

Hi ron m, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it and love hearing from our customers. Diving is our passion and we love sharing that passion with like minded people. Helping you progress with your Nitrox and Advanced Certification was a real pleasure for us. Safety is our number one priority as we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I just spent three great days doing the Open Water Certification. My instructor John was awesome and made me feel comfortable every step of the way. The staff is super friendly and the rate of response to emails and inquiries was impressive through the planning stages. I highly recommend the dive academy to anyone spending time in Samui.

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

Hi Agustín G, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it and love hearing from our students. Congratulations again on completing the Open Water course and becoming a certified diver. We aim to give prospective students and certified divers as much information as possible, tailor made to their requirements before booking. This enables you... More 

Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I would recommend the Dive Academy to anyone interested in diving in Thailand. I finished my open water certification (3 & 4th dive) with Paul, the owner, and the whole experience from start to finish was great. The entire staff was helpful and very knowledgeable. My husband and I did 4 great dives and was impressed by everyone on the... More 

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

Hi BrittneeSpears, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for recommending us. We really enjoyed having you with us and its great to hear that you had a good time! We love sharing our passion for diving with fellow divers and aim to provide a safe and fun environment for everyone. Please do come see us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

After years of visiting amazing dive resorts but not being able to dive l, I finally decided to take my PADI Open Water Course. The decision to use The Dive Academy came as a result of the great location which happened to be near out hotel plus the fabulous online help I received from the academy when I was enquiring.... More 

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

Hi Lorna W, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We love hearing from our students and thanks for recommending us. Learning to dive can be a daunting experience and here at The Dive Academy we keep our groups small so the instructor can really focus on each student on an individual level and help them on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

The Dive Academy is the place to dive in Koh Samui. The staff is very friendly and so helpful. My wife finished her open water dive certificate and we had nothing but the best experience. Great dive courses for all experienced divers!!! I would recommend them to anyone going to Koh Samui!! Paul

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

Hi Pspears, Great to hear from you and thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are so happy to hear that you and your wife had a good time with us. Well done to Britnee for completing the Open Water course. Now you guys can dive together and explore the wonderful oceanic world. We hope you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Me and my husband just finished our Open water course and we really enjoyed every bit of it. From the theory to each dive, they were very well instructed by John. I would definitely recommend The Dive Academy.

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

Hi priya p, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for recommending us. We really appreciate it. Congratulations again on completing your Open Water course and becoming certified divers. We love helping people become certified , enabling you to experience diving all across the world. We hope you continue to explore the wonderful world of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

I have visited Ko Samui twice, once a year and a half ago and again a few weeks back. Both times I have dived with the dive academy and both times I had a great experience. I started out with discover scuba and on my second trip did my open water. Claire is a brilliant instructor and teacher and is... More 

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

Hi Elizabeth H, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We love hearing from our customers. We are so pleased to hear that you had a good diving experience with us, as we aim to provide a safe and relaxed environment at all times for our students and experienced divers. Congratulations again on becoming a... More 

Beijing, China
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I just finished my OW course in the Dive Academy. I'd like to say that it is a right choice and was an amazing experience. My instructors, Claire and John, they are experienced, strict and considerate. They pay more than 100% attention to the security of every student, yet make the entire process as fun as they can. In addition,... More 

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

Hi Savannua, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it. We aim to provide the right balance between safety and fun. We want our customers to have the most enjoyable experience they can while being reassured that their safety is taken care of. Congratulations for completing your Open Water Course. We hope you continue... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I had an amazing experience this past spring vacation of mine, which has also been a highlight of my life as i decided to applying to become a certified open water diver. Before embarking on my journey to Koh Samui, i had looked at various centres offering PADI courses, but The Dive Academy was the one centre that seemed trustworthy... More 

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

Hi NickSachdey, Great to hear from you and thank you very much for writing this review. We really appreciate it. We really try to provide people with as much information as possible with regards to which course is best. Its good to hear that we have made you feel safe as this is our main priority! Diving can be a... More 

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