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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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A Perfect Day Out

From the moment we first spoke to Claire about a snorkeling trip we were made to feel welcome. As there was some rain forecast for the next couple of days, Claire recommended... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Steve and Jenni N
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

From the moment we first spoke to Claire about a snorkeling trip we were made to feel welcome. As there was some rain forecast for the next couple of days, Claire recommended delaying our trip. She was spot on with the forecast and the weather was perfect the day we went. We went to two different sites which were perfect... More 

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

Hi Steve and Jenni N, Thank you so much for writing this review and for recommending us! We like to provide our customers with a smaller group for snorkeling with an experienced snorkel guide so you can see more and learn about the marine life as you snorkel along. Its good to hear that our service provided met your needs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Had a blast of time during 3 days to become a certified diver :) Claire and team are simply cooperative and nice :)

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essex
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Just dived my adventures dives with Claire and the rest of the instructors and they were perfect from start to finish. From contacting them in the UK they were speedy and accurate with their responses to the day where they picked us up from our hotel. Even my wife who only snorkelled and isn't very confident in the water, enjoyed... More 

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

Hi holidayEssex, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it and love hearing from our customers. We try our best to answer emails as quickly as we can with the right information for each enquiry so the customer is well informed before coming to Thailand and is aware of our service provided. Its great... More 

New Delhi, India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I'd done Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) earlier and was thinking of moving to next level. I was kinda skeptical about it and thought of doing Padi Scuba Diver course and contacted them over Email. Claire who probably had to reply to my tons of mails full of queries!! I was surprise to see almost 100% positive reviews on Tripadvisor. I... More 

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

Hi Nitincv, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for recommending us! We really appreciate it and love hearing from our customers. Its great to hear that you had a fun and enjoyable time with us and that our service provided met your requirements! Safety is our main concern on the boat and especially in the... More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Initially, I was only going to dive for one day during my stay on Koh Samui but The Dive Academy and Sail Rock were both so good I had to squeeze in another day. They could not do enough to help from arranging a pickup from my resort, to helping with my own faulty equipment. Oh and the food on... More 

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

Hi DanLayzell, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it and thank you for recommending us. Sail Rock is an awesome dive site for more experienced divers here in the Gulf of Thailand and i'm glad you enjoyed it so much you came back for more :) We aim to provide a fun, Safe... More 

Calgary, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Great dive center with great instructors and dive leaders :) We spent a day going to Koh Tao for two great dives, and other than slight engine trouble (only small delays) and there not being enough dive computers for everyone (my dive partner had to share with me), everything was great. The lunch served was super tasty and fresh, and... More 

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

Hi Froggylhj, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it. Koh Tao is an excellent dive site for all levels of divers as there is such a variety of dive sites and marine life to see and explore. Thank you for baring with us during the boat hick up which i can assure you... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Our first diving experience, a great place to learn diving. Highly professional experience run by a fab couple - Paul and Claire. While we gave up, the instructors never, motivating us to complete the great experience. Safety and comfort being taken care off in the most professional manner! A special thanks to Nick Sharp.

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

Hi Pulak S, Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it. Safety of our customers is our number one priority and we love sharing our passion for diving with anyone who is with us on our boat. We understand that beginners can find the whole diving experience overwhelming at times but we will always be... More 

Singapore, null, Singapore
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

We returned for a second outing with the Dive Academy from Bhoput. Our group did a combination of snorkeling and Scuba. We motored over to Koh Tao where the conditions were spectacular! I would not hesitate to recommend The Dive Academy. They are friendly, polite and relaxed but put safety as a number one priority. They are knowledgable and also... More 

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

Hi 972none, Than you very much for taking the time to write this review. We really Appreciate it. Its great to hear that you had a good day with us and our service we provide fulfilled all your needs for the day. As you mentioned safety is our number one priority and we are glad that resonates with our customers.... More 

Copenhagen
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

For a start, I am a beginner diver, so my comment would be more relevant to other beginners who want to explore the fun of diving. Me and my gf joined the Try Dive course. The course is restricted to a max 4 people so you are guaranteed to have full attention from the instructor. We were lucky that there... More 

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

Hi jackiehui, Great to hear from you and thank you for taking the time to write this review. Diving can be a daunting experience for beginners as it is all new skills that have to be learnt along with equipment that you are not used to. Therefore our instructors and all members of staff make the safety of our customers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We had the try dive course for one day. Dave is a very detail oriented person who teaches you every skills you need for your future diving and takes care of you in every aspects during the dive. The unique part of Dive Academy is they will help you to register for the PADI course so the experience will count... More 

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

Hi Sukiskli, Thank you for writing this review. its so good to hear that you enjoyed your day diving with us. We aim to provide a safe and fun environment for all of our customers, from beginners to experienced divers. Taking part in the one day beginners dive course can be a hit or a miss for some people. Dave... More 

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