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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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Fantastic DSD day!

Myself and my travel companion both did a DSD (Discover Scuba Dive) with The Dive Academy and had a great time. Emma took us through the free try dive in the pool and was well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
Claire E
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Myself and my travel companion both did a DSD (Discover Scuba Dive) with The Dive Academy and had a great time. Emma took us through the free try dive in the pool and was well prepped, polite and knowledgeable prepping us perfectly for our day out on the boat a couple of days later. WE enjoy two dives, one in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Very professional, every thing is looked after, equipment in excelent shape. The guys were very attentive and all in all it was an amazing day. It is recommended to go on a day the waves are below 0.3, although this only affects the boat ride. The ride from Samui is about 1.5 hours and if there are waves could be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

It was really fun to dive near Koh Samui with the Dive Academy. First, we were looking everywhere at Chaweng and Lamai Beach in the usual tourist places and were not so much pleased by most offers until I started looking in google and found the Dive Academy. On the phone was a nice british girl explaining everything in detail... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My boyfriend and I were on Koh Samui for three days and knew we wanted to dive at least one day. The Dive Academy made it so easy for us and we had such a great time exploring Sail Rock with them, they are trustworthy and experienced and we had such a blast all day!

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South East England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My husband and I had two days with the Dive Academy and were very impressed. The office and land base is very organised and likewise on the boat. Paul and Claire know their stuff and were very welcoming and patient with all their customers. They know the dive sites and the Samui area extremely well and were happy to offer... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Writing this review from the point of view of a snorkel trip. DO expect a fantastic days snorkeling, the fish and coral experienced were the best we have ever seen. DON'T expect as snorkelers to to be treated as "second class citizens" compared to those diving, it is a mixed boat, but snorkelers are treated just as well as the... More 

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

Hi Stuart01160, love the DO list that you have created :) Thanks for writing this review. We really appreciate it, Everyone on our boat regardless if they are an experienced diver or a first time snorkeler, are treated the same. Safety of all our customers is our number one priority and we aim to provide everyone with the best dive... More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

While on holiday in Thailand my BF and me wanted to go scuba diving. After looking around at several dive schools we choose The Dive Academy to do the PADI Open Water Course. I'm so glad we did! Had an amazing time in Thailand with them but also their support while we were in the UK. helping with looking at... More 

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

Hi Rachel, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate it. We were so happy to have you learn and dive with us. The open water course can be a bit daunting with all the online procedures and theory but Claire and the rest of the team are always on hand to guide... More 

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Instructor Karl was friendly and ensured that we understood the key elements of the diving course. Dive school focused on safety and client satisfaction. Dive sites were interesting for beginners. Lots of sea life at less than 18 meters, colourful fish, turtles and others creatures. Pickup from hotel and lunches on dive days were included. Boat in great condition and... More 

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

Hi Udseq, Great to hear from you and thank you for taking the time to write this review. Karl is one of most experienced Instructors and his main priority, along with everyone else at the Dive academy is the safety of our customers and that they have a relaxed, enjoyable diving experience. We usually pick the dive sites on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend. Our group had a combo of needs - diving and snorkeling, all with varying confidence levels and it worked really well. Very professional and really welcoming team. Also really flexible when one diver had to switch to snorkeling due to getting a cold just before the trip. Great lunch provided and plenty of water and soft drinks at... More 

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

Hi GVMander, Thank you for writing this review, We really appreciate you taking the time to do so. Our main priority firstly is safety of all our customers. Making sure we can accommodate everyone is also a top priority and we are very adaptable to changes at last minute. Happy to hear that you liked our lunch provided too :)... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I booked the Dive Academy for me and my daughter based on the reviews on here and we weren't disappointed . On our first day as complete beginners we did the skills tuition in the pool. The very next day, we are out on the boat doing our first dive with the fabulous John as our two to one teacher... More 

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

Hi Rimsk1, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really do appreciate it, As beginners, diving can be a nerve wracking experience so its really important that we make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Safety is our number one priority and John is one of our best instructors for taking care of customers... More 

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