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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 165 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 September 14, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and me had an one-day discovery diving experience with The Dive Academy. Actually I felt not easy to dive as I was quite nervous... Luckily I got Paul as my instructor and I felt at ease finally! :D My bf could take many awesome pictures of fishes and corals under Paul's guidance and we even met the sea... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The Dive Academy offers a great day of snorkelling and/or diving at one of Thailand's best sites for this activity. It's a fun day and is definitely value for money. The booking communication, pickup, and welcome were all smoothly executed and very friendly. Our group consisted of 8 staff members, 9 divers, and 3 snorkellers - we really appreciated being... More

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

Hi, Thank you for the lovely review, it is always greatly appreciated. Although we wish the weather was perfect for every dive trip, unfortunately the weather and tides aren't always on our side. So thanks for understanding that the bumpiness of some trips is not under our control. We are so glad you enjoyed the trip to Koh Tao and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

If you are in Ko Samui and you want to dive there is no other place to join! Claire, Paul and their team are very prepared and super friendly, so even a beginner like me can really enjoy the diving. You feel safe because they really look after you with every little detail and at the same time they are... More

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

Hi Benedetta, Thank you so much for the great review, it is greatly appreciated. Noi's wife (our driver) cooks all the food so he was really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your lunch, it always makes him smile. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the trip to Koh Tao and please do come and see us again soon!... More

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My husband and I were recently in Koh Samui on our long over-due honeymoon and decided to plan a day out on the open water diving with the Diving Academy. We made contact with Paul about a week or so before our trip and he was able to answer all our questions and concerns regarding the dive. The price is... More

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

Hi Trishanna, Thank you so much for the lovely review, it is always greatly appreciated. All are in instructors are very good and we are happy that you enjoyed your dive at Sail Rock. We do always try to stay professional as well as enjoy the day as much as our customers! :) Please do come back and see us... More

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Really impressed - friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable service to both it's customers and tropical sea life. Calm winds meant a smooth fast ride to koh Tao for us, one diver, one snorkeler. Very pleased that, for the snorkelers the trip is timed to avoid the masses - making it an enjoyable and safe time. As well, the option to follow... More

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

Hi, Thank you very much for the fantastic review, it is greatly appreciated and always lovely to here that our customers have had a great experience with us. Koh Tao is perfect for both diver and snorkelers and we do always try and avoid the crowds whenever possible. Thanks again for the wonderful review. We hope to see you again... More

Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had last week 22/8/2014 a great experience with Dive Academy. Thank you Claire and Paul for a very well organized lovely and exciting day, our first introduction to scuba diving. We are a family of 5 ( 3 boys) so we split to scuba diving and snorkeling for the youngest (9). For our first scuba diving encounter we were... More

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

Hi Gabi, Thank you very much for the fantastic review. Paul is a very experienced diver so you'll always be in safe hands with him. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and we are so glad you enjoyed the day. We hope to see you and your family again soon for some more diving! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Have to say I was very nervous before attempting to go diving again due to my last attempt few years ago where I panicked and had equalising problems but these guys were the complete opposite, absolutely professional and fantastic. I had Chris who took care of me and she was so reassuring and relaxed. She took care of me right... More

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

Hi Shibli, 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 enjoy diving again. Cris is a great instructor and will always provide you with a solid briefing to ensure you know exactly what is happening and to remind... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Jamie and I joined Claire and her team for his first dive. They were very professional but also chilled enough to allow everyone to enjoy the diving. We were blessed with excellent visibility. Jamie and I loved it at Sail Rock. Thanks Guys

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

Hi Rob, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us and we're glad you had a great time diving at Sail Rock. we always try to make our dive trips as relaxed and as fun as we possibly can, whilst staying professional. So it is lovely to here that you feel we... More

Hanoi, Vietnam
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

i took the 4 day padi course and my instructor was john holland, a friendly and knowledgable irishman. very patient and explained everything to me very clearly even if i asked it for the 5th time. it was a lot of theory (reading, studying and watching the instruction dvd's during the first 2 days) but its really worth it once... More

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

Hi Allard, Firstly thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review, it is greatly appreciated. John is a great instructor with plenty of patience and is always willing to help. We are glad you enjoyed the Open Water course and you had a great time diving around Koh Tao. We do always try to keep the classroom... More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a really great dive centre - the right balance of professional and relaxed, informative, efficient and a good laugh. My husband and I are fairly experienced divers and we were treated with respect and trust of our skills, guided exceptionally well by Paul. Instead of just kind of drifting over the reef, we thoroughly explored it. Before the... More

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

Hi Jo, Thanks very much for your great review of your experience diving with us. As experienced divers, you know what your options are and what you should look for when selecting a dive centre and feeling there was a balance of all the important safety and professionalism things as well as having fun is very important to us. We... More

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