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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 168 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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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

I went in early August and am only just getting round to writing! The guys at Dive Academy were great... nice speed boat (gets to the 2 main dive sites in about 1 to 1.5 hours, not easy for those who feel motion sick but fortunately I don't normally!) and great friendly people. Equipment was all in good order. Lunch... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We don't usually bother with reviews however when seeing that this company had so many 5* ratings we felt the need to write an honest review about our experience. We were really excited about this dive trip and our initial impression whilst booking was good. However ... no mention was made about quite how uncomfortable the spine crunching, fear inducing,... More

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

Hi Kate, Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you found the ride over to Koh Tao uncomfortable. Unfortunately at times the tides and weather aren't always on our side. Please be assured though we have an experienced boat crew and you were in safe hands. It was great to meet you both and pleased you enjoyed the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Highly recommended - friendly, professional outfit, accommodating of individual requirements, good instructor ratio on dives and nice boat!

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

Hi Simon, Thank you for the great review. We are pleased you enjoyed the trip. We do keep our groups small as we believe it gives our customer a better dive experience, so I it is lovely to hear that you agree :) It was great to meet you and hopefully we'll see you again soon! More

New Delhi, India
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I took painstaking measures to ensure that the Dive Shop I get my Rescue Certificate from is of a certain quality level and that their level of education is not only about just ensuring that I receive the certificate once I'm all paid up, rather that I understand the concepts behind everything I am doing. Once, I started a discussion... More

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

Hi Ankush, Thank you for the great review! We always try to give impartial advise as each customer is different and has different requirements. So it is nice to here it is appreciated. We are pleased you chose us though! :) It was great getting to know you and congratulations again on becoming a rescue diver! Please do come and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

Clare, you were amazing!!! So patient with me as a first timer. It was so easy to trust and feel at ease with you! Loved my first dive would do it again in a heartbeat! Lindsey and Nigel xxx

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

Hi Lindsey & Nigel, Thank you for the lovely review. We are so pleased you both enjoyed the diving, Claire is a fantastic instructor and can make even the most nervous of divers feel comfortable in the water, so you were in good hands. It was lovely to meet you both and hopefully we'll see you again soon for some... More

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

My wife & I went out on our honeymoon - Alex was our "guide"...it was our first time diving, ever, & Alex was AWESOME! He took great care of us & it was an experience we'll never forget. Mike & Sadie

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

Hi, Thank you for the great review. It is so nice to here you enjoyed your first ever dive! You'll have to come and visit us again soon, maybe to do your Open Water courses ;) Thanks again for the review, Keep blowing bubbles!! More

Nuremberg, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I can fully reccomend the Dive Academy. The staff is very nice and competent and as a beginner I learned the diving very fast with the help of the inctructor. The divegrounds at Ko Samui are great too.

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

Hi, Thank you for the great review. We are so happy you enjoyed the diving, hopefully we'll see you again soon for some more diving! :) More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If you are a professional, amateur or novice diver then I can highly recommend this dive academy run by brits Paul & Claire. I have not dived for many years and decided I could not pass up the opportunity to return to the water whilst staying in Koh Samui and I am so glad I chose them. Right from the... More

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

Hi Larry, Thank you for the great review! we do really appreciate it. We are so pleased you enjoyed the trip and the diving around Koh Tao. The marine life is always amazing there and sounds like you had great visibility! hopefully next time you come you'll get to see a reef shark. We do try and make to trips... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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

Hi, Thank you for the lovely review, it is greatly appreciated! We are so happy to here you enjoyed your first diving experience and that you got to see a turtle! Paul is a brilliant diving instructor and is very good at making people feel at ease in the water, so you were in good hands. Hope to see you... More

Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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