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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 159 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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Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

From Paul and Claire, Chris and Karl and the boat team these guys all went out of the way to make sure that everyone was well taken care of, comfortable and we're given the best chance of a good days diving. First rate! Well done, and many thanks guys! I dived Koh Tao many years ago, and to be honest... More

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

My 15 year old son and I recently completed our PADI open water course with the dive academy. Claire, Paul and the team were fantastic, helping us through the course material and the pool dives to ensure we were ready for our open water dives. The four open water dives were amazing, two in Koh Tao and two at Sail... More

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Santorini, Greece
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Great day diving amongst the fish fish and more fish. Mike our guide was great - informative, helpful and very attentive. He made our day!!! Very professional outfit. Just would have liked the coffee and croissant we were promised for breakfast and a cup of tea after the last dive would have been appreciated. Great lunch though.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

i was impressed with paul and his team. They were VERY professional, safety concious, helpful and honest about the good and less good aspects of diving in Koh Samui (the hour long (bumpy!!) speed boat trip to the dive site, slightly poor vis). The actual dive was fantastic and much better than expected - we saw a whale shark and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I have just come back from Koh Samui, while I was there I wanted to spend a day diving, a friend who I was travelling with also wanted to experience diving for the first time. We booked with the dive Academy; they agreed that we could dive together subject to the usual pool sessions they were so helpful for example... More

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

Hi Gayle, 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. We do provide ourselves on being honest with customers and if we think the weather conditions will impact your day, then we do try and accommodate this wherever possible and offer you an alternative... More

Ko Samui, Thailand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It was my very first diving experience and no fear even raised in me because Paul and Claire were there all the time with full attention and care. First of all I would like to mention friendly atmosphere when me and my friend have just arrived to The Dive Academy office in Bandara Resort on Koh Samui. We were offered... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Did 3 days diving with The Dive Academy last week - thoroughly recommend them. Very friendly, professional and safe operation. The new boat (which we just missed) will make it even better.

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

Hi Brian & Jenny, Thanks very much for writing a great review and we're glad we managed to fulfill your dreams of diving with a Whale Shark!! Its a shame you missed going out on Midnight Blue but at least you got to sit inside and see what it would be like! It just means you have to come back... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I went to Koh Samui back in May this year and booked a dive trip with the Dive Academy at the start of my week there. I had such a fantastic time that I ended up diving with them every day! If you're going to Koh Samui to dive then look no further. I'm a dive master and have dived... More

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

Hi Rebecca, It was great to meet and dive with you and we're glad you decided to do several days of diving and make the most of the Gulf of Thailand! As an experienced diver like yourself and also a fellow professional, who has dived all around the world and does know good quality from bad its great to be... More

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Thanks Oli, Nick and Noi for all your help and support over the two days. Great fun despite the interesting conditions! A great place to learn to dive.

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

Hi Gavin, Thanks very much for writing a review of your experience with us. We're glad that you had a great time on your course and hope it beat the cold English waters! We hope you enjoyed your time on Samui and if you do come back or have friends that are interested in diving, remember our referral programme! Best... More

Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I recently completed my open water dive course with the Dive Academy. The instructors were professional, helpful and made the process so much fun. I was nervous for my first dive trip however I felt comfortable and safe at all times and well prepared for the ocean dives. We went to an amazing site off Koh Tao for our first... More

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

Hello Carly, Thanks for the awesome review here on Trip Advisor! It really makes everything worth it when you get to read amazing reviews from people like you. We make sure that the Instructors here at The Dive Academy remain professional at all times but are still great fun whistle doing so. It is very important to us that you... More

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