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The Dive Academy

Address: Bandara Resort & Spa | Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 92 464 3264
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Ranked #7 of 208 Activities in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence 2014
5.0 of 5 stars 277 Reviews
Type: Water sports, Adventure
Owner description: The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at...
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Type: Water sports, Adventure
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I went on the half day snorkeling trip. The boat ride took about an hour and twenty minutes to the guest snorkeling site. The six of us in the snorkeling group had a guide to help take pics of us underwater. We then had a simple lunch before heading off to another snorkeling site not far away.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

The day could not have gone more perfect. Really good!!! I went on the Discover Scuba Dive adventure and the whole staff made me feel so welcome. We practice the basic skills in a swimming pool first. Claire was so positive and patient with me in the pool until I felt comfortable enough to take my new skills into open... More 

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

Hi Jared, Thanks a lot for writing a great review of your experience with The Dive Academy. As a first timer, its really important that you feel that you are in safe hands at all times. This is our priority whether it be in the pool or out in the open water and all of our staff aim to bring... More 

Swanage, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A huge thank you to Claire and the team for a wonderful diving experience. My husband and I took my 10 year old twins diving with The Dive Academy and the day was amazing. We were collected promptly from our hotel and enjoyed a quick breakfast before embarking on a speed boat ride to Koh Tao for two really enjoyable... More 

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

Hi Becky, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a great review. We're glad you had an amazing day and experience for the children and that you're now planning to become certified divers too! Claire is usually the instructor we provide for kids as she is patient, kind and fun for them to dive with and she loves... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have dived a few times in koh samui and now will always go to the dive academy for their great services and friendly charm , offering some great places to dive or just snorkel they will fit it in for you , after pick up from hotel to arrival at the pier the friendliness was awesome and after a... More 

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

Hi Steve, Thanks for making the time to write a review. It's always a pleasure having you here on Samui and diving with you and hopefully the fact that you come back diving with us often speaks for itself! We get many repeat customers but whether you have dived with us before and know what to expect or its your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful time !!! TDA offers a great service and attention to the minimum details. We had made our research and TDA really proved us right, surely one of the most experienced (likely the most) in Samui area ! Their instructors are passionate and provide a level of customer attention that is rarely seen (being... More 

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

Hi Leandro, Thank you very much for your great review. We really appreciate everyone who takes the time to write to us about their thoughts of their day but particularly when it comes from experienced divers. Having dived around the world you will know what to look for, what is safe and what is not, what a professional experience should... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I book our one day dive trip at the hotel and everything was perfect. From the pick up to the diving itself the service was awesome! Boat, lunch, instructors, equipment were great!!! Unfortunately we didn't have more time in Koh Samui... We would love to go dive again with Paul and the team! We have an amazing... More 

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

Hi Luiza, Thank you very much for your great review. We really appreciate everyone who takes the time to write to us about their thoughts of their day but particularly when it comes from experienced divers. Having dived around the world you will know what to look for, what is safe and what is not, what a professional experience should... More 

North Battleford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

I dove 2 days with TDA and was treated like a queen. First, Noi picked me up at my hotel to take me to the boat where Claire made me feel very welcome. John and Carl my instructors were super patient and knowledgeable. If you're planning to dive at Samui, this is the company to go with!

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

Hi Alli, Thanks for your positive feedback, we're glad you had a great time and that our instructors were able to give you a little confidence back and help you with your buoyancy as well. Karl and John are both great instructors and will be pleased to hear you felt you were a queen! Hopefully you have the same great... More 

Calabasas, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Mike will take care of you and see to it that there is a good site to see. I went two days in a row over to Ko Tao, The Chumpon Pinacle (which was the best site) and Sail Rock. The dives were great and full of fish!! I wish I would have seen the whale shark though!!!

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a great review and we're glad you enjoyed the couple of days diving you did with us. Diving around Koh Samui can be fantastic as you have experienced and all our staff are extremely knowledgeable of the dive sites in the area to ensure you have a great day and... More 

London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My 16 year old son did his PADI via the Dive Academy run by the uber efficient and ubiquitous Paul and Claire. It was one of the nicest experiences he had on the island. We stayed at the Banyan Tree and our son was picked and dropped promptly every day, they have an excellent reputation of being the best dive... More 

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

Thank you for the great review! Both Paul and Claire love diving and want everyone that dives with The Dive Academy to have a positive experience and to love it as much as they do! We are so pleased that your son had a good time and enjoyed the food! :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We took a day trip with Dive Academy in October. Some of our group were already PADI certified, some were diving for the first time and the rest of us were happy to snorkel. Paul and Claire were very efficient at kitting us out with all the right equipment and training the kids to use diving equipment for the first... More 

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

Hi, Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure having you guys on the boat and we had just as much fun as you did by the sound of it! We always keep our equipment in good condition and it is cleaned daily, although it is important to maintain equipment for safety reasons.. it wouldn't be nice for... More 

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