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The Dive Academy

Bandara Resort & Spa, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Ranked #4 of 145 activities in Ko Samui
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We had 6 dives with The Dive Academy on 3, 2 dive days. Each time we went out we had a different instructor with us and each time that instructor was excellent! They were able to provide multi-lingual staff to meet the language needs on every diver. The instructors all knew each dive site well and were able to brief... More

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We decided to book with Dive Academy after reading the other Tripadvisor reviews. It was our second trip to Koh Samui but our first as qualified PADI open water divers. Having seen how lax some things can be in Thailand when it comes to safety we decided to choose Dive Academy as it is owned and run by British people.... More

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Copenhagen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

With a few days to spend in Bangkok before heading on, I did a bit of searching for PADI certification online and stumbled upon The Diveacademy on Samui. And I am glad I did - as one of the only agencies I emailed, they responded almost immediately every time and was in general very helpful with all my questions. Stayed... More

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Ko Samui, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Today I went diving with 'the dive academy' at Ko Tao and boyfriend did a PADI discovery dive. We went by boat of the shore at Big Buddha Beach on Ko Samui. Earlier, my boyfriend got a free try dive in the pool. He had already done a try dive on an other island during our vacation in Thailand, but... More

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Kent, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Having just returned to the UK from two weeks on Koh Samui, I feel I must place some comments regarding the Dive Academy. I am a PADI certified rescue diver with over 250 logged dives, and have dived at numerous and varied locations around the world. I found Paul Meredith and his team to be one of the most professional... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I highly recommend The Dive Academy. Organised my dive via email from the UK, The Dive Academy were hugely helpful, informative and honest. My dive day was changed due to poor visibility, really grateful to have been told, rather than taken to a site with bad conditions. Had a great fun dive, Claire was brilliant, felt safe at all times... More

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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

What a fantastic trip with The Dive Academy. Really professional outfit who looked after us all the way. The quality of the hire equipment was excellent too. They even had cold beers in the fridge when we got back. Thanks indeed.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I had a great first experience diving today with The Dive Academy around Koh Tao! The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and total professionals. Big thanks to Cris (sorry if I got the name wrong) who took us through a practice dive in the pool 2 days before, and Claire who was our dive instructor on our trip.... More

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

Hi Adele & Lee, Thanks so much for writing a review - and the same afternoon you dived! Its always a bit scary to start with as we're not made to breathe underwater but you and Lee were very natural and once we got going you were very comfortable under the water. Definitely think about doing your Open Water course,... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Our first time scuba diving; I was a little anxious but Paul kept me right and never let me get too far astray as I was having difficulty getting the breathing right. Just did the one day "Discover Scuba Diving" and had complete confidence in the staff who are native English speakers. We enjoyed the experience and saw a lot... More

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

Hi Aileen, Thanks for posting a review we appreciate you taking the time to write it. Being an English owned & managed dive school but with staff who also speak other languages, means we can provide the confidence and assurance that people are looking for when on holiday that they will understand everything they are being taught, that standards are... More

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

If your looking for somewhere to learn how to dive or just go for a fun dive, this is the place. A huge thanks must go to Nick who taught me to dive over 3 days i had an awesome time, he was so easy to learn off and very professional, most of all very easy going and good for... More

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

Hi Mike, Thanks for writing a review and we're glad you enjoyed your Open Water course. We were all ready and waiting for you to do your Advanced! Let us know if you come back to Samui and we'd be happy to take you diving again. Regards, The Dive Academy More

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