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Address: Ko Tao, Thailand
Phone Number: 086 233 1976
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Description: After 10 years on the island, we make our dream true and we want to share...
After 10 years on the island, we make our dream true and we want to share it with you , "PURA VIDA Koh Tao." Our new Dive Center .We offer you the chance to feel differently the diving Fun , Real , Profesional .We do what we like ,Teaching scuba diving from beginner to professional level.Quality and Experience in English, Spanish,Catalan ,and Basque languagesVisit our Dive School PURA VIDA at Koh Tao, Thailand.
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Open water and Advanced Adventurer

I am so happy to have chosen Pura Vida to start diving. Even if I don't speak Spanish, it was really easy to meet the other students and instructors, who were all very welcoming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I am so happy to have chosen Pura Vida to start diving. Even if I don't speak Spanish, it was really easy to meet the other students and instructors, who were all very welcoming. The courses are cheap, with highly competent and friendly instructors, little groups or even alone, etc. I did my Open Water and Advanced aswell with Santiago... More 

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Erding
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It's not easy to find a good, friendly and cheep place for diving on koh Tao. When I arrived I went to pura vida diving shop and I met friendly and helpful guys! Not like the other business and sales schools... ;) at the evening I had a great burger and sangria at the Spanish bar. Awesome! I decided to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

Great staff Sebastian just might have been the best dive professional with whom I've done fun dives- fun, caring, knowledgable, made me feel very comfortable, and professional. Thanks!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

During the month of April I was traveling around South East Asia. I always wanted to do scuba diving, but I never found the time or the place to do it. While traveling by ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao, I met Nina. She works for Pura Vida Diving and she explained me a little bit about the different... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Just recently I became an Advanced Adventure Diver at Pura Vida Diving. his school excels not only in teaching how to dive, but is also equipped with a warm and talented crew of divers and in terms of organisation well-organised. All throughout the classes I felt comfortable as my instructors always made sure that I was taken care off and... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Pura Vida is a very professional Dive Center with Spanish gentle crew !!! (Unfortunately the dive was so so because the visibility was short). Btw, highly recommended for staff, equipments, price and professionality!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I and my husband took the advanced course at Pura Vida and we are really happy with the experience. We were lucky to have Juan as our instructor and we couldn't have wished for anyone else. He gave really clear instructions, was supportive and I felt really safe with him. I would suggest Juan and Pura Vida to anyone going... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We had an excellent time with Pura Vida doing our advanced course. It's SSI only which makes it cheaper than PADI courses (the real difference is that PADI makes you pay extra for the manual - we're long term travellers so the less we carry the better!) From the moment we arrived (we shopped around several schools on the island)... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This is a spanish spoken team. Most of them are from Spain so you have the warm approach from everyone. Our experience here was not the best, but we got really impressed with how they managed our problem. We booked for 6 divings. the first 4 was just ok. They choose the spot to accomplish their target with the new... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My husband and I booked 6 fun dives to do with Pura Vida. Since we got into their shop we had an very good experience. David explained what we should do as we were more than one year without diving. We should do a refresh! So we did a good deal and decided to do it. The whole staff was... More 

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