My girlfriend and I had four excellent days diving with the The Dive Academy in mid January, two at Koh Tao and two at Sail Rock. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I would highly recommend The Dive Academy to anyone staying in Koh Samui.
I found TDA through the PADI website. Having already booked a holiday to Bo Phut beach I wanted to see if there was a decent dive centre nearby and TDA stood out as a 5* IDC just up the road from my hotel. I made some enquiries by email in advance and Claire's prompt response was friendly, thorough and very helpful. I paid a deposit online for our first day of diving before I left the UK.
From beginning to end the experience was outstanding. The facilities on the boat were of a very high standard, and the team were excellent, very flexible to our needs and always happy to go the extra mile to make our experience comfortable and enjoyable. The service was also fantastic, I've never had all my kit assembled for me on the boat before departure while I enjoy a cup of coffee, and then had the kit taken away, rinsed and hung over night for me while I'm dropped back at the hotel.
We dived with Ollie, Claire and Stuart, all of whom we're great fun and fantastic guides. All of the sites we visited were very good, but Sail Rock in particular was outstanding - it's abundant with life from corals and reef fish to large groups of schooling bat fish, barracuda and travelly. We were also lucky enough to enjoy the company of a Whale Shark for 20 minutes of one dive.
TDA is a very professional dive centre offering a first class service and good value for money, and above all a relaxed and fun diving experience.
Many thanks to all the team, and we hope to see you all again soon.
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Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We like to hear from all of our customers but its especially great to hear from experienced divers like yourself who have many comparisons to make around the world and also understand what they are and should be looking for in a dive centre. We strive to go that extra mile and provide those additional things that make your holiday more enjoyable and relaxing, whilst we take care of all of your diving needs - including washing your kit!
We're also glad you and Sophie got to experience one of our whale sharks - I am still trying to get your video to upload on our facebook page!!
Thanks again for diving with us and hopefully see you out here again in the future,
The Dive Academy
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