We picked Alvaro because of the fantastic reviews in TA but also from a friends recommendation. Both of those sources were spot on.
alvaro are based in the most fantastic part of the island away from the heaps and heaps of more commercial dive schools in Sairee beach. It's like a little piece of heaven!
We took our SSI open water then moved on to do our advanced and would have stayed and done more if we had the time. The guys are all super professional, you feel like you get so much time with your instructors and are in really safe hands. There were only three of us learning in our open water group then only two of us for our advanced which was great but there are plenty of other people on the boat to socialise with.
I can't really say any thing everyone else hasn't said but just be assured that all the reviews are true and in the case of being number one on TA this isn't because they're a huge dive school churning people through and getting loads of reviews - they're voted number one because they really are the best dive school on Koh Tao.
Now we just need to find the time and money to do our Dive Master and we'll be straight back to Koh Tao and Alvaro!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our dive center is located on the south of the scuba diving paradise island Koh Tao, in Chalok baan Kao. Koh Tao is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand, known for its beautiful beaches, calm weather and crystal clear water. Our dive school specializes in providing small-scale, personal service, a relaxed atmosphere and high standards, so you and your family can concentrate on having fun! We have an excellent safety record and promise to provide an amazing experience for all our customers. ... more less