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“Blue Guru at Koh Phra Thong” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Guru Dive Centre

Blue Guru Dive Centre
Kuraburi, Phang Nga, Thailand
+66(0)76491943
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Phang Nga
Type: Tours, Adventure
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London, United Kingdom
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“Blue Guru at Koh Phra Thong”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Excellent holiday on the paradise island of Koh Phra Thong. Blue Guru is an amazing dive school that provided me all the support and guidance to get me through my PADI open water certification. Chris and Helen planned everything to the smallest detail and made our stay a real treat. The whole team were lovely and the trip to Surin National Park was AMAZING! clearest water I have ever seen and more beautiful than our Great Barrier Reef dive a few weeks after. Definitely recommended.

Visited January 2012
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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“Favourite part of our Thai holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

We decided to go off to paradise to learn to dive, and it was amazing. We stayed in the budget beach huts (which are basic but perfect) and had 'our' beach to ourselves for the first few days. The island is idyllic, the people friendly, and Blue Guru is the way to make your holiday. Chris and Helen from Blue Guru were brilliant, they sorted out our accommodation and advised on the best transport options, all we had to do was turn up and enjoy! The rest of the dive school team are great, so friendly and helpful. We went to Australia afterwards and actually found the diving at Surin with Blue Guru better (shock horror!) than the Great Barrier Reef in terms of visibility and marine life. We'll be back to Blue Guru next season. thanks guys, keep doing what you're doing!

Visited January 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Learn to dive in paradise & fall in love with the deep Blue Guru crew!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

I have always wanted to learn to dive in the tropics so I discovered this remote paradise Koh Phra Thong. Chris and Helen organised the whole diving holiday from the air-conditioned taxi transfer to and from Phuket airport to the longboat trip to the island and the awesome accommodation, food and service at Golden Buddha Beach Resort. I was greeted by Chris at Kuraburi pier and over my time on the island was treated like a good friend. The Blue Guru staff were incredibly professional, thorough, fun and oh so warm and welcoming. Ilona, my dive instructor, Marion, the DM and two of the DMT interns guided me through the Padi Open Water course and at all times I felt safe and in good hands. We had lots of laughs and they made me feel so welcome. They also introducing me to the island's many attractions and a well earned beer or two after a long day of diving. Make sure you take the day trip to the beautiful Surin Islands and do your last two open water dives there! I also did a few Adventure deep dives before I left. I didn't want to leave and I can certainly say that I will be back. If you want a real getaway and discover the deep blue with an amazing, passionate and fun group of diving professionals then Blue Guru Diving is the place to go. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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“Best people ever and best dive sites in Thailand!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2011

Chris, his family and staff are some of the best people in the best location in all of Thailand. If you want to do some real diving away from the masses these are the people to speak with.

S Blyth

Visited February 2011
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Montreal, Canada
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“Great dive op, local dives and day trips to Surin and Richelieu Rock.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

We stayed 8 days at the Golden Buddha beach resort in Feb 2011 on Koh Phra Thong where Blue Guru is based. The resort itself is splendid, quiet, service is impeccable, the houses are beautiful and comfortable, food is delicious... There is also 10 kilometers of beach with no one in sight.

We had picked Golden Buddha and Blue Guru since it seemed to offer the best scenario for us allowing my wife and I to dive the Surin Islands and Richelieu rock on day trips while my parents and our 2 year old son could enjoy the nature and the beach at Koh Phra Thong.

Dives at Surin islands were great and Richelieu Rock is simply spectacular. The logistics for the trips was flawless, Helen and Chris work hard and run a tight operation in a very friendly relaxed atmosphere. Dive groups were small (we pretty much always had a divemaster to ourselves) and the pace unhurried.
The great surprise for us was the local dives, we were lucky enough to dive with Chris and enjoy nice long and slow dives, allowing us to look for and observe all kinds of critters. While the coral has suffered quite a bit and the local dive sites are not as spectacular, they are still teeming with life (nudis, cuttlefish, all sorts of juveniles, morays, shrimps, etc.), different but just as great in my book.

To sum it up, Blue Guru is a great dive op, great option if you travel with non divers and still want to make it to Surin and Richelieu without going on a liveaboard. As was mentioned in almost all the other reviews, what sets them above the rest is the fact that Chris and Helen will go out of their way to make not only your dives but also your entire trip a memorable experience.

Visited February 2011
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