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The Dive Academy

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158/6 Moo 1, Bophut 84320, Thailand
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The Dive Academy is the premier dive centre on Koh Samui, operating on Samui since 2002, so we have the experience and knowledge to make the most of your diving & snorkeling around Samui with Instructors who speak a variety of languages. We are an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre with 2 locations in Bophut on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand. Being the highest ranking PADI dive centre on the island means you can be assured that your experience will be professional, safe, calm, yet passionate and fun, delivering the highest levels of customer service. We offer the full range of PADI Diving courses, dive tours for certified divers, Freediving courses & tours as well as VIP snorkeling tours to both Koh Tao & Angthong Marine Park. We are the only dive centre on Samui who have their own facilities all contained in one location including a purpose built 3.5m deep training pool. We also own 2 speedboats and do not share with our dive schools.
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158/6 Moo 1, Bophut 84320, Thailand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just recently returned from a three week holiday in Koh Samui where I became a certified open water diver with The Dive Academy. I had previously been to Koh Samui and witnessed people taking part in a dive course at my hotel and it...More

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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Chris, Thanks for your great review, we really appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback and to hear that we exceeded your expectations is exactly what we want to achieve and is what led you to select us over other options....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I had a fantastic experience with the Dive Academy! Our instructors (Leo, Heath) were knowledgeable, patient and very clear and concise with their instructions (spoke clear English) as well as funny, both in the pool (we had a complimentary orientation session the...More

Thank Gabriel S
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Gabriel. Thanks for your great feedback and the title of your review "Best dive shop in Samui" really made us smile! We're glad you had an awesome experience with our team and hopefully this has given you the inspiration to dive more. Come and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing service and expertise by Matt and Craig! They happily went out of their way to help a brother out! Felt safe and comfortable, any questions were answered confidently and upmost reassuring! Memorable dive, I’ll be back again :)More

Thank caitlingilliam
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Caitlin, Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your experience and you are right Sail Rock is a fantastic dive site! Safety and fun are our priorities at all times and it's great to hear you have taken away some amazing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had my first scuba diving with the instructor Heath and even though I was scared and not really motivated at first, he managed to make me learn and enjoy a lot! He was very patient and caring, he made it really FUN!!! He is...More

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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a great review of your first diving experience and we're glad that you had a lot of fun and learned a lot as well. Hopefully you are not so scared of diving now and are more motivated...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's been some time that I had been thinking about learning to dive. After one trial in a pool in Paris that I really enjoyed, I decided to get a PADI Open Water course during my forthcoming vacation in Koh Samui. I carefully selected different...More

Thank Xierwan
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Sylvain, What a great review, thank you! We really appreciate you taking the time to write this on behalf of yours and Sifan's experiences. We all really work hard to make The Dive Academy what it is and we're really happy that you had...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved diving with this company. Very professional! The lunch they provided was amazing. They were very knowledgeable about the dive sites.More

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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Lindsay, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience, it means a lot to us. We pride ourselves in our professionalism and we love that you loved diving with us! We get up early to cook the great...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great time with the dive academy in Koh Samui. Not only was I lucky enough to see a whale shark and have some amazing videos and photos of that amazing creature but I also enjoyed the time on the boat. I am...More

Thank Claudia Diana P
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Claudia, Thanks very much for your review and what a great experience for you to dive with a Whale Shark! We like to try and focus on details as this can really make or break someone's day and we always want our dives to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great experience at the Dive Academy located at Bophut. It begins with very responsive email responses from Claire to my queries. Then on the actual day I had the great fortune of having Sophie as the freediving instructor. She was able to help...More

Thank john o
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi John, Thanks for your great review of your first Freediving experience with Sophie and we look forward to seeing you again next month and hopefully you will have an even better story to tell once you are a certified Freediver! Best regards, The Dive...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Completed my Advanced PADI at the Dive Academy in March 2018, what a fantastic experience! Most important thing to know: these guys are more expensive than competitors, BUT this is because they put safety first, the crew (expat but also locals!) are all legal, and...More

Thank Charles O
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Charles, What a great student you were! It was a pleasure having you with us for 2 days and we had lots of laughs with you too but as you say safety is always our priority and our focus. It's great that you noticed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to have Matt as our instructor we went snorkelling with the dive Academy it was absolutely amazing. If we ever go back to koh samui we will be definitely going through the dive Academy again from the minute we met them...More

Thank stephaniebG7244QG
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Paul M, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Stephanie, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us and it's great to hear that the team made you feel so welcome and you had an amazing experience. Do come back and see us! Best...More

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Csaba K
April 9, 2017|
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Hi Csaba, thanks for your enquiry. If you could let us have your email address it will be easier for us to send you the information that way - there is a lot of information to share. Or you can find us on Google and send... More
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Prachi N
March 20, 2017|
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Hi Prachi, The minimum age to start diving is 8 years old and they can complete a PADI programme called Bubblemaker, which is designed especially for young children between the ages of 8-10 years. If you would like more... More
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Sinziana2011
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Hi Sinziana, Sorry we do not appear to have received an email from you? Perhaps you could re-send it to us.... April is usually a great time to come to Koh Samui and we do have availability on the dates you mention. Best... More
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