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The Dive Academy

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Address: 158/6 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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Phone Number: +66 92 464 3264
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor...

The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at Bandara Resort in Bophut and on the main ring road in Bophut on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand. We offer the full range of PADI Diving courses, dive tours for certified divers as well as VIP snorkeling tours.

We have been on Samui since 2002 so have the experience and knowledge to make the most of your diving & snorkeling around Samui. 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 are the only dive centre on Samui who have their own facilities all contained in one location. Our main dive centre has 2 modern, comfortable, air-conditioned training rooms allowing customers to learn in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have our own purpose built, 4m deep, swimming pool located on site which is perfect for simulating real diving in a safe, training environment, so you will not be transported elsewhere to use a public swimming pool. You are also able to browse our retail section which is located in store, for any items you may need for diving. We also have our own 2 engine speedboat, designed especially for diving to make your entries and exists that much easier.

Internet forums such as Trip Advisor provide a great feedback tool for customers, however please also always check out the company website, whether the company is registered with a diving organisation such as PADI and are operating legally within the laws of that country which require them to have licenses and insurance in order to offer diving services to tourists. If you are able to do so, visit the dive centre first to check out the facilities and staff. Unfortunately internet forums do not always represent the full picture as people can assume that good reviews mean everything else is in place - and you want to ensure you stay safe as well as have a good time!

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Sail Rock Diving Day

After a bit of online research we decided this seemed like a highly professional dive company to book. Ina was our dive instructor for the day, she was very nice and knowledgeable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
KBarrett831
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San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After a bit of online research we decided this seemed like a highly professional dive company to book. Ina was our dive instructor for the day, she was very nice and knowledgeable from our equipment to the marine life we viewed on our dive. The whole crew was friendly for our rides out to Sail Rock and back. Of course... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My Wife and two boys just completed their Open Water dive certification at the Dive Academy over the past three days. As an experienced diver, I was very impressed. All staff were friendly, helpful and highly competent. Nick, in particular, was a complete pro. He made the experience fun, lively and interesting for two young boys, yet emphasised safety at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I are inexperienced divers. I had been twice before but it was his 1st diving experience. Dive Academy were absolutely brilliant, Heath our instructor and all the staff really looked after us, they helped every step of the way and made the day really enjoyable. I thoroughly recommend. My only regret is that I didn't get any... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Richa & Jason, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a great review of your experience with us. We're glad you had such a great day from start to finish. Maybe we'll see you back in Samui for your Open Water course! Best regards, The Dive Academy More 

Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very professional & competent dive operation with great equipment & friendly cats. Nick our instructor worked with our family of 3 & was excellent with our teenage son who has difficulty equalising. He didn't hurry him & worked closely alongside on the decent, giving him confidence. We had two great dives around Sail Rock including a chimney ascent & negotiating... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Les, Thanks very much for writing a review of your experience with us. We're glad you had a great day at Sail Rock, it is a great dive site! We have been very fortunate with Whale Shark sightings of late but there is a lot of luck involved - you will just have to come back and pay us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our third visit to Koh Samui over 6 years and have watched the dive academy slowly grow over that period, but the same attention to every little detail is still there. The most frequented dive sights off Koh Tao and Sail Rock, never disappoint, even if we never got to see a Whale Shark, the dives made up... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi guys! It was great seeing you both again on Samui and it's great for us to hear the feedback from you as you have seen things grow and change over the years but still receiving a great experience from everyone here. As active owners who still dive, teach and get stuck in - even with the dirty jobs, we... More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a really good time diving with The Dive Academy for 2 days just 2 weeks ago. We very much appreciate the most outstanding personal service and great diving that they delivered. The planning was easy through email communication with Claire and Paul and we paid the deposit via Paypal prior to our arrival. We made our own way... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi guys, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We're glad to hear you had a great experience from your first communication with us, throughout your diving and with the after dive chat with the staff. We have a great team here at The Dive Academy, all of whom provide a professional yet personal service with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Today we tried to dive for the first time and we loved it so much that decided to continue working on our diving skills in the future. We loved "The Dive Academy" and all the team of instructors. We had so much fun and unforgettable emotions and also got diving certifications. The trip included drinks, good food and fruits so... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Maryna, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with The Dive Academy. We're glad we got you hooked into diving and we look forward to seeing you both next year for your Open Water course! Best regards, The Dive Academy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the beginners dive tour as we have never tried it in the past. It worth every penny you spend on it, believe me. Next year we are going to take the open water dive program for sure. Best wishes!

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Andrew, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with The Dive Academy. We're glad we got you hooked into diving and we look forward to seeing you both next year for your Open Water course! Best regards, The Dive Academy More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This has been my second trip to Koh Samui and I have now done multiple days diving over the two trips with this company. The professionalism they show is second to none and they know their stuff. The gear is always in good condition and the boats are clean and comfortable. The team themselves, what can you say. Paul and... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hey Adam, It was great to see you guys out here again and thanks for all the compliments! Sorry we couldn't show you a whale shark but hey you'll just have to come back again! Take care and all the best, The Dive Academy More 

Glen Waverley, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

My husband and I have not dive for a very long time and would like our 15 yrs old son to try out scuba diving, so we chose to go with the dive academy in their discover scuba diving trip. We are a group of 4 pxs, my husband and my son dived with Michiel as one group , I... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Mui, Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us. Safety is our number one priority which is why we have a 100% safety record. Steve is a very experienced instructor who is also very patient! Prescription masks are very useful as many people do not wish to wear contact lenses so... More 

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