Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER
Royal Octopus DIVE CENTER
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9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
About
Royal Octopus Dive Centre is an official Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) dive centre, located in Kolymbari, just 20 km west of Chania. Panos is experienced instructor with over 30 years of combined diving experience will help you to enter this new world with safety, confidence and FUN. With over 70% of our world's surface being covered with water, learning to dive can introduce you to a whole new life where you can experience the wonders of the underwater world. There are a variety of programmes available for adults and children whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced, certified diver. All comments are from our customers and we have kept their contact in our files. Only respect for our customers and friends. Thank you all for your trust, I am really appreciate.
Kolymbari, Chania Prefecture, Greece
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Sam R
6 contributions
Aug 2020
A good Dive centre makes all the difference. I would absolutely recommend this dive centre to anyone, as one of the best I have dived with.

The equipment was in great condition, dive centre and facilities were clean and professional and made for a great spot to hang out after the dive.

Our family, of mixed abilities (ranging from instructors to those who had'nt been in the water for over 20 years) all felt super comfortable with George and Panos at the helm, a fantastic pair, who beautifully tailored the experience to each individual, allowing everyone to feel at ease and enjoy every single minute not only underwater but before and after the dives as-well. Not to mention they were super accommodating with my brother max who is in a wheelchair.

If you're in Crete looking for a dive centre, I highly recommend these guys, if you're on a nearby island, I highly recommend you start swimming.
Written August 27, 2020
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Sam ,thank you for your great review.We enjoyed also the day with your family.Take care and we will be waitting for you next year!!!!
Written September 1, 2020
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Christos T
2 contributions
Oct 2020
I promise George and Panos this review will come, and here we are!

I can really recommend this diving centre and if you are in the area, you should definitely try it out. They are both very professional and really do their very best to offer you a great experience! Despite me having a minor issue with my ear, they were 100% there to support and help with anything needed and I felt safe all the time.

They are great and I do hope to be able to go back again and give it another go!

Thank you for the wonderful day,
Christos
Written December 5, 2020
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Dear Christo, thank you for your nice review and sory for the late reply... When you are OK and you are back in the area ,you may find us again to make another try.... Take care
Written June 5, 2021
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Sabine K
Vienna, Austria3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
you search for a good Dive Center ? You found it!
The Diving school is directly at a Harbour and has everything you need(something to Drink, equipment, forms in Many languages, Showers, Toilettes, …)
George and Panos, the owners, are extremly friendly and very Good teachers with a lot of Diving experience and they also Know the Most beautiful Places to dive in Crete. They also take Fotos under water and Send them to you.
They will help you with any Wishes you have (also Not Diving related issues like recommend the Best restaurant,…)
We did the Open-water-diver course with them and there is NOTHING i can complain about. They picked us up from our Hotel and also Dropped us there after the Dive.

I would recommend this Dive Center to everyone - with or without a cetrification.

I cant imagine that there is a Place which is Better than royal octopus
Written July 19, 2021
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Thank you Sabine for your nice review... We hope to dive together again in the future. Take care
Written July 30, 2021
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Johanna C
Greenwich, UK6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
I have always wanted to go diving and experience the under water world so my boyfriend decided to go ahead and book it for us after seeing the Royal Octopus diving team on the beach a couple of days before.

We emailed them and they responded very promptly with a date and time. Made us feel very welcome as soon as we arrived to the centre and the instructors were super friendly.

Everything was thoroughly explained and demonstrated beforehand. As a first time diver I was very nervous and had a moment where I nearly gave up. However with a lot of encouragement and support I was able to go ahead with the dive and ended up going under for 40 minutes, 10 metres deep. It was incredible to swim with all the fish and explore the under water nature.

I want to thank the instructors for being by my side the whole time and making me feel at ease. Thank you for making our experience amazing. I highly recommend the Royal Octopus diving centre.
Written August 26, 2022
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Thank you Johana for trusting our dive center for your first experience.We hope to see you soon diving with us again.
Written December 8, 2022
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Paul H
6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Pianos and John were both amazing instructors for me and my family doing an introductory dive, my daughter was very nervous and was not sure about diving underwater, both Panos and John took their time with her and by the end of the session she was doing it on her own! This has built her confidence, and we enjoyed it so much we booked 2 more dives off the boat in the most stunning unspoilt remote blue lagoon bay I've ever seen. We will return here to do out PADI certification. Thank you Octopus for making our holiday so special definalty the highlight!
Written August 31, 2022
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We are happy you enjoyed the days you spend with us.Also that we helped you dive for first time.We will be waitting for you next year!!!
Written December 8, 2022
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_eve_johnson
Warrington, UK3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Had a fantastic dive today with George! Me, my partner and his 15 year old son. The 15 year old had never dived before - myself and my partner had but many many years ago.

George was an absolutely amazing teacher. He was very thorough checking our equipment and we all felt so safe with him and he was constantly checking we were ok. At one point I had a panic (my previous training escaped me!) and he was over in seconds to sort me out. I was having a problem with my mask and without hesitation he gave me his to wear which was instantly better.

We had a wonderful experience and the location we dived from was lovely. Most importantly our 15 year old had a very relaxed and positive first dive and we can't wait to go out and do it again!

Other points -

Arranging was very easy - we messaged/booked in via WhatsApp and Panos was very quick to respond and answer all our queries.

We drove down to the dive location ourselves but a bus was available. It is narrow in places and very twisty so just be careful.

We met at the dice centre at 9.15 for safety brief etc and finished around 1pm. I can't recall how long we had in the water but it felt like a decent amount of time.

Thank you George and Panos for a great day!
Written July 17, 2022
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Thank you all for diving with us.We hope now you continue diving and see you again around.
Written July 26, 2022
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John R
Edinburgh, UK88 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Many thanks to the team from Royal Octopus. From first pick up to strapping on gear for out very first dive they were friendly, reassuring and very professional. They even allowed us to dive twice and extend our day. I can’t recommend them enough. We will be back.
Written June 28, 2022
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John and Will you were both great and you made our life ,easiier.We hope to dive together again and again...
Written June 29, 2022
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Ebba A
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Panos is the best dive instructor I have had so far. As a rather inexperienced diver (7 dives in total before this one) and a bit of a nervous person in general, but with a love for exploring the ocean, it was great to dive with Panos. It was all about having a good experience, and he was calm and reassuring all the way and gave some great tips on how to build my skills and my calm for future dives. Not much life in the Mediterranean compared to the Indian Ocean, but I would still come back to dive with Panos whenever I get the chance. I loved his approach to diving and how he pointed out the beautiful and interesting details during the dives. I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with Panos for the day too. A nice touch was the pictures that he took and sent to me after the dive.
Written November 5, 2023
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Chris J
Cambridge, UK62 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Panos and his team are first rate caring padi dive team. Young children never dived before, so much was care needed and shown in spades. All the family had such a great time. Classroom lessons to begin with at dive centre and then short trip to the beach in Panos ‘bus’. Watch the stoney beach area. Cannot recommend Panos more for time and patience taken in teaching the young ones.
Written August 23, 2023
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Thank you dear Chris, I really appreciate it. It was pleasure to meet you and dive with you. All the best. Panos
Written September 6, 2023
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Navigate138591
2 contributions
Aug 2021
Our family went diving with Royal Octopus diving and had such a good experience. Three of us were certified divers but our youngest daughter had never dived before. They tailor made a dive for us that was safe for our youngest daughter but interesting enough for the rest of us. We enjoyed the dive so much. It was just brilliant, a very relaxed, enjoyable dive. We saw lots of fish, we went through tunnels and Panos took such amazing care of our youngest being right by her at all times. For the second dive our youngest decided to sit out and we went and explored some caves. We finished the two dives just thinking wow that was such good fun. It was just brillant. George and Panos are great. They are so friendly and take such good care of you. They also took lots of photos which they sent to us so we have a lovely record of our first dive together. It was perfect.
Written August 13, 2021
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Thank you for trusting us your family. We hope you come back one day and do some more dives.
Written August 20, 2021
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