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Dive Asia - SCUBA and Snorkeling Day Trips and PADI Courses

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About Dive Asia - SCUBA and Snorkeling Day Trips and PADI Courses
PADI 5 Star CDC with all levels of scuba diving courses and trips. We provide the best diving experience possible from Beginner to Expert diver. All our diving is guided by local experts showing you the abundance of marine live available around Phuket.
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Alex C wrote a review Mar 2020
Petworth, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
Due to a sudden call to return to work my holiday suddenly had a time limit. I had been determined to to do my open water but had put it off as I thought I had a month left. Suddenly with a week deadline I walked into the local travel agent and booked it (I know I should have gone directly for a better price etc but time was of the essence). They booked me with Dive Asia in two days time, starting on the Sunday through until Tuesday. This was not much time to do the open water. The theory side is pretty long so if you can give yourself more time, if your high school science is not to ropey you should be able to get though quicker but they are still long manuals and just physically, take a long time. Get those done before you arrive if you can, frees up a load of time. Go for e-learning not ebook (the difference was not explained to me when I booked and that would be my only criticism, but that is probably because I booked through an agent and not the school). The difference meant that although I had completed pretty much the whole course I had to watch all the videos going back over stuff. Not the end of the world as it worked as revision, just a bit time consuming. Other than that we did our closed and open dives, all great well instructed and demonstrated excellently by my instructor Sean Brennan. His experience and expertise were very clear from the start (I have done a few other hotel style intro dives in the past with people who have not inspired confidence in me so trust me it makes a difference). The dives are great, loads to see once you get into the swing of things. The boat and crew plus other dive instructors were friendly and relaxed. Hotel drop off and pick up bang on time. This is definitely great value for money considering all the one-on-one you get and all the equipment plus the boat. Got my temporary card today and am looking forward to getting under water again soon. In summary; Book e-learning version, book directly from them, maybe do 4 day if you are not in a rush, do an intro fun dive just to get the feeling so you arent wasting your time calming down in your closed dives. Thanks again guys.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Johnny S wrote a review Feb 2020
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Just dealing with Benno the owner is enough to give a poor review. Everytime he says he sent an email he really means he forgot to send it and will do it now. That is only because I have his Whatsapp number to remind him, which is private and not available. I got it from a friend whom has dived with these guys for many years. I know the staff are awesome but the lack of communication from Benno is putting my health at risk. This is a little known fact that the mountain road from Kathu to Patong becomes like ice after a dry spell and the first rainfall after the dryspell. The road is worn smooth and all the oils will coat it once wet. You will have absolutely no traction and it is the same as a sheet of ice. So tomorrow I have to travel it to get picked up for diver training and l texted Benno to give me the training centres address to avoid this road, as there is 100% chance of rain tomorrow. Bennos' response "I'll email it to you" . So now we are going out and will have no contact until back late tonight. I had no choice but to keep our original plan to meet in Patong. It is even shorter for me to drive to the training centre but again, Benno and his emails are just completely unreliable. He didn't even let me know if lunch is provided or not which I also texted him. Simple yes or no but ignored. Then the matter of the day I booked in their office. I had to get medical clearance which he said was 250 bhat but was 500. Then when I get back with the clearance he had left for the day, at around 2pm. I still had questions but the only person there was the cashier to accept payment.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Eli Cusic wrote a review Jan 2020
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Just finished my PADI open water certification with Dive Asia and had a great experience! From the beginning everything was communicated clearly and in a timely fashion. Benno is very on top of communicating options and expectations, and he runs a very smooth operation. My dive instructor Elizabeth was absolutely wonderful! She is confident, reassuring, and efficient, and her genuine love for diving and aquatic life made the experience even more enjoyable! I did the eLearning option to maximize my time on the island. My wife was already certified, but since it had been several years since her last dive, she tagged along on the underwater skills part of the course. Elizabeth maintained the perfect balance of efficiency, reassurance, and fun throughout the entire process (she has a great sense of humor!). By the time the third and final day rolled around (Phi Phi islands!!!), I was completely done with the course and was able to just enjoy the dives and all the amazing aquatic life! Couldn't have scripted a better experience. All of the other instructors seemed friendly and capable as well. Looking around at some of the other operations at the dock, I am SO glad I went with Dive Asia. They are 100% on top of things. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, and I highly recommend using them for your diving experience in Phuket!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Rich B wrote a review Dec 2019
Denver, Colorado41 contributions10 helpful votes
Just finished 2 days of diving with the Dive Asia team. This is a top notch operation from the hotel pickup to drop-off. On Day 1 we had Mischa as the tour leader. He provided a brief overview of the day and the safety procedures for the boat. We dove Phi Phi islands - 3 dives - and had Sean as our dove guide. He is knowledgeable and friendly. We dove Shark Point on the way our and dropped in on top of two leopard sharks which apparently is not commonly Shark Point. Overall a great day. Food was excellent and plentiful. Day 2 we had Pray as our tour leader and a fuller boat. Had the chance to dive with Sean again and he didn’t disappoint in finding eels, stingrays and other marine life. I do a fair amount of diving and this is a top operation. They will not disappoint.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Benno B, Manager at Dive Asia - SCUBA and Snorkeling Day Trips and PADI Courses
Responded Dec 29, 2019
Thank you for your kind review. We try hard to please everybody and are very happy of any feedback. We look forward to having you back in Phuket soon.
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nic888 wrote a review Dec 2019
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We were very well taken care of. The entire crew and dive guides were very friendly and attentive. I hadn‘t dived in years and didn‘t have a lot of experience before, so of course I had forgotten a lot and had difficulties. Everyone was super nice about it and my dive guide calmed me down after I couldn‘t get down the first try and gave me step-by-step help until I felt absolutely safe and comfortable in the water. Best dive experience ever! Everything was very well organised.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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