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Sharkey Scuba

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Karon, Thailand
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About Sharkey Scuba
Sharkey Scuba is a family owned PADI dive center in Karon, Phuket. We are complete diving fanatics as our guests will testify! Started in 2002, the owners, Oui and Iain alone, have been teaching and guiding in Phuket for almost 35 years between us. We were the first company in Phuket to exclusively offer private scuba diving courses from complete beginner to professional level. We also arrange day trips and Thailand liveaboards. Every guest is very important to us which is why we offer a highly personalised service including hotel visits and after dive events. Wherever you are staying in Phuket we can help with free transfers for dive trips from all of the following towns: Karon, Patong, Kata, Kamala and Chalong. Dive courses, day trips, Similans liveaboards - just ask and we will help.
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Emma O wrote a review Sep 2021
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Loved this experience. Ian and Oui made our 3 days so fun. Instructors that became friends! It was a great way to pass our time while staying in the Sandbox in Phuket. Hotel transportation, and great gear. I loved all the sea life we got to see and am so thankful for the certification and dive experience. I was nervous going into the first day, but by the end of the first practice dive I was confident and knew I was safe when we were with them! Book your dive today with Sharkey!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Jack M wrote a review Sep 2021
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I had an amazing experience getting my PADI open water certification with Sharkey! Ian and Oui felt more like friends than dive instructors during our three days of diving. Highly recommend their business if you’re looking for quality dive instructors in Phuket!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Matthew B wrote a review Jul 2021
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I have been lucky enough to dive all around the world and I know what makes a good dive centre. Sharky’s we’re excellent from booking to dropping off. Their rental gear is top class, the attention to safety paramount and the boat they use is very easy to get gear on and off, all things that separate good dives from excellent ones. My son was diving for the first time and he was made to feel relaxed straight away. He initially only wanted to do one dive, but because the experience was so good, he actually did 3 dives on the trip. My younger son was also looked after by one of the team. He snorkelled whilst we dived and loved it. Highly recommend Iain, Oui and the team.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Chris W wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom13 contributions7 helpful votes
While Sharkey (a husband-and-wife diving team) are as professional as their five-star PADI rating would suggest, the thing that really stands out about their offer is ENTHUSIASM. They're a very positive pair, and great fun to spend the day with. After decades in the water, they're still as obviously excited about scuba as the day they started - Oui came out of the water grinning like a maniac after one wildlife-heavy dive, even though she must have seen such sights 1,000 times. Both have an encyclopedian knowledge of local fishy life, and will namecheck everything for your logbook later. The sites? Six of the best near Phuket: Racha Noi, Shark Point, and others. One some trips the boat meanders past the beach where "The Beach" was filmed. Every site is interesting - and all different, with some focussed on corals and others on wildlife. It's nice they book spots on a BIG boat (20m I think); no seasickness problems at all. The boat captain is also a friend of theirs, which gets you good "places in the queue" when entering the water! Personal service is a big thing with them - they'll meet you off your taxi and walk you to the right boat, essential given the size of Chalong Pier today. They then let you enjoy the ride for an hour before briefing you on the dive sites and plan. A couple of huge bonuses on my 2 days of scuba. First, Iain showed me my first wreck (Racha Noi) an old dive boat deliberately stripped and sunk a few years ago. Gigantic Moray eels and ultra-venomous sea kraits abound - harmless as long as you respect them. On the next trip (Shark Point) Oui and I came across a 2m leopard shark which stuck around for ages - dive plan revised 7m down! They also offer 3 dives in a day, as opposed to the 2 most operators offer. Yes, you'll sleep well that night - but you'll have a trio of awesome experiences. Overall, a great two days, and also fun for my non-diving wife who explored shorelines and caves as a snorkeller (seeing both rare sea turtles and blacktip sharks!) While this isn't Sharkey's doing, the food and drink onboard is also excellent; breakfast and rice dishes throughout the day. They chose their boat operators wisely. (They work with several.) I'd have no hesitation booking another trip with Sharkey on my next visit to Phuket. In fact, I'm checking my calendar...
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Risto M wrote a review Mar 2020
Helsinki, Finland9 contributions14 helpful votes
I had 3 wonderful diving days with Iain and sharkey Skuba. Everything works as planned and it was a relaxing and nice experience. 9 dives is just not enough to see all - maybe next time. Keep up the spirit and good work! Respect - First in and Last out!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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