Sea Gypsy Divers
Sea Gypsy Divers
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Sea Gypsy Divers is a small, family-run PADI Dive Center with focus on quality, safety, and personal service. We offer all PADI courses, fun diving, and snorkeling packages, and our office is in the heart of Ao Nang. Our equipment is in top condition and included with every course or fun dive. Our experienced PADI Instructors teach with patience to calm the nerves of any first-timer. For certified divers, dive trips depart daily to either Koh Phi Phi islands or Ao Nang local islands.
Ao Nang, Thailand
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Goosey2Yountville
Yountville35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I spent two days scuba diving in Thailand with Sea Gypsy and it was INCREDIBLE! Right from the beginning, I knew I found the right dive shop when Joel (the owner) responded very quickly to my email asking questions about dive sites in Thailand and provided a ton of information so we could plan our trip. He was so personable and patient in answering many detailed questions and helped us in booking five dives over 2 days. Another major bonus is that Joel is from Pennsylvania so his English is excellent, and he is easy to communicate with since I don't speak Thai.

Sea Gypsy dive center in general is just the best. From the way Joel manages the day-to-day business to all of the staff, everyone was so professional, nice, helpful, and fun. They worked very well as a team on the boat helping the divers with their gear and tanks, and all the divers quickly became friends by the end of each day. Nikki welcomed us all on board, gave us the daily operating instructions, introduced the crew, and set the right atmosphere from the start.

I was a little nervous leading up to the first dive since it had been about 2 years before diving, but the second I met Jhai, our Dive Instructor, I relaxed and felt reassured. He was our personal Dive Master and was excellent at double checking my gear, giving helpful reminders, pointing out amazing sea creatures, and teaching me the names of all the fish. Jhai's personality really shines bright and he was so much fun. The trip to Thailand was a blast, Sea Gypsy took care of us every step of the way, and you can really feel how tight and supportive the dive community is here. I really recommend going diving with Sea Gypsy and especially with Jhai! Joel will hook you up with everything you need for an amazing dive trip!
Written January 13, 2020
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Dear Colleen and David, thank you very much for this lovely review! It was a pleasure having you all with us for a great 2 days of diving. Jai had a fun time with you all as well. It was very sweet of you bringing the nice gift from Napa for Meggy, and we enjoyed getting to drink some wine with you all after the diving day. We love doing what we do since it gives us the opportunity to meet some real genuinely nice people, and your family is a prime example. Hope to drink some more wine together, but next time in Napa!
Written January 18, 2020
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Mark B
San Francisco, CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My friend and I did perhaps close to 20 dives with Sea Gypsy Divers in January 2020 through Feb 2020. We had such a good time we extended our trip to do more diving. The Rescue Diver course was some of the most fun and most rewarding diving I have ever done. Highly recommended to continue one's growth as a diver. A business's success is driven from the top down. Regarding communication, operations, logistics, personnel, training and personality, Sea Gypsy Divers has been one of the finest businesses I have had the pleasure to give my business. Joel's communication and behind the scenes logistics, Vince's instruction, Mark and Luca's guiding, all outstanding. We didn't get to have the pleasure of Andrea's guiding but did have the pleasure of his company on the boat and at the shop. What a great group you have Joel. Leif's underwater photographs have given us tangible memories to cherish. Of course, if a diver needs a Thai speaker (or just the pleasure of Jai's guiding or instruction) have Jai along! He's another great personality and pleasure to dive alongside. Professional, fun, and highly cost-competitive makes for unmatched value in the scuba business...this is how I rate Sea Gypsy Divers, the best, a family run business for sure, with Meggy and little Noah in the background making it all tick :) Thanks to everyone for the great experiences and friendship.
Written February 7, 2020
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Dear Mark, thank you immensely for such a nice, detailed, and humbling review. We are really happy you, Jeff, and Patty enjoyed your experience here, and in fact everyone was sorry to see you go. All our staff appreciates your compliments. And I will take the opportunity to agree 100% that they are the best team, and we are lucky to have all of them. Can't wait to see you back here soon to get started on your Divemaster Training! Maybe I'll be able to jump in the water with you myself for at least some of that :) All the best and talk to you soon.
Written February 10, 2020
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Oystein B
Trondheim, Norway3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
You know it's gonna be good when you receive a personalized and thorough email reply just a few hours after my initial contact.
My wife and I visited Ao Nang with our son this February. My son took his Padi OWD certification, my wife did a refresher and we all did some fun dives together.
The instructor/divemaster Andrea from Italy was a good teacher and got my son safely through the course. Andrea also led the fun dives in a very laid back, yet professional way. Most of the fun dives where done around Phi Phi, from the Kon_Tiki dive shop's large boat. Most smaller dive shops in Ao Nang seemed to be renting space on that boat. We also did a private fun dive trip to the local islands with a long boat. Equipment was in good condition and all was taken care of by the store. No need to carry or even assemble anything :)
How was the diving?
Visibility ranged from 5 - 15 meters. Lots of sea life including fish, turtles, cuddlefish, shrimps, crab, snakes. As on most other locations on the planet, the corals are gone sadly. We could notice some re-growth.
Big thanks to Joel and his crew for a nice experience!
Written February 21, 2020
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Dear Oystein, thank you for this great review! It was a pleasure having you, Anna, and Torbjorn with us for some nice days of diving. Big congrats to Torbjorn on his new PADI Open Water certification! Andrea said he did very well, and it was an easy course for him. I'm glad they got to have the unique experience as well of diving the local sites from the longtail boat. Would be happy to see you all back here one day for more diving, and to get Torbjorn his Advanced cert as well! All the best and take care
Written February 21, 2020
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Gary
San Jose, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My wife and I did three dives with Sea Gypsy Divers to Ko Bida Nai and Bida Nok. Joel gave us a thorough review of all our options and explained that the dive shop preferred to work with small groups. The dive was exactly as described and matched to our level. We were put on a double-decker boat that accommodated our group and another dive shop’s group comfortably. Snacks and plenty of drink were provided throughout the day. Our instructor Andrea was very knowledgeable about the local sea creatures and made every effort to show us the different fish and several black tip reef sharks! We had a great experience and highly recommend Sea Gypsy divers to anyone looking for dives in the Krabi/Ao Nang area!
Written January 31, 2020
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Dear Gary, thank you for your great review! It was our pleasure to have you and Rebekah diving with us a couple weeks ago. Andrea had a fun and easy day with you both, and we all hope to see you back here sometime. All the best and happy bubbles!
Written February 10, 2020
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Wendy C
Southampton, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
As I promised, I went back to Sea Gypsy Divers for the second year running over Christmas/New Year...what can I say, these guys are really awesome! Very professional, slick operation, great people. Everyone is so friendly and go the extra mile to make sure everyone has the best diving experience possible. I did 3 days' fun diving (6 dives around Phi Phi & Bida), and sites were phenomenal - we were lucky enough to see some amazing creatures, including black tip reef sharks (in fairly large numbers), turtles, huge grouper, loads of barracuda, incredible cuttlefish and untold varieties of smaller reef fish and corals. I can safely say that was the best diving I've done in almost 20 years of holiday diving! I'm still grinning now.
The trips, from pick up to drop off, are brilliant. Great comfortable boat with a great crew, well maintained dive gear, and fantastic lunches and refreshments on board.
I can't recommend Sea Gypsy enough...I will always go back to these guys.
Thanks so much Joel, Meggy, Andrea and everyone...see you again as soon as possible!
Wendy
Written January 17, 2020
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Dear Wendy, thank you very much for your lovely review! It was a treat having you back for the second year in a row. We're really happy you got to see all those sharks, especially after completing the Shark Guardian Diver program last year. Andrea, Mark, and everyone else had a blast with you on the boat. We are all eagerly awaiting the next time you decide to come back and join us! You know you are always welcome. All the best from Meggy, Andrea, Mark, me, and the rest of the team!
Written January 18, 2020
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Paul M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
If you want someone who is both knowledgeable about the local dive sites and patient and friendly to dive with, I can strongly recommend Orn at Sea Gypsy Divers. We were a small group of 3 quite experienced divers and did 4 dives in 2 days and Orn was superb in managing the trip and finding quiet spots during a busy holiday period. She was especially good at finding hidden sea creatures such as sea horses. Thanks also for sending the photos afterwards. I will be back!
Written May 5, 2023
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viktoresku
Bratislava, Slovakia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I went for a 1-day diving trip & it was amazing! The transfer was on a huge comfy double-deck boat with already prepared refreshments. The dives were great (really small dive groups of only 2 people!!!). The highlight of a day was seeing sharks on our last 3rd dive. Definitely recommended!
Written March 9, 2020
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Dear Viktor, thank you very much for your nice review! We're happy that you enjoyed the 3 dive trip to the Bida Islands this past week. They are some great sites, and having seen Chris's photos from the day, looked like you all saw quite a lot! Also happy to hear you got to see sharks at the end. Thanks very much for diving with us and hope to see you again sometime!
Written March 10, 2020
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Jackson S
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had a tour with Luca, who took us to multiple dive spots so we could obtain our open water license. The training was great! We felt safe, in control and both me and my buddy were coached through in an incredibly professional manner. I would have not problem recommending this business. Above all, they helped us to be safe and enjoy our experience. And PS, the diving was amazing! Thanks to Luca and his team for making our trip an experience to remember. Jackson
Written May 19, 2022
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SampsaX3
Rankoshi-cho, Japan26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I did two diving days with Sea Gypsy Divers. Everything was very professional and all personnel were very friendly! I recommend this diving center for all level of recreational divers. If possible choose destination Phi Phi islands instead of local islands, most probably visibility and marine life will be better. Diving boat is big and steady.
Erittäin hyvä sukelluskeskus jossa palvelu ja joustavuus on hyvää. Kaikki vuokralaitteet olivat hyvässä kunnoss ja oppaat osasivat asiansa. Alus joka operoi sukelluksia on iso ja sukeltaminen siltä sujuu hyvin ja turvallisesti.
Written February 23, 2020
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Dear Sampsa, thank you for your very nice review! It was our pleasure having you for a couple trips with us, and glad that Krista was able to join for the last day as well. We will be very happy to see you both back here if you're ever traveling to the area in the future. Hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation and safe travels back to Finland!
Written February 28, 2020
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Monkan
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I had six amazingly fun dives, one with Luca and five with Andrea.
I was picked up from the hotel. During the time there was no rush in any way! The instructors was calm, professional and had exellent briefings and made everything best way possible. There was also lots of fun and laughter.
Big thanks to you all and especially Andrea for giving me the best diving experience ever! I also would like to give Andrea a big thank you for the pictures you took with my camera.
I can highly recommend Sea Gypsy Divers! See you all again in February 2020!!
Written January 1, 2020
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Dear Monica, thank you for this great review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your dives here, especially after the rough experience you had in the past. Andrea had a great time with you, and we can't wait to see you back here in February! Looking forward to meeting Per and getting him comfortable in the water. Take care and see you soon!
Written January 10, 2020
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