Local Dive Thailand
Local Dive Thailand
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About
Local Dive Thailand is one of the few full stack Phuket scuba diving companies, with our very own fully purposed scuba diving tour boat. M/V Kepsub runs daily dive trips to Phi Phi Island, Racha Yai/Noi & the King Cruiser Wreck. We're a Thai/British scuba diving centre with an empathise on safety and maximum enjoyment for all our guests. Non divers and snorkelers are very welcome onboard, you'll get the same excellent service as the the scuba divers. Our fun team of PADI professionals are extremely experienced and know just how to tailor the scuba diving experience to the customers needs.
Rawai, Thailand
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2024

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Nathan
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
My wife and I took the Open Water Diver course with Colin as our instructor. He successfully took us through the course and we passed. Throughout the course, he constantly showcased his strong knowledge of the course content and was able to provide safety tips for the ocean.

He was always patient with us, especially with skills which we were not so familiar with. He was also able to gauge the situation during a dive and adjust accordingly for our safety.

The dive boat was well-equipped and clean. Everything was systematic and orderly which made it easy for us novices. Kudos to the crew and tour guide for that. The food was also pretty good!

Highly recommend this dive shop to anyone for fun dives or PADI courses.
Written January 1, 2020
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Congratulations on becoming open water certified divers. Thank you for the great review of your course and experience with Colin. All our instructors like Colin have been teaching in Phuket for many years and have a huge experience to get the most out of every dive and every student. With diving safety has to come first but a great instructor will make it great fun too. Yes our boat is a great dive boat. Great food, comfortable and with three bathrooms and showers make it a great boat to dive from. Thank you again for the great review.
Written January 2, 2020
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Tim E
Amsterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited Phuket the first week of February 2020 and were happy to find Local Dive Thailand and initially booked a one day discover scuba diving. After the first day on the boat visiting and diving at the islands of Racha Noi and Racha Yai we decided to continue and went for the open water course. From the moment we met our instructor S. we had a great connection and she absolutely made our course very pleasant and enjoyable. The professionalism, quality of equipment, friendliness of the boat staff, the great cook and the staff of Local Dive Thailand made our holiday. After we finished with our open water course we did one day of fun diving going to the Phi Phi islands and Shark Point where we saw a beautiful underwater world including the beautiful Leopard shark. All thanks to the great eyes of our wonderful guide N. I can’t express enough how these guys take care of you and highly recommend diving or snorkeling with Local Dive. We will be back that’s for sure!
Written February 16, 2020
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Hi guys. Well done on getting your open water certification. Yes you did it the right way. Do the Discover Scuba diving day trip first just to be sure you like diving and you like the whole dive center set up. Then when you know you like diving then just continue with the full open water license. Yes Sophii is a great instructor with many years experience. The chef on the boat too does keep everyone well fed. Good to know that you saw so much on your extra day with Nikki after completing the course. Thanks again guys and we welcome you back on your next trip to Phuket.
Written February 18, 2020
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Sasaaaaa
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
I just finished a advanced open water with my friend and Sophii on live-aboard in Similan Islands. It was such a great time.

Sophii is a really nice tutor. She gave us guidelines and suggestions to enhance our diving skills, and made us feel safe and confidence under the sea. With her, we able to see some rays, sea turtle and part of the octopus (because it was hiding inside a coral or sth) in Similan Islands.

Besides, leader on the boat gave some briefing about the structure under the sea each time we dived a new site. It made the diving experience more complete. The food on board was good and all the staff were nice too.

Everything was good except we didn’t expect it was cold under the sea in winter in Thailand since the temperature was still 25 or sth above the water. Beware of that if you don’t like being cold.
Written January 5, 2020
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Congratulations on passing you advanced course. Yes Sophii is a really good instructor and has so much experience you know you get the very best training. Then to do it in the Similans on a liveaboard is a great experience. Great to know you saw so many great creatures and had such a great time, Thank you for this great review and well done again for becoming advanced divers.
Written January 6, 2020
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Martin
Dallas, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I cannot say enough good things about Local Dive Thailand. Everything about the company is first class. My friend and I dove with them in July 2019 and when we came back in March 2020 they treated us like old friends.
Not is their boat in tip top shape but their SCUBA gear is in better shape than some people’s personal gear that I have seen. But what really makes this company special is their personnel. Everyone from the boat crew to the instructors and dive masters are just great fun to be around. And the food on the boat is just simply outstanding.
Even though I have been diving for nearly 30 years I never advanced my formal education. I decided to take the Advanced Course and the Rescue Diver’s Course while I was in Phuket. Born was my instructor for the Advanced Course and is an outstanding instructor. Phil took time off from being the tour leader on the boat to teach the Rescue Diver’s Course. The RDC is a physically demanding course but Phil made it a fun course as well. He made me feel more like a friend learning something new than a student.
Whether you are new to SCUBA Diving or an experienced veteran, I can guarantee Local Dive Thailand will have something to suit your needs.
If you are planning to dive in Phuket, do yourself a favor and book with Local Dive Thailand.
Written March 20, 2020
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Hi thank you for the great review of you time spent with us again. Loved having you on the boat again. Well done on becoming a rescue diver. Most divers say what you did. The rescue diver course is the toughest but also the most fun. It also takes to to the next level where you start to look out for others as well as yourself. Yes we love our boat as very comfortable and the food as you say is better than many hotels. All our instructors and staff have been here in Phuket for a long and are passionate about whet they do and that way we keep the family feel and can make sure everyone gets the best possible instruction and best out of each and every dive. This goes to the boat and equipment too. if everything is maintained to the best standards it means there are no problems which is why we service all gear including the boat long before it needs it. Then everyone can spend the day on the water enjoying the diving. Thanks again for the great review and as always look forward to diving with you again next time you are in Phuket.
Written March 21, 2020
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Darren
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I did 6 dives with Tony who was an excellent and knowledgable guide. The dives were all varied and exciting, the equipment excellent and I felt safe at all times. Food, briefings and supervision from all involved were excellent also.
Highly recommended
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you Darren for the great review of your two days diving with us. Yes we are lucky here to have a great selection of dive sites all different. The along with our own boat, great chef, top instructors all makes for a very good days out. Thank you again for the review and hope to see you again next time you are in Thailand
Written January 31, 2020
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Giles202
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Very well organised from start to finish. Email communication is excellent and questions answered quickly.
A bit chaotic at the pier as several boats leaving and returning around the same time but everyone knew where to go and the buses were clearly pointed out.
Dive sites were very good although I found Ratcha Noi and Ratcha Yai were a bit less exciting after doing the wreck dives and Shark reef earlier.
Boat was very busy with a lot of learner divers but I was assigned a personal dive master to buddy with me so I could dive separately from the trainees. I liked this attention to detail. Born was very attentive, clearly explained all the sites and was an excellent dive master.
Dives were a good balance of safety and ensuring you get to see as much as possible.
Food and drink on the boat was really good and available all day. Boat transit times to/from the dive sites is quite long but even with quite a full boat there is plenty space to find shelter from the sun and relax.
Very highly recommend Local Dive Thailand. They are a great bunch.
Special thanks to Born for all your kind assistance and great personality.
Written February 5, 2020
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Thank you Giles for the great review. Yes in high season in the peak weeks the pier at first does look hectic but we all know what we are doing and where we are going. Yes if you do Racha Noi and Yai after King Cruiser and Shark point it can seem less interesting but Racha Noi is a great location for a first day and for doing courses as of the clear water, no current and shallow reefs. But King cruiser wreck is at a depth not suitable for all levels of divers. In high season the trips to the Racha Islands can be more learning and less experienced divers as the location is a great one for people to do their first dives and as the trip before was a 30 meter wreck dive then for sure it will be more noticeable. But as you say we always keep the groups small to match the level and experience of the divers so one on one is not a problem if thats whats needed on that day. The other good thing you mentioned is the space. As we have our own boat we can limit the numbers so there is space to relax between dives and enjoy the great food. Thank you again for the great feedback and you are most welcome back the next time you are in Phuket.
Written February 5, 2020
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dpdesai
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
They took us out for two dives: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We spent about 35-45 minutes at each spot and saw a wide variety of schooling fish, starfish, urchins, squid, and many more creatures.

The guides, Po and Toni, provided all the equipment and were attentive to all our needs. The boat captain and crew were also helpful.

We had a nice thai lunch at one of the nearby beaches were we relaxed about an hour.

Overall, I highly recommend this group because they are well trained and care about safety.
Written January 1, 2020
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Thank you for the review of your day spent diving with you here in Phuket. Great that you saw so many different creatures. A good lunch is always a good thing when diving so we make sure there is always lots of good food. Then for sure safety has to be number one at all times but with such experienced instructors they can make the divers great fun as the safety is second nature. Thank you again for the great review.
Written January 2, 2020
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sjors
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Amazing experience, excellent crew and care for the divers. From start to finish couldn't be handled better in my experience. Even with some weather uncertainty they handled the situation beautifully and made sure that we could make our dives, of course with all safety precautions.

Would highly recommend
Written July 20, 2022
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Thanks Sjors, logistics in Thailand can be challenging but our whole team have been working together for a long time ensuring everything goes as smoothly as possible for our valued guests. Hope we can welcome you back onboard in the future
Written July 21, 2022
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Paul T
Beijing, China1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I recently took my son to Phuket for his 18th Birthday where we completed our Open Water Dive Certification with Colin at Local Dive Thailand. This was a life changing experience made all the more enjoyable by Colin's professional approach and expert guidance. He provided advice and reassurance with thorough explanations to our many questions. The course included all equipment and daily transfers from our hotel. The pool sessions on the first day gave us confidence and prepared us for the open water. The open water dives were simply awesome lots of aquatic life to see. The wreck dive was definitely a highlight. The dive boat was well equipped, staff were friendly and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend Local Dive Thailand and in particular Colin as an instructor. Planning a return in October with my partner so she can experience the wonders of Scuba as well. Looking forward to many more dive adventures in the future.
Written February 1, 2020
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Hi Paul. First well done to both of you for getting your open water qualifications and thank you for the great review. Here at Local Dive Thailand we have been teaching and running dive tours for many years now and over the years built a great team. From the very experienced instructors like Colin who have all been teaching and diving these waters for many years you know no matter which instructor you get you will get the best training. This runs right through the team from Captain, boat boys, the chef as you mentioned providing great food all day long. Through to the office and shop staff all help to make things run so smoothly. Then as you mention we are lucky to have a fantastic location to dive all year round. Well done again and hope to see you on your next trip to Phuket
Written February 1, 2020
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kyliefisch
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I had an incredible experience getting Open Water certified with Local Dive! My wonderful instructor Stephen Rothwell is a true scuba professional and made the 3 day course a highlight of my trip. I thought learning to scuba dive would be intimidating, but Stephen’s patience and emphasis on safety helped to build my confidence. He is very knowledgeable of the dive sites and was able to point out different species of underwater life. Stephen also took great underwater photos and videos which I just had to purchase! Plus, he’s a pretty fun individual and overall good guy.

If you’re on the fence about trying scuba diving, go for it. I almost didn’t and am SO HAPPY I decided to give it a try. The feeling of being underwater is magical!

Local Dive runs a great operation; from the pickup from your hotel to the clean, spacious boat to the delicious food onboard, I would highly recommend diving with them!
Written February 26, 2024
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Thanks very much Kylie, Stephen said that you're one of the easiest students he's ever taught, took to scuba diving like a fish to water. Hope you have the oppurtunity to spend many more hours in our magical underwater world.
Written March 2, 2024
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