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Haad Yao Divers

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Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
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About Haad Yao Divers
Haad Yao Divers is the premier PADI 5 Star IDC Resort on Koh Phangan Island. Their friendly team is teaching all dive courses in English, German, French and Spanish since 19 years. Dive and snorkel trips to Angthong Marine Park, Sail Rock, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan's west coast are conducted with the own very comfortable boat. All PADI Diving courses are available from beginner to Instructor.
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JoAigner wrote a review Aug 2020
Bangkok, Thailand69 contributions5 helpful votes
I highly recommend Haad Yao Divers since safety is the most important part for me when it comes to diving. Haad Yoa Divers equipment is in top condition and Thorsten, our Dive Instructure, takes his job really sericous, though the fun part is never coming short. We went to "Sail Rock" which is a great spot to see a lot of fish and if you are lucky a whale shark might cross your stream.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Alexa Cach wrote a review Feb 2020
Providence, Rhode Island19 contributions
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Over the past year I have visited Koh Pha Ngan three times and have spent almost 10 weeks as a student/fun diver at Haad Yao Diver. This German run school (Heike thank you for everything :) has very skilled and caring instructors, well-maintained, good-quality equipment, the biggest and safest boat on the island, way above average boat food options and a very convenient van shuttle service from hotel to school/port and back. All three trips (I did over 70 dives with them) I have had an incredible time and I am very grateful to have found such a fun and safe environment to learn how to scuba dive in. A heartfelt thank you goes to instructor Mario Setz who is responsible for my certification in Open Water, Advanced and Nitro, Ian Long who certified my Deep Dive as well as Beat Weber and Chris for your knowledge and for wonderful dives. Whether you are looking to get a certification or just go for a fun dive – I can highly recommend Haad Yao Diver. And who knows if you are lucky you will see a Whale Shark (I saw 4 in 10 weeks :). But even if not – the dive sites (particularly Sail Rock) have such incredible beauty and life (you basically swim in a fish soup!) it will leave you with priceless memories!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Nanna Lin Kajhø... M wrote a review Jan 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark4 contributions
First day we went for a fun dive, our instructor Marlen was really good and gave us free rein, but in the way so that we still felt safe. The day after I startet my open water certification and lucky me that I got Marlen as the instructor <3 it has been so fun and we are for sure coming back!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Jennie W wrote a review Jan 2020
Knutsford, United Kingdom38 contributions20 helpful votes
Positives first - the staff are very friendly and accommodating and that is very important. Sadly negatives - they were an hr late picking us up. I live in Thailand and understand delays and time keeping, but for a 7am pick up to finally be 8am and after calling twice and being told 5-10 mins each time, is not acceptable. The driver had a phone so no excuse there. If it's going to be an hr, say it's an hr and not leave us hanging around. We could have gone for a lie down or breakfast. Speaking of breakfasts - their offer was literally 1 piece of bread, 1 boiled egg and a banana. That is not a breakfast, especially after we'd been waiting around for an hr and could have had a proper brekkie at our accommodation. Lunch - meat option was chicken red curry. great. as a veggie our option was vegetables in an oily tasteless broth. yuk. why not make the red curry veggie, set that aside then add the meat? simple. Boat - medium size but had 40 people on board. This is way too many and leads to overcrowding and potential safety issues. also too many divers, most of whom were inexperienced, does not make for a nice relaxing dive. As we were so late leaving due to pick up delay, we were the last boat there, tethered right at the back and led to a long surface swim to and from Sail Rock. This is exhausting and the water was a bit choppy so was not ideal either. My 2 friends were on their first discovery dive and were sea sick and had to abort both dives. Vis was also less than a metre but cant blame them for that but just added to the frustration and disappointment of the day. Could have been so much better with a few very simple adjustments for food, timelines, fewer people and better management.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Murphy wrote a review Nov 2019
Joshua Tree, California6 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic! The pickup from my villa was perfectly on time, which was an excellent first impression for the day. Upon meeting James, the guide/instructor (don't know what term is proper/preferred, sorry 😊) for the dives, I immediately felt welcomed and in good hands. He was very thorough asking about my experience to date and making sure I understood certain terms and safety protocols. Being a new diver, I never felt judged or looked down upon, rather the opposite. Everyone I spoke with who worked with Haad Yao Divers were extremely pleasant, laughing, smiling, and seemed so happy to share their passion for diving with everyone, experienced and neophytes alike. (More than likely, they'll have you laughing till your face hurts, but it's a good hurt) Great shop, great divers, highly recommend. Oh, and how could I forget, the food between dives is excellent!!!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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