Master Divers
Master Divers
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Master Divers is a small, professional PADI 5 star IDC centre on Koh Tao, Thailand, offering dive trips and the full range of recreational PADI scuba diving courses and experience programmes, as well as Technical dive training and Freediving courses . Guided snorkelling trips, UV night diving and UV snorkelling are also available here. Master Divers has a long standing reputation for offering a quality dive experience and maintains a friendly and relaxed environment. They guarantee small groups and offer private guiding and tuition too. Their team of multilingual staff are some of the most experienced on the island making the centre a sought after destination for divers.
Koh Tao, Thailand
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gwhn
Harrow, UK3 contributions
Feb 2020
I spent 3 days diving around Koh Tao at the end of February 2020. I dived with Master Divers 7 years ago almost to the day. On the surface, not much had changed. It all seemed reassuringly familiar. Due to a mix up, I turned up late for my refresher course, but they made sure I got it completed in time for my first fun dive. As a return customer, I got a preferential rate, and I had a private guide for each of my dives, which I highly recommend as it improves the quality and length of the dives. A late monsoon season, apparently, was the cause of poor visibility, but the captain and crew took us to sites where the visibility was best, and I enjoyed myself. I didn't do the UV night dive I was looking forward to because of the conditions, but the staff were flexible and I did some more afternoon dives instead. The equipment was all brand new and in very good condition. They even offered dive computers for free which they didn't before. A big thank you to all the crew at Master Divers.
Written March 14, 2020
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Thanks for your fantastic review! We are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your recent stay with us and that you could still enjoy all your dives as planned despite the little mix up. We 100% agree, having a private Divemaster can be a great way to customize your diving experience even more and is totally worth the little surcharge! Our experienced captain and dive staff always keep an eye on the weather and diving conditions and have the flexibility to change dive site schedules on a short notice to make sure everyone has the best experience. Unfortunately you couldn't join us for the UV night diving this time, but we hope that gives you a good reason to come back soon - and not just in another 7 years... ;-) From the whole team at Master Divers thanks again for taking the time and writing your review!
Written March 18, 2020
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Ryan P
11 contributions
Feb 2020
My boyfriend and I heard about Master Divers through a travel blog and booked to do our PADI Open Water Course during our visit to Koh Tao.
Our instructor Adi was incredibly patient, encouraging, thorough and knowledgeable! We both started the course with absolutely no diving experience to finishing feeling confident at depth! Adi guided us through both theory and practical, always making sure we understood and never letting us feel under-prepared. We were always put at ease but never made to feel silly for being nervous. Each day of the course felt like we were being challenged to improve but never pushed beyond our limits. We are both very grateful to Master Divers and to Adi for giving us such a good basis in diving which we can hopefully build on in the future (and hopefully return to Koh Tao for future courses).
The whole Master Divers team were constantly friendly and welcoming and the dive sites were varied, giving us a range of experiences!
I would highly recommend Master Divers to anyone who wants to get into diving for the first time and we will be very tempted to come back in the future!
Written February 8, 2020
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Hello and than you for your lovely review and it's great to know that you would recommend us for the future! Thank you also for your lovely words about Adi. We agree she is a fantastic instructor who cares a lot for her students so it's great to know that you found her to be so supportive of your learning. It's important to ensure that new divers learn the best habits possible, and Adi is a great role model for that. We hope you enjoy many more safe and happy dives until you can return to us for your next dive course... PADI Advanced Open Water diver is calling! :-)
Written February 8, 2020
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Gotti0905
Vienna, Austria1 contribution
Jan 2020
I visitited Koh Tao with my girlfriend in January 2020. Luckily we had the chance to enjoy our vacation bevore COVID-19 shutdown. The island itself is a marvolous place which offers a lot of facettes to enjoy your stay. After researching we found out that Koh Tao is a fantastic destiny for diving. As we already had been thinking about getting a diving license before we decided to take the chance and do so on Koh Tao.

Neither my girlfriend nor I have had any expirience in diving at all. By coincidence we found out about Master Divers and decided to give them a chance. It should turn out to be a perfect decision!

We booked the PADI Open Water Diver Course and decided to study the onlince course before our vacation. In theory this does not smaller the amount of classes you have to take, but effectivly we saved a lot of time by being well prepared and going over the lectures much quicker. A pleasent feature while having the classes was that the oportunity to having breakfest within them. You could order the dishes from a lovley restaurant called the coconut monkey. They would bring your order right in the classroom.

On Koh Tao we were weclomed warmly and the atmosphere at Dive Masters couldn't have been nicer. Our class just consited of my girlfriend, myself,a fellow student in the Dive-Master course named Ryan and our instructor Adi. As mentioned Ryan was already on his way of becoming a Dive Master, so the ratio of instructor and student felt to be 1:1. In general the organisation of our course was handled outstandingly.

Our instructor Adi did an extraordinary job! She is a delightful, lovely and calm person who taught us with a lot of patience through the whole course! Adi's greatest strength (if i'd had to pick one out) is that she took care of our individual needs and always ensured that we feel comfortable while diving within our limits!

The reason I write my recommendation about five months after our pleasent stay, is because due to the current Corona Crisis many institutions which are dependent on tourism struggle at the moment. I am not the kind of guy who usualy sits down wrighting recommendations but if there is any chance it helps this lovely diving school I'll take it. If you consider to go diving on Koh Tao and you are looking for a diving school where you are welcomed warmly, treated respectfully and being thaugt thoughtfully, don't hesitate to choose Master Divers!
Written May 26, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful and thoughtful review! It means a lot to us - especially knowing that you are normally not one to write online reviews. ;-) Adi was very happy to hear how much you enjoyed the diving course with her - and we are very proud of having her as part of our team! You are right, we offer different study options to all of our students and hope to find a way that works best for everyone individually. We appreciate that there are different learning styles and it's great to hear that you found the online study useful and enjoyed having more time to relax during your stay on this pretty little island! We agree with you on how delicious the food and drinks from the Coconut Monkey are and that it's a nice little treat for our students to have their breakfast wraps and iced coffees delivered right into the classroom. Instantly makes the atmosphere a little bit less school-like and more relaxed, doesn't it? We loved to have you dive with us in January and want to say thanks once more for your sweet recommendation! Who knows, maybe you'll also make it back to Koh Tao one day and can join us for some more diving adventures!
Written May 29, 2020
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tburrill
Cheshire, CT17 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
We completed our diver certification here on Koh Tao. I am pretty OCD, so organization and attention to safety and detail were paramount for me to feel secure & comfortable underwater. The team at Master Divers exceeded my expectations; we rocked our certifications and had a great time doing it. There were divers of all abilities and ages going out in teams, and everyone was stoked after every dive. We saw an abundance of sea creatures close up— but no touching! Master Divers’ local efforts and sincere commitment to restoring and maintaining Koh Tao’s ocean/biome is impressive. Near their outfit are yummy cafes, lots of nightlife. We had a blast. Highly recommended!
Written May 26, 2020
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Thanks for your sweet words and taking the time to write this beautiful review. High five to anyone who is a OCD as we are! We will always make sure to answer all of your questions upfront - in fact we actually love it when our guests have a lot of questions for us! In our opinion, being well informed and relaxed before your dives is key to a great experience and reading how much you enjoyed your dives with us, totally confirms our approach of: Safety first! Because we are aware of the footprint we leave on the planet, we invite all our guests to read our 'Environmental Statement' as part of the check in process and our team members are very passionate about marine and land conservation. Thanks for also pointing out that the area where Master Divers is located, offers a big variety of hip cafés and bars and were pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay on the island!
Written May 29, 2020
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suzannahMT
Pleasant Hill, CA83 contributions
Jan 2022
I had the great pleasure of taking several fun dives with Master Divers in winter 2022. With only one night on Koh Tao, I was worried I wouldn’t have time to see what the island had to offer. Luckily for me, Elaine and her team worked to accommodate me so I was able to fit in 4 dives, including the UV night dive, on fairly short notice. I truly appreciated their flexibility to work around my (very unpredictable!) ferry schedule and dive preferences, and feel they went above and beyond to help me make the most of my time on Koh Tao.

Scheduling aside, the team was a delight to work with. The team did a great job matching my current skill level (Advanced Open Water) with my dive sites to deliver a truly custom experience. Elaine was quick to answer all my questions via email before I arrived, and went out of her way to help me navigate the island as a solo traveler. My dive instructor, Tim, was very knowledgeable about the Koh Tao ecosystems and made sure I didn’t miss any of the most important wildlife sightings as we dove.

Highlights of the daytime dives included several eel sightings and an encounter with the biggest sea turtle I’ve ever seen! The UV night dive was also spectacular–It’s surreal to the coral fluoresce under the UV torches, and to swim with the bioluminescent plankton around the island. I cannot recommend spending the extra money for this dive–it is a once in a lifetime experience I’ll never forget.

I highly recommend booking your Koh Tao dives with Master Divers–they will not disappoint you!
Written March 24, 2022
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Post
Amsterdam, The Netherlands49 contributions
Mar 2020
Back in March 2020, We (husband and I) did the PADI Open water. We were so much looking forward. From the beginning (subscription ) to end (getting our certificates (yeah!) was a great experience to us. The staff is super friendly and ready to answer any of our questions.
I was soooo looking forward to going underwater, but unfortunately at day one of diving, out of the blue (about 12 mtrs deep), I've got scared and couldn't let go of the rope. David (our instructor) took his time to help me. however, I couldn't. we ascend and I waited at the boat so David and my husband could continue with the training. Once back to HQ, we sat down and talk about what happened. I simply freaked out, i didn't know why!
But the great part was that I never felt pushed by David to just "keep up" with the training. He advised me to sleep on it and think about what happend that freaked me out.
Following morning we sat down, we spoke and made a plan that best suited for me to help me with my (unexpected) fear. Because of the way David handle the situation gave me confidence, never felt pushed/rushed. I finish it! I am a Certified Open Water diver!!!!! We are looking forward to getting our Advanced Open Water Certification there as well, so Master Divers, be ready to see us as soon as we can fly to Thailand (due to corona restrictions).
Also,a big thanks to Adi, we had a fun dive with her, and thanks to her fish book we knew what we were looking at :-)

I highly recommend them!!!!
Written May 26, 2020
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Thanks for taking the time and writing such a sweet review for David, Adi and the entire Master Divers team. David is a very relaxed instructor who knows how to handle situations like the one you describe. It's perfectly normal that being under water for the first time can be a little bit scary and usually all it takes is a bit of time and patience. Even some of our team members, who are now dive professionals, will remember that they found their first-ever dives a little bit daunting! We're super proud of you that you gave it a go and in the end completed your course! We also loved to hear how much you enjoyed your dives with Adi - and we agree her fish identifications (and sometimes her cute French names for the marine life) are always fun! You'll be pleased to hear that we're open for diving and can't wait to see you back for your Advanced course once International travel to Thailand is possible again.
Written May 28, 2020
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Lauren D
5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
The staff at Master Divers were friendly, helpful and super fun. I was a bit nervous going to do the Advanced Dive on my own but Jordan made me feel super safe and comfortable on my dives. She was so warm and bubbly, and taught me so much in a fun way. The night dive was a particular highlight for the experience.
The team at Master Divers made me feel welcome and did everything they could to accommodate my needs and time frame. The equipment was new and in great condition and the small class sizes were great.
I also loved how sustainable they were and the passion the staff have to protect the environment was wonderful.
Written January 17, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review and congratulations on becoming an Advanced PADI Diver! It's great to read your kind comments about Jordan, we'll make sure she sees your words. She's our conservation Queen so no doubt she was able to inspire some great practices, but you are right, sustainability, eco friendly and with a real mind on conservation is a huge passion of the whole team. We look forward to seeing you again next time.
Written January 23, 2020
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Claudia S
4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I absolutely loved diving with Master Divers! The instructors were very professional and provided a lot of information about the underwater world. I had a successful refresher course and a few fun dives with Tom and even as a beginner I felt extremely safe diving with him. Also a huge thank you to Mariana, Ryan and Ben! I had a great day diving with them and they were so helpful and attentif.

I would recommend Master Divers to all non-native English speakers, as the team is very patient and they always make sure you are going to unterstand everything. There is also an opportunity to do some guided snorkeling, which was great for my non-diving sister. Long story short: I was really sad that I had to leave the island and I would definitely consider to come back again!
Written February 5, 2020
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your diving experience with us! It's great to know you felt safe during your dives as this is very important to us. It's great to hear that you were comfortable diving in your non-native language. Our dive leaders are very used to this situation, and are happy in all situations to take the time that is needed to a make sure our guests fully understand everything. We hope you enjoy many more safe and happy dives in the future and you can see us back here again soon!
Written February 5, 2020
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japanmike
Japan96 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
I dove with Master Divers in exotic Koh Tao and totally loved every minute of it. The staff are devoted and very knowledge about the huge variety of creatures in the crystal clear water. The dive masters were relaxed and laid back yet paid close attention to safety details. I highly recommend this team when diving in Koh Tao.
Written May 26, 2020
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Thank you very much for you fantastic 5* review! We loved to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with Master Divers, found our staff safe & knowledgeable and absolutely enjoyed your dives in the beautiful waters around Koh Tao! Let's hope this wasn't your last visit to the island and you'll be back soon for some more dives with us!
Written May 30, 2020
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Jara00
Frankfurt, Germany7 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
I would highly recommend Master Divers, even though there are many diving schools on Koh Tao. Master Divers was already a recommendation from a friend and it was really worth it. The school responded very quickly by email, we were able to do the theory part of the Open Water Diver at home via eLearning and everything was very professional on site. A great service from start to finish.

It's also important to mention our diving instructor Soonie. She was awesome! It was a lot of fun with her. If you have the opportunity to do the course with her, you should do it! She never lost focus, was very professional and we felt safe and comfortable the whole time.
Written December 22, 2023
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