New Way Diving
New Way Diving
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
New Way Diving Sairee Beach is a chilled place, where you can learn to dive with PADI or SSI from absolute first-timer to professional. We keep everything as relaxed as possible to make sure you make the most out of your diving holiday. As the only shop on the island that offers trips to Sail Rock every day, as well as having up to 5 different departures each day for 2 dives per trip, we are confident we have something to offer for everyone, whether certified or looking to learn! Our extremely varied schedule looks like so; 06:00 - 10:30 - Sail Rock (every day) - 2 dives, Breakfast, Lunch and Soft Drinks 06:00 - 10:00 - 2 x Local Dives 10:30 - 15:00 - 2 x Local Dives 13:00 - 17:30 - 2 x Local Dives 15:30 - 21:00 - Sunset & Night Dive trip (Mon, Thurs, Sat) - 2 Dives, Dinner, Soft Drinks and a beer for the return. Established for over 20 years we are also local experts in the area, so if any help is needed please feel free to contact us!
Koh Tao, Thailand
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Ben M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
A friend recommended this place to me after he did 35 dives in 10 days with them! I wasn't as ambitious, I did a refresher course with Paul. I had a great time playing underwater again and learning about the marine life after I checked off the skills.
Then I continued on with the World Diver program and got certified to 40m, wreck diving, and nitrox with Tom. It was fun and easy under his instruction, not to mention he took some incredible photos and is a master at making bubble rings.
I finished with my first night dive with Sonia and Derek. I especially enjoyed watching the groupers hunt and the bioluminescences.
Koh Tao's diving sites get crowded really fast, so I appreciated how New Way would set out at dawn beat all the other boats out by usually an hour. Sail Rock was also included as part of my course.
Written January 18, 2020
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Hello from New Way Diving Koh Tao Thank you for your lovely review here on TripAdvisor, Thank you for diving with us, We hope you made it back home in safety, We wish you all the best for the future, We are proud to match your expectation in our service, We are happy to provide you with our skills and experience to welcome you in our dive family, No matters which course we teach you, we will always do our best to give you the most, Now the seven oceans are all yours to explorer, Please stay sound and healthy, We are looking forward to serve you on your next trip to Koh Tao again, Keep diving and blow bubbles, Big hug and best regards The dive Team @ New Way Diving #TanksForTheMemories
Written March 26, 2020
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Andy and Rachael
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Myself and my boyfriend decided to do the discovery day to see if we were interested in doing the open water dive course.
We had 2 dives and practiced some skills whilst having a fab time at Mango Bay and White Rock with Derek and Sonia. They made us feel very safe and comfortable with it being our first time diving, and it really helped build my confidence in the water.

Signed up to the open water course the next day, we learnt so much and had even more varied and challenging (not to mention awesome) dives with the team. Small group of 4 (us and 2 others) meant plenty of contact and 1 on 1 time with the instructor/s to learn and practice skills.

The discovery day was invaluable and with several dives behind us in just 4 days we passed the course!! Thanks especially to Derek and Sonia for all their encouragement and support ❤

Now that we had passed we were hooked and needed another dive fix before we left Koh Tao, so went on 2 fun dives with Tom at Chumphon and Green Rock - utterly indescribable and SO many fish! Tom was super enthusiastic and was a great guide.

Thanks again to all the team at New Wave/Way diving you made us feel so welcome and what you have is really special - we highly recommend!!!

Hope we can come back one day, Rachael and Andy 🤙 xx
Written January 16, 2020
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Hello from New Way Diving Koh Tao Thank you for your lovely review here on TripAdvisor, Thank you for diving with us, We hope you made it back home in safety, We wish you all the best for the future, We are proud to match your expectation in our service, We are happy to provide you with our skills and experience to welcome you in our dive family, No matters which course we teach you, we will always do our best to give you the most, Now the seven oceans are all yours to explorer, Please stay sound and healthy, We are looking forward to serve you on your next trip to Koh Tao again, Keep diving and blow bubbles, Big hug and best regards The dive Team @ New Way Diving #TanksForTheMemories
Written March 26, 2020
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Albina A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
From the moment you enter the dive shop you feel like you are in the right place. Everybody is smiling and greeting you and you really feel this friendly vibe. I enjoyed my 5 days of fun dives, where Alex (manager) tried to accommodate the dive sites I preferred. Big thanks to Simon (especially), Leo, Sonja, Tom for an amazing time. Note, that they go to Sail Rock every day and they have sunset dive two times a week and lazy morning dive @10am every day. Plus you don’t have to carry your bag, they have a team helping you with that. Love that place. Would recommend 100%.
Written February 15, 2020
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Hello from New Way Diving Koh Tao thank you for your lovely review here on TripAdvisor , thank you for diving with us , we hope you made it back home in safety , we wish you all the best for the future , we are proud to match your expectation in our service , we are happy to provide you with our skills and experience to welcome you in our dive family , no matters which course we teach you , we will always do our best to give you the most , now the seven oceans are all yours to explorer , please stay sound and healthy , we are looking forward to serve you on your next trip to Koh Tao again , keep diving and blow bubbles , big hug and best regards The dive Team @ New Way Diving #TanksForTheMemories
Written March 26, 2020
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Karen W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My husband already had his PADI license, so my two adult sons and I wanted to do our Open Water. After searching online and comparing several dive shops, I chose New Way because they did their initial training in the ocean (not a pool), included a trip to Sail Rock on the 4th day, and because Alex was very responsive to all my questions. They are with SSI, which was a wonderful bonus because we all were able to study the lessons online beforehand, reducing our classroom time in Koh Tao. Our dive instructor Derek patiently took us through each of the skills - we three were his only students, so we got all the private coaching we needed and could go at our own pace. I liked how Derek taught us in the shop how to set up our tanks, so that the first time we were on the boat, he let us do it ourselves with minimal coaching. From then on, we were able to set up our tanks ourselves for future dives, and we gained confidence quickly. My husband joined us on the final day at Sail Rock, which was disappointing due to poor underwater visibility, a factor beyond their control. My husband and boys went on two additional dives after we three got our certification and had a great time. Definitely recommend New Way! We stayed right next door at Koya Guesthouse and loved the convenience and being a bit away from the hubbub of Sairee Beach. Everyone at New Way was warm and friendly - highly recommended!
Written January 6, 2020
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Hello from New Way Diving Koh Tao Thank you for your lovely review here on TripAdvisor, Thank you for diving with us, We hope you made it back home in safety, We wish you all the best for the future, We are proud to match your expectation in our service, We are happy to provide you with our skills and experience to welcome you in our dive family, No matters which course we teach you, we will always do our best to give you the most, Now the seven oceans are all yours to explorer, Please stay sound and healthy, We are looking forward to serve you on your next trip to Koh Tao again, Keep diving and blow bubbles, Big hug and best regards The dive Team @ New Way Diving #TanksForTheMemories
Written March 26, 2020
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dchasarik
Loveland, CO11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
My daughter and I paid for 20 dives with New Way Diving on Koh Tao. While diving the first few dives we had equipment failures numerous times.

Regulators were leaking and/or failing and needed exchanged. One regulator failing is unlucky but five regulators failing means there is a serious issue with the shop maintaining their equipment. Two of the regulators had total failures while diving. My daughter's regulator hose was blocked and she had trouble getting air while under the water. Three other regulators were excessively leaking. My regulator disconnected from the mouth piece while under the water.



One major problem was that on one dive we were in a group of eleven divers. The shop owner told us that there were two dive masters in the group, but that was not the case. One of the "dive masters" was a paying guest that was very inexperienced. We refused to dive in that group and were put in a group with two inexperienced divers that just had received their open water cert. The "guest dive master" was not aware he was in the role of a dive master and was not affiliated with the shop.

We quit diving with the shop when during a safety stop another diver ran out of air. I gave that diver my alternate source and then my mouthpiece was disconnected from the hose and I was without air. Luckily, I was able to surface safely with the aid of my daughter's alternate source.

Safety was not the concern of the dive shop.

The boat had too many people and no Shade or seating. Ladder steps slanted wrong way from water to boat deck. Captain not friendly and did not help divers come onto boat. In fact he hung his laundry above deck which prevented even more access to seating. Rebreathers stayed down at very poor dive site which prevented boat from going to a better site. They used a "dive master" guest and dive group was 11 people together. They promise everything but don't deliver. One of the dive masters had such a strong personality that he was offensive. Another got into a heated argument with the "dive master guest" in front of customers.
Written April 11, 2022
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Bernardo_1221
Malaga, Spain71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Extremely nice and pro team! Dive Masters and Instructors are highly professional, and everyone is felxible and focused on providing the best experience for their clients!

They have 2 boats, they are very flexible with tha daily trips focusing on taking divers to different dive sites always when possible – taking into account the actual weather conditions, your interest and level of experience.
With pickups they take you to the pier for daily divings. You can leave you gear at the shop which make your trip much easier if you prefer to dive with your own gear!

I had awesome 10 days of fun diving here! I recommend New Way and would definitely choose them again if on Koh Tao!

Thank you Alex for helping me organizing my dive trip! Thank you very much Paul and Leo for the knowledge you tought me and also for your great company! Thank you Tom for the epic photos ands great atmosphere! Thank you Tim and Derek for the beers and nice chats! I wish everyone the best and hope to see you soon again!
Written January 12, 2020
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Hello from New Way Diving Koh Tao Thank you for your lovely review here on TripAdvisor, Thank you for diving with us, We hope you made it back home in safety, We wish you all the best for the future, We are proud to match your expectation in our service, We are happy to provide you with our skills and experience to welcome you in our dive family, No matters which course we teach you, we will always do our best to give you the most, Now the seven oceans are all yours to explorer, Please stay sound and healthy, We are looking forward to serve you on your next trip to Koh Tao again, Keep diving and blow bubbles, Big hug and best regards The dive Team @ New Way Diving #TanksForTheMemories
Written March 26, 2020
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jaimequinn1993
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
New way diving was amazing from the moment we walked up with questions.
They made things easy in terms of booking dives and making you feel comfortable.
New way diving team was patient and made you feel like apart of the diving crew and not just another tourist coming through.
I dove with Tom. He was great!
He was very thorough in the class room learning and really made sure you understood all the information you needed to know.
I would absolutely recommend new way diving. I’m very happy with my choice in going with this diving shop for my open water certification !
Written February 27, 2020
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Thank you , jaimequinn1993, we are happy to hear, that you got a great open water diver course with Tom at New Wave Diving , thank you for your lovely 5 star review , we are looking forward to welcome your friends for their Open Water Diver training, as well yourself on your next dive vacation keep making bubbles underwater #TanksForTheMemories New Wave Diving Team
Written March 4, 2020
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Luke B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
An amazing group of guides and instructors to dive with!
I dove with New Way about thirty times over the course of a month. They were incredibly professional and had well-maintained equipment.
I did my nitrox course with them, which is well worth it! They offer free nitrox for specialty dives like sail rock, which is an amazing location! They are the only shop that regularly makes the journey out to sail rock, which is what brought me to them in the first place.
Even on fun dives, I was given good advice on proper weighting etc. which really helped me to become a more confident diver.
If you want more of a personalized experience with small groups instead of overcrowding during dives, I can highly recommend New Way!
Written April 6, 2020
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Martín M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Even if the weather conditions were not the best, under the water we found a good visibility. I made a couple of dives. Our instructor was Pooka. She was very professional and funny explaining the dive sites and creating a nice atmosphere between all divers we were. If you come to Koh tao, don't hesitate to book with them and choose if you can, Pooka to dive with you. You will have for sure a great time.
Hope to see you soon again .
Khop Khun krap
Written July 12, 2022
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Borut B
Celje, Slovenia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We were referred to New Way from Crystal Diving center as they did not do Sail Rock boats at this time. The atmosphere in the dive shop is great. Even tho at first we only wanted to do Sail Rock we later decided on Nitrox (me and wife) and Advanced course (just me). Shout out to Patrick S. who was our dive instructor. We felt safe and well taken care of throught the dives and I got some great advice while doing my advanced couse. Price/performance wise they might be the best on the island (we looked around and did some dives with another shop aswell).
The owner of the shop P'Pan is super friendly and always smiling. She even cooks all the food for the Sail Rock trips (it was delicious!).
We were PADI certified for OWD, but atleast at the time of writing this review, SSI had a much better app and the course material was great and really understandable with in-app reviews. So if you are PADI dont be afraid to switch to SSI.

Overall I would recommend New Way Diving especially if you want to avoid feeling like just a number in another dive shop.
Written September 24, 2022
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