Pura Vida Diving
Pura Vida Diving
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
After more than 10 years on the island, we made our dream come true and we would like to share it with you: PURA VIDA Diving! We offer to you the chance to feel differently all the fun, real and professional diving experience. We do what we love, teaching scuba diving from beginner to professional levels. High quality and experienced instructors in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan and Basque languages. Visit one of our two Dive Centers PURA VIDA at Koh Tao, Thailand.
Koh Tao, Thailand
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2024

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Miki
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
It was the best decision to start our diving experience with pura vida! You feel like in a big family and everyone is treating you right and with open hands. You will have your own instructor, normally only one or two people are with the instructor. Me and my wife were with Lola! She explained everything very good and understandable. I can speak a lot of Spanish but if i had doubts if i understood everything she explained it in very good english to me. So language was never a problem. The final written exam i could choose to do it in german or spanish. The needed information for the test was available in german as well and there is an app for download (myssi) and there we can read again everything taught by Lola and study for the final exam.
In the water we never felt unsafe with Lola. She took all the time we needed to teach us everything properly. Step by step she introduced us to everything we need to know for diving and took us deeper and deeper into the sea! Motivating, professional, friendly, and showing us the fascination of diving.

On the boat we were with the other instructors and their students and it was every day a cool and lovely group. At the end of every day on the way back to the harbour we applauded for everyone who dived on this day and for the boat crew and obviously for our instructors !

The last day of the three were two dives in the morning and we followed Lola 17,4m deep into the see and she showed us different fishes and amazing under water life. Once back on the surface we wanted to go back down again and again! :)

Thank you so much Lola for taking us by the hand and guiding us so good theses three emotional days! Sure We will take you with us in our mind when we dive again.
Thanks as well to the others of pura vida ko tao! It was a very nice atmosphere with you!
Written January 4, 2020
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Thanks so much for you comment! All Pura Vida team are very happy to hear how much you have enjoyed this experience with us!! We hope to see you here soon!! Lola sends you a big hug! Best regards and Pura Vida!
Written January 6, 2020
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Donna G
Basingstoke, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Before coming to Koh Tao, we contacted a large number of the dive schools on the island with regards to the refresher course and advanced. Pura Vida were the most informative and proposed the best offer for our refresh dive which was a competitive price, two dives in the ocean and also a small group of just us 2 with one instructor.
The dive school is quite big but don’t be put off; as soon as you walk inside, everyone is so friendly.

What made the course so special for us was our instructor, Lola. From start to finish, she was welcoming, patient, enthusiastic, informative and caring. Lola did everything possible to ensure that we had the best experience and improved our skills whilst feeling at ease. She explained everything in so much detail and always had time for our questions. She is a passionate teacher and we were very lucky to have her. Thank you Lola and everyone at Pura Vida!

Written January 11, 2020
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Donna and Michael, thanks so much for your comment and recommendation! All Pura Vida team are so happy that you enjoyed so much diving with us! We hope to see you again soon and keep exploring the sea! Best regards and Pura Vida!
Written January 12, 2020
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Joana G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Was in Koh Tao for 3 days and everyone told me to do scuba diving, as this is one of the great spots to do it.
They have plenty of scuba diving schools in Koh Tao, but for me it was easy to choose the right one! PURA VIDA KOH TAO is the one with good reputation and extensive knowledge about what they do.
I have already my scuba diving license, so I did 2 fun dives with the instructor (Diogo Amaral). The instructor took his time to explain everything and the whole experience was more private and enjoyable.
We got to see so many cool animals, like a turtle, corals, numerous fish, and the water was just at the right temperature!
Highly recommend this company if you're after an AMAZING scuba diving experience!
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Written January 6, 2020
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Thanks so much for you comment! All Pura Vida team are very happy to hear how much you have enjoyed this experience with us!! We hope to see you here soon!! Diogo sends you a big hug! Best regards and Pura Vida!
Written January 7, 2020
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Colton B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wow, can’t think of a better way to spend two days!! I learned so much during my advanced adventurer training and also had tons of fun the whole time. Lola was such a great instructor... thorough, knowledgeable, and so helpful, but also easy going and really enjoyable to be around :) She helped so much with making sure I had two incredible days!! The shop is also very nice and so are all the people in it! Great atmosphere, the equipment I used was in great condition, and we even got churros on the boat in between dives that my instructor Lola baked herself!! Wow! I have dived with pura vida before at their shop in Lanzarote and had such a fun time which is why I dove with them here in Koh Tao and based on my experience I will definitely be diving with them again in the future!! Thanks pura vida team so much fun :’) :’)
Written January 15, 2020
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Thanks so much for you comment! All Pura Vida team are very happy to hear how much you have enjoyed this experience with us!! We hope to see you here soon!! Lola sends you a big hug! Best regards and Pura Vida!
Written January 15, 2020
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Guide13377076009
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We got the chance to have our Baptism with Juan, an experimented diver that made us feel confident while also having an awesome time underwater.
I recommend doing the open water certificate if you have the time.
Thank you for everything Pura Vida staff!
Written May 21, 2024
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naroa m
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
It has been, without a doubt, the best place to get our diving qualifications. Very good price and the atmosphere is great.
Suyai and Guido have been the most patient and respectful in the world when it came to teaching us and giving us the peace of mind we needed to learn to dive both outside and in the water, creating a very welcoming and fun atmosphere in the group.
We recommend the experience 100%
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Written August 12, 2023
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Clara G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I dove for the first time and did the Open Water at Pura Vida, and I couldn't be happier.
My instructor was Guido, he was amazing, very professional and fun. I felt calm and safe at all times. Thanks to him I was able to see a wreck ship, and see and identify a lot of marine life.
Gracias chicos! nos vemos bajo el agua.
Written March 4, 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Great staff, location and program (I did my open water diving certificate). Always felt comfortable, safe and had a great time! Although predominantly a Spanish school I took the course in English and had a wonderful experience. Thank you to Lola for my first morning and huge shoutout Cata for the rest, both knowledgeable, kind instructors. Pura Vida, you've given me an unforgettable experience, muchas gracias ❤
Written January 3, 2020
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Thanks so much for you comment! All Pura Vida team are very happy to hear how much you have enjoyed this experience with us!! We hope to see you here soon!! Lola and Cata send you a big hug! Best regards and Pura Vida!
Written January 3, 2020
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Finn
Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We did the scuba diving (for the first time) with pura Vida. It was a really exciting day with a lot of fun and fishes as well. The service was brilliant and Renato was a nice instructor! He took care of his students, showed you how to dive with fun and explained all the things easy to comprehend for us. All in all a very nice day!
Written January 13, 2020
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Thanks so much for you comment! All Pura Vida team are very happy to hear how much you have enjoyed this experience with us!! We hope to see you here soon!! Renato sends you a big hug! Best regards and Pura Vida!
Written January 14, 2020
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Lisardo F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Went fun diving with Pura Vida for two days. Had a great experience. Everything was perfect: friendly staff, good equipment, nice boat and yummy churros! Special shoutout to my two guides Burgos and David. Both top notch guys. Knowledgeable, super friendly, safe and good spotters under water. Had an amazing time with both. Thanks guys!
Written January 14, 2020
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Thanks so much for you comment! All Pura Vida team are very happy to hear how much you have enjoyed this experience with us!! We hope to see you here soon!! David and Burgos send you a big hug! Best regards and Pura Vida!
Written January 14, 2020
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