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“Amazing diving in Phuket”
Review of Sharkey Scuba

Sharkey Scuba
Ranked #2 of 29 Tours in Karon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Sharkey Scuba is a 100% legal PADI dive center in Karon, Phuket. We are complete diving fanatics as our guests will testify! Started in 2002, the owners, Oui and Iain alone, have been teaching and guiding in Phuket for 30 years between us. We were the first company in Phuket to exclusively offer private scuba diving courses from complete beginner to professional level. We also arrange day trips and Thailand liveaboards. Every guest is very important to us which is why we offer a highly personalised service including hotel visits and after dive events. Wherever you are staying in Phuket we can help with free transfers for dive trips from all of the following towns: Karon, Patong, Kata, Kamala and Chalong. Dive courses, day trips, Similans liveaboards - just ask and we will help.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I pre-booked three days diving with Sharkey before leaving for Thailand and had so much fun that we booked another day. This meant we got to dive with both Oui and Iain.

Both are excellent dive guides and the dives were relaxing and fun. We had requested Nitrox tanks (as we have used this most for previous dive trips) and although this was unusual for Thailand they accomodated us no problem. For the excellent service we received they are exceptionally good value for money.

They were also extremely hospitable organising a dinner for us and the other divers at a local restaurant which went on into the early hours. As it was both of our birthdays while we were there they also gave us a new log book each!

Next time we are in Thailand we will definitely be back

Thank HFearny
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Kanniga P, Owner at Sharkey Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to meet and dive with both you and your partner. The diving was excellent as expected and so was the evening dinner too! Iain was particularly glad that you booked the extra dive day to help him escape the office! We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I went on our honeymoon to Thailand in 2012 and spent several days in Phuket diving with Iain and Oui from Sharkey Scuba. We have always used them whenever we go to Phuket as the quality and professionalism is second to none. You are not just a customer to them, you are a friend - and they ensure that your time with them in and out of the water is filled with fun! If you want the personal and intimate experience go with Sharkey - you will find yourself visiting them year after year!

Thank LauraWilkie
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Kanniga P, Owner at Sharkey Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We have enjoyed the opportunity to dive with you and your new husband on numerous occasions over the years and look forward to more opportunities in the future. We also feel very honoured to get such nice compliments from fellow dive professionals. Keep in touch and we look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

First time went for a dive trip outside our comfort zone. Our playground has always been Tioman Island, Malaysia and I think it is going to change now :)

Phuket is amazing. I am glad that the boys chose Sharkey for our dive trip in Phuket.

I would said that Sharkey is a professional dive company. 5 (3 boys n 2 girls) of us were excited but at the same time worried. The weather on our first day was bad. However on our dive day (13sep), though it was a "mildest deadliest catch storm" that we had to go through, the boat crews were simply amazing and of course, Oui was very professional and hospitable. She ensured us that it will be okay once we reach the bay. As for myself, it was more about me being out of touch for 1.5 years and just an open water diver, I was not sure whether I should jump into that "choppy" sea. Oh it was bad, that some were having sea sick. Oui was right. when we reached, the sea was calm. The rest is history. We had fun. I Although it has been a week. We missed diving. Kept on looking at our pictures and videos.

Oui gave me a valuable lesson as on tricks n tips. Buoyancy is a struggle for me. So the tips she gave me really helps. She said it take practice and to take things one at a time. Very patient and calm. Oh she saved mister's GoPro. On the last dive, when he was trying to pull me down from "floating" up, he dropped it. She searched and found it. Amazing right?

Overall, Oui is a great instructor :) May our path cross again in near future. Too bad that we didn't get our initial dive package. We were excited on phi phi island but oh well, perhaps next time :) Lain was unwell but we were happy with Oui :) and the way she handled us professional but yet fun ;) she always check on us... Whether on board or off the board :) tip top service and the boat crews too... Amazingly good :)

Intan - Singapore (dive trip - 13-14 sept 2013)



1  Thank Starry2909
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Kanniga P, Owner at Sharkey Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your diving experience with us and all the wonderful things we saw together. The sea was a little bit choppy which is not unusual for the time of year you visited. Thankfully there are free seasickness tablets on board:). It was unfortunate that we were unable to get to Phi Phi Islands but that just gives a very good excuse for you to come and visit us again! We very much look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Our 2 sons, Dan and Josh originally trained with Sharkey Scuba in April 2011 and we had no hesitation contacting them again when we decided to visit Phuket for a holiday. Iain and Oui's infectious attitude to diving and their ability to relate to everyone in their group made the boys feel very comfortable during their refresher dives.

As their diving skills progressed and they started to do more adventurous dives, we as parents felt totally at ease that they were in excellent hands and would recommend Sharkey Scuba to all divers, new or old visiting Phuket.

Thanks to Iain and Oui again for making our family holiday so enjoyable.

1  Thank Doharesident
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Kanniga P, Owner at Sharkey Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Thank you so much for your kind review. It was great to see you back again and Iain really enjoyed the diving with your sons. He was extremely excited about the Anemone Reef dive in particular which he could only describe as "Awesome". It is such a pleasure to see your sons grow and develop not only in their diving but also as individuals, We very much look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

We chose Sharkey scuba on the back of a number of quick and informative replies to our initial request for information. I hadnt dived for over 15 years and my wife and two teenage sons were planning to get there open water Padi courses.
Both Ooi and Iain were fantastic communicators and instructors adapting their techniques to deal calmly and professionally with nervous mask removal and overconfident teenage boys.
We were successfully navigated through the course and everybody was very proud to recieve there pass grade at the end.
For those of you going for the first time be aware that doing your open water course in 3 days as we did is really a full on activity. Waking up early for the pick up and not getting back to the hotel till early evening is the norm. Even then we were continuing after dinner to do a little revision to understand the academic side.
Thanks to Ooi and Iain for a great time and for the hotel recommendation that proved to be ideal.

2  Thank Dennis B
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Kanniga P, Owner at Sharkey Scuba, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Iain and I had a great time introducing your wife and two sons to the amazing underwater world. It is always extra fun with families watching the competitiveness but also the caring for each other. We did have a couple of long but fun-filled days. It is always a little more demanding when trying to balance the different learning pattens within families which is why we provided two instructors for the first day. We certainly look forward to your return visit and to taking everyone on some more amazing underwater adventures!

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