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“It doesn't get a lot better!”

Bubbles Dive Centre
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Marsalforn
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to Gozo's most caring dive centre. We care...about showing you the best diving, about the marine environment, about quality and safety, about customer service and about having fun.
Island of Gozo, Malta
2 reviews
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“It doesn't get a lot better!”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

I live on Gozo (ex-pat aged 65) and I am a fairly experienced diver but like to have the comfort of being organised by a professional operation. I have tried a number of the diving operations/schools on Gozo. None has been bad and most are good, but Bubbles sticks out as the one for me. This review is based on 30 dives with Bubbles over whole of the summer of 2013.

The owners (David and Donna) clearly understand that a viable business means you have to meet your customers' needs while ensuring they remain safe and only dive within the limits of their capabilities. There are larger diving organisations on Gozo but Bubbles have achieved a size of operation and selected staff so as to create an atmosphere where newcomers seamlessly become part of a "family". For me the main plus points are:-

- safety is clearly paramount yet not oppressive. There is no "gung ho" attitude
- staff are all good English speakers and know their jobs. With 3 Instructors(this year)and a few Dive Masters there is a great balance of experience and personality which means everyone from first timer to old hand is catered for in an appropriately sensitive manner
- within weather limits and the limits of training programmes and experience, you dive to your own desired programme, not theirs.
-they are strict about limiting dive groups to ja maximum of 4 customers at a time
- they seem very reliable and cope with the inevitable organisational hiccups admirably
- vehicles are good and well maintained
- good equipment
- they do all the heavy work (lifting and washing gear) to allow you to focus on your diving while having a holiday at the same time
- they are active in promoting care of the marine environment
- they are now a PADI Instructor training centre if that takes your fancy
- the weekly "customer nights" (a pizza get together) work well to provide fun and camaraderie

The minus points are - none really. They do not carry a huge range of diving equipment for sale but can order and get it very quickly, and there are other places to buy in Marsalforn in any case.

Visited September 2013
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Donna_at_Bubbles, Owner at Bubbles Dive Centre, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Hello. Thanks for your brilliant review. As you know all the guys love diving with you on a weekly basis and we are really looking forward to your Divemaster course and weekly veg box :-)
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“brilliant”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

the whole experience with Bubbles was top notch! from our dive tune up with Matt, our Advanced Open Water with Chris and our 2 guided dives with Nana they were all brilliant. Donna arranged everything for us and we even got a couple of lie ins! They couldn't of done more for us, and if you're laid back like us and want to enjoy yourself, dive with Bubbles. Will be visiting Gozo again and diving with Bubbles.

Visited September 2013
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Donna_at_Bubbles, Owner at Bubbles Dive Centre, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Hello. Many thanks for taking the time to write a great review for us. We're delighted you had a good time diving with us, and enjoyed your lie-ins :-) and we look foward to welcoming you back to Bubbles.
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“Excellent!”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

From the first contact by e-mail (thank you Donna!) to the last dive we really enjoyed a personalized service. We intended to do a few dives, however, the dive sites were so diverse and amazing, and together with excellent dive masters as guides (thank you Chris, Dave and Graham!) we stayed the whole week on Gozo and ended up with a 10-pack of dives. We can really recommend the Bubbles if you want to go in a small group and enjoy diving. An extra plus is their concern on safety and environment.

Thanks for a great week! Felix, LG and Anne

Visited October 2013
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Donna_at_Bubbles, Owner at Bubbles Dive Centre, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Hello and thanks so much for your lovely review. I'm sorry it has taken so long to respond but we closed for winter and have just reopened again for the summer. I really hope we get to dive with you all again at Bubbles.
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“Excellent!”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

I did my PADI Advanced Open Water with Bubbles last week and had a great experience. Donna was very helpful before we arrived, answering all our questions by email about what to expect, and all the staff on site when we arrived were very friendly and helpful. We chose Bubbles because they have a max of 4 per group so thought the teaching would be better, in the end, due to low season, my boyfriend and I were the only two in our group which was fantastic! Our instructor Graham was very experienced and friendly and we had a great 3 days with him at a nice relaxed pace enabling us to both learn and enjoy our time. We also enjoyed the social Wednesday night dinner at a local restaurant and the chance to meet a few other customers and instructors. Would recommend and return!

Visited October 2013
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Donna_at_Bubbles, Owner at Bubbles Dive Centre, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Hello. Many thanks for your great review and apologies for not responding sooner - we close for the winter at the end of October and have just re-opened again. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your time with us and I hope that we see you back again at Bubbles in the near future.
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“The best”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

First time in Gozo and plenty of dive operators to choose from....we visited a fair few to get a 'feel' of them and as soon as we got to Bubbles we knew we were in the right place .
A relaxed and friendly atmosphere, not pushy just smiles and a keen ear to listen to what it is YOU want from your dives.
Although its relaxed do not be fooled these guys are very professional ,looking at their kit and how they look after it you knew these guys take pride in what they do and thus your safety .
The norm for Bubbles is small groups of divers every other operator we saw had enormous groups which can't be fun.The timings of the dives can be made to suit you but again Bubbles has a cunning plan and you tend to dive when all the other divers have gone leaving you a pristine dive site.
Transport to and from the dive sites are in good quality off road vehicles not beaten up old trucks that seem relics from some by gone age.
Entry to the dive sites can be a little tricky,if you have a good pair of rock boots they'd come in handy .
Dive guides we had knew their stuff and you felt confident with them...a thoroughly recommended divers dive centre and as such for beginners as well .

Visited September 2013
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Donna_at_Bubbles, Owner at Bubbles Dive Centre, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Hello Ian. Many thanks for giving us such a brilliant review and I am really happy that you had such a great time with us during your stay last month. There is plenty more fantastic diving to be had on Gozo so I hope that we can welcome you back to Bubbles in the future.
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