A well run shop with enthusiastic and professional staff.
We have been diving Thailand for over 17 years and on each successive trip to Koh Tao have witnessed a change from people centered dive shops to mass production dive cert factories. GTA offer a glimpse of how things used to be back in the day when the customer really mattered and diving turtle island was about the quality of the customer’s experience rather than simply selling dive trips. We have tried several different companies on Koh Tao over the years and these guys beat the others hands down. There is no substitute for competent, high quality staff that are committed to ensuring customers are treated as individuals.
I must start by saying that our boys ( 11 and 8) loved the cliff jump and shark snorkeling, they have not stopped talking about it since.
My oldest is limited to 12M as a J.O.W which can make multiple dives a little repetitive, but not an issue at all this week. Hats off to Sara who went out of her way to make sure Michael’s dives were both adventurous and memorable.
Koh Tao’s most popular dive sites are becoming very congested. GTA’s use of a purpose built twin engine speedboat allowed us this week to have dive sites almost to ourselves. This boat eliminates the longer trips on slow, impersonal and overcrowded boats that we have experienced in the past. We enjoyed travelling as a smaller group as there is a lot less messing around waiting for other groups of divers to get on or off the boat or wait out surface intervals. Experienced divers with a lower tolerance for big-boat surface nonsense will really appreciate this.
You should try this shop before jumping on a boat with one of the other companies where even your instructor struggles to remember your name and you are getting in the water with more people than fish. For me, diving with one of the big companies on Koh Tao is like travelling to Rome and not eating Italian food… you are there but you really are missing an important part of the experience.
Thanks to the whole team… The birthday cake and private shark hunt for Sean’s 8th birthday was a particular high point of the week and was both thoughtful and memorable. We will be back again.
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