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“Great place to learn to dive and get your PADI certification” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Impian Divers

Impian Divers
Ranked #16 of 89 Tours in Koh Tao
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Owner description: Impian Divers is a Dutch PADI 5* dive center founded 7 years ago on Koh Tao by manager/owner having himself more than 20 years of dive experience on Koh Tao; South East Asia; Egypt and Europe. We offer you all PADI diving courses and fun diving in a very relaxed manner and in small groups of maximum 4 persons per dive professional.Our experienced dive instructors adept themselves to you as diver, and not the other way around. Therefore, more personal attention during all diving activities; longer dive times and very well maintained equipment.We have our own boat, which we not sharing with other dive centers to ensure the personal atmosphere of our dive center.Free accommodation arrangements during diving courses in clean, comfortable room(s)
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“Great place to learn to dive and get your PADI certification”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

We reviewed all of the trip advisor feedback submitted for dive companies on Koh Tao before choosing to talk to Impian. I dropped an email to them a couple of days before we arrived on Koh Tao and Robert (Rhemrev), the owner, responded promptly.

As soon as we arrived on Koh Tao we hopped off the ferry and walked the 2 minutes to the (now old) Impian office, they have a new shiny office so even better. We had no accommodation booked and Robert had offered to help sort this out on our arrival.

As soon as we arrived I knew we had made the right choice, Robert is real gent and is one of those people who you can strike a rapport with easily, he is relaxed, friendly and there is absolutely no sales pitch (plus he has been doing this for 13 years on Koh Tao). Robert talked us through the options for the course and was clear that we could go at our own pace, and that there was no pressure to commit to the full course or make a payment upfront. Robert always recommends a taster dive first, which is great as not everyone will take to diving and this was not an extra cost but part of cost for the PADI course, with the option to stop after the taster and walk away if you are not happy (at no cost). The teaching material and certification fees to PADI are included in the great price. At this point we couldn't wait to get started!

Robert walked with us to the accommodation we picked (one minute away near the pier) after talking through the options. We reviewed the room and got a great price, which was heavily discounted as we were completing the dive course with Impian.

Next day we met our instructor Latoya Havenaar. Impian do exactly as they advertise and teach in small groups of maximum 4 divers per dive leader (we had three which was great and very important). When on the boat it was not crowded at all unlike some of the other boats we saw from the more industrial scale outfits!

The practical sessions of the course covers training in shallow water (in great locations) and 4 open water training dives. All on different fascinating dive sites around Koh Tao.
During the course we had a few issues with insurance and so we were worried, but after discussing with Robert and adding ourselves to Laytoya’s instructor insurance it was all sorted. Not that we needed to as we always felt safe with Impian.
We all passed our course successfully in three days thank to Latoya, unfortunately we didn’t see the Whale Sharks! Jaap who was the third person in our group went on to complete his advanced PADI with Impian.

Impian are an experienced dive company that are just the right size to keep the personal touch and make sure you have a great time learning to dive in a small group. Would definitely recommend to friends, family and anyone else who would like to learn to dive.

After we had finished the course, Robert suggest we borrow flippers and snorkel (for free) to go and explore other parts of the island, top man.

Visited October 2012
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“Cool diving instructors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

I did my scuba review and advanced level in diving with Impian Divers. I like them very much - professional and very welcome!!! They were very patience - i know english isn't so good, im russian - so they explained me everything very correctly and in the way i understood!!!
Gorfina Valeriya

Visited September 2012
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“Great dive shop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

Impian Divers is conveniently located in Mae Head, near the ferry docks. We stayed for a week with our 2 kids (10 and 12) and did our Open Water and 2 more diving days.
The instruction on land and in the water was perfect. We were not the easiest of groups (with 3 hyper-active kids), but the instructor handled it perfectly.
The atmosphere is great, easy going, at our pace. The shop is big enough to have all conveniences, but small enough to be cosy and give everyone personal attention.

A recommendation for all, especially with kids.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice people! Relaxed atmosphere and high quality materials!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

Thanks Robert and crew for the great service during my stay on Koh Tao! Like we offered you are more than welcome on the Maldives! I'm heading there next october! Let us know if/when you would like to visit ;-)

Grtz from the Netherlands!

Matthijs

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“Good Times at Koh Tao! Thanks Impian Divers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

More than 50 Dive Centers at Koh Tao, but the best one is Impian Divers. We felt welcome from the beginning, and thats the reason why we staid 2 weeks on Koh Tao. 2 weeks diving at Impian. the instructor that we had, had a lot of patience, and thats the best way to learn diving. We did our Open water and Advanced, we certainly come back to dive there!

Ilse & Jolien

Visited July 2012
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