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“Be careful the two dive centres have split”

Blue Deep Dive Centre
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Blue Deep Dive Hikkaduwa is a PADI certified diving centre that offers you a wide variety of scuba diving and snorkeling activities. No matter if you are a certified diver, beginner or just enjoy snorkeling, our experienced and service minded staff will let you experience the best under water sites of Hikkaduwa. We simply love diving.
Reviewed April 4, 2013

First things first. The guys that were running the dive centre have split. So there are now two dive centres one called Blue Deep Dive Centre and the other one is called Blue Deep Diving Centre. They are across the road from each other just to make things even more confusing

I only experienced the one that is NOT connected to the hotel (bluedeepdive at yahoo).

The bad things
- They have masked out the PADI sign. They say its because they don't want to pay the license fee. To me this is worrying and suggests that they are being cheap. Not a good thing if you are trusting their equipment. They should pay the fee
- The shop was very small and had limited equipment but enough for what we needed.
- We went initially to the other dive centre, it was bigger more spacious and was the official dive centre for suntono watches which always gives me a little more comfort. But I didn't dive with them so can't comment further
- The boat was very small and our equipment had to be carried to another boat and then passed to us before we went diving and reverse when we got out
- The dive itself was a wreck dive and given we only had the chance to do one dive we told them we wanted to maximise our chances of seeing things and were assured there would be plenty there. There wasn't. Lack of fish and poor visibility. Bit of a waste of time. I know these things can be hit or miss but still would have been nice to see something
- My friend came along to snorkel but there was zero chance of seeing anything when we got there. Again would have been nice to have been informed about this beforehand or move to a different dive site.

The good
- Good divemaster who seemed very comfortable in the water. However we weren't really informed about the fishes, what we would see nor did he point out anything. That was dissapointing
- The crew all seemed very jolly and happy.

In conclusion I will be unlikely to be diving with them again which is a shame because they are nice people but confusion and lack of information is not a good combination

5  Thank thekyd
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We went diving with Blue Deep the week of Jan 20th. My husband and I enjoyed our experience. We got to meet the owners (2 brothers) and felt safe with the dive master and crew. The dive sites are also close to shore. The shop is a short walk to/from the beach where the dive boats are anchored. The crew carries all the heavy stuff like tanks. The only reason I didn't rate this shop excellent was the boat engines gave us trouble. No biggie while standing on the beach but on the day our daughter went they bobbed around on the surface for a while working on it and she got seasick (ugh). My rented scuba equipment was just fine and clearly well maintained. The dive master did a great job as well. Dive master and crew were personable and willing to chat which makes the outing just that much more fun. Service from start to finish was excellent.

Thank G0ingn0w
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Great guys there specially Sara ... was really good did a 30m it was one of my best dives did a few caves. Very professional very competent and would be the bet around

2  Thank Kanishka M
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We had visited Hikkaduwa specifically for deep sea and Blue Deep Dive centre was the perfect answer to it.

Thank Abhishek S
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

We only made three dives with the Blue Deep, but our impression was good. It seems to be a professional management and the equipment look good and well maintained. The diving sites were nice despite strong current and bad visibility, but this can happen during this season.

We can really recommend the diving center and would choose it again.

2  Thank Babaena
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