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“Fantastic!”

Unawatuna Diving Centre
Ranked #1 of 14 Tours in Unawatuna
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The official page for UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort, Unawatuna and Sri Lanka's premier PADI Resort, S-36133, and your gateway to the excitement and adventure of the underwater world! UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE is a fully aoutorized PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort located on beautiful Unawatuna Beach, in the Indian Ocean. German ownership, European managed, we conduct all levels of PADI courses from DSD through to Dive Instructor Level and also run snorkel tours.We teach in English and German.As the longest running and most established Diving Centre in the region we offer quality diving courses where safety and PADI standards are always paramount. We also offer fantastic accommodation or very close by at our ROCKSIDE CABANAS HOTEL & RESTAURANT. With friendly and professional staff, UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE guarantees you the best time both in and out of the water. At our centre we have a secure private equipment room for divers with their own equipment. All our rental equipment is new, with Scuba Pro regulators and Scuba Pro BCDs that are regularly maintained. Our tanks are filled onsite by trained staff using our Bauer compressor in a clean and designated room wit a well maintained filter system. We pride ourselves on our friendly staff who are always happy to help and answer any questions and our renewed and insured PADI Divemasters and Instructors. With over 16 dive sites all accessible within 20 minutes on one of our five dive boats and with depths ranging from 5m to 30m our beach front dive centre is the place to head to further your education or see the wonders of the underwater world for the first time.
Hong Kong, China
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“Fantastic!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Me and my husband were diving at the Unawatuna Diving Centre two weeks ago. It was a great experience! Equipment is excellent and the staff is professional and very experienced. We were diving three days with a divemaster Udus who was just great. We felt safe and well taken care of during the whole experience.

Visited January 2013
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unawatunadiving, Manager at Unawatuna Diving Centre, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Hi,

I am really glad you had a great time diving with us and Ud sends his regards. I hope the rest of your trip was just as enjoyable!! If you are ever in Sri Lanka again we look forward to hopefully seeing you again.
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Quebec City, Canada
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“Nice diving, unpleasant owner”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Diving was ok, staff and dive masters are very nice but someone should tell owner one does not attrack flies with vinegar but with honey

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Renate K, Owner at Unawatuna Diving Centre, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
I do not know why I was unpleasant!!?? I tried to manage all that your kids can dive with us without althought they cant show there PADI certificate. I contacted the Diving Centre where they did there course some days ago and all was fine. we were quite bussy with other customers at this time. May be there must be a missunderstanding about this matter. I apologize for this.

Hans the owner
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Sofia, Grad Sofiya, Bulgaria
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“Great fun diving”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Great diving center with good prices. Hans and the dive masters could not be friendlier. Everything is done calm and quiet, no hassle and worry which is very important for the atmosphere.

Visited December 2012
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unawatunadiving, Manager at Unawatuna Diving Centre, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Hi,

Really glad that you had a nice timediving with us hope the rest of your trip wasas enjoyable.

All the Best

Nick
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London, United Kingdom
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“Simply the best in Unawatuna”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Being relative newbies to diving the one thing we were looking for was PADI registered centres to give us comfort. There seem to be a few in Unawatuna that have PADI flags outside but after checking on the PADI site only one is real, this one. There is even a centre next door with a similar name with PADI flags all over the place.....completely shameless!
Anyway we must mention Nick (english dive instructor) and the two sri lankan dive masters who were all great fun and very organised. Tea and biscuits after the dives was all very civilised and there is even a local dog that turns up when the divers get back to sneak a few bikkies away.
We had two dives including a shallow wreck dive and although the vis was not great we enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend.

Visited November 2012
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unawatunadiving, Manager at Unawatuna Diving Centre, responded to this review, November 10, 2012
Hi guys,

Glad you enjoyed your time with us, thanks for your kind words. I've set Hans on to the flags so I'm sure we'll have loads soon but for now still just the two. A little bit sunnier yesterday so the vis is improving ... slowly. Take care and and come back soon!!!!

Nick
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Southport, United Kingdom
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“An amazing introduction to the underwater world!”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

I recently stayed at the Unawatuna diving centre and completed my PADI open water. It was a fantastic experience, the apartments were basic but perfect for us having a great balcony with amazing views in a prime spot on Unawatuna beach. I really enjoyed sitting up there learning the course material. The centre has a school room where you can work through the theory side of the course and we used a local pool to practice the skills in a confined environment.

The manager Nick is an absolute credit to the school, he was really welcoming and friendly and completely put us at ease when we felt panicked or stressed by a task. Everything was explained and we worked at our own pace. He also tailored the course around us, we decided when we wanted to work and when we wanted to dive (within reason of course) and if the visibility wasn't great he would let us know so we could postpone the dive.
We were later told how lucky we were completing the course on such a personal level, in other sites you will be in massive groups and less emphasis is put on enjoying the course. Furthermore it doesnt stop there, i know if i ever need any advice he is a quick message away and have spoken to him since about the best places to dive in Thailand.

All together it was a wonderful experience. We had fun and saw some cool stuff (we dived over a wreck on our second dive!). I would 100% recommend the diving school. Thanks guys!

Visited October 2012
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unawatunadiving, Manager at Unawatuna Diving Centre, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
So happy that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed your underwater adventure. The first of many I'm sure!! I'm sticking to the beef free Unawatuna diet so have a burger for me!! Take care.
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