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The Dive Academy

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Address: 158/6 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
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+66 92 464 3264
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor...

The Dive Academy is an English owned and managed PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre based at Bandara Resort in Bophut and on the main ring road in Bophut on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand. We offer the full range of PADI Diving courses, dive tours for certified divers as well as VIP snorkeling tours.

We have been on Samui since 2002 so have the experience and knowledge to make the most of your diving & snorkeling around Samui. Being the highest ranking PADI dive centre on the island means you can be assured that your experience will be professional, safe, calm, yet passionate and fun, delivering the highest levels of customer service.

We are the only dive centre on Samui who have their own facilities all contained in one location. Our main dive centre has 2 modern, comfortable, air-conditioned training rooms allowing customers to learn in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have our own purpose built, 4m deep, swimming pool located on site which is perfect for simulating real diving in a safe, training environment, so you will not be transported elsewhere to use a public swimming pool. You are also able to browse our retail section which is located in store, for any items you may need for diving. We also have our own 2 engine speedboat, designed especially for diving to make your entries and exists that much easier.

Internet forums such as Trip Advisor provide a great feedback tool for customers, however please also always check out the company website, whether the company is registered with a diving organisation such as PADI and are operating legally within the laws of that country which require them to have licenses and insurance in order to offer diving services to tourists. If you are able to do so, visit the dive centre first to check out the facilities and staff. Unfortunately internet forums do not always represent the full picture as people can assume that good reviews mean everything else is in place - and you want to ensure you stay safe as well as have a good time!

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Private Charter: Scuba Diving Tour by Speedboat from Koh Samui
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Was very pleased with The Dive Academy. The experience was very customer centric and well thought out. A small issue with a miscommunication at the end was the only negative... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was very pleased with The Dive Academy. The experience was very customer centric and well thought out. A small issue with a miscommunication at the end was the only negative, but was handled appropriately after further inquiry. Mark was our guide and was fantastic. I would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have just done 2 days diving with the Dive Academy and it was amazing! We saw Whale Sharks! 2 yesterday at Chumpon Pinnacle near Koh Tao and another one today at Sail Rock! Hoping someone who was there will put a video up! But apart from the Whale Sharks we also had an amazing experience with the Dive Academy,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just wrapped up two days of amazing dving with The Dive Academy at Sail Rock, Koh Tao (Chumpon Pinnacle and Shark Island). I am a mid-experienced diver having dove mostly in the Caribbean, and I would have to say that The Dive Academy is the best dive shop I have ever used in 10 years of diving. Their service, boat... More 

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1 Thank Que_Pasaaa
TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Al, They are magical aren't they? Even when we are fortunate enough to see Whale Sharks more frequently, you never get tired of them and every time they are an amazing wonder. Being lucky enough to have 2 days of diving with a whale shark both days is pretty awesome! As seasoned divers, its great to hear your feedback... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A big thanks to Michiel and the entire Dive Academy team for the wonderful diving, snorkeling and sightseeing experiences we had together with you during our stay in Koh-Samui (Koh Tao, Sail Rock, Angthong National Marine Park). We really appreciated your professionalism, friendship and continued focus on customer satisfaction. Very qualified instructors, nice speedboats, perfect and well maintained gears as... More 

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1 Thank Laurent V
TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Laurent, Thank you for your great review and we're glad that you and your family had such a great time on all of the tours. Maybe next time we can get all of the family diving as well! We look forward to seeing you back in the Gulf! Best regards, Claire More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having not dived for a while, I did a refresher session and then a day's diving off ko Tao. Everyone and everything was very professional and organised, and friendly with it. They have their own boats too. Nice warm, clear water, lots of fish and corals. Mark who took my refresher session and dives was great - patient, conscientious and... More 

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1 Thank dizzyUae
TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Izzy, Thanks very much for your review and feedback. We're glad you had a great time and we got you back in the water and diving again. As you don't live so far away, maybe we'll see you again one day for some diving here! Best regards, Claire More 

Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hard to beat the experience we had with The Dive Academy! Very professional people and very skilled dive instructors that where very patient with the OAW diving course of my wife. they did a great job and as the cherry on the cake we could see a whale shark on one of our fun dives!!!

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Thank TimEng
TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Tim, It was great to have you with us for several days and we're glad you had a great experience across both your fun diving and also for Larisa's courses. And even more special to see that big fish, it doesn't get much better than that! All the best for the future and maybe see you on Samui again... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Dive Academy is the perfect place for all your diving and snorkeling needs! I recently did my Scuba Diving Course with The Dive Academy and I was blown away by the service and knowledge by the company. Each of the Dive instructors are awesome to deal with (Especially Michiel) and everything is very organized. Dive sights are just so... More 

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1 Thank MsCrandell
TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Michaele, It was a real pleasure having you dive with us and we know you are already planning your next trip back here! So we look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you for your great review and we will pass on your feedback to Michiel as well. Best regards, Claire More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On Feb 2 went to Sail Rock. Dive Academy exceeded all expectations. They provided all gear including computers and booties. I have logged over 500 dive and have never been with more professional shop. Schools of fish everywhere. Highlight was a hugh whale shark.

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1 Thank Keith C
TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Keith, Thank you for your great review and we're glad you had a great day and also got to experience the magic of the big fish! It's always good to hear from seasoned divers who have dived in many locations as they usually have a benchmark and other experiences to compare to. So to hear we are up there... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I decided to get my Open Water PADI Certification during a trip to Thailand in March 2016. There is a lot of competition for diving schools in Koh Samui. The Dive Academy are in the more expensive band of schools, but you get what you pay for (especially relevant for an activity such as diving where safety is paramount). The... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Chris, Bet later than never! Thanks so much for your great review and we're really glad your whole experience with us was positive. Hopefully you have continued on with your diving experiences in the last year! Most dive schools on the island (those who use speedboats) actually have comparable pricing and we regularly check pricing to ensure it remains... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyable day diving at Sail Rock with the Dive Academy. A very professional operation with a superb fast dive boat which get's you quickly and comfortably out to the dive site. The initial briefing by Mark, prior to departure, was comprehensive and clear . Paul , my instructor for the day gave a well prepared briefing covering the two... More 

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TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Hamish, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience with The Dive Academy. What is great about diving is that the sport is open to all ages and even if there is something that you need a little help with, our Instructors will always be on hand to help you and ensure you can... More 

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