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The Dive Academy

#3 of 68 Tours in Bophut
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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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I tried a DSD dive as I never tried diving before. The instructor assigned was very well skilled and great in teaching the basic skills before I was allowed to dive. He was very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Hans Christian T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I tried a DSD dive as I never tried diving before. The instructor assigned was very well skilled and great in teaching the basic skills before I was allowed to dive. He was very alert in my status and oxygen level when under water. Unfortunately the visibility was not the best due to he reason flooding, however the experience was... More 

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Thank Hans Christian T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Big thanks for Paul and Claire despite trying times in Koh Samui over Christmas. Notwithstanding the weather we had two great dives with a whale shark in the second dive that was amazing. They say whale sharks on two consequetive days so that is recommendation enough for me although obviously this cannot be guaranteed. I promised Paul I would complain... More 

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

Hi Stanley, Thanks for your review and your comments!! We are still having a little frustration with the weather but the floods are gone thankfully! As an experienced diver, it's good that you can point out to others that we are unable to control the weather or the sea conditions or visibility. We really wish we could! From time to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very professional and helpful dive company in Kh Samui. We had an amazing time out on the reef with them. The were all helpful and friendly from the booking of the trip, keeping us informed of weather updates and on the boat itself. Small dive groups with informative dive guides. Would definitely recommend this company when diving in Koh Samui

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

Hi Carolyn, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience. We're glad we managed to get you diving during the difficult weather season and that you enjoyed your dives. Thank you for recommending us! Best regards, Claire More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did my PADI Open Water certification with these guys back in August and had such a great experience that I came back to do the Advanced Open Water with them. My instructor was Heath Stewart and he is awesome and main reason why I chose to return to the Dive Academy to continue my education. He's super thorough and... More 

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

Hi Lia, Thanks for your feedback and kind words again, we're glad you had such a great time the first time around, you came back to us again. So Rescue course next time then?! Heath is an experienced Instructor who will always push people to ensure they are achieving the most they can and really ensures they will become good,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

....my daughter, aged 16 and she has now the bug for SCUBA that I had when I was a younger man. Thank you to all of you for a most professional course and subsequent dives. A first rate outfit!

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

Hi Alastair! Thanks so much for your kind words. We will always do our utmost to care for all our customers and safety is always our number 1 priority. And we particularly understand when kids are involved and what precious cargo they are! Natasha did great and it was just a shame you weren't able to see her get certified!... More 

Skelleftea, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hi, we did our course with dive academy and we couldnt be more satisfied with the staff and the instructors. They were outstanding in everything. Nice boat with good service onboard. We was a small group, only 3 students with one instuctor which was really good. There was also a short amount of time for the course, but the instructor/staff... More 

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

Hi Erik, Thanks for your review and it was great fun having you guys with us and completing your PADI Open Water course. We wish we had had less rain whilst you were here - and it hasn't stopped raining since you left! But we managed to complete your course and get you certified even in more challenging conditions. Keep... More 

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

Brilliant from start to end. Worth every penny even though it wasn't an expensive cost for a whole day with a lot of fun. This trip was is the best memory we have from our trip in Ko Samui. The owner is brilliant. Real no trouble whatsoever. His crew is brilliant aswell

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

Hi Ruben, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us. We have a great team who all work very hard to try and give our customers a great end to end experience. We will pass on your feedback to the whole team! Best regards, The Dive Academy More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

French people diving with a British team could be interesting However we had great experience overall Steve our guide was very knowledgeable and selected great dive sites Mark was a very good instructor for my girlfriend doing discover scuba Captain and his crew were very good and food was very nice. My friends were disappointed that they did not serve... More 

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

Hi Marc, Thanks for your great review and we're glad you had a great day out diving and snorkelling with the team. We have a great and experienced team who all work very hard to provide their customers with a pleasureable day with good memories. As we are in Thailand we usually find our customers prefer to enjoy our delicious... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend has never done diving before, so we went for pre-ocean dive training in Dive Academy's private dive pool. There's loads of dive centres here, but as Dive Academy had some amazing reviews, and was Padi registered, it was a no brainer. The session was amazing and they were very patient and accommodating. They are a professional and qualified... More 

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

Hi Daran, Thanks for your great feedback of your experience with us. We are the only dive school on the island who has all their own facilities including a purpose built deep training pool on site. This means you can have a practise in a more comfortable environment before then going out to the sea for the first time. We... More 

London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a couple of days off from a business trip to Samui, so arranged some diving with The Dive Academy. All our email enquiries were met with full and helpfull information from Claire. We were collected from our hotel, and all the gear was on the boat. We dived Koh Tao and Sail Rock with Heath, our guide. He... More 

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Thank ChasW-London
TheDiveAcademy, Owner at The Dive Academy, responded to this review

Hi Chas, Thanks for your great review and we're glad you enjoyed your time with us. We all work very hard to ensuring we can offer a great experience from your first contact through to your actual dives. At this time of year, it can be hard to find some great diving as monsoon conditions can make it challenging! But... More 

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