Roctopus Dive
Roctopus Dive
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Roctopus Dive team is a young, friendly and energetic collection of dive instructors from throughout the world. Handpicked because of their passion for the underwater world and first class knowledge and experience teaching people how to dive. Our mission is to create safe, eco-conscious divers who respect the oceans and relish the exploration, challenge and travel opportunities that scuba diving in Koh Tao offers.
Koh Tao, Thailand
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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Charles K
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I did 6 dives ( well actually 4 dives which I will explain later) about 6 months ago. The weather was not the best and for many of the dives the visibility was very poor. This is something that the dive shop obviously has no control over.

Let me also explain that I am a fairly experienced diver having done about 700 over a period of about 13 years. My last dives before this experience was about a month previous.

On the first dive day the weather was not very good and raining on and off.
On the first dive I was with a dive leader from the shop and two other divers. In preparation for the dive I explained to the dive leader (a man I will not name) that because of my physical traits I require somewhat more weight than average and I gave him a general figure. He said that "that was way too much and you will do fine with this and he gave me a weight belt".( By the way he did not offer to give me extra weight during the dive if I required it ) I am not one to argue with people so I proceeded with the dive. I was able to submerge initially but it was not an easy decent. The Visibility was generally poor (15 to 20 feet max). Then....to make a long story short...at the end of the dive I was substantially under-weighted and it was difficult ( no... impossible) to do my 3 minute safety stop the usual way. I actually had to swim inverted for 3 minutes to accomplish the safety stop.

For the next dive the dive leader was " kind enough" to allow me to use more weight. All I can recall of both dives was that the visibility was poor and I really didn't see much of anything.

The second dive day the conditions were better and I was with a lady dive leader ( who's name unfortunately I cannot remember) who was most gracious and helpful and was nice enough to listen to me about my weight needs. She was actually going with me and two other students who were completing their open water course and I was just there for the "fun dive". Both dives went well and while she completed here dive training with the students I just stayed around their general vicinity looking at the reefs and fish. I was very impressed with her enthusiasm to teach and assist her students. And I had two very pleasant dives.

The third dive day I was paired again with the first dive leader. (Somewhat to my dismay). The weather was slightly better and I was with him and one other "fun diver". The first dive planned to be on a wreck that I understand had been sunk only a few months previously.

Our group was going to be the first in the water although there were probably 3 or four other dive leaders all with student divers doing courses.

On the wreck my dive leader was first in the water and closely followed by the other fun diver. I followed about 15 seconds later off the starboard side of the boat. We were supposed to swim forward to the mooning line.

The current was extremely bad against the mooring line. So much so that I could barely swim against it and was nearly exhausted in about a minute ( and I'm in pretty good shape). I was barely able to swim to the bow of the boat and made it to the ladder on port side and got back onto the boat completely exhausted. Closely following me was the dive leader and the other fun diver.

A decision was made that the current was " a little too strong" and so they took the boat to another dive site in a more protected area. I did not do the next dive or the second dive as I was quite completely exhausted, somewhat flustered,and had completely lost any respect for the dive leader. He should have seen immediately when getting into the water that the conditions were not suitable for dives and called it off.

To say nothing of the fact that everyone else on the boat were inexperienced students and it could have been quite dangerous for them in the water.

Finally I have to criticize the type of boats that are used. They are obviously old large fishing vessels which have been converted to diving. They do not seem to be the type of boat that can easily maneuvered to quickly pickup stray divers and from what I saw the sight lines from the captains pilot area is rather restricted and limited. Having owned a rather large boat myself, I'm rather sensitive to this issue. In good condition, I'm sure that they are adequate....but they are the least desirable vessels I have dived from.

If the owners of the dive shop has any other questions....feel free to contact me.

In conclusion I did 6 dives with them . 2 were good and 4 were not good.
Written 21 May 2024
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Helen K
County Wexford, Ireland31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I couldn’t recommend Roctopus highly enough for a dive experience. I got in touch with them before I arrived in Koh Tao and again when we got here and they couldn’t have been easier to deal with.

David our instructor & Tori his trainee couldn’t have been more helpful from the minute we walked in the doors. David has such a wealth of knowledge and an infectious passion for marine life that he was keen to pass on to my 10 & 12 year old sons.

The diving itself was wonderful, everyone was so friendly and we didn’t have to do a thing on the boat.

While we were beginning to dive I had a few moments of panic but at all times David reassured me, settled me and calmed me down. All 4 of us felt so safe & I knew the kids were in good hands.

We opted for 2 dives on the day and I’m so glad that we did. The 2nd was more enjoyable.

The 2 kids loved it, they can’t wait to do it again. Thank you Roctopus and especially David for an awesome day and for making sure we had an experience we wont forget!
Written 8 May 2024
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Christine F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Wow, took me 5 years to write this review but that alone speaks VOLUMES to how amazing Roctopus dive is. So professional. So chill. So welcoming. Such amazing vibes all around. I couldn’t recommend a better experience to get your certification. My four days in Koh Tao with this group are some of the fondest memories I have of all of my many travels. Thank you all so much again. The dive sites were SPECTACULAR to say the least - nothing has compared since. Rocto makes it soo easy and fun to learn and experience life underwater. I cannot wait to return some day and get back to Sail Rock <3 thank you guys for the memories. Worth EVERY PENNY AND MORE.
Written 22 April 2024
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Alex C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great atmosphere. Relaxed, friendly, helpful. Did the course with Andrew and he was amazing. Would recommend to anyone regardless of learning style. Has a fantastic perspective on the world of SCUBA and I dont think that any of us managed to ask a question which he couldnt answer. Very patient when he needed to be and seemed to know what the problems were before they even developed and be proactively fixing/preventing them. What a guy. What a school. What a location. 5 stars
Written 15 April 2024
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Chris G
Glasgow, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Thank you so so much Roctopus for putting up with me and the family today. You were absolutely amazing and so calm and patient with us when we were being loony.

You did such a good job looking after our 10yr old daughter and to then have a green turtle swim by like that - just unreal!!

Thank you Nics and the team for everything xx
Written 12 April 2024
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Rohan
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A dive school is only as good as the instructor you get, and I was lucky to have the opportunity to be trained by Kyle Power for my OW20 certification in Koh Tao.

Kylie is a gifted teacher who connects deeply with his work, and has found his calling as a diver. Finding a teacher who is genuinely passionate about sharing their knowledge is always an inspiring and transformative experience. His teaching style is unique and fluid, he commands the classroom space both above and under the ocean with an expert blend of humour, assertiveness, detail and presence. I found him to be a focused and strong leader- I noticed how well he was able to balance being firm and strict with lightness and compassion- all in the right quantities to help new divers such as myself obey protocol and quickly improve skills. His ability to effectively manage diverse groups of students with varying personalities, temperaments and abilities is admirable, he observes each one with a keen eye and gives targeted feedback to help everyone improve where they personally need to while getting everyone to a uniform level of performance.

Kyle embodies all the qualities of his totem animal- the turtle. 🐢

He is calm, wise, experienced, and teaches his students not just the hard skills of diving- but patience, resilience, the art of slowing down and being able to truly be present in the moment. I am grateful to be able to access these core lessons of being a diver, and attribute the depth of my learning experience to having a great mentor in Kyle who nurtured my interest in breathing techniques and perfecting trim/buoyancy in the short span of time we had in the program. He is a great brand ambassador for the diving school, as his warm spirited, approachable and vibrant personality embodies the brand ethos of Rocktopus.

Whoever gets the chance to work with him will undoubtedly have a rich learning experience and start their diving journey with their best fin forward.
Written 4 April 2024
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Caroline S
Chobham, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Roctopus dive centre is amazing. Excellent kit, instructors and dive masters (especially Harry). Went on 4 two tank dives and the most beautiful places, wildlife and experience. Sail Rock dive is one of the most beautiful places to dive. Perfect conditions and huge amounts of fish. This dive centre is brilliant if you are experienced they are perfect guides and if you are learning you won't get instructors better. There are many dive places to choose from on Koh Tao but this is the place to go. Caroline and Max
Written 3 April 2024
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Sara M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I did my Open Water 20 at Roctopus with Phil as my instructor. He was everything you could have wanted in an instructor, calm, patient and friendly. He really made my experience 10x better! Thank you so much, Phil!
Written 2 April 2024
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Toni1991
Coventry, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Went to Roctopus to build up my confidence diving after recently completing my open water with another diving school. I was immediately put at ease with the warm welcome from Westie, who was more than happy to listen to my concerns and give me much needed advice. He booked me on a refresher fun dive course with Dive master Harry, and he was excellent. He made me feel comfortable, was supportive and i trusted him most importantly. I will be back to dive again with Roctopus.
I highly recommend, please everyone, do a lot of research and physically visit the dive centers before making a choice in which school to join in Koh Tao
Written 1 April 2024
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B R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Bad experience. The instructor we were diving with couldnt keep an eye on five people and was feeling nervous/scared/uncomfortable. When we first started I was the one who felt scared first but she just told me to trust her and we tried to do it again but as soon as we were below the surface she started draging me deeper and i was trying to signal to her to stop but she didnt let my arm go and was just pulling me down. Finally i succeded to release myself from her and we were on the surface she said she does not feel comfortable to dive with me. Even though she might be good diver she has no teaching skills
Written 28 March 2024
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