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“Was good other than the beaches were packed”

Aloha Ocean Adventures
Ranked #3 of 48 Tours in Rawai
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The little extra, the unexpected and surprising - Aloha Diving! In our family-operated Dive Center in Rawai you will not be treated like a number. With individual attention and customised planning, we make your long awaited holidays in Phuket as relaxed as possible. In our diving school you enjoy first-class service in a private environment at a special location. Our services include: To conduct all diving activities such as Boat Trips, Diving from the Beach by day and night and Liveaboards. To teach Try Scuba Diving, Beginner and Continuing Diving Courses, Extended Range Courses up to Divemasters. To dive with Rebreathers and to teach Try Rebreather, Beginner and Continuing recreational Rebreather Courses. To organize quality snorkeling and sightseeing excursions. To consult and plan diving vacations (accommodation, diving packages, etc.).
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 26 October 2012

The guide was good,staff was good,boat was good..timing and transpory from hotel was excellent.there were some young guys at our service bus and they were young and hangover..loud and slang words.we said we didnt want to be at the same boat with them and they easily changed it.
Thebthing i didnt like was we were travelling 6 or 7 boats all together so all the activities were together.so beaches were all crowded.120-140 people at the same time at a small beach..i wouldnt go with them again..but other things were nice including food.

Thank Jane K
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

This was one of our favorite things we did on our family holiday.

We wanted a Phi Phi tour that was nice and wouldn't break the bank and we got a lot more than we expected. Matt arranged for us to be on a new speedboat with a nice group and the day was first class from start to finish. We were collected at our resort on time and brought to the boat marina where we had some coffee before leaving for Phi Phi. The day at Phi Phi was nothing short of amazing. There was plenty of time for us to enjoy each place we stopped and the guide and captain were always helping and making it a really fun day for both us and our kids. We loved Maya Bay and our children's favorite was Bamboo Island making sandcastles.

Everything was provided for. We had drinks, fruit, and a nice lunch, snorkeling gear and a fun entertaining guide.

A big thank you to Matt for making this a great day for our family. He even gave us a group discount miking the tour a very good price.

1  Thank Jung K
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

This is our first visit to Phuket and we stayed at Karon Beach, a bit further out and away from Pattong. Our 14 yr old son really wanted to try scuba and so we had a hunt around and found Aloha Ocean Adventures on the net.

Matthew and his crew gave us a top day, notwithstanding that the weather was a bit iffy (early July, very wet). A van collected us from our resort right on time and we were taken to a small but very tidy coffee shop for a hello, some paperwork and a complimentary coffee. This was good coffee by the way - I am partial to a cappuccino with a squirt of caramel and I haven't easily been able to find such a brew here in Thailand - until now. Hey, it's a cup of coffee but it was a nice touch!

We had another family of four with us on our day out, they were South African and had two lads, 10 and 12. All the lads did the SNUBA activity which is SCUBA, except with the air tank on a float trailing behind you, allowing the user to go no deeper than 7 metres. As an intro to SCUBA kids I thought it was great. of course now my son wants to do a full SCUBA course which I am expected to pay for!!!

The snorkelling sites were gat, lots of fish and we were given banana to feed the fish. Strange sounding I know but the tropical fish went crazy for it. The lunch was really nice and the day included morning and afternoon tea. My wife tends to get a bit seasick (and this was no exception) but even she loved the day.

I found Matt's communication with us was really good. He backed up e-mail (which can be a bit on and off here) with a fax to our hotel. Payment via PayPal was dead easy. And one of the crew had a special underwater camera and took lots of pics. Cost of the DVD was 1500 Baht and Matt gets that dropped off at the resort by courier a day or two later.

Overall, a top day that was very easy to enjoy. There are a lot of snorkelling providers in Phuket, this one is a smaller one but the ease of communication made Aloha well worth it. Thanks Matt (cause I know you read these entries).

1  Thank Haydn M
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

What a fantastic day we had. Where do I start? Our family of 5 did the Aloha Ocean Adventures snuba/snorkelling trip to Racha Yai Island. Having snorkelled many times in the past, we were wanting to try something new. Snuba provided this new experience and we would highly recommend it to all.

We were promptly picked up from our hotel in an airconditioned van. On arrival to the bay we were met by Matt, Namwhan (not sure of the spelling) and the other boat crew. With their warm friendly welcome, we were sure it was going to be a great day.

After a short boat ride to Racha Yai, we were ready to try some Snuba! Matt carefully instructed us on the use of the equipment and how to communicate once down below. We were kitted up with very good quality, well maintained equipment and off we went. Matt constantly made sure that we were all OK. He was always busy pointing out things for us to see. I was a little nervous to start but Matt helped put me at ease and was very caring. The rest of the family were quite comfortable and made the most of the experience.

It was awesome. We were lucky to have a lengthy dive of 40 minutes where we made good use of our underwater cameras. Namwhan was busy taking some great photos of us with their camera as well. There were so many different fish, corals, eels, starfish etc. The visibility was crystal clear and the colours were amazing.

After the dive we were taken to the Ban Raya Resort for a lovely Thai lunch and a short walk around the resort afterwards. Fortunately, Aloha Ocean Adventures has a tractor for transport around the island. We felt so fortunate to have this luxury as it was very hot and humid and we passed many people having to walk the distance. We spent some time at beautiful Siam Beach, had a swim, walked along the fine white sand and took some lovely photos looking out onto the bright blue water.

Back onboard the boat we were taken to another reef for some snorkelling. Once again, there were so many fish and the visibility was great. It was a great day had by all. Drinks and snacks were offered on board all day. Nothing was too much trouble.

We highly recommend Aloha Ocean Adventures to anyone. We were treated like royalty. If you are after an awesome day that you will never forget then Aloha Snuba is the way to go. We have already added it to our to do list for our next visit.

Thanks Matt, your tours are First Class!

1  Thank shrubee
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Staying in Phuket one one can be at a loss as to which day tour is the best one for you. We were 4 adults wanting to go snorkeling away from the crowds and where the water is clean & clear. Do NOT go to Phi Phi Island if you want a great experience. After much searching of the available tourist information pamphlets at our resort, I decided to go onto the internet and found Aloha Ocean Adventures. On the only day available to us, the trip was not being offered but we were able to book a private charter. After a long chat by phone with Matt who owns & runs the buisness I decided that even though the price was more than I had been prepared to pay, we would go ahead and book anyhow - how glad we were!
We were picked up at our hotel at a time that we chose - 8am, transported by a very comfortable van to the speed boat and given a great welcome.
The boat was very comfortable with a well stocked esky ( ice box) full of water, soft drinks & beer which we could help ourselves to throughout the day. We were also treated to fresh fruit paltters after both our snorkeling activities and could have had packets of snacks as well.

Our destination - Racha Yai an island about 1 hour south from Phuket. When we arrived there was no-one else so we were able to snorkel to our hearts content ansd see the most beautiful fish. We later travelled to a beach area where we could have stayed to swim but we decided to go over to the western side of the island where there was a enough surf to enjoy some body surfing and the brilliant azure blue sea. After an hour or so there we went to a resort for a lovely Thai lunch, a swim in the pool ( amazing) and then back on the speed boat for some more snorkeling at a nearby bay.

All in all we felt that as this was a special occassion, the money was well spent on an outing that was personalised with attention to detail. Thank you Ryan & Matt

1  Thank hanna24NSWAustralia
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