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France Plongee Koh Phangan
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Oslo, Norway
1 review
“"Fun and chill experience"”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I gotta say I was a bit doubtful whether or not I should "waste my time" learning how to dive but the group had decided before we went to the island that this is what we were going to do, and man am I glad I did that. We were recommended that we should ask for this guy Adi at France Plonge and he made all of the difference. He was easy to be around, I mean there was no stress or hustle with him. You could see that he really liked his job and all of my worries or concerns seemed to be at ease when you have an instructor that is skilled but also chilled as this guy was.
Truly an lifetime experience I recommend to anyone who wants to try something slightly different .

Adi if you ever read this review stay cool brother!

Visited January 2013
Thank Neleonzo
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English first
Oslo, Norway
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Professional and relaxed diving instructors”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

We liked many things about this diving centre. First off, we saw that France Plongee was not too big center and that meeting the divers was a natural first step. (Most of the times you get hurried into a car, then a boat, not knowing who is your instructor until the actual dive..)
Adi, our instructor, was one of those guys who radiate confidence and easiness, makes you feel like he could easily master any given situation. We were a group of 5 and some of us had some issues in the beginning. Difficulty descending because of pressure and in one case pure fear. The instructors quickly found the best way of addressing the issues with such nonchalance that soon enough we were all happy divers. Since the first dive went so good and we were completely reassured and hooked, we decided to take the Padi open water course. It all went great and at the same time we befriended if not the coolest person ever.
So long France Plongee and Adi especially, and thanks for all the fish!

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Veca1
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Oslo, Norway
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fun dive with a tons of fun”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

My wife and I decided to go for a fun dive while we where on our vacation on a Haad Salad.
There is a couple of dive stores that you can choose on this beach. We chose France Plongee mostly because we got to know their instructor Adi.
Both of us where sceptic towards diving in first place but Adi managed to guide us through our fear with calmness and professionalism. He is the main reason that we are in love with diving now.
Most valuable thing that we learned from our fun dive is : If you are first time diver, the experienced and calm diving instructor is a must.
Taking the time to choose right instructor and dive store with good local knowledge will be a good investment if you have any doubts and fears.
We are planing to come back to this beautiful place again, and we'll be definitely taking our diving experience to the next level.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank AmiMari
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Tres bon pour les Francophones, and us Anglos aussi”
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Plongee France is located at the centre of Haad Salad, alongside Haad Salad Villas, and they offer dive lessons and dive trips (snorkellers welcome as well). We went along to snorkel with the rest of the group (mostly divers) at Sail Rock, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The day trip commenced at 9am at the dive shop, with great espresso courtesy of Laurent, the manager. Everyone was equipped with their diving or snorkelling gear, then transported to Chaloklum, where we got on the dive boat.

The skipper and 1st mate were very friendly and competent, and looked after the safety and comfort of the passengers, as did the Plongee crew. The Plongee staff are all French, but most speak very good English as well. We did not feel left out at any point; despite being anglophone snorkellers, we were treated as well as everyone else. We don't know much about the diving side of things, but it appeared that there is a good duty of care here. During the 90 minute crossing to Sail Rock, Laurent and crew went over details we all needed to know, and showed us a guidebook of sea creatures we might encounter, from the ever-popular whale sharks to venomous nasties and others to be careful of.

Fresh fruit, coffee, tea and biscuits, and unlimited drinking water were available, and the inclusive lunch was plentiful and quite tasty.

We got back to the dive shop about 4:30pm. All in all, it was a very pleasant day, and we would recommend Plongee France to everyone.

Visited May 2013
Thank Lisa S
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