I can't speak highly enough of this excellent women-run outfit! Listing the positive points as follows:
Quick and complete replies to mails; flexibility re dates; reassurance both written and verbal to worries about diving after a couple of years' off; excellent and close team very supportive and extremely motivated; friendly and empathetic; professional and efficient; knowledgeable including giving advice on diet; open to my request for new dive sites as I stayed 10 days and had some repeats. As a woman I loved the fact that most of the staff are women - not something you find often in the diving world. I was impressed that they practise what they preach and avoid eating fish because the fish are, of course, all off the reef. The diving is very good because of the water clarity and pristine condition of the reefs and the house reef is also pretty good. The corals are spectacular as is the landscape. There aren't so many big fish but plenty of little'uns and fantastic nudibranchs. Tekek alsohas a lovely beach so this is an added enjoyment. The boat trips are very short; there are almost no currents and the sea is normally calm. Having dived in Komodo and Bunaken, Sulawesi I found this a great advantage! Looking at the point made by the reviewer 'bruinaround' regarding being paired with divers of equal skills: in all my 19 dives the dive masters/instructors tried to do this and on one day I was able to stay with a fun-diving (and friend of TDC) dive master whilst the official dive master took up the out-of-air other diver. In a couple of cases, with another diver with similar air control, we were allowed to stay longer than the usual 50 minutes, on request. After all these positive points it's really hard to find constructive criticism and only a small point: I do think that fruit should be provided between dives (biscuits/ water are supplied if you stay on the boat for the 2 morning dives but only tea/coffee are available if you come back to TDC between dives). To finish this review I can tell you TDC is the only dive centre in 11 years of diving where I would like to return! Well done to you all at TDC and thanks for a fantastic 10 days.
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