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Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao

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4.68 / 5

based on 840 reviews - 95% of reviewers would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao to a friend




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from Ireland

written on Jul 29, 2014 Ireland

Added Jul 29, 2014

4/5 stars

Great Time on Advanced Open Water Course

We did our PADI AOW course with Big Blue Diving and had a great time. The Bar and Restaurant is really great as was our instructor Tom who as well as being top class, is in possession of one fine head of hair! Would definitely recommend Big Blue Diving to a friend!

Niall L would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Niall L

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving Level : Hobby diver
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from Guatemala

written on Jul 29, 2014 Guatemala

Added Jul 29, 2014

3/5 stars

New Experience

I stayed in their hostel, Big Blue Diving for a total of 10 days. I did the course for Free Diving with instructor Rakel, she was great and the vibe of the place is very nice. I had a great time there, although the price for staying with them is cheap if you receive their courses, the price if you don't is expensive for what they offer. The instructors are very nice and had lots of fun.

Andrea R would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Andrea R

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Hobby diver
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from London

written on Jul 29, 2014 in Thornaby, United Kingdom

Added Jul 29, 2014

5/5 stars

One of the Best Experiences of my Life

Scuba Diving for the very first time, Big Blue made my time in Koh Tao one of the best experiences of my life. Only having a few days on the Island before the full moon party and leaving, they were very accommodating and managed to get me through the Open Water Course quickly and smoothly. I never felt out of my comfort zone while diving and was made to feel very welcome around the dive school. My instructor Mike Robb was excellent with us, very calm and clearly a natural teacher. I loved it so much that I changed my travelling plans and stayed after the full moon and completed the Advanced Course. The facilities were excellent and I was even lucky enough to dive alongside a Whale Shark. Would definitely recommend Big Blue to anyone and everyone. Thanks so much and hopefully I'll be back. Christian

Christian B would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Christian B

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from Lancaster, UK

written on Jul 28, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia

Added Jul 29, 2014

5/5 stars

Brilliant instructors and facilities

I went to ko tao to do my open water and ended up staying on 8 days there. The island itself is amazing but Big Blue was my main reason for staying. Hadn't planned to do advanced diver course but after two days convincing my friend we did it. Our instructor for the open water was Skui Dooby Doo, she was a fantastic instructor and proper funny too making the course really fun. She was ill for our advanced course so we joined another group with Jules and it was just as fun. I think all the instructors have the se mindset - wanting you to learn but at the same time have fun and make friends with the others on the course. Big Blue is really social with two bars on Sairee beach lots of young backpacker types but some older learners too who integrate just a easily. I thoroughly recommend diving on ko tao with Big Blue and staying on to do fun dives aswell as you get a 10% reduction on courses and dives after your open water.

Kinsey A would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Kinsey A

Gender : Male
Age : <20
Diving Level : Novice / Learner

written on Jul 28, 2014 in Oxford, United Kingdom

Added Jul 28, 2014

3/5 stars

Good but.....

Great experiance but a few comments-

Firstly we were slightly pushed to do SSI instead of PADI, the reasoning was all valid, including tht we wouldn't have to wait for our scuba diver cards, as you get them immediately with SSI, which appealed a lot as we were going diving elsewhere immediately so needed the cards. However our cards weren't ready in time and still haven't arrived (it's been 2 and a half months) which is slightly shocking considering this was a major selling point.

Our instructor was great but turned out to be a creep when we wet on a night out all together.

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from Bristol, UK

written on Jul 28, 2014 Thailand

Added Jul 28, 2014

5/5 stars

Superb scuba school (Scuperb?)

Amazing in every way. Great instructors, great social scene, great equipment, great location, grest value and most importantly great dive sites! I saw a puffer fish. It was cool.

S P would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About S P

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

written on Jul 28, 2014 in Barking, United Kingdom

Added Jul 28, 2014

5/5 stars

Personal, professional, memorable

Big Blue was unlike dive schools I have visited in the past. Each and every instructor and dive master would not simply throw you off a boat and point at some fish. Instead, they would talk to you in a personal manner while also giving dive briefs in a professional way to assure you that everything is planned and that safety is paramount. On top of this, Big Blue also has a fleet of well equipped diving boats with refreshments on board and spaces to keep belongings dry.

Also, the accommodation was faultless, my girlfriend and I found the room to be clean and well maintained. If enjoying food and drink is something that people require from a holiday then both Big Blue 1 and 2 bars serve good food and drinks and the friendly atmosphere around the bars in the evenings made the stay even more enjoyable.

All in all, Big Blue was an unforgettable dive school and I hope to return in the very near future.

Lee A would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Lee A

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Frequent diver
"I was supposed to be a fish"

written on Jul 28, 2014 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Added Jul 28, 2014

5/5 stars

Only place on Ko Tao

I never even wanted to dive in the first place.... Arrived at big blue and next thing you know I'm a rescue diver! Amazing place with amazing atmosphere and amazing staff!

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from London

written on Jul 28, 2014 United Kingdom

Added Jul 28, 2014

5/5 stars

Safe, friendly, fun

Fantastic diving school with fantastic instructors. Our instructor Luke was incredibly patient and encouraging, and clearly knowledgable about his trade. It was refreshing to go to a place where you felt included and valued, whatever your level of diving, and could enjoy the waters of Koh Tao knowing you would be kept safe. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and would definitely return.

Louisa C would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Louisa C

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I enjoy diving as part of a luxury holiday"

from Bangkok

written on Jul 28, 2014 in Nonthaburi, Thailand

Added Jul 28, 2014

5/5 stars

Great

It is myself. Good atmosphere, good management is to protect the environment.

Nakarin R would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Nakarin R

Gender : Male
Diving Level : Frequent diver
"I enjoy diving as part of a luxury holiday"

from Delhi

written on Jul 27, 2014 in Mountain View, United States

Added Jul 28, 2014

5/5 stars

Amazing dive at Big blue diving !!

I will start by saying that I had not really thought how diving is gonna feel before reaching the Big Blue School at Koh Tao. Turns out to be one of those life changing experiences one can have during one's lifetime.

I had the opportunity to go diving with Pal as my instructor. Pal is an amazing guy who gives his 100% into everything he does. I was very nervous before going inside the water but Pal was always cool and calm and always helping me out in whatever concerns I was having. I am thankful to him for being patient with me. Eventually we were able to go upto 11 mts below water and we spent a good 40 mins there !!

Thanks Pal thanks Big blue for making this possible for me. I couldnt have been able to do it without you.

Special thanks to SteveO and Scotty for referring me to this course.



Regards

Akshay

Akshay Kr G would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Akshay Kr G

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from Bisbee

written on Jul 25, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Jul 25, 2014

5/5 stars

Diving Heaven

I love this place. It's relaxed, professional and just fantastic! I enjoyed every minute of learning to dive. I was well taken care of and love the staff. They have a great sense of humor and were always carefully watching and teaching. Their patience is outstanding.

Cynthia B would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Cynthia B

Gender : Female
Age : 50-59
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

written on Jul 21, 2014 Nepal

Added Jul 21, 2014

4/5 stars

very good

i really enjoyed the open Walter. the only and big minus is that they try to make money with the DVD of our lasts dives after the course. they wanted 2500bath for one DVD which is honestly way to much

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from Melbourne

written on Jul 21, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia

Added Jul 21, 2014

5/5 stars

I'll be back to Big Blue

Loved Big Blue. Despite it being a large company, accommodation and classes didn't feel that way for me. Thought Guy, our instructor, was very clear and down to Earth, easy to follow and understanding of our concerns/different speeds at which we got accustomed to scuba-diving. I am no expert, but since diving elsewhere it seems that Big Blue are very responsible with their equipment use and maintenance, which is a comfort to know.

My only criticism was that (and maybe I didn't do enough research) although Big Blue offered PADI and SSI certificates, the latter was clearly the favoured option and we were asked which course we wanted to follow once we were already allocated to classes, rather than beforehand (meaning that there was some pressure to agree to undertake the course favoured by the class - generally the cheaper option, SSI). Having said that, nobody thus far has been concerned with my certification type.

I think there is still some opportunity to bring together people around Big Blue a bit more. Classes foster relationships but there are few other occasions to do this.

Air-con rooms were clean and comfortable - with everything in working order.

Will definitely be back. Keen to do some conservation stuff, which is another great aspect of Big Blue culture!

Harriet B would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Harriet B

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I was supposed to be a fish"

from Amsterdam

written on Jul 20, 2014 Netherlands

Added Jul 20, 2014

5/5 stars

Best atmosphere and quality on the island

My second time on Koh Tao this June I choose to dive with Big Blue. This really backpackers diving school is the coolest on the island with the best atmosphere but also good quality. The instructors are all a lot of fun but also serious when needed. I am generally quite nervous when going diving (I did my advanced course here) but I felt save with all the instructors I have dived with, including Mike, Lotte and Adam. The accommodation is basic but cheap and walking distance from all the bars and street life in the town. I had the best time!

Marte J would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Marte J

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Hobby diver
"For me the dive IS the experience"