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Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao

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4.68 / 5

based on 842 reviews - 95% of reviewers would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao to a friend




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from Stuttgart

written on May 22, 2014 Germany

Added May 22, 2014

4/5 stars

great experience

was a great experience diving with u, experienced und motivated diving instructors gave me a good save feeling.

i was a bit surprised, that when i compare the diving times on the diving cards u gave us with the actually dining times we did, we stayed a lot more time in the water than we should have according to the dive planer. maybe u should explain that to ure customers.



thanks for a great time,



micha



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Age : 30-39
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from Beek en Donk

written on May 22, 2014 in Toulouse, France

Added May 22, 2014

5/5 stars

Sooo much fun!

The experience in total was vvery very very awesome. One of the best things i did during my travell

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

written on May 21, 2014 in London, United Kingdom

Added May 22, 2014

4/5 stars

great experience

i took the open water diver courese at big blue and it was really good, i had a great instructor and a really nice group. a good experience.

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from London

written on May 18, 2014 in Pascoe Vale, Australia

Added May 19, 2014

5/5 stars

fantastic experience

I did the combo of open and advanced diving in 5/6days. Excellent value for money! I had Denja and Molly as instructors, both very experienced, enthusiastic divers and passionate about conservation. Absolutely brilliant experience and such a friendly and supportive atmosphere! Great team working there! I cannot recommend them highly enough! :-)

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Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner

from Cypress

written on May 18, 2014 in Cypress, United States

Added May 19, 2014

4/5 stars

Great training

This was one of the best experiences of my life. We got SSI training and it was great. The scuba diving staff was great and the package was amazing.

Jonathon M would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

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Age : 30-39
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"For me the dive IS the experience"

from NY

written on May 18, 2014 in Roslyn Heights, United States

Added May 18, 2014

5/5 stars

The atmosphere of Big Blue Diving was amazing. I felt very safe and comfortable at all times with my instructor. I highly recommend getting certified there!

Kristen W would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

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Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"For me the dive IS the experience"

from London

written on May 18, 2014 in London, United Kingdom

Added May 18, 2014

5/5 stars

Pure fun

Visited for a week of diving on Koh Tao which included taking my open water course. Chose the SSI option. The course was run very well, groups of no more than 6. Mine included an instructor ('Steve-o' -ask for him, he's professional, has a great teaching manor and is a great laugh) and a DMT.



Dive sites were great (particularly Chumpon Pinnacle) lots to see, kit was well looked after and everything well organised. Also went on a day of fun dives after the course, Gretel (sorry if I've spelled that wrong) is a great DM if you're looking to fun dive.



Overall, good value, great week, and a great bunch of people. Highly recommend.

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Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"For me the dive IS the experience"

from Langley

written on May 17, 2014 Canada

Added May 18, 2014

1/5 stars

Rude and scam!

My friend and I stayed at bug blue for 5 days. We were told our room was 600 baht. Was a room up top with no air conditioning, but we stayed because we figured 600 baht between 2 people was pretty cheap. We were told that the amount of dives we did would get us half off our room for the equivalent amount of days. One morning I woke up very congested and had to go and cancel my dive. For the next 3 days we tried to book dives, and they were either full because a lot of staff wanted to go or the morning dives were too advanced it did not get switched up at all. So when we decided it was time to leave we were pretty shocked when what we had to pay was more than double what it should have been. They charged us both for the full dive that we could not go on. Not even a fee or anything just 2 full dives, we were not made aware of that. And they charged us 600 baht each for the room instead of 600 for the room in total. You can stay anywhere in koh Tao for under 800 baht with air conditioning so this was pretty shocking. The workers were very rude, condescending and judgemental. Not once did we feel welcome there or that we weren't being talked about. Extremely disappointed, to the point we were so annoyed we had to leave koh Tao, made us have a very jaded view to a beautiful island.

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

from Sydney

written on May 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia

Added May 17, 2014

5/5 stars

great day

A really great day, the instructor was really helpful and friendly. Saw some amazing fish and reef, a great experience.

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Age : <20
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

written on May 16, 2014 in Brooklyn, United States

Added May 16, 2014

5/5 stars

Great dive school!

We went after a full moon party and there were A LOT of people, but Big Blue did a great job making sure we all got the instruction we needed. Steve-O was great.

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from Spain

written on May 15, 2014 Spain

Added May 15, 2014

5/5 stars

Really good experience!!!!!

I really enjoyed in Big Blue during my diving course. People was very friendly and a very good quality about all. Next year i will come back!!!!



Thanks for all.



Best regards

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

from Kelowna

written on May 15, 2014 Canada

Added May 15, 2014

5/5 stars

Highlight of my trip!

When I went to Thailand, my intention was not to get my scuba diving certificate, however I am so unbelievably happy that I chose to invest a couple extra dollars and days in Koh Tao to do so. Big Blue was an amazing company, and we're so glad we chose them. The accomodation included was great. Our instructor, Chloe (highly reccommend that you ask for her) was amazing. She was so patient with the people in my group when they got nervous, and completely made them feel comfortable in the water. The diving experience itself- something I'll never forget, and I now have a complete new bucket list- a lot having to do with places around the world that I can't wait to go dive. Thank you for an amazing experience!

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

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Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"For me the dive IS the experience"

from Doncaster

written on May 14, 2014 Thailand

Added May 15, 2014

5/5 stars

Open water and advanced

Really enjoyed doing my training with big blue everything was really organised, it was a relaxed training experience,and our instructor Tristan really did a good job!!

I would defiantly or should I say I have all ready recommended this diving school to others!!

Many thanks

Adam Tuplin

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

from Zaandam

written on May 13, 2014 Netherlands

Added May 13, 2014

4/5 stars

Thank you!

Thanks for a nice time! The instructors are really nice!

Sophia was my instructor, love the way she teaches!

How she has patience under water. Amazing eye contact!

Our room was really clean and comfortable.

Great diving school!

Keep it up!

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

from Chumphon

written on May 13, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added May 13, 2014

1/5 stars

Incompetent staff

Did the hours in the classroom. Got 100% on the test. Did the day in the pool. Did my first dive. Second dive we went down to 12meters and i was asked to fill my mask which i did. The instructor asked me to do this twice, upon the second time i freaked out! Unfortunately so much so that i took my mask off and my Regulator out and decided i was going up to the surface. Obviously taking the regulator out was ridiculous but i was in a state of panic and clearly wasnt thinking straight. i just knew i wanted to go up. The instructor took me up to the surface and after checking i was ok asked me to go and sit on the boat whilst she finished with everybody else. (I must state that things were all great up until this point. I was happy with the way she dealt with it - I have no complaints so far). As soon as i came up to the surface i was fine, i had swallowed alot of water but after sitting on the boat for 15minutes i was fine. When the instructor came back onto the boat she didnt initially say anything to me. Maybe around 5minutes later she came to me and gave me the option of going back into the water one-on-one to complete the final skills. She wanted me to go down to 5meters and half fill my mask twice, Fully flood my mask twice and take off my mask entirely twice. The other divers did not need to do this but i understood that i needed to show the instructor i was competent in order for her to sign me off.



I told her that i was nervous to go back into the water so soon so when we got in could i just try to fill and clear my mask slightly under the surface. (If i could do it successfully on the surface it would right things in my mind and it would reassure me that it would be fine to do it deeper) She had told me this was ok. When we got into the water 5minutes later and we were left alone as the boat had gone back to the shore with all of the other divers, this was no longer the case. She told me that there was no time to waste and we needed to go down to 5meters now and complete all 6 of the mask filling skills PLUS the some other skills the other divers had also completed earlier. I told her i wasnt comfortable going straight down and i just wanted to try filling my mask just ONCE just under the surface to reassure myself. She told me i looked scared and that if that was the case then i wouldnt be able to do it. She also said that 'its just water'. And that it was going to be dark soon so we have to go down NOW. I told her again i wanted a few minutes to try the half filling my mask skill on the surface before we went down. At this she told me there was no time, and she wouldnt take me out tomorrow (with everybody else) because it was her birthday and she wanted to enjoy the dive, and that she wouldnt take me out the following day as she was planning on being hungover so if i was still here on Monday she 'guessed' that she could try and take me out then. At this i said that i could stay a few extras days if it meant i could complete the diving course however i asked whether my partner who was also in her group with me could complete his also on Monday with me and she had said YES.



At that point we both swam back to the shore, and after clearing away and cleaning the equipment she decided that in fact she wouldnt let my boyfriend come with us on monday and that he would have to complete his tomorrow (Saturday) otherwise he wouldnt be able to complete it at all. She told me to get my partner to confirm that he would be diving the following day with her, as she would be sat at the bar for a while. Upon hearing this i was very upset, i still had alot of water i had swallowed earlier inside me. i was upset that she hadnt been more sympathetic/patient and professional towards me. I went back to the room and explained everything to my partner (whilst in tears due to the way she spoke to me) He immediately went to speak with her, he asked if he could speak with her privately (as she was sat at a table surrounded by other divers and instructors drinking beer) She had said 'no, im too tired, just talk to me here'. He told her that he wasnt comfortable completing the diving without me and that he wanted to join me on Monday like she had promised. She said no, she wasnt going to do that as it would take longer on Monday and she TOLD him that he would be doing it tomorrow. He had tried to explain to her three times that he wasnt ok with this arrangement and she had dismissed him completely in front of everybody.



After that we immediately checked out of Big Blue and checked into another hotel. The following day we collected out passports from reception and neither of us completed our diving.



Overall i was disgusting by her professionalism and her attitude. What i havent mentioned is that the day we had in the swimming pool she had also upset another diver who dropped out of her course and joined another instructor. He English was good but he found it hard to listen to her as she used alot of slang and jokes. She was unbelievable rude to him and actually shouted at him in the pool 'OOOOH GOD (his name) YOU NEED TO WORK ON YOUR LISTENING' . After half of the day in the pool he decided to leave and as soon as he left she had said 'Oh thank god hes gone, is anyone really that fucking thick??' I am not at all surprised that he was upset or that he dropped out of her group.



Unfortunately, both me and my partner live in Chumphon. The expats in Chumphon had already warned me not to go with Big Blue as it has a reputation, however we are young and we thought that diving with Big Blue would be fun (as my sister had dived with you a few years previously) and were very excited about completing our diving open water so that we could go diving on a weekly basis. We bought our own masks in the Big Blue shop and we were very serious about this becoming a regular hobby. However, due to one incompetent insensitive instructor we are 9000BHT out of pocket and two very upset customers who certainly wont be recommending you to passing tourists in Chumphon.

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Hayley S would not recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

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