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Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao

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4.68 / 5

based on 838 reviews - 95% of reviewers would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao to a friend




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written on May 08, 2014 in Portland, United States

Added May 09, 2014

5/5 stars

I loved diving at big blue! It was an amazing experience and the staff made it even more incredible. Loved it, so awesome, would do it all over again in a heart beat, enough said!

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written on May 08, 2014 in Vientiane, Lao

Added May 08, 2014

5/5 stars

excellent

This was one of the best experiences of my life. It is a 4 day course in which you are thoroughly trained and prepared for the open water dives you will encounter.

Even if you are scared of the water, the instructors will be with you every step of the way to make sure you don't get into any trouble.

Cracking value for money also.

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from Reading

written on May 08, 2014 Viet Nam

Added May 08, 2014

5/5 stars

Great course, great instructor, great time

Intended on doing just my Open Water. Stayed for my advanced as well. Had the best instructor who was a great blend of humour, professionalism and care. If I could go back and do it all over again I would in a heartbeat. Not the best accommodation I've stayed in but for free, I'd have taken anything. If you're looking for a cheap but amazing option to either fun dive or train, then you should definitely choose big blue, I had the best time.

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

written on May 08, 2014 United Kingdom

Added May 08, 2014

5/5 stars

Perfect experience.

Amazing instructors, amazing dive-sites, perfect accommodation. Couldn't have asked for a better stay!

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from Melbourne / Bangkok

written on May 08, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added May 08, 2014

3/5 stars

Social Diving School

I'm not used to large diving companies or groups, having about 30 dives completed with most of them from liveaboard / small island / remote locations.



Initially was a bit overbearing, but got used to that and the style for which you operated. I think to be young, single and out to party and meet loads of people is a perfect setup. For me a bit older and past that pat of my life, it was still good in all.



Generally speaking everything was good, the diving, the sites, the groups I was paired off with, the DM's and staff overall were great,making the trip more enjoyable, instructor for Rescue dive also very good and more thorough than I first imagined (though I think I should have failed the final OR at least tried to do one more time for both rescues from bottom and surface!).



Booking the trip initially was very helpful and I went with big blue due to the feedback from - Wibeke I think it was, shame I didn't get to meet here however.



The dive gear shop as well was pretty good, and prices compare well to anywhere else. Maybe should promote that some more as only the one guy mentioned it to me or I wouldn't have known.



– I did hear that you guys team up with some of the Similan island dive co's - that to me is interesting in terms of being able to refer people and have some kind of a deal between the two. As my next trip I want is a liveaboard in Similan for the next season ,but again I have no idea where to start looking.



Any other comments :

1. Your new DMT's were sometimes quite annoying. Having even less dives than me and did a lot of less than desirable things on the boat and diving. getting in the way, bumping into you, swimming above you, kicking up the bottom, etc etc.



2. When we first arrived it was a bit of a factory process, wait here, sign this, sign that etc etc. After a half a days travel it's nice to think can just check in to hotel and relax a bit and then do all the diving guff. Then after that we had to carry all our gear from big blue 1 to 2 still exhausted and no idea where we were going... Then unfortunately the girl at the counter at BB2 was totally rude, unhelpful, dismissive and needed a good clip on the ears... anyway that was more about first impressions.



3. The First aid course was pretty lax, many things the instructor didn't clearly know or not mentioned at all. I already did the course 5 years ago so knew what to expect and really, if I had never done first aid before, then very little of that course would have helped.



4. I know early mornings are rough, but I love to get up and out first thing - I guess you have to accommodate for all though.



5. Oh yeah - it was songkran party so i know out of the usual, but it would be great to see an effort put in to raise some awareness about cleaning up the beach, as most mornings I'd walk the beach and find loads of rubbish floating off into the ocean... Not cool at all and keep our dive sites beautiful right.



Surely there's a bunch of other stuff i can comment on helpful or not, but that's the most that comes to mind.



hope something here is helpful. Cheers.

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

from Linkoping

written on May 08, 2014 in Linköping, Sweden

Added May 08, 2014

5/5 stars

Big blue best place!

I had the best time at Big Blue! And I was so happy with my instructor Tim! He was awesome! I would love to go back to Big Blue Koh Tao!!!

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

from Copenhagen

written on May 08, 2014 Denmark

Added May 08, 2014

4/5 stars

Over too fast :)

We came to big blue to get our diving certificate and ended up staying for our advanced. We enjoyed out stay and dives with Steve-O and would definitely come back again :) if I had to mention something it would be that out cleaning lady left our room door open three days in a row dispuite the staff telling her to keep in eye out for it not to happen again. And the extra charge when paying with credit card is ridiculous and should be mentioned to people so they can withdraw before. Besides that a great stay :)

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About Naghme

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

from Montreal

written on May 08, 2014 Lao

Added May 08, 2014

5/5 stars

Amazing diving experience

Big Blue is a great diving school just next to the beach. All the instructor are amazing. I met great people there and really enjoy my open course with Petra and Paul. Very kind, always there, I was feeling secure with them. Plus! You have the choice between Padi and SSI. Your instructor's gonna explain to you what the differences are.

Even if it's one of the biggest school on the island, you'll be 6 by instructor! So little groups for an amazing experience under the sea.



The only "bemol" is about the wifi never working and the basics accommodations. Like it's okay because you don't pay during your dive, but if you want to stay one more night after that the price is ridiculously high for what you get.

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from Melbourne

written on May 08, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia

Added May 08, 2014

5/5 stars

Open Water, Advanced Open Water, & Loveaboard

Did my Open Water at Koh Tao with Big Blue and loved it. It's was affordable while still getting really good gear, instructors, and boats. Everybody was really nice and my instructor, Nick, and the DMT, Simon, were great to learn from. Nobody in my group of 6 students was rushed into anything they felt uncomfortable with and Nick and Simon were always there, both during and after hours, to answer any questions and generally just be cool guys to hang out with.



I then did my Advanced Open Water on the Loveaboard out of Kao Lak with Big Blue and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The boat was amazing, with great food, very comfortable quarters, top notch gear, and an amazingly helpful and friendly crew. And not just that but I was taken to some of the best dive sites the world has to offer. My Dive Master, Julien, was great beyond words. He made sure we saw everything possible from groups of Manta Rays, turtles, and sharks to tiny pipefish and seahorse. He really seemed to have a knack for finding those hard to spot creatures that, I'm sure, many would glance over and not notice.



The only downside is that now I'm completely obsessed with diving. If you've done your research, I'm sure you'll have already have learnt that Big Blue are one of the big players in diving in Thailand and their reputation as one if the best operators is well deserved. All their staff I met were very welcoming and just nice people and they all were very environmentally conscious too which is nice.



There are many great dive operators out there but when I go back to Thailand I wouldn't dive with anybody else. Not that I'm so loyal to the company, more just that my instructors and dive masters were that cool.

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

from Dubai

written on May 08, 2014 United Kingdom

Added May 08, 2014

4/5 stars

Nice staff, and good safe dives

Recommended. Good dives with nice dive masters.

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

from hameln

written on May 08, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added May 08, 2014

4/5 stars

nice

Was nice good rooms restaurant bar friendly staff good vibe. Most dive sites are too packed with divers but thats not big blues fault. Price is fair and includes accommpdation



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Gender : Male
Age : <20
Diving Level : Hobby diver
"For me the dive IS the experience"

from Stockholm

written on May 05, 2014 Sweden

Added May 05, 2014

5/5 stars

Very good!

I had a great time at Big Blue! Great instructors and amazing diving

Sara 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 Salisbury

written on May 04, 2014 in Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom

Added May 04, 2014

5/5 stars

Homecoming

Third visit to big blue and the best yet. It's become like home over the years and such a warm welcome awaits old friends and new.

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

from London

written on May 04, 2014 United Kingdom

Added May 04, 2014

5/5 stars

Fantastic experience In Koh Tao

I had my sights set on big Blue due to the great feedback my girlfriend had given me of her time there in 2011 before we were together.

I felt safe and secure throughout my time with them, their instructors were patient and thorough. When participating in such a potentially dangerous sport having confidence that

You are in safe hands is vital. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Big Blue!

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

written on May 03, 2014 Thailand

Added May 03, 2014

5/5 stars

Wonderfully professional and friendly dive school

As always (I have gone diving with Big Blue several times now), Big Blue's staff and instructors were friendly, welcoming and always willing to help out with anything I needed. In particular, though the classes are held in a reasonably casual and informal setting, there is a definite atmosphere of professionalism about the outfit - it is easy to see that all instructors know their teaching materials well and safety regulations were followed at every stage.



In addition, I am as ever a huge fan of Big Blue's environmental policies, ranging from simple litter regulations and beach/reef clean-ups to helping grow new coral beds and educating the wider community. Big Blue is an incredible dive school, one that I really can't recommend enough.

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Gender : Female
Age : 20-29