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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 Manchester

written on Sep 09, 2013 United Kingdom

Added Sep 09, 2013

5/5 stars

Highly recommended!

Dived every day with Big Blue doing both fun dives and my Advanced Open Water course and would definitely recommend them. Had an awesome time and it was a good way of meeting like minded people whilst travelling alone. Everyone at Big Blue is really helpful and makes the time for you and any questions you have. They have a very professional approach and all the instructors/dive masters were brilliant, and also a good laugh. The gear is good quality and the groups are small. After the dives everyone heads to the bar on the beach, I had some top nights with the guys/girls from Big Blue after some amazing dives and will be going back diving with them again.

Dave F would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

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

from Utrecht

written on Sep 09, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Added Sep 09, 2013

5/5 stars

Best diving school there is!

Since I never dived before, this was my first experience with scubadiving. Great spot on the beach, good classes and we ( our terrific international group) had the best instructor ever, Iain. As a group, we decided to add the advanced course immediately after our open water course, for the simple reason Big Blue is the best school an place to learn the magical world that's called diving!

Judith d would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

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Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving Level : Hobby diver
"I was supposed to be a fish"

written on Sep 09, 2013 in Salisbury, United Kingdom

Added Sep 09, 2013

4/5 stars

Really good instructors, very professional and had a great time. However, not the best value dive school on the island!

Guy O would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Guy O

Age : <20
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I was supposed to be a fish"

written on Sep 08, 2013 in Guangzhou, China

Added Sep 09, 2013

5/5 stars

great school, friendly instructors

i never had single regret to choose big blue. this is one of best diving schools with the cheapest price.

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written on Sep 08, 2013 United Kingdom

Added Sep 08, 2013

4/5 stars

Mostly amazing!

We were off to a rough start with Big Blue, as our ferry-bus combination landed us on Koh Tao at 5.30am, rather than 8.45 as advertised. After trying to call Big Blue about ten times, we gave up and waited. At 8.50 we called them, and they finally answered, saying that the taxi would arrive at around 9.10. At 9.20 I saw a Big Blue taxi, got into the back, and had to wait another 25 minutes for people to get on. It turns out it was a 10 minute drive. The three of us who had booked months ahead of time were told to wait on a separate table, while those who had just turned up were seen to first... that was a bit annoying!



After that, though, things were great. The island is beautiful, so it's hard to feel angry or stressed, and Big Blue's two beach restaurants serve amazing food. The instructors are a laugh, but also very professional, and for the first time I didn't feel as if there was something physically wrong with me preventing me from diving - as I had felt with other trial dive experiences thanks to lazy instructors who hadn't explained equalising to me properly.



There is a lot of pressure to do the SSI course instead of PADI, but that's pretty clear on the website. The first day is just watching videos, the second day is in the pool, and the third and fourth day are your actual dives. The dive sites are great, although I have to admit that I had a better time snorkelling off some of the beaches on Koh Tao; mostly, though, because I was too preoccupied with my buoyancy and mask fogging up during my actual dives. Still, the instructors really explain everything through, and after the first couple of dives I felt my confidence increasing. We were in groups of six, and my group also had an instructor in training, meaning we got a lot of personal attention.



The gear that we borrowed was all in good condition, with one exception - a snorkel full of little black spots. I was told not to worry, it was only mould - and mould was good! Hmm, I used my own mask and snorkel instead, as it was a better fit anyway. I also recommend getting a rash vest, as the friction from your dive gear might give you armpit blisters.



Big Blue is obviously a very professional, well-organised school, although at times it might feel a tiny bit like a "diver factory". It doesn't help that SSI's course is 40% trying to sell you stuff, but that's not Big Blue's fault. The final day also includes a videographer following you around, making you do silly/fun stuff like jump off the top of the boat and pop up out of the water, so that in the evening you watch the video of your group. The video was very cheesy, but amusing, but the awkward part came from the sale. Basically, the more people want to buy it, the cheaper is it... but the cheapest it will get, I believe, is 1200 baht (over £20). There was suddenly an unpleasant hard-sell atmosphere, with eventually more and more people deciding that the DVD was too expensive for them. What this means is that the remaining few are suddenly told "well, now it's 2000 baht" - hardly an incentive to buy, and definitely a way to breed awkwardness among the group. I didn't appreciate that, so I didn't buy the video, even if it DID have a shot of me leaping off a boat.



Overall, Big Blue will look after you, provide you with good dives and give you a good time, but what really made the experience great is that Koh Tao is so beautiful and chilled - and it helped that it didn't rain once while we were there!

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

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Gender : Female
Diving Level : Hobby diver

from Wangen

written on Sep 08, 2013 in Bopfingen, Germany

Added Sep 08, 2013

4/5 stars

great teachers and accommodation

Gloria H would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Gloria H

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

from Hilvarenbeek

written on Sep 08, 2013 Netherlands

Added Sep 08, 2013

4/5 stars

review

Although the school is pretty big, it still feels intimate.



PS please repair the card machine, very inconvenient

Leo v would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Leo v

Gender : Male
Age : 50-59
Diving Level : Hobby diver
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from Manchester

written on Sep 07, 2013 in London, United Kingdom

Added Sep 07, 2013

5/5 stars

Friendly and fun

Great instructors who clearly know their stuff, but the whole resort has a relaxed, friendly feel. Good facilities, nice food and most students (and staff) are around in the evening so there's always someone to talk to. Fantastic!

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

About Drew M

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

from Amsterdam

written on Sep 07, 2013 Netherlands

Added Sep 07, 2013

5/5 stars

Amazing!

Staying and diving with Big Blue at Koh Tao is what made my visit such a success. During the first dive i had loads of problems with my ears not being able to equalize and dropped out of the Open Water course. My (Dutch) instructor Sophia (Reuser) was very helpful and came up with different ways of descending into the water so that I still was able to get my SSI Open Water after all! Very greatful for that, the diving was such an amazing experience. But beside the diving, Big Blue has this extremely relaxed vibe to it which makes you never want to leave (or come back asap!). The rooms (free if you dive) are nice and clean and the restaurant/bar is great. And if you've had enough of Big Blue's bar - they're right on Sairee Beach where you can find tons of other beachbars, clubs and restaurant - never a dull moment with Big Blue. Would definitely recommend it and can't wait to go back there and dive some more for my Advanced Open Water!

Emma 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"

written on Sep 07, 2013 in Central District, Hong Kong

Added Sep 07, 2013

5/5 stars

Highly recommended

Did both my open water and advanced SSI diver courses at Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao and it was a great experience! Very nice vibe going on during and after diving, good instructors and great dive sites very nearby.



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written on Sep 07, 2013 Thailand

Added Sep 07, 2013

4/5 stars

i've only been diving with big blue once but it was a very nice experience. the staff is really friendly and helpful, the equipment is very good and the tanks are full. the only minus is that on the boat we've been on (one of five) it was kind of tough to get your gear on before diving.

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from Ede, Netherlands

written on Sep 07, 2013 Netherlands

Added Sep 07, 2013

4/5 stars

Good people, many divers

+ friendly, helpful staf

+ personal attention from divemaster

- start of the dives- leaving the beach bit chaotic

- make sure the equipment is working (fe: forgot my computer on 1 dive, depth gauge on both my son and myself didn't work)



Enjoyed diving with Big Blue!

Rob T would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Rob T

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving Level : Frequent diver
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from canton

written on Sep 07, 2013 in Orange, United States

Added Sep 07, 2013

5/5 stars

great experience

great instructor

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

About Nicole C

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

from London

written on Sep 07, 2013 United Kingdom

Added Sep 07, 2013

4/5 stars

Very busy but had time for you

We went just after the full moon party so I think it was one of the busiest times of the year. Although they were on a very tight time schedule all the instructors were very nice and helpful and seemed to have a lot of time for you.

Jonny K would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Jonny K

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

written on Sep 07, 2013 in Hollywood, United States

Added Sep 07, 2013

5/5 stars

Excellent Dive Masters!!

Big Blue "Diving in Koh Tao was an amazing experience! Our Dive Master, Steve-o was such a strong teacher - both in skills and comfortability!

Pamela H would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Pamela H

Gender : Female
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I seek adventure and the unknown"