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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 England

written on Jan 09, 2016 in Kidderminster, United Kingdom

Added Jan 09, 2016

5/5 stars

A whole new world

I had no intentions of scuba diving as I made my way to the island of Koh Toa with My partner whom was very keen on exploring the underwater world. However, after meeting with a reprensetive on the boat, and a couple of fellow travellers also heading to the island to scuba dive, my mind was miraculously changed! We arrived on the island and immediately checked in due to start our open water course the same day!
The next day we started our course in the pool with our instructor, Ant. Getting over my fear of breathing under water came apparent when I struggled to complete skills the rest of my team breezed through. I began to get worked up, frustated, upset and so angry with my self I was set to give the course up. Adamant I was never going to dive in the sea! Ant gave me a 5minute breather whilst he carried on with the rest of the team so not to slow them down as well. He then approached me with such a motivational, empowering speech that I ended up returning to the pool and to my team. If a stranger wasn't willing to give up on Me, then how could I give up on Myself. After finishing our day in the pool Ant invested a little extra time in me and we went through some skills again one on one ensuring I felt confident in them. I aced them all! I celebrated that night with a beer and an early night!
Day 3 of our course meant we was finally getting into the sea! After a team breakfast and brief we was knitted out ready to hit the open water. WOW!! What an experience, something I may never of experienced if My instructor had the same attitude I did. All my fears of the day before had evaporated as I frog kicked my self through the sea. I felt exhilarated as I went to bed that evening.
As we woke at 5am for the last day of diving I actually felt excited. One of the dive sites was a fun dive. That dive i became a confident mermaid 18metres below the surface!A phenomenal experience I will never ever forget!
I felt so emotional that evening as we dined one last time as a team, All different walks of life, different home countries and background stories. Not only had I qualified as a scuba diver, I had met some amazing people along the way.
Big Blue is a fantastic dive school. The accommodation was some of the best we had stayed in across Thailand, all staff were very helpful and friendly, the food never left us empty and it was amazing value for money!
I will be forever grateful to the rep for convincing me, my instructor for never giving up on me and the support from my fellow team mates.

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

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Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Free diving

from Mumbai

written on Jan 06, 2016 in Mumbai, India

Added Jan 06, 2016

5/5 stars

Fantastic diving debut

Got my Open Water and Advanced Adventure Scuba Diving Certification at the Big Blue Diving School, Koh Tao. Enjoyed the experience there with the theoretical and practical teaching and safety standards. The staff were fun, friendly, accommodating but yet very professional. The location of the Dive resort is unbeatable. Its on the beach. The Beach Bar and Restaurant serves food and drink of good standard and quality. They got a wide range of equipment for diving out there. I had a great time learning how to dive out there with Big Blue. Cheers Guys.

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

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written on Jan 02, 2016 in Ronnenberg, Germany

Added Jan 02, 2016

5/5 stars

awesome place to learn diving

i signed in for the open water course, we were 5 persons and our divemaster was alex who had help from dino - which was lucky to have two teacher, both super nice and funny and patient to explain us exactly what to do without freaking out under water. the divespots were awesome and the hostel is cool, too to hang out during the course. i can definately recommend it! (although i can only talk for off-season, i could imagine that due to the fact that its such a big school its a bit to crowdy in high season) Thanks for a great week!

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

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written on Dec 31, 2015 in Bristol, United Kingdom

Added Dec 31, 2015

5/5 stars

Great dive centre

Great dive centre, both free diving and scuba diving. Very professional but still fun. They took the time to go through fish we were likely to see before the dive which was a really great addition.

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

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written on Dec 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom

Added Dec 31, 2015

5/5 stars

Awesome

Was amazing. G-unit our instructor made it a great experience! Friendly people and great acomidation

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

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written on Dec 31, 2015 in Durbanville, South Africa

Added Dec 31, 2015

4/5 stars

Instructors are excellent!

The Open Water is a very quick but personal instructor led course so dont worry too much if you're not 100% confident about the theory, you'll "get it" once you're in the water. Recommend the Advanced as well, but take a bit of time in between to relax if you're feeling tired. I had Ernie for both and he was super patient and lovely, giving you a pat on the back when you needed it and explaining what to improve.

Equipment very well maintained and guys at the shop very helpful in getting you suited snd booted. Dive sites were great and loved the bouyancy park. Watch out for jellies though!

Accommodation was a let down. Wifi wasnt working either. "Upgraded" to a bungalow only to find it infested with bedbugs but this ismanaged by a very rude lady not Big Blue. Unfortunately only other option near by was expensive Coral Grand next door, although very nice.

Food onsite were good although a bit slow to come out when busy. For dinner try going into town, go left up the road opposite the seven eleven and there's some great family run places which serve authentic Pad thai.

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

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written on Dec 30, 2015 in Ayr, United Kingdom

Added Dec 30, 2015

5/5 stars

Just say yes!

Such an amazing experience which I nearly never gave a chance. Would 100% recommend any of the diving courses at big blue! Staff are spot on, from the office to the diving centre, could not have wished for anything more!

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

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Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Free diving

from Kuala Lumpur

written on Dec 25, 2015 in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Added Dec 26, 2015

5/5 stars

Super experience and feeling when doing the open water diver

The open water diver program is the bomb.
I also really like going into the pool the first day.
To learn about the equipement is necessary and I feel well prepared for future dives!
Oli is the best instructur! Also after having some fun dive guides/ instructors, Oli is still the best! ;)
Maybe see you, Big Blue, again for the advance diving course in few months/ years.

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

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Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20

written on Dec 22, 2015 in Miami, United States

Added Dec 23, 2015

5/5 stars

Incredible! Experiences, understanding and attention

Nik and John were incredible with us. We had two instructors for a group of 4. Incredible atmosphere and peopl. Recommended 100%

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

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from Wroclaw

written on Dec 22, 2015 in Brzeszcze, Poland

Added Dec 22, 2015

5/5 stars

Great place, great people

Alex was amazing as an Instructor! Place is well located, food is really good, whole team at Koh Tao really positive and with good energy. Diving itself - amazing...
Pool session - really helpful!
Dive sites also.
I want to come back there - I guess this is the best recomendation!

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

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Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20

from Geneva

written on Dec 22, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland

Added Dec 22, 2015

4/5 stars

Great choice for beginner divers

I had my open water course at Bigblue and it was a great experience.
The instructors are all well experienced and professional, the first day we didn't leave the swimming pool until when all of us 4 was ok with all the skills we had to learn.
The dives were very nice and I found the overall atmosphere/location/dive spots amazing!
Only bad thing: I have paid about 1500 baht for an HD version of the video and still haven't received it, 1 month after the end of my open water and after many emails sent, that have been left with no reply.
Sadly disappointing. Apart from this I would recommend it!

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

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Age : 30-39
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20

written on Dec 21, 2015 in Skive, Denmark

Added Dec 22, 2015

5/5 stars

Awesome place for diving

I took my advanced open water with Big blue and I felt welcome the minute I walked in. Very very friendly staff!
They were very good at guiding you throughout the dive, I felt very safe and in good hands.
The equipment is in good condition and the rooms they offer for free (on diving nights) are very comfortable as well. Fairly big, good beds, clean and nice bathrooms.
All in all a good place to do a dive or take your certificate!

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

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written on Dec 21, 2015 in Hughesdale, Australia

Added Dec 21, 2015

5/5 stars

excellent

great diving crew,professional,fun,affordable.not to mention one of the best islands in Thailand... ;)

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from New York

written on Dec 21, 2015 in New York, United States

Added Dec 21, 2015

5/5 stars

Great Experience

As a first time diver, I would highly recommend this school to others. Very organized program and Neil was an incredible instructor that could make even the most novice divers feel comfortable in the water.

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

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Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20

written on Dec 21, 2015 in London, United Kingdom

Added Dec 21, 2015

5/5 stars

Fun and professional diving school

Big, fun diving school where it is easy to meet people. Groups are a good small size however, and the instructors really know what they're talking about. Really recommend!

Emma24 would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

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