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Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao

Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao
17/18 Moo 1
Koh Tao Suratthani
84280
Thailand
Tel: 0819205698
Review Summary

4.68 / 5

based on 843 reviews - 95% of reviewers would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao to a friend




About Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao

With 2 beachfront Resorts, Restaurants & Bars located in the heart of Sairee Beach & 5 purpose built Dive Vessels we offer over 17 different Divesites daily around Koh Tao. We teach all PADI SSI & BSAC Courses from beginner to Instructor & offer varying different grades of accommodation from Free Lodgings in our Air Conditioned Dorms to private luxurious Bunglaows on the beach. We are the largest SSI Instructor Training Facility in Asia as well as the only BSAC Center of Excellence on Koh Tao & all our Instructors are able to teach PADI Courses. We also have a Tech Diving Center offerring Caves wrecks & Tech Diving, a Free Diving Department with International Record Holders & AIDA Judges on staff & our own in HOuse Marine Biologist heading up our Eco arm offering Eco Internships.


Languages

English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Japanese & Thai.


Affiliations

BSAC, PADI, SDI, SSI, TDI


Services

Guided dive tours, Boat diving, Shore diving, Liveaboard boat tours, Dive training, Equipment rental, Equipment repair, In house equipment sales, Online equipment sales, Dive insurance, Diver certifications, Free Diving, Tech Diving


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Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao

17/18 Moo 1

Koh Tao Suratthani

84280

Thailand

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Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao
17/18 Moo 1
Koh Tao Suratthani
84280
Thailand


Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao
Tel: 0819205698





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written on Mar 07, 2017

Added Mar 07, 2017

3/5 stars

Good, but beware of the cost if you're not up to the dives!

Coaching was good and dives were good. Only issue is my other half had issues equalizing the pressure in her ears and therefore couldn't get past the first 10 minutes of the first of 4 dives. She was assured that she would get most of her money back as she had only been in the pool for 2 hours and in the sea for less than 10 minutes. However, they only offered us back less than a quarter of the total amount which I think is unreasonable. They should make it clearer at the time when you decide if you can carry on or not as she thought that it wasn't worth trying again and she was under the impression that she would get most of the money back.

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

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

written on Dec 25, 2016 in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Added Dec 25, 2016

3/5 stars

good diving

The diving was a feesie! With all the people and dive gear and stuff! Maarrrrrr that one guest who wanted to sell those movies was pretty pushy and wanted 1 dvd for the price of 2 sell because I happen to be using a mattie was come dive swim! so Pitty enzo of the film Sir. ... but otherwise super cute g'duikt!

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

About Olaf Sadelpennick

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 51-100
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving

written on Dec 23, 2016 in Paris, France

Added Dec 23, 2016

3/5 stars

A factory

The person in charge of us was perfect but we had the feeling to be in a scuba diving factory. Too many people. We spent too much time waiting.

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

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written on Nov 12, 2015 in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Added Nov 12, 2015

3/5 stars

Big... Some call it The Factory

Bin Blue is really big... You can feel like a number. All happens too quick and not really professionally. They almost encourage you not to read the book. They focus on the minimum. I guess it really is more about quantity than quality.

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

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from tel aviv

written on Oct 26, 2015 United States

Added Oct 26, 2015

3/5 stars

Medium diving club, there are better

I did the open water course.
The good:
Nice solid team of guides
good film at the end of the course - in payment

The bad:
Equipment at very low condition

dont have choice to buy your food and water in others places than thire restaurant that rellay expansive.
Old boat, very worn, facility water repellent and food on the boat was disgusting

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

About Rotem

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Tech diving

written on Oct 08, 2015 in Indramayu, Indonesia

Added Oct 08, 2015

3/5 stars

Ok, but a couple of issues

The course was delivered as promised and we achieved the aim. However the enjoyment was spoilt by two issues. Firstly they do not mention that students have to make a decision between PADI and SSI certification on the first night and are left with no time to make an informed decision before being 'strongly encouraged' to take the SSI route which the school is heavily biased towards. Secondly our memory of the course was tarnished by the way they handle the dive DVD at the end. Instead of being a fixes price it is a big negotiation between the videographer and two groups, resulting in lengthy discussions, upset and a bad feeling from all. It would be much better if it was sold at a fixed price, even if the price is high.

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

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written on Jul 19, 2015 in Altare, Italy

Added Jul 19, 2015

3/5 stars

Good of your clued up about diving

A well oiled machine that can take you through scuba courses very simply and quickly. If diving is a completely new concept for you you may want to look at somewhere that gives more time and individual attrention to customers.

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

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from London

written on Jun 30, 2015 in Market Drayton, United Kingdom

Added Jun 30, 2015

3/5 stars

Big blue divin

I would recommend Big Blue diving Center for new divers going to do a course , it will be great fun . Nice team . Fun diving was good got a Whale shark video that was good and plenty to see
Best chicken Barbarcue in town in the evening

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

About Helen H

Gender : Female
Age : 40-49
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Liveaboard diving

from Copenhagen

written on Mar 23, 2015 in Vasby, Denmark

Added Mar 23, 2015

3/5 stars

Great diving, horrible accomodation

I did a couple of fun dives and an AOW course. The diving has been just amazing. One of the fun dives has been probably the best of my life, and I have the feeling that I learnt a lot on the course. Equipment is brand new and I could use a 15l bottle free of charge. Safety protocols were strictly followed.

BUT on the other hand accommodation is terrible. We did choose the "expensive" accommodation (1500 baths) and we were woke up the second night at the middle of the night, because our neighbours had bed bugs. For the same price we were on a 4star resort in Phangan. So my recommendation would be to dive with Big Blue, but sleep somewhere else.

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

About Ricado R

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 21-50

from Jinbu, South Korea

written on Feb 17, 2015 South Korea

Added Feb 18, 2015

3/5 stars

Mixed feelings about Big Blue

I had a few really great experiences doing fun dives with really awesome dive masters, for example Seanos, Fiona, and Simon. These divemasters went above and beyond to provide exceptional service. But I had a few divemasters that really did not seem to care about giving the "fun divers" a good experience. I had a Divemaster in Training that was actually downright rude to myself and the two other divers in the group, which I thought was unacceptable as he made us feel uncomfortable.

The idea I got was that divers who take courses with Big Blue have a better experience since they get to bond with one instructor and a group of divers. I wish I would've taken the Advanced Course while I was there so I could've been part of a group, but I ended getting up double the dives for the same price by doing fun diving.

I stayed in the free dorms which were not too bad, but the bathroom was disgusting. But that's to be expected of a free dorm room I suppose.

I enjoyed the restaurant at Big Blue and the staff was overall very helpful. The food was usually delicious and the happy hour was good.

I would recommend Big Blue if you'd like to take a dive course.

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

About Marissa J

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 21-50

written on Aug 02, 2014 in Hanoi, Viet Nam

Added Aug 02, 2014

3/5 stars

Overall good but some personal touches needed

I felt as if it was as a bit of a factory, I understand it is a big diving school but I felt as if my instructor was bored of the same thing every day and wasn't particularly enthusiastic. I enjoyed the experience but had much higher expectations. I wanted more of a social and friendly vibe, and felt for example, that had I seen any staff outside of the hours they had to be with me, they wouldn't have said hello. This is not the same for all staff however, I was jealous of some of the other groups and their instructors! Would've been nice to have had a big group photo that was sent to us, things like that. Also, accommodation in the double private rooms was awful. No ventilation, loads of Mosquitos getting in from the bathroom and just generally the hottest room ever. I felt safe with Big Blue, but didn't find the overall experience that fun despite really enjoying the actual diving.

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

About Rebecca U

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
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"

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 Gothenburg

written on May 22, 2014 in Göteborg, Sweden

Added May 22, 2014

3/5 stars

Great staff!

I was really pleased with our dive masters, the people at the front desk seemed really stressed though and it was hard to ask questions since it just felt like annoying them. The diving was really good although on my last dive I got a broken tank that leaked. My dive master handled it really well. What was bad though is that the tank wasn't removed and my dive buddy almost went down with the broken tank on his next dive.



Love the location and the hotel!

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

About Ebba J

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

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.

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

About Trent S

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