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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

4.7 / 5

based on 929 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

Contact Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao

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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from Sundbyberg

written on Sep 16, 2018

Added Sep 17, 2018

4/5 stars

It's all about the instructor..

With a good and funny instructor you get the time of your life. Make sure you click.
Oh, and also, if you have a beard, buy your own pair of goggles! :D

Johannes from Sweden would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Johannes from Sweden

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Wreck diving

written on Sep 16, 2018

Added Sep 17, 2018

4/5 stars

Good diving school, nice atmosphere

I liked the diving school a lot, the location is perfect and I would love to go back there. The trainers are all very nice and it‘s a funny, and friendly atmosphere between the trainers and the students.
The only thing I did not like that much was the first day which we spent in the pool. There are too many people in the pool at once and we spent the whole day in there with almost no breaks in between...
But the dives were great and the food is really good!
They trainers really care about you and that the equipment and everything is safe.
I also love that they try to make people aware of the environmental issues and how to help.
Would go there again!

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

About Angela

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

from Edinburgh

written on Sep 16, 2018

Added Sep 16, 2018

4/5 stars

A fun bunch

Kit and boats were very safe, instructor competent and fun. Rooms were nice and the location excellent - it is located directly by the beach. Only two flaws: food was good but pricey and the training pool a little iffy.
Overall one of the most memorable places of my travel. I met such fantastic people and the beach parties in town were really fun :)

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

About Alice

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Wreck diving, Free diving

written on Sep 15, 2018

Added Sep 16, 2018

4/5 stars

Open Water and Advanced

Really enjoyed my time at Big Blue, did my open water, then came back to do my Open Water.
Would go back, staff safety conscious and love their job which makes it a fun experience.

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

About LornaRose

Gender : Male

from San Francisco

written on Sep 15, 2018

Added Sep 16, 2018

4/5 stars

A Mixed Bag

A mixed bag. Loved the instructors but too pricey and accommodations could be much better. If you can overlook the negatives, it really is a magical experience.

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

About Avi Anand

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  :  Free diving

from Edmonton

written on Sep 15, 2018

Added Sep 15, 2018

4/5 stars

Very professional dive instructors.

This was my second time diving at Big Blue. I was very happy with the tech diving instructors who made sure I was confident with all the training material for my deep/nitrox and wreck courses. The accommodations at big blue were very basic, a few of the Pranee bungalows could of used some renovations.

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

About Andrew

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 51-100
Interests  :  Wreck diving, Tech diving

written on Sep 14, 2018

Added Sep 14, 2018

4/5 stars

Great dive shop

Did my rescue course and some fun dives, great staff and alot of fun people around, good accommodation aswell. Just to many people on the dive boat, not their fault but that's koh Tao in general and I prefer smaller groups :)

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

About Jacob

Gender : Male

written on Jan 02, 2017

Added Jan 02, 2017

4/5 stars

Great dive training, Fun staff

I got my Advanced Certification here, and felt that the staff truly cared about making sure we were well-trained and knew what we were doing. I am confident in the skills that I learned. While we were there, we went on a number of dives with a variety of different guides with unique styles. I appreciated the briefings before each dive. The week we were there, the weather was unusually windy, so the visibility was very poor. The rides to the dive sites were treacherous at times, but it was an adventure. I loved the dive boats. The equipment was in good shape. I would recommend Big Blue to anyone looking to take a diving course or to get in a couple fun dives while on Koh Tao.

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

About Sarah I

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 21-50
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Liveaboard diving

from Stockholm

written on Jan 02, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

Added Jan 02, 2017

4/5 stars

Take your Diving Certification with Big Blue Diving at Koh Tao

Big Blue Diving at Koh Tao is a good center with the experienced instructors and a perfect location close to the beach.
Instructor 70537 Kari Lee Wride is an excelent instructor.

Generally a good course however with too high pace. Theory should be separated in time from the practical exercises and open sea dives.

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

About Irena G

Gender : Female
Age : 60+
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 1-20

written on Dec 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany

Added Dec 28, 2016

4/5 stars

Good and friendly

The guys there are awesome and super frendly. Everything will be explained to the fullest. They take care of everything and you will be in safe hands. The only thing which is not so good is that you can´t take your own cameras into the water :(

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

About Stefan S

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

written on Dec 26, 2016 in Kelowna, Canada

Added Dec 26, 2016

4/5 stars

Went for 1 course ended up with 4!

I would absolutely recommend Big Blue. The staff was educated, helpful and very easy to talk to (didn't make you feel like an idiot). If I have 1 complaint it would be that I took my Deep Diving course which allows me to go down to 40m but during my dives I never really got close to those depths. With a course/depth like that, you'd think that the instructors would make sure you get as close to 40m as possible to see how you handle it. Not a big deal because everything else was amazing, just more of a heads up for Big Blue.

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

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Gender : Male

from Melbourne

written on Dec 24, 2016 in London, United Kingdom

Added Dec 24, 2016

4/5 stars

Great atmosphere and great trainers

Great trainers, always felt well lookef after and they made sure we were doing the right thing. Class sizes quite big, but to be expected of big dive school. Only giving 4 stars as the blonde headed English girl at reception was horrible. We were there for 9 days and she was incredibly rude and we felt like we were bothering her by being there. Nearly didn't do my advanced because of her. My awesome trainers made up for it.

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

About LAURA

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

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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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

About Lalla

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

written on Dec 13, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Dec 13, 2015

4/5 stars

Great experience !

To improve the service :
Smaller group (3-4 students) not 5-6
More flexibility in free accommodation (private room) instead of dorm

First time diver would recommend Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About First time diver

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