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First Buddy Divers

First Buddy Tablas
Binucot Sunset Cove Resort
Brgy. Bunsoran
Ferrol, Tablas Island
Romblon
5506
Philippines
Tel: +639204386615
Review Summary

4.81 / 5

based on 16 reviews - 100% of reviewers would recommend First Buddy Divers to a friend




About First Buddy Divers

We are First Buddy Divers and we cater to every level of diver, from beginners through to the diving veteran and technical divers. Whether you are interested in continuing you diving education or just want to fun dive we provide our guests a unique experience with our professional SSI, PADI and TDI Instructors and Divemasters.
First established in 2000 in Phuket, Thailand, we are now pleased to announce the opening of our second dive centre, on Tablas Island, Philippines, for the 2015/16 season. As the only dive centre on the island we will offer a full range of recreational and technical diving and courses in virtually unexplored waters.
First Buddy is one of the few diving centres in Phuket, and the only dive centre on Tablas Island who offers technical and cave diving trips and our experienced TDI instructor can teach a wide range of technical courses in the location of your choice.


Languages

English, Finnish


Affiliations

PADI, SSI, TDI


Services

Guided dive tours, Boat diving, Shore diving, Dive training, Equipment rental, In house equipment sales, Travel booking service, Dive insurance, Diver certifications, Technical Diving, Technical Diving Courses, Rebreather Courses, Cave Diving Courses, Cave Diving Trips


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First Buddy Tablas

Binucot Sunset Cove Resort

Brgy. Bunsoran

Ferrol, Tablas Island

Romblon

5506

Philippines

First Buddy Phuket

8/26 Moo 4 Viset Road

Rawai

Phuket

83130

Thailand

Open From August - April

First Buddy Divers

Finland

First Buddy Divers operates from Finland during the summer months offering technical, rebreather, cave and mine diving courses and expeditions. Trips and courses can also be held in other European countries during this time.

Contact First Buddy Divers

First Buddy Tablas
Binucot Sunset Cove Resort
Brgy. Bunsoran
Ferrol, Tablas Island
Romblon
5506
Philippines


Chloe, First Buddy Tablas
Tel: +639204386615
Tiina, First Buddy Phuket
Tel: +66 894 730 673
Pekka Hartikainen


http://www.firstbuddy.net

from London reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Feb 06, 2016 in Dunstable, United Kingdom

Added Feb 06, 2016

5/5 stars

Fantastic diving and a Fantastic Dive Instructor

Chloe is the only diving centre and instructor on Tablas. The bay where the centre is located provides a beautiful spot of some relaxed diving and a superb site for beginner/novice divers and for those doing training courses. Just out of the bay offers deeper waters and some great wall diving. Chloe was extremely accommodating to the mixed needs and abilities of divers and non divers in our group. And looked after all of us very well!!

If you have the time, I would also recommend spending a few days with Chole and Dae diving from Paksi Cove Resort on the norther tip of Tablas. You'll get to see some beautiful parts of Tablas on route (by road and boat) and some amazing diving out of the deserted and stunning Paksi Cove Resort.

Would highly recommend this peaceful and stunning island for diving as an alternative from the masses and masses of divers and boats over diving the reefs in places like Isla sa Balicasag from Panglao Bay (Bohol).

Emily B would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Emily B

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Cave diving, Wreck diving

from Seattle reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Feb 05, 2016 in DuPont, United States

Added Feb 05, 2016

5/5 stars

Great dive operation

Chloe was a professional and knowledgeable diving instructor. She made it very comfortable transitioning back into diving after a several year hiatus. Look forward to diving with First Buddy on return trips to Tablas Island.

J B would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About J B

Gender : Male
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 21-50
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Liveaboard diving

from Perkiomenville, PA, USA reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Feb 05, 2016 in Mifflinburg, United States

Added Feb 05, 2016

4/5 stars

Enjoyed two quick Dives.

Very friendly, no fuss, checked in, got our equipment, and in the water for our dives. The requirement to write more text is aggregating.

Mark N would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Mark N

Gender : Male
Age : 60+
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 51-100
Interests  :  Free diving

from Gold Coast reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Jan 27, 2016 in Surfers Paradise, Australia

Added Jan 27, 2016

5/5 stars

SATISFIED

Satisfied in the full meaning of the word. To cause someone to be happy or pleased. Pretty well sums my dive experience up. Amazing place, excellent clarity, I felt very comfortable with doing the deep and nitro course. I was very spoilt having another dive instructor, Star,as my buddy. Thanks Chloe, my dive instructor for my courses and Deo. Chloe lives in paradise. Check it out for yourself...

Keiron B would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Keiron B

Gender : Male
Age : 50-59
Dives done : 21-50
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Tech diving, Liveaboard diving

from Looc reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Jan 11, 2016 in Molnlycke, Sweden

Added Jan 11, 2016

4/5 stars

Nice

Nice place to dive. Not many other people, so the area is rather intact. The gear is good, but a bit limited in quantity.

Visitor would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Visitor

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving for : more than 20 years
Dives done : 51-100

from Hong Kong reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Dec 10, 2015 in Central District, Hong Kong

Added Dec 10, 2015

5/5 stars

Diving in Paradise

Tablas is a virtually unexplored diving paradise!
A beautiful island with great bays, beaches and palm trees, beautiful dive sites just in front of you, a discovery around every corner. Binukot beach is an excellent starting point and Cloe Wesseling is DM who loves her job, loves the diving and has found in the short period since she started some great places on the island. Around Binukot Beach you will find a beautiful pinnacle, nice walls, great corals and abundant sea life.
Second part of my week on Tablas we went together with guide Deu to Paksi Cove Resort; only to be reached by boat, a simple but magnificent spot - three coves with wonderful beaches and again amazing diving just in front of you. Tablas Blue Hole, the newly discovered site "The Bird", great walls, ... Really very nice diving!
Thank you Cloe for a wonderful time and great diving!
Highly recommend.

Hans W would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Hans W

Gender : Male
Age : 50-59
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Wreck diving, Liveaboard diving

from Salt Lake City reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Dec 07, 2015 in Salt Lake City, United States

Added Dec 07, 2015

5/5 stars

Great dive, Great dive master

I had not dove in 12 years. The dive master was very good in review my necessary safety procedures. Outfitted me with excellent equipment. A great experience.

John J would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About John J

Gender : Male
Age : 60+
Diving for : more than 20 years
Dives done : 21-50

from Metro Manila reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Nov 30, 2015 Philippines

Added Nov 30, 2015

5/5 stars

Every dive is an adventure

First Buddy is the perfect dive operator to dive with in Tablas. As a relatively undiscovered diving destination, Chloe is a confident and bold DM who doesn't so much guide you, but rather invite you to discover the new dive sites with her. If you're bored with the same sites over and over and crave new drop-offs no diver has seen before; or are excited about what you could see just 'round the next cove, we urge you to put Tablas on your "next dive destination" list.

Since we didn't dive in Binucot cove, First Buddy's main base of operation, even the trip itself was an adventure. Getting to Blue hole and Paksi cove (worth it!) involved open air vans, boat convoys and must-be-seen-to-be-believed accommodations. Personalized service all the way - from the drive there to dinner, the sense that you're experiencing something on the edge, the amazing locales, made it a unique, fun and true dive adventure.

I would definitely not recommend the Blue Hole/Paksi cove trip for inexperienced or pampered divers. But I would wholeheartedly recommend First Buddy Tablas any time.

procampo would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About procampo

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Free diving, Liveaboard diving

from ferrol reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Nov 26, 2015 Philippines

Added Nov 26, 2015

5/5 stars

Pinnacle dives at Binucot, then Blue Hole adventure around hidden and untouched coves

This island is top tier diving. All of my dives were serene; there is no one else in sight above water, walls covered with coral below. We are so lucky to now have a dive shop here on Tablas.

Kalen, Peace Corps would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Kalen, Peace Corps

Gender : Male

reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Sep 12, 2015 in Ramat Gan, Israel

Added Sep 12, 2015

5/5 stars

Great instructor and great corals

We loved our instructor Chloe and the corals at Binucot Beach were world class. Would definitely scuba there again.

Arraham & Aliza K would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Arraham & Aliza K

Gender : Male

from Japan reviewed First Buddy Divers

written on Sep 09, 2015 Japan

Added Sep 10, 2015

5/5 stars

Perfect service

They know severity of the diving, and also know how to enjoy.

I enjoyed mine diving with them this time.
They supported preparation of all tools and materials which I think it was necessary for safe diving perfectly.

They are always taking good care of our safety.
When I dive with them, I'm always enjoying.
I'm looking forward to the day diving with them again.

Moto O would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Moto O

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving for : more than 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Cave diving, Tech diving

from Sydney reviewed First Buddy Divers

written on Aug 13, 2015 United Arab Emirates

Added Aug 13, 2015

5/5 stars

Extremely Capable, Excellent Service

I can say first hand that the guys at First Buddy know their stuff and back it up with service and delivery. Whatever we've needed; training, equipment and expedition support has been delivered flawlessly. Plus they're great guys and know how to enjoy a beer - Thanks Damien.

Damien Siviero would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Damien Siviero

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : more than 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Cave diving, Wreck diving, Tech diving, Liveaboard diving

reviewed First Buddy Divers

written on Aug 11, 2015 Finland

Added Aug 11, 2015

5/5 stars

Full cave course

Had amazing time and experience with Pekka and Chloe at Orda Cave, Russia. Course was well taught and setup behind whole trip was nicely organized... Excellent work! Will sing big OK for this company!

LassiK would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About LassiK

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Cave diving, Wreck diving, Tech diving, Ice diving, Liveaboard diving

from UK reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Jun 12, 2015 in Lucena, Philippines

Added Jun 12, 2015

4/5 stars

Night Dive

Only my 5th dive, very fun dive enjoyed a lot. But it was whilst a lady was doing her advance course, felt a bit unfair on her. But good dive, 1st night dive also, felt very safe.

Ollie P would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Ollie P

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

from central coast nsw reviewed First Buddy Tablas

written on Jun 02, 2015 in Sydney, Australia

Added Jun 02, 2015

5/5 stars

A new and exciting place to dive!

I did several dives over a number of days at First Buddy Tablas. I particularly liked the large wall dive but we did shore dives and other boat dives too. It is a fairly small operation which made it possible for the dive guide to tailor the dive sessions to suit all that were involved which was great.
The beach and accommodation that First Buddy Divers use really was like our own little paradice, nice and quite beach area with excellent hosts.

Byron G would recommend First Buddy Divers    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Byron G

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