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Temple Adventures

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4.45 / 5

based on 71 reviews - 93% of reviewers would recommend Temple Adventures to a friend




reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Mar 01, 2014 in Ramsis, Egypt

Added Mar 01, 2014

5/5 stars

great team

the people at the dive center are professional and happy to make you experience of the dive a great one

This user would recommend Temple Adventures


from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Feb 13, 2014 in Chennai, India

Added Feb 14, 2014

4/5 stars

A safe, professional diving centre

All the family were impressed by the seriousness of the operation in Pondicherry, my 11 year old passed the PADI Junior Open Water certification and very much enjoyed the experience. Having done the PADI certification years ago my husband and I did a refresher and found ourselves completely in phase.

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

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Age : 40-49

from Pune, India reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Feb 12, 2014 India

Added Feb 12, 2014

4/5 stars

Great bunch of people

Did my Rescue + EFR with these guys, and the training was intense ! The instructor is an old school tough guy, and he really believes in making sure you know what you are doing, whether administering CPR ("if you're not breakin' bones, you're not doin' it right !") or how to help a panicked diver ("punch him if you have to").



Also a lot of fun after the serious stuff is over. They have some great dive sites down there, specially The Wall, that one could dive maybe 20 times. They are a full service facility for Scubapro as well, which was handy for a compass strap I needed.



All in all, given the constraints they operate in, a stellar dive operation.

Viktor would recommend Temple Adventures

About Viktor

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Feb 03, 2014 in Mumbai, India

Added Feb 03, 2014

5/5 stars

“A Good Dive Operator”

Scuba was a good experience all around. At the shop, the staff were quick, efficient and pleasant. They use good equipment, the best dive boat made. The conditions were difficult due to high wind, but the instructors were helpful and informative about how to enter the water and exit in high swells. They were very attentive to those who felt seasick, and moved to a sheltered location so that everyone could enjoy the second dive in protected waters. En route, they dropped off the more experienced divers so they could swim in, and spend more time swimming over reefs and seeking sea critters. And on top of that, they were a lot of fun. If they were this good when conditions were difficult, they must be fantastic when conditions are pristine.

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Feb 02, 2014 in Chennai, India

Added Feb 02, 2014

5/5 stars

Nice People, Great Experience !

Every dive in pondicherry is an adventure. Its not blessed with the best of sites. But the thrill u get diving in the challenging sandy shallows or sometimes spooky deep or sometimes surrounded by thousands of marine lives in the color void depths is incomparable. These guys sweat under water to make sites & artificial refs that attract fishes! :D While the rest of the world is busy destroying what they have :P

I really like the way they make everyone participate in packing their gear, transporting them and cleaning them eventually.



Have fun diving with Rob & Arvind!

-Raajesh

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Hyderabad reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Feb 01, 2014 India

Added Feb 01, 2014

2/5 stars

Mixed feelings about the scuba diving adventure

Our team was comfortable in reaching to temple adventure right from contacting them regarding booking our slot till we left (after the scuba adventure) the temple adventures office.



Theory explained regarding the scuba diving especially regarding the pressure conditions in deep sea were awesome. But I was a bit disappointed with the practice session of the same. There was a swimming pool size practice pool was in mind, but it as about 3 foot height and 5 foot deep. I believe this pool size and hygiene conditions can be greatly improved.



The transport to the deep sea (18meters deep) is good. The friendly nature of the diving masters who have assisted us to go deep into the sea was great. But I'm a bit disappointed by the quality of the water even though I'm not sure if the water quality can be any better in the surroundings of pondicherry.



We were a group of 7 people and all of us have opted for taking a photo (by paying expensive 500 rupees per person) inside the deep sea. But the photos were issued with a confidence that the deep sea pictures of the all of us were copied to the pendrive we gave (there was no consulting any of us before issuing the photos is done with any of us). Very unprofessionally the photos of 2 of us were missing in the folder copied by Temple Adventures.



It wasn't the end of my bad experience with Temple Adventures. I have raised my concern for my photos in the deep sea (along with my body description and attaching one of my recent photo). Very poor response has been received from Temple Adventures after continually bugging them to respond. And the disappointing and distressful response is that they could go back a couple of days in the photo database and couldn't retrieve my photo. And finally there was no more final response from them.



Therefore I would not recommend Temple Adventures for scuba diving to a friend.

This user would not recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Kathmandu reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 31, 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal

Added Jan 31, 2014

4/5 stars

Friendly service

I dived with Temple Adventures in November 2013 - due to relatively bad weather the dives were not great. However, I was very impressed by the friendly and professional service by the team working at the dive centre - and particularly became fond of their dog!

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from New Delhi reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 26, 2014 in New Delhi, India

Added Jan 26, 2014

5/5 stars

:)

awesome experience

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Mumbai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 26, 2014 in Mumbai, India

Added Jan 26, 2014

5/5 stars

Good

Had a very good theory and training session. Loved it

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Chikamagaluru reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 25, 2014 India

Added Jan 26, 2014

5/5 stars

Fantastic! Friendly! Fabulous

Diving has always been on my bucket list, but the fact that my wife was apprehensive about deep waters was pushing us to put it off! Once she made up her mind we narrowed on temple adventures and am sure glad we did!! Right from when we spoke to them till when we finished it was one of THE most exhilarating, fantastic, fulfilling and fun filled activity!! My wife and I, who are not expert swimmers and my young son finished the course!

Julien who started off as our instructed, ended as our friend!! He really saw us through the entire process!! Hats off to him!! I think the group deserves ANOTHER 5 stars for julien!!

Rob AND the cool food served at their place is also worthy of a very good mention!!

All in all...a rocking time! You have converted this family as divers for life!

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Lysekil reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 24, 2014 in Lysekil, Sweden

Added Jan 24, 2014

4/5 stars

Good

Very good, although a bit disappointed about the reef. Not many fishes any more..

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 22, 2014 in New Delhi, India

Added Jan 23, 2014

5/5 stars

Outstanding Instructor Quality

Temple Adventures provided quality practical training and theory that has been systematic and outstanding The instructors worked with me and my daughter real-time, which drove home our learning, confidence and capability. It has been a Temple of Learning :)

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 50-59
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 22, 2014 in New Delhi, India

Added Jan 22, 2014

5/5 stars

Always a fun place to dive :D

Everyone at TA really has fun diving.. and it's infectious!!

the viz, the waves, the current - all are variable... what's a constant is the fun I have with the team and by extension the other divers.. that's what pulls me back to TA time after time..

Khush would recommend Temple Adventures

About Khush

Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from Vellore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 22, 2014 in Vellore, India

Added Jan 22, 2014

5/5 stars

Awesome practical training

Very friendly instructors , good technical knowledge, gud work atmosphere, always safe with the instructors around , makes one to feel to go diving again..

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 22, 2014 India

Added Jan 22, 2014

5/5 stars

Wonderfull Experience

Very professional & good care & support provided.

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from Goa reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 21, 2014 United Kingdom

Added Jan 22, 2014

5/5 stars

Had a great experience with Temple Adventures!! The staff were nice and always ready to help out. I would recommend anyone interested in scuba diving, to learn with them.

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from Hyderabad reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 21, 2014 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Jan 22, 2014

2/5 stars

Need better organization

My friend and i had joined them for their basic tandem scuba - half day in the pool and half day doing 1 assisted dive. I think there were a lot of issues with the overall planning:-



1. We were told we dont need much time in the pool and hence on 1 day itself about 15min before we were to leave for scuba, we were just taken into the pool for a quick lesson. I didnt get time to acclimatize and this didnt seem to matter at all.

2. We repeatedly asked them for a plan and what all to get but they kept reassuring us that everything will be provided and taken care of. For women divers - there isnt really any proper facility to change. Just a bunch of guys living in a house and you can use one of their rooms\bathrooms to change back.

3. This wasnt a half day dive as promised this was a full day boat ride around where mutliple people had to dive at different spots. I was terribly sea sick and requested to be taken back after 2 such sites, but they just ignored. We finally got back at 5pm (started at 7am, we were told it will be 3-4hrs).

4. No provision of proper food\water\ bathrooms\timings anywhere. Now i am fine with these things, but they should inform what they are providing so we can make our own arrangements.



Perhaps if you do a full course with them they will take more interest, but if you're going for a 1 day trial - open sea dive option that they have, this is a bad idea. I went for it because i wanted to try out scuba before committing to it as an activity and going for their course.

This user would not recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 21, 2014 in Palo Alto, United States

Added Jan 22, 2014

2/5 stars

Not enough training for people who doesn't know swimming

I sincerely appreciate the effort of Temple Adventures for bringing Scuba in pondy. I think it would be a fantastic experience for some of the people but not for all. I doesn't know swimming and i have never ever been into any kind of pool. Scuba diving is a big leap step for me. But I trusted the pre-training and safety procedure. I got disappointed with the pre-training. Training in a small tank before scuba diving, is that enough for all? Not enough equipment ( i don't know about other course, but i paid around 6k). If you are going to provide first-time scuba diving experience for non-swimmers, please please provide adequate training and all equipment not just basic one's.

This user would not recommend Temple Adventures

Response from Temple Adventures Jan 22, 2014

Thanks for the review Rajthilak. It is great to get feedback to help us improve our services, and thus we thank you for your time spent to write this. And also terrific you saw the efforts associated with setting up a dive centre in a new and unexplored area such as Pondicherry. It is a shame, however, and we regret that you felt the pre-training was inadequate. We always strive to provide as much education as possible for the students/divers. Actually, the program we run, which is called a DSD or Discover Scuba Diving, is designed by PADI, (http://www.padi.com/scuba/), approved by WRSTC (http://www.wrstc.com/), then implemented in all regards and standards by our instructors. We don't take divers who have not satisfactorily completed the pre-training into the sea - It is part of our great focus on safety, which is common in many other customer reviews shown on this website if you have a chance to read some. We hope in the future you get another opportunity to try the wonderful world of scuba diving, and are able to come and join us again in the amazing ocean :)

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from Pattukkottai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 21, 2014 India

Added Jan 22, 2014

5/5 stars

temple adventures - great experience

It has been dream for south indians, the people of Tamil Nadu state to think about scuba diving, although we have 1200 km coastal area. Temple Adventures has given an opportunity to explore our own coast for the first time to several people in south india. I and my collegue are one of such people, who have done our scuba dive at Pondicherry.



I greatly appreciate Mr. Aravind and Mr. Rob for their dedicative effort in organizing and very friendly staff team.



Keep your good work temple adventures!



V.Balaji

OMCAR Foundation

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 21, 2014 in Chennai, India

Added Jan 21, 2014

5/5 stars

Awesome experience and good staff

Awesome experience and good staff. They can find a few additional sites though.

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from USA reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 20, 2014 in Bethlehem, United States

Added Jan 21, 2014

5/5 stars

Excellent

We were able to do four dives with Temple Adventures. We appreciated the attention to detail and safety procedures shown at all times.

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from gold coast reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 20, 2014 in Springfield, Australia

Added Jan 21, 2014

5/5 stars

Temple Adventures made me a nervous diver very relaxed and comfortable. Thank you for helping me face my fears. I would recommend Temple Adventure to anyone, the guys here are so much fun, friendly and extremely professional.

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 17, 2014 India

Added Jan 17, 2014

4/5 stars

except for instructor everything else is top notch

before you jump to conclusions , let me clarify that 99% of the instructors are great and go out of the way to help you. but i was struct with the exception. as a result, the whole experience turned torrid and i lost the desire to dive again. but looking at it objectively now, i would say the experience was not bad. QUICK FACTS: aravind, rob & co run the place professionally. rules ,especially regarding safety, are strictly adhered to. the place is friendly, kind of like a large group of friends and everyone knows everyone else. formalities are dispensed with and customers voluntarily chip in to carry stuff. but the visibility is not good because of planktons. so don't expect any screensaver type scenery. on the upside, planktons means mantas and sharks, though i didn't see any. HEADSUP: if you are an inexperienced diver you will probably puke on the boat;

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 16, 2014 India

Added Jan 17, 2014

5/5 stars

You guys are pro !!

It was my first experience with Scuba diving and these guys really made it very easy and memorable for me. I would strongly recommend any one to try their diving experience with Temple adventures

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography

from Mountain View reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 16, 2014 in Mountain View, United States

Added Jan 17, 2014

4/5 stars

good experience for a beginner

good experience for a beginner

This user would recommend Temple Adventures

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Photography