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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




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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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;

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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

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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

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from Bangalore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 16, 2014 in Bangalore, India

Added Jan 17, 2014

4/5 stars

Good place for first time divers

The facilitators & trainers at this place are so friendly that we lost all our apprehensions about our first Discover Scuba Dive. They took extreme care for our safety but we did not miss out on the fun part too. Rob, Akhil, Alex and others were brilliant as a team and we had a great time during our boat ride [minus the sea sickness factor :( ] and the dive.



Visited June 2013

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reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 15, 2014 India

Added Jan 16, 2014

4/5 stars

Great Team To Have Great Fun

Rob and his Team did a great job when I went there to dive without much experience in diving. I really felt comfortable diving with them and enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks!

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from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 15, 2014 United Kingdom

Added Jan 15, 2014

5/5 stars

Simply the Best...!!!

Temple Adventures, the best place to go scuba diving on any day of the year..!!. I started with only an enquiry for scuba at the temple adventures but their hospitality, friendliness, their knowledge and experience, most of all their love for the ocean kindled me to take up professional Scuba Courses with Temple Adventures. I started with Open Water certification and currently doing my Rescue Courses. Their service is just awesome. From equipments, wetsuits, gears till coffee n food, everything is perfect and hygine.

The Dive Locations are super cool sites with great visibility and coral life. They are worth every penny and you will never regrett to have dived with temple adventures.



As I said, Temple Adventures, they are simply the best...!!!

Happy Diving..!!!

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from Singapore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 13, 2014 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Jan 14, 2014

5/5 stars

Awesome company!

Great company with great people attitude. Fun is all you need.

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from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 13, 2014 in Chennai, India

Added Jan 13, 2014

4/5 stars

An honest account of my experiences with Temple Adventures

I have visited Temple Adventures only twice so please keep that in mind while reading this review.



The first time was in June, 2013. I had done an Open Water Course with three friends of mine. This was my first attempt at diving. The experience was amazing! Left me speechless. So what made Temple Adventures so good? I came to learn scuba diving. To learn effectively you need good teachers. Trust me, the instructors over there are excellent. They ensured that I completed everything properly in a smiling and patient manner. My instructors were Aravind and Akhil. They created a rich and lively atmosphere. During each of the dives in the ocean, we saw at least 10 different varieties of fish. Visibility varied with each dive (max 15-20 m). Being open water divers, we were not allowed to go to the more exciting deep sites! (I will go one day). The divers with temple adventures are always so enthusiastic and happy that it just infects you instantly making your dive experience all the more better! Rob (great guy, fun to dive with!) and Jonah (who mysteriously got me to overcome my sea sickness) accompanied us on a couple of our dives.



I was so impressed with them, that I gathered 10 of my friends (now thats a pretty large group) and convinced them to join me for my next dive in Pondy. They all did the Discover Scuba Diving Course while I did my fun dive. Most unfortunately, diving in the sea was called off owing to rough weather (Jan 4th, 2014). We were left with no choice (since all 10 couldn't come back another time) but to choose their Quarry site for diving. My friends were disappointed but after diving, they did enjoy themselves. A few of my friends want to go back and do the open water course (evidently, they were jealous that I got to do the fun dives and at greater depths!). For certified divers, I would most certainly not recommend the Quarry Dive Site. We were told that we would see some turtles, and were greatly disappointed when we didn't see even one. All we saw were some kind of small fish.



Since I have seen only a few of their dive sites, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on them. Though I have heard a lot of positive comments on Aravind's Wall (30 m). When it comes to learning how to scuba dive, I would give them 10 out of 10. To me thats what matters.



So what's the verdict? Possibly one of the best places to begin scuba diving! And yes, I would recommend dives in the ocean to my friends. :)



Chirag Chordia

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from Saint-Ouen L'Aumône (France) reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 13, 2014 in Saint-ouen-l'aumone, France

Added Jan 13, 2014

4/5 stars

Dive magic with temple adventures

Very nice crew

very serious people

Very interetsing dive



Dive Magic with TA





Laurent

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from Bangalore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 12, 2014 in Bangalore, India

Added Jan 13, 2014

5/5 stars

Mind Boggling

I had no idea what lies below water, even though i am a good swimmer. The under water currents scared the **** out of me. Next time we dive with Aravind and gang we are planning to go to the depth of 120 feet and gain new knowledge and thrill. which will be our second dive.

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from belgium reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 12, 2014 Belgium

Added Jan 13, 2014

5/5 stars

first dive with my childrens

Thanks to Jonah for this great dive ! First dive for my two sons ( 11 years and 14), they like so much !

Jonah was a very good teacher, very pro and kind for children ! Thanks again !

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from bangalore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 12, 2014 India

Added Jan 13, 2014

5/5 stars

awesome experience

It was my first dive. Eventhough we dont know swimming we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of diving. May be we didnt see much during dive might be because of season. But nevertheless its one of the best experience of my life. Thanks.

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from coimbatore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 12, 2014 in Tirupur, India

Added Jan 13, 2014

5/5 stars

Great Instructers and even better company

Temple Adventures is a well run dive centre with knowledge instructors. Their equipment's are well maintained. Their attention to detail and safety impressed me a lot. Finally their post dive get together at the dive centre are something I always look forward to.

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from Bangalore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 12, 2014 in Bangalore, India

Added Jan 12, 2014

5/5 stars

Great Dive Center!

Great dive, well planned and executed! Very professional!

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from Chennai reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 11, 2014 India

Added Jan 11, 2014

4/5 stars

Good equipment and friendly team. I would go again

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from Jabalpur reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 07, 2014 in Jabalpur, India

Added Jan 07, 2014

3/5 stars

nice experience..

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from Bangalore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 06, 2014 in Bangalore, India

Added Jan 07, 2014

1/5 stars

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Response from Temple Adventures Jan 09, 2014

Many thanks for your review anonymous. It is a shame you didnt have a great experience with us, which is what we strive to give all our divers. We hope to learn from this and be able to give everyone the best dives possible in the future. The situation you describe does seem strange, as it is not within our company policies. Please feel free to contact us at dive@templeadventures.com to review your situation and find a solution. Many thanks. Temple Adventures Team.

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reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jan 06, 2014 in Korba, India

Added Jan 06, 2014

4/5 stars

The temple adventures team focuses on making their students good divers and not just fun divers. They are serious when it comes to matters of safety and good dive ethics, and yet have fun!

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