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. :)