Going back to Thailand for the third time next summer for a wedding but we will be going to Koh Tao to get our scuba diving license and i would like some suggestion on where would be best place to do my diving?
TBH most of th ebig schools are pretty much the same (i.e. accomodation standards, prices etc). I lived there for a couple of months doing my divemaster and got to know a lot of the people.
Asis divers is good as is DJL, Big Blue. Alos highly reccomend New Way Diving (as long as Will and Dave are still there!).
Only one i would advise to avoid is Bans as theya re the biggest school and therefore a few people i know found it quite inpersonal.
Hope that helps!
I stayed next to DJL two summers ago, wasn’t diving just backpacking, look good and the BBQ was one of the best i have seen :)
Might go with DJL but was looking at Big Blue before you posted, do you know if they provide a room in the price for the diving lessons?
I did my PADI at Coral Grand Divers, it was generally excellent, we had a great time.
I dived with Siam Dive Centre and they were absolutely amazing. I had a really good time with them.
One of the things that attracted me to Siam was there weren’t many other divers there, so you get much more time with the dive masters and instructors. You don’t feel like you’re just a number like you do a lot of other dive centres.
When I was there used DJL very good, small groups. Think 3 of us learning and we had an instructor and 2 DMT’s with us as well.
Nice and relaxed, also have their own pool to start you off in
I’ll echo the suggestion for DJL, did my PADI Open water with them this summer, I was very impressed.
The accommodation was included and was as good as I would have chosen myself.
New Wave Dive School I think is the one we went with…
My personal preference is Buddha View.
I also hear good things about Master Divers. As for rooms/prices, I don’t believe that the price you see for your Open Water course (for example) would also include a room. Some of the dive companies on Koh Tao don’t have their own accommodation linked.
Buddha View have some really nice on site accommodation next to their school which is obviously convenient for the first day when you’ll be in the classroom & pool. Again, I don’t think the prices include accom.
Would be interested to hear who you go with and your thoughts on the school/experience when you get back!
I was in Thailand last summer and me & my Sis did our Padi Openwaters with Sairee Huts resort dive school…
I had the time of my life :) really good fun, good laugh - at first I was pretty scared about the whole thing lol but that soon went, our teacher was great. It wasnt a big group with just me and my sis, and i found this really good as its very personal & learn everything really quick. we got our last dive filmed aswell - so have a dvd to remember it, which is hilarious lol!
Off again to Koh Tao in June with my bfriend for some more diving cant wait :) if anyones wanting to catch up for a drinky give me a shout! note sure if i’ll do my advanced diving yet, will wait and see when i get there :) xx
Think we are going to go with Buddha View thats the one we where near last time, just didn’t remember it lol
Whats the accommodation like? They are doing a offer at the min that the basic accommodation is free should i pay a bit more to upgrade?
Accomm is basic but decent.
Upgrade if you want, depends how much time you’re planning to be in the room.
Don’t miss the BBQ dinners. Amazing.
Bans diving school for sure! I’ve done my PADI with them. i met so many other people who had also done their course with Bans and enjoyed it so muc. they take videos and things while your doing your course and really do help you out.
At the end you all go out to dinner and have a cool little party on the beach, honestly i couldnt think of anyone else to do it with. you also stay in their hotel while doing their course!
I did my PADI open water at Simple Life. Paid less than £200 and it included accommodation. My instructor was really good, and only 4 of us in a group! Definitely recommend