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“To avoid” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Planet Divers

Blue Planet Divers
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US$44.49*
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Snorkeling Day Tour with Professional Guide in Ko Lanta
Ranked #4 of 37 Tours in Ko Lanta
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Owner description: Blue Planet Divers offers SCUBA Diving (Courses and Guided Dives), Technical Diving, snorkeling and is the only center offering Freediving courses on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta. We are able to provide two different daily diving locations with our two boats. Our large and spacious big boat is perfect to spend a nice chill out day to meet new friends or stay in family and also to get full diving lessons. We are the only one which offer three dives by speedboat to the farther and best sites around Koh Lanta. Our highly experienced and friendly team members are multi-lingual speaking, French, English, Swedish, German and Dutch. Blue Planet Divers's best value is small ratio teaching because our first concern is high standards learning.
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“To avoid”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

It's the best dive school for you, if you like:
- slow boats
- crowded, uncontrolled ways to get in the water (boat stuff rushes you to step in and people don't wait until you swam away and jump on you, how difficult can it be to organise groups?)
- bad food (be careful, all the non-vegetarians in our group got delhi belly)
- old equipment and leaking regulators (staff and manager apologise for it but as a compensation you get only offered a tshirt)



Visited January 2017
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1 Thank marion_wanderlust
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BpDivers, General Manager at Blue Planet Divers, responded to this review, 25 January 2017
Dear Marion,

Thank you for reviewing Blue Planet Divers! We all know how important that is to show travelers how companies work in the world and we apologize that you haven't spent a perfect time with us.

We're very concern regarding your idea about our organisation and we will definitely correct your critical point of view.

We are a bit surprise that you're complaining about our vessels as we're offering the best ways to get to our different locations. We use a big and slow boat (as most of companies here in Lanta) to reach our local sites. It is a concept that you new before coming as the travel agency you used should have told you about it. The second day we were using a fast catamaran which one the safetiest boat in bad conditions. Unfortunately and we are sorry about it but the weather turns pretty bad on the second day and we couldn't reach the fare popular places. I understand that made you a little upset but safety first and we will never risk to threaten our guest life for diving. We are all concerned with this unusual climate changes but we think it's happening everywhere in the world now.

We're a very popular company for its safety rules and organisation rules. We're very wondering how could this water entries management would happen as our boat crew and professional staff would never allow anyone to entry the water if the back deck water area is not clear. We are very if it happened and we will make a call and repeat this essential rule to all our staff. They all know how to well organize groups as you can read it to most of reviews so we're very surprise that is happened.

Regarding the food it is the first time that people complains about it are we are very careful and even make personal dishes for guest having special requirements as vegetarians. If I remember you were diving with two other people living in the same place as you were so it might be a "bad food" served in local restaurant. We're buying daily fresh vegetable, meat and fruits so it is very strange that's happened. We will double checked with our cook and see if anything has been done wrong.

Our equipments are maintained and serviced by three technician (included me) who have followed technical classes with professional from group as the well know Scuba pro. We are very aware about our equipment and always keep an eyes on them. What happen to you is not common as O'rings can leak anytime after 5 months daily use. We couldn't fix them during the trip as any failed equipments are send to our work shop to be entirely serviced and controlled. I totally agree with you that it shouldn't happen but it does as we use our equipment every day and sometimes some failed even if we carefully service them.

I've been apologizing and I think it should have been turned in a friendly way as we're not trying to hide anything. We are a friendly company and not a factory. We have luckily only a few cases per season and we have a main concern saying that there is no one perfect but the one who make the difference is the one who grows by rising with little mistake.

We are very sorry that you haven't spent a day like does 99% of our daily guest! Please if you come back again I will just offer you the best trip we have instead of a simple T-shirt.

Thanks,
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Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews
“Friendly and Fun Diving Company”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

My wife (PADI open water, 6 dives) and I (PADI open water, 10 dives) traveled to Ko Lanta in January of 2017, and wanted to bring in the new year by getting some diving in. Booking over the phone was a breeze (we did not try online). Ko Lanta is in close proximity to some incredible dive sites, and Rebecca talked us through what it would take to take in a couple different dive sites. While we were tempted by Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, we ultimately opted for a refresher course and a couple dives at Koh Haa island to save some money.

While our driver was 30 minutes late picking us up from our Resort in South Lanta (pick up is included), it did not take away from the amazing experience with Blue Planet Divers. After being dropped off at the Lanta pier, we met our Dive Master for the day (Kevin) and his apprentice (Derek) who were going to look after us for the day. Kevin and Derek were a great mix of friendly, fun, and detail oriented. Kevin did a great job in bringing two divers who hadn't dived since May of 2014 back up to speed (via a quiz, and review), so that we felt comfortable being back in the water and with the game plan for the day.

During our dives, Kevin walked us through all the required skills to complete the refresher, then got on with our dives as quickly as possible without compromising our understanding of diver safety. Kev knew the dive sites inside and out, with a complete knowledge of it's resident fish and crustaceans. We saw many fish (nudibranches, stonefish, scorpionfish, seahorses, a lobster, porcelain crab, porcupine fish) over the course of two dives, along with vibrant coral life.

Blue Planet offered breakfast (scrambled eggs, toast, and juice), snacks (deep fried spring rolls), and lunch (an array of traditional Thai food) in the cost of admission, which was greatly appreciated. After our dives, Kevin went over our dive logs as we ate lunch (make sure that he stamps your log with his rockin' stamp) and talked about life on Ko Lanta. All-in-all, everything went so smoothly and we enjoyed a wonderful day. Keep up the great work Blue Planet!

Visited January 2017
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Thank Bradleyhugh
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BpDivers, General Manager at Blue Planet Divers, responded to this review, 5 February 2017
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your high rated review! We're always charmed by reading reviews like your.

We all know pick up service is not always easy to keep on timing when other guests forgot to put their alarm clock or leave their watches at home. It's understandable as we all know that most of travelers come to relax and lost their mind on time. We are sorry that happen to you and we hope and will try to organize better this service.

Besides, we are very glad that all other services have been rated 5 stars and like you said we will keep it up and even try to make it better.

Thanks again and hope we will meet you in a near future for more fun diving!

Blue planet divers Team
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Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
“Freediving 3 stars”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I was doing a two and three stars course, and i had the best instructor Jan Bareš from Czech republic. He was providing me with patience and passion and his educative and diving skills are at very very high level. I felt really comfortable in all the hard and heavy disciplines. Thanks to him i'm a three stars freediver now.

Visited January 2017
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“FAST Boat!! On time & Kept to plan and schedule.... Perfect operation! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I have dived with 100's of operators around the world and I value operators that tell the truth.. Dive where they say they will dive... Leave on time and run a schedule as planned and paid for and attract good staff.

I was fortunate to have Kat as my guide for the day.... Lovely lady with heaps of experience and an overall lovely person. The company made it an easy process to join them...it did it all by phone and email.. They collected me on time from my resort and we were back to the pier pretty much on time.

I would highly recommend Blue Planet Divers... I will se them when I return next year...

Tip: I believe you need multiple dives on all the sites... I would guess at least 4 on hin muang and him deang Each... So book 3-4 trips on these islands...

The great bonus with Blue Plant Divers is that seen they leave so early ... They are able to fit in a 3rd dive in at Koh Haa... Which again is all class... Each of the diving groups choose where they want to dive... A rarity considering most dive operators will simply go with majority rules...

The food is typical thai food which is the norm and expected.. But it was good.. Heaps of water .. Soft drinks, breads, fruit etc

I refuse to tip operators who are paid $230aud for a days diving purely because you feel obliged to do so even if the service is standard/normal/average... But I did tip both the boat deck hands/captain etc plus my guide.. Because of the small things they did above average.. Such as keeping the day on schedule... Considering the divers and adjusting the dive to suit their wants and wishes and allowing the divers to have a small say in their day... Kat and the other employees on the boat were always polite and thoughtful... and had safety as their highest priority ..

Thank you guys

Visited January 2017
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Thank David E
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Chicago
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Discovery Dive with Kat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We have been thinking about learning how to dive for a while. Since we didn't have 3 days in koh lanta to do the full PADI certification we decided to get our "feet wet" first with the discovery dive. Kat was a great instructor she was extremely patient and encouraging. The food on board was great and the staff was super friendly and attentive.

Visited January 2017
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