It comes down to the people. TripAdvisor or Google has plenty of reviews of the guides at DIVE.IS.
But let me take a moment to highlight what happens behind the scenes.
I mentioned Deyan already - originally from Bulgaria, he has travelled all over the world to teach and dive, from the Philippines to the Maldives.
We met up with another guide, Remco, from the Netherlands, who greeted us in the rain with a smile.
The most amazing thing we’ve experienced that you don’t read about in the reviews, is how the guides are in unfavourable weather conditions.
In the cold, crappy weather, Deyan and Remco still did things the right way. They got the equipment together while braving standing in the rain. Still, they soldiered on and made us feel like family.
We’ll experience this throughout the tour, but their job wasn’t just to be our guide, their job was making us feel comfortable, even when they’re not. Their amazing spirit ties this tour together.
They didn’t rush us, or as we were waiting for two other participants that were running late, they didn’t take the easy way out and go ahead without them. They wanted everyone to get the same experience. So they waited. It’s because they love what they do.
The guides come from a diverse backgrounds, much like us as tourists. And this is what these tours are about. Bringing people from all over the world.