Universal Diver
Universal Diver
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
5 start Scuba Diving Center located at the Marine Park center beach on the big island of Perhentian. We conduct trial dives up to Divemaster training.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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PeachnLuigi
Exeter, UK3 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
My daughter and I did lots of fun dives as well as my advanced open water qualification with Universal divers. I can’t stress how amazing they are. They are polite, patient and kind. They keep dive group sizes to small numbers so you get individual attention. We dived with every instructor and they were all lovely; we felt safe and informed the whole time. Anyone visiting the Perhentian islands needs to book some dives with Universal Divers. Big thanks to Steven who was great with my daughter, who needed to do a refresher and was a little nervous. She has left the Perhentian islands desperate to do some more diving.
Written 25 August 2023
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Niall55
London, UK5 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
My partner and I booked last minute to do our Padi Open Water and Advanced Open Water course back to back at Universal. I have to say all the team were excellent, knowledgeable, professional, experienced and most of all, safe. Charlotte arranged it so we could do our theory in advance, which I can’t recommend enough, as it leaves you with just the practical to do, which is spent mostly in the water. Universal made it very easy for us, along with collecting us each day from where we were staying by boat and dropped us back whenever we were ready to go.

The dive sites were excellent and the House Reef meters from Universal is fantastic (after snorkelling many). The highlights diving the wreck and doing a night dive, which was amazing. Special thanks to Ivan, who make it that much more fun. We dived with the various other instructors there too, and they were all excellent.
Written 10 April 2023
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J Y
London, UK159 contributions
Aug 2022
I had a great diving experience with Universal Divers - everything was well organised from top to bottom. There was not a single late dive, equipment was always ready/well-prepared and the instructors/guides were all top-notch. I did 8 dives with divemasters Akmal and Alex who knew the sites well, and topped it off with an amazing night dive at the end! Highly recommend.
Written 3 September 2022
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Mikko G
3 contributions
Jun 2022
I decided todo my open water licenses with my two children aged 12 and 16 with the Universal Diver team on Pulau Perhentian.

The team is absolutely brilliant teaching the essentials of diving to children/teenager and as parent I always felt my children being taken care of perfectly and I felt they are in very safe hands.

Not only that Perhentian is a great spot to dive, it is also the Universal DIver team that made this experience special.
Written 20 June 2022
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sa39561
Jakarta, Indonesia155 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Had a week at the Perhentian Islands with my wife. We decided to tune up our scuba diving with a refresher before a scuba excursion at Stingray Alley. The Center is located in the big island and nice a spacious. Everything you need is there along with a great staff!

The dive was fun as well. Site is off the little island and full of large rocks and sea life. We will be back for more diving and further adventures.
Written 2 October 2020
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Ashvini MX
18 contributions
Sept 2020 • Friends
Unfortunately was not a good experience for me here, at the very start of my holiday. If you get the chance to choose an instructor, I would not recommend Joe. He was very cold and rude, and even screamed at me (necessary..?) when I could not deflate my BCD as the button was a little stuck (I have an AOW license). I ended up booking the rest of my dives with a different dive center. The rest of the staff were really friendly, though.
Written 24 September 2020
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MM4749
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia67 contributions
Sept 2020
We did our refresher course and fun dives with Universal Diver. Alex was really patient, gave thorough and helpful lessons and pointers while keeping a strict eye on us and our safety. The dive shop is organized and the equipment and boats are well-kept. We enjoyed our time so much, we added two more fun dives to our trip.
Written 17 September 2020
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Mermaid
London, UK81 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
My partner and I both did our open water course here. We communicated with Charlotte beforehand who was warm and helpful. Farouk was our instructor and he taught us well. We were made to feel really welcome at Universal Dive, every day our equipment was laid out for us before we began the dive. Charlotte is really passionate about conservation and the dive centre have sponsored Abdul Chalets and another place with metal straws,which was pleasing to see. On our last day, once qualified, we dived with Alex who was a lot of fun (despite being a big Arsenal fan Hehe) and we got to see turtles! If you are staying nearby I would highly recommend diving with these guys. It is meant to be a good place to learn as visibility is good, there's LOADS to see and it isn't too deep. Thank you to everyone.
Ps. Any negative reviews on here seem to be about people who don't work there anymore, so don't let that put you off. The equipment is well looked after.
Written 25 July 2020
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Hari K
9 contributions
Mar 2020
My second visit to Universal Diver and my first as a student. Last time was as a fun diver while my gf did her OW and it was brilliant - as someone who was not super comfortable with diving, they really held her hand and made her comfortable to the point she's now chasing her AOW. I just completed my Rescue Diver course and having basically the entire dive staff muck in to help out with the exercises, explanations, trainings, scenario. Family feel and I can't recommend them enough. Great facilities, great equipment. Charlotte, Ali, Jay, Matsuo and Captain Yoyo - thank you all. Will be back asap.
Written 7 March 2020
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Sarah R
11 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We did our AOD and some fun dives with Universal Diver and absolutely loved it. The staff was extremely motivated and safety-conscious. We had a great time and would definitely dive again with Universal Diver!
Written 12 October 2019
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