I recently completed my advanced courses and a couple of specialty qualifications at Crystal and I can honestly rate the tuition as first class...having learnt to dive in the red sea and subsequently dived in a lot of places around the Mediterranean, if you want to really advance your skills or even dive for the first time, these guys have all you need and at an affordable rate.
Accommodation around the resort varies but essentially you get what you pay for...you can stay at their sister hotel Regal Resort if you want a bit more luxury, which I did for a few days (5 mins walk down beach and a lovely pool) but then I got offered free nights in the dive centre bungalows (part of the deal with the courses), fan only but they were clean and spacious (few ants and mosquitoes but we're in Thailand lol...mosquito plug sorts that out fine!)
As a solo traveller I was made really welcome and the social scene around the dive centre once you've finished for the day is pretty awesome...watching the epic sunsets at their beach bar whilst filling in your log book and sinking a cold Singha just tops it off!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crystal Dive offers PADI diving courses from beginner to advanced, Koh Tao diving for fun divers and the full range of PADI Specialty courses. We also offer our unique all-inclusive Scuba Diving Internships, the modern style of dive training courses all the way up to Professional Level, both PADI Divemaster and PADI Instructor. As one of the most established dive schools & resorts in Thailand, Crystal Dive has built a reputation of professionalism, first class customer service and 5 star PADI diving education. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crystal Dive Hotel Koh Tao