We arrived at Koh Tao wanting to do some diving, so on the boat started talking with a guy from Ban's who took us there. On the outside the hotel looks very very nice and the reception staff gave us a warm welcome at first. Basically we got a basic fan room for free with the Open water course for 4 nights (normally 500 baht), but we upgraded to an A/C room for an extra 500. This is in total 1000B, so about 25€ which is definitely not cheap for Thailand! Unfortunately the room wasn't very good value for that money. It was a small, old room, not really well maintained... There must be some newer parts in the hotel, so definitely ask to see your room first before you get the key. After the course we asked if we could stay an extra night (paid in full of course), but they replied very arrogantly that they were fully booked, which I also heard them say to other customers. (Someone came in asking for a triple room, to which they replied they only had one for 2500 or 3500 B without even looking at that customer). So all's good when you're diving with them but otherwise...
About the diving course then: felt very comfortable, they had very nice class rooms, some good training pools, equipment looked well maintained. We had a Dutch speaking instructor, which is in a way very reassuring to be able to learn this in your own language. He was definitely professional and not rushing things. We were in a group of 6 which is a good size I think to learn your diving
Conclusion: excellent diving course and nice dives, not very happy about the rooms though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ban's Technical Diving is operated out of Ban's Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand. Ban's Technical Diving is an award winning DSAT, BSAC, ANDI Technical Instructor Diving Facility. The only Tech Center on Koh Tao (and one of few in the world) that offers DSAT Technical Diving Intructor Courses. Deep Wreck Diving, Cave Expeditions.-Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Gas Blender, Compressor Operator, Rebreather, Equipment, Emergency Oxygen, Technical Decompression Diving, Cave, Cavern......... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ban`s Diving Hotel Koh Tao
- Bans Diving Hotel
- Bans Diving Ko Tao