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“Bans Tech - Koh Tao” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Ban's Diving Resort
Ranked #5 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Pattaya, Thailand
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10 reviews
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“Bans Tech - Koh Tao”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2011

In March 2011 I signed up with Bans Tech to do the DSAT Tec Deep Instructor course and the full cave diver course. I stayed down there for 6 weeks with them. I had to return home after having ear problems and agreed go back down to Koh Tao to finish the courses off at a later date.
When I tried to arrange a date to get go back and finish the courses they would not honour their agreement. I have since had to pay for and complete the courses elsewhere.

Waste of money, look somewhere else, very bad customer service and complete lack in integrity. Caveat Emptor

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

Nice complex, pretty noisy and a fairly young crowd. Not really suitable for dream holiday people. Here's a tip ask to get a room in the new rooms across the road from the harbour. Bit of a walk but much nicer and has a small private pool area.much nicer.

Diving is avergage I would recommend DJL or Big Blue

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

It certainly has the air of a diving factory as they take your money and usher you through the PADI certification machine. The diving instructors (who came from around the world) were friendly and appeared perfectly capable at teaching you the basics and building up your confidence. BUT the Thai staff who manned the Ban's Diving Resort were on the contrary pretty rude and gave the impression that all they wanted was your money. Very average customer service and also poor value for the rooms which are nothing special considering how expensive they are. The PADI certificate itself is good value (but they all are on Koh Tao) so really the big let down was simply the accommodation and customer service provided.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

This was a wonderful diving experience for me. I overcame alot of anxiety to obtain my certification but I did it!! The instructors were wonderful. The rooms however are average. ... the grounds are quite beautiful. Just the rooms themselves. You have to upgrade to have hot water and air conditioning which is a bit strange since the price of the accommodation it'self is not cheap. I eventually upgraded as hot water is not something I can live without, and for about 500 baht per night more I was able to have aircon and a way better room. If you stay here upgrade.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

Resort slightly expensive if not diving but clean and in good condition.
Restaurant average in both price and quality and staff not as friendly as other places

  • Stayed September 2011
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

I did my PADI Instructor course at Bans diving. Tim and Jonas were the course directors and G as staff instructor, these guys were brilliant, really professional and knowledgable but also fun and entertaining. With these guys training the majority of Instructors that work there you can hardly go wrong! Brilliant work guys, thanks so much, keep up the good work xx

Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

the dive course was excellent, although the resort per se was slightly above average. our room was small and the bathroom quite cramped, but if your main purpose is to learn diving then this is the place to be.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ban's Diving Resort
Address: Haad Sairee, Koh Tao, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Koh Tao
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ban's Diving Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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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