Ban's Diving resort is exactly what's wrong with Diving on Koh Tao at the moment. They treat Fun Divers like cattle and the whole diving experience is as impersonal it can get. They cram you in small boats to drive off to the bigger diving boats, only to dive on the closest sites (very crowded) so that they don't have to spend money on gasoline. The equipment is very worn down and my girlfriends regulator stopped working mid-dive(!!!) and I had to actually suck air through mine because it wasn't free flowing.
All this is a result of the many dive shops that have popped up on Koh Tao and they're all competing with pricing instead of thinking about quality. So if you want to have a nice dive on Koh Tao, pick a smaller dive shop and pay the premium for extra service and make sure they take you to the Chumporn Pinnacle, because it's absolutely amazing. Rant over.More
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