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Ban's Diving Resort
Ranked #5 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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“Very nice place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

A group of 6 of us from England stayed here around November 2010.
We had travelled around for 3 weeks and ended up on Koh Tao after a very traumatic boat ride. I seriously thought I was going to die the sea was so rough. We ordered a taxi and heard this place was good so had a look at a few of the rooms on offer, haggled a good price (about £20 a night) and stayed for 5 nights. Then the thunderstorm hit. (Which is why the boat ride was terrible. In fact, when we said we were going to get the boat to Koh Tao the Thai ladies laughed at us. Now we know why!!) We were planning on doing diving here however no boats were going out and the rain didn't stop. However, this didn't ruin it completely, we were happy just playing cards and chilling out. Plus there were Banana pancakes so we couldn't complain. The restaurant/bar at the bottom of the hotel did good food and good drinks and was more than suffiecient. We even went back to our room one night without a hat and tge next morning the staff had it there waiting for us. The hotel was really nice and clean. The staff were amazingly friendly and happy. And easy to hire out bikes nearby so were able to travel around a bit. Overall a really nice hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

We stayed 5 nights at Ban's in february 2012. This place is a huge machinery when it comes to certifying new PADI divers. Everywhere you looked there were people were chatting about their on going dive course, recent dives well anything concerning diving really. I have nothing against this myself, but my girlfriend who's not a diver and wasn't taking any course found it kind of annoying not having a pool which wasn't constantly filled with scuba people. So if you're not doing any diving during your stay, you might want to look elsewhere.

Ban's give discount on the rooms if you also participate in a scuba course. We stayed in a Deluxe Garden View and there was nothing to complain about the room comfort, the condition of the room was also OK apart from a troublesome door that didn't open fully. We stayed in room 409 and this is an uphill walk a few minutes away from the reception (on the other side of the main road) and it did feel a bit off.

The staff was frendly and helpful, although they did have some comunication issues and forgot to tell me they hadn't gotten a hold of any instructor for me (this after me having waited for almost 40min in the reception the morning my course was to have started). Later after being tossed between 3 instructors, I finally got to do the course and in my native language.

The diving experience was all good even though the visibility was under par. The conclude, Ban's is a good place to stay if you're on Koh Tao to do diving and since there's so many people diving for Ban's, you are bound to meet some new friends during your stay.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

BANS DIVE RESORT was my 2nd experience of resort diving after taking my open water cert on Koh Phi Phi,(island divers).This was a far more relaxing and professional experience.from the moment i walked(limped),into reception,I felt a warm+professional attitude.I signed on for a room and only 2 dives as i had damaged a toe whilst doing my "cert"on Phi Phi.From the lady at the dive centre to the boat+dive master(Brad). I was made to feel relaxed+confident despite my inexperience/age/toe.I had a wonderful 2 dives,despite pain.my room was 900bt(incl 200bt disc 4 ea dive),clean, poolside,quiet with all ameneties.A great experience

Room Tip: NEAR THE POOL CAN BE BUSY,with dive classes, early,if you need to sleep in
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

Our room was very basic and a bit uncomfortable. They did show us different rooms but they were all pretty much the same. The food and service were ok but the highlight was the diving experience. Our instructor was brilliant. He took us to different sites suitable for beginners which we all enjoyed very much. If you don't want to dive then I wouldn't recommend it but if you are looking for a budget hotel in Koh Tao and want to dive, then it is a good option.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

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.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

Ban's diving center exceeded all expectations we initially had. The service and staff were brilliant and resort had all the facilities we would ever need.Our instructor were incredible at teaching and had even better characters.the diving course were genuinely the best experiences of my life.Thank you Ban's for make all possible

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

We had a terrible experience with bans.
First we arrived at the harbor and we didn't see anyone to welcome us, when they were supposed to have someone waiting for us... so we took a taxi. When we arrived we complained about it and all the person at the reception could do is scoll at us!
the accomodations is nothing like the description on their website... all oldish and crap aircon.
And the diving.... man, this is a factory, design to cater for divers' cattle.
I arrived at the diveshop 20mn early and noone talked to me until we actually borded the boat. On the second day, our instructor Didn't even do a briefing.... hum.
At least I know I won't be going back.

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  • Stayed January 2012, 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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