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Ban's Diving Resort
Ranked #5 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
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Sydney, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
“Amazing place to learn to dive and fantastic staff!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

This place was the absolute highlight of our trip to Thailand! We had never been diving before and originally was going to spend 3 days there and ended up staying a week.

We did both the open water and advanced courses and had a great time! Lucy in particular was a brilliant instructor who made us feel safe and gave us the time of our lives!!!!

The rooms are great and the staff are more than helpful! Will be returning next year!

  • Stayed September 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

Fai is an amazing teacher and make the whole thing so much fun. She helps you through everything and you never have to worry becasue she make sure you really know what you are doing before you get out to sea. Plus the class is fun with her bubbly personality and carefree spirit. I would love to go back just to do a dive with her again.

  • Stayed June 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

Our experience at Bans was amazing. From the moment we arrived on Koh Tao, it was clear that Bans understood how to make a great diving experience. The place is beautiful, the beaches are surreal, and there is a great relaxed atmosphere.

The part of our diving experience that made it so incredible was our diving instructor Fai. If you go to Bans make sure to request that she be your dive instructor because she was amazing. For starters, she knew her stuff incredibly well. A few people in our group were a little worried as it was there first time, and she explained everything and calmed their fears. In addition to being a great technical instructor, Fai was a ton of fun to be around. She's always smiling, and her enthusiasm rubs off on everyone around her.

I highly recommend going with Bans, and I recommend even more having Fai as your diving instructor. I'm sure Bans has other good instructors, but I don't think anyone could be better than Fai.

Happy travels!

Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

We had heard this place was good and that is the biggest understatement. They had no fan rooms when we got there and so we got the air con room for free (because we were diving) and got it free for the rest of the time there! The staff were great from our experience. We had no issue with our room but our friends did from other tourists outside and they got instantly moved at no extra cost with lots of apologies. But most importantly- the diving. Best choice we made. We had the BEST instructor Anthony Griffiths. He was experienced, funny, understanding and just knew what to do. He has a way of helping everyone no matter their level of diving. We got the best dive sites, all different and Ant showed us great sealife every time. We also had Bernardo and Nemo to help and they were incredible too. Not to brag but that has got to be the best group! We loved it so much on the open water course that our entire group of 9 continued on to advanced even though none of us had the intention of doing so. We even rearranged our schedule too to do the advanced because we knew we wouldn't get a better group of people and especially dive instructor or dive masters. And advanced was just as amazing. Thank you Anthony for everything!

  • Stayed March 2013
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

My buddies and I, three of us, went to Koh Tao to get our padi certification. They offered free rooms (fans only) or discounted rooms if you enroll in their open water diving course. I didn't know this before hand. Only when other divers and diving instructors told us, I realized that we have been overcharged, and nothing was changed when I confronted them. I should have done some homework and research before going. I think if I knew beforehand, I could have saved some money.

Other than that, I had a wonderful diving instructor who was very charismatic. Her name is Becky, she is a fun, exciting, and charismatic instructor. I highly recommend to get lessons from her!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

Bans diving resort is perfect..! there is no other review to be given.... it is a tropical paradise.. and it is the heart of koh tao... there are shops, restaurants, everything in waking distance. The rooms are really great and spacious... The diving school is amazing too...! My husband and I did the Open Water dive course with Ian Jefferies as our instructor....! He made us feel so safe and confident and he is so thorough with his teaching and his instructions that you have nothing to worry... You just have to listen to him and follow his guidance and diving will totally become your thing. I had a lot of problems equalising and had an awful earache and the Ban's truck took me to the island clinic and the doctor fixed me up and the next morning I was 12mts deep in the tropical waters... The diving groups are diverse and you get to meet people of different nationalities... You will have to remind yourself several times as to where you are.. because with such a melting pot of a place you will forget..!

The restaurant fishbowl is extrememly efficient, well run and has amazing food. As vegetarians we had no problem whatsoever eating here.. we got great yoghurt shakes, coocnut water, pancakes, waffles, toast, fruit platters, muesli for breakfast. Falafel, pasta, pizza, spicy asian macaroni, for lunch and dinner.. in the evening you can lie on bean bags on the beach watching the sunset.. giving your dive test.. and having a cold beer... We were happy campers and didnt need anything else. There is a 24X7 seven eleven inside too... Darawan the open air restauant in Ban's is a fine dining experience with a view to die for and excellent excellent food! It is probably the only time that you would go to such a nice restaurant in flip flops... :) the laid back atmoshpere and the fact that there is no "chain" no commercialisation of the place is what is going to take us back to koh tao again to do our advanced diving course. We loved the entire experience and would totally recommend Koh Tao - (and by Koh Tao we mean Ban's and nothing else) to everyone interested in diving and a relaxed beach holiday... Ian Jefferies has to be your go to Dive instructor...!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013 via mobile

We did our open water course here and it was great fun. I was nervous about diving and the instructors were so patient and had plenty of time for me.

The only bad thing I can say is the bathroom smelt sometimes. But we were in a basic room.

The staff were friendly n helpful. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to do their diving.

  • Stayed February 2013
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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 Best Value Hotel in Koh Tao
#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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