Let me start with the room: we decided to pay a little extra to upgrade to an air con room (you get a fan room free with the OW course). It was VERY basic. The two single beds were the thinnest of mattresses, and all walls/windows are so thin it is noisy. The bathroom was disgusting - absolutely foul. Our room - and in fact the whole resort - smells of poo. Apparently this is because they use the waste to fertilise the gardens there. I hope this isn't true, but it perfectly feasible given the smell.
The OW course: this itself was well run, luckily we didn't have a huge group, and because one of them was newly qualified we had two instructors between 8. The sessions were all good and I would recommend the diving here, though I expect it is much the same in any diving resort.
The resort and restaurant: the restaurant gave nice food but was very hectic and disorganised. One persons food would come within 10 minutes, and another person would be waiting for 40. Always very busy.
It's annoying that they say there are swimming pools at the resort for guests to use, but this is never possible as they always are filled with diving lessons.
We left happy with our OW certificates, but couldn't help but feel that Ban's is just a big, commercial machine that gets as many divers willing to pay as possible through it's doors. There's nothing nice about it as a resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Owned and operated by a local family Ban’s Diving Resort has a very special family oriented hospitality that keeps customers coming back year after year. Within our resort are all the amenities needed to make your holiday on Koh Tao both comfortable and fun. Our facilities include a dive center, beach front restaurant, Darawan Restaurant, spa and hair salon, 24 hour mini mart, 4 swimming pools, and the Fish Bowl bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ban`s Diving Hotel Koh Tao
- Bans Diving Hotel
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