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Buddha View Dive Resort
Ranked #21 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed 14 January 2010

Just arrived in Thailand and loving it what an amazing place. Myself and friends stayed at Bhudda View and would highly reccomend it. Great view nice beach and great diving....... Enjoy

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank AlexanderDuncan
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

I have just spent from 26th - 29th Dec 2009 Buddah View and LOVED it. Can't say a bad thing about it. Firstly I had done my theory part of my Open water in Singapore where I live so wanted just to do the Open water dives and emailed 6 places, Buddah View was the most helpful and prompt by far.
The setting is beautiful. There is a great cafe there for lunch with a knock out view. Lovely Thai food and BBQ in the eve. My friend and I got 2 rooms. The lowest of the options with AC and a tv but not the best and WOW so cool! Bare bricks and a kind of NYC cross Thai feel on the design, really nice touches in the rooms.
Diving instruction was excellent, very clear and very safe. We had a lady called Sarah who was load so fun.
Yes ..... I'm a fan! Go and do your diving :)

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank Dory_Dani
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Reviewed 24 November 2009

I stayed a couple of months on Koh Tao completing Divemaster and an Instructor course. The long term accommodation during the course was OK. Basic, clean and adequate. What impressed me was the professionalism and knowledge of the staff. I have dived many places in the world and seen many dive centers but Buddha View, and the staff, stand above the rest in really being able to find that right mix between seriousness and professionalism of diver training and the fun and excitement of being in a tropical location. I really would highly recommend Buddha View to anyone in the world considering a career in diving and anyone traveling to Thailand that is looking for a relaxed, fun and rewarding diving experience.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank gerharb
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Reviewed 19 November 2009

Nice place, very clean, friendly staff and excellent food! At the pier. Business run by Belgiums.

Stayed: November 2009, travelled solo
Thank Teijo
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Reviewed 11 August 2009

I just returned home from a wonderful 4 days at Buddha View in Koh Tao, which is in the gulf - by the way. I would say that the lomprayah ferry from Champorn is the easiest and nicest way to go there! My instructor was italian Hannes, but everyone thought he was from Germany - what a funny trick! He grew up with a few goats but then diving got him new friends and he moved to Ko Tao. He is very funny, especially when we saw the rocks near buddha view point. Thank you to all the staff as well at Buddha!

Mark S.

Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
Thank m17697
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

I have been to Koh Tao numerous times and seen various dive schools but Buddha View is the one I always go back to. There is basically two reasons for that.
1) Over the years I got to know the staff working there. I like when things are done the right way and the people there do so. The instructors are very professional and always take their time. And they are always there to help you and fun to hang out with at the shop, the boat or at the restaurant for some post-diving amber fluids.
2) Location of the dive school. The shop is on the beach in Chalok Baan Kao, which is more relaxed and chilled out than e.g. Sairee. In the morning you can go to the Buddha View Cafe and have some really nice breakfast. Regarding the evening there is a daily BBQ with excellent Thai and sea food. After food, you can hang around Buddha View Bar and have some cold drinks while looking out at the ocean. All the people (also non-divers) I met there were really stoked with that.
Regarding accomodation. As always in life it depends on what you want and want to spend. You can have some basic rooms for a couple of hundred Baht (starting at 200 Baht or ap. 4 Euros for divers), but they are "basic". If you want to have something nicer, you have to pay a bit more. I myself stayed in one of their deluxe air con rooms and had no complaints. It was clean with nice furniture and bathroom, hot water, TV, etc.
In summary, I would always recommend this place.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 August 2009

We stayed at Buddha View the first week of July. The beach "Chalok Baan Kao" is on the southside, so more secluded from the main area of Sairee - wich we found very nice.

The Diveschool itself seems very busy, but professional, crowd is generally young and the place has a great atmosphere at night, after the busy daily diving activities are over.
To my knowledge Buddha View is the only school on Koh Tao, really doing their Open Water Course in 4 days, not 3, thats another reason, why we booked.

The instructors seem also very professional and after the diving is done, are always up for a joke.

The accomodation is allright, pretty standard from what i've seen.

Koh Tao in general seems to be a place where a lot of people "get their Padi", and the
crowd at buddha view is definitely a young one, where socialising and meeting people is as much part of the whole experience than diving.

My friend and me loved it!!!

Markus

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank MarkusBasel
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Address: 45/1, Moo 3, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Koh Tao
Hotel Class:5 star — Buddha View Dive Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Buddha View Dive Resort is Thailand’s premier PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC Resort and PADI Career Development Centre. With over 20 years of experience in the diving industry, Buddha View provides world-class PADI diving courses, regular and special diving trips and accommodation to suit all budgets. ... more   less 
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