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“not even as a last resort” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Crystal Dive Resort

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Crystal Dive Resort
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Mae Haad Beach, Ko Tao 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #15 of 47 Hotels in Ko Tao
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“not even as a last resort”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2006

While the atmosphere here is relaxed and the dive instructors proffessional, it is not worth staying here. The place is a dive and not even worth the small amount you pay for accomodation.
DIVERS BEWARE, make sure you learn of their refund policy before paying anything. They will only refund a maximum of 50 % even if you can only complete a small portion of the course. My son had an ear infection and could not compete the pool section or the dives.( He completed the academics , about 20% of the course). There are plenty of other dive schools around, don't go near this one.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — everything
  • Tips/Secrets — do not go there
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2006

Great fun at Crystal Diving Resort. English guys mainly on the staff and all very professional on the diving trips. After my beginner course I took a few day trips with Steve the Divemaster and we had a great time diving around the pinnacles. Good nightlife, check out the Beach BBQ they do. Fresh fish, loads of beer. Def going back next year for more!

  • Liked — The staff
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2005

I made reservations at Crystal Dive Resort after viewing the website, corresponding via email to book my bungalow with AC. The deal was for 800 Baht per night if we dove with them every other day during our stay. We arrived there to find that they didn't have the bungalow I requested, though I'd made the reservation more than a month prior and had a confirmation code. What we got was a dingey, dirty little room in a cinderblock building. Aside from a rickety shelf containing a crappy 13" TV and a bed with a top sheet by Romper Room accompanied by a threadbare "blanket" that really looked like an oversized bath towel, there wasn't so much as a hook, shelf or table in the room; i.e. no place to put a bag or your clothes other than the floor. Saying the bathroom was "Spartan" would be kind. I don't mind having a toilet that doesn't flush, but I'd prefer mine to be without the previous occupant's solid remnants. It seems to me they could also have at least rinsed said occupant's hair off the walls, too. Oh, if you needed to use the toilet and your roomie was taking a shower, you'd get soaking wet. And, they didn't even provide TP. Add this to the deposit (100 Baht) for towels and their idea of a "safe box"--really just a locker near the restaurant for which you need to provide your own lock. Then, there's the pool. It looks big online, but it's small and constantly filled with half a dozen divers going through their OW certs. For a place that makes its living relying on the ecology of the surrounding marine preserve, they have a pretty lax attitude toward garbage. The "resort" as well as the beach in front of it were strewn with garbage including, but not limited to, food waste and broken glass. To say their advertising was deceptive is an understatement. DO NOT stay here. This is Crystal Dive LAST Resort.

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Address: Mae Haad Beach, Ko Tao 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Tao
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Ko Tao
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Tao
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PADI Scuba Diving Resort and Career Development Center. All PADI dive courses, diving internships and pro-level development. Resort, dive center and accommodation options for all budgets. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Crystal Dive Hotel Koh Tao

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