Let me start with the negatives as there is only one
The accommodation at Sunshine is included in the cost of the course. If you sleep elsewhere, you'll get 500 baht off your course. DO THIS. The accommodation is absolutely dire. Mattresses where you can feel the springs, stuffy rooms with ants everywhere, awful. We didn't find out about the discount until the advanced course, and then took full advantage of sleeping in a different location.
If you must sleep there, ask to be upgraded to a hot water room. It's usually an extra 200 baht per night but if they are quiet, you'll be able to wrangle a move. I'd still suggest not staying on site though - especially when you have Sunshine 1 and Tropicana within walking distance.
On to the dive courses - absolutely fantastic. Our instructor was Bastiaan, a Staff Instructor with over 1000 dives under his belt. He made me and my girlfriend feel very comfortable, as did Sarah-Jane, a Divemaster in training. There were only the two of us plus another girl and the two instructors on the course - they have a maximum of 4 students which is superb compared to places like BAN'S where we saw 8 students to 1 instructor a couple of times.
We weren't planning on doing the Advanced course but we were so happy with the first course we decided to bed in our knowledge and I'm glad we did. We had a great time at Sunshine and would recommend anyone with an interest in learning to go there. The Open water is 9000 (8500 if you don't stay there) and the advanced - if you have already taken the open water with Sunshine - is 7200 or 6700 if you don't stay. Bargaintastic! Full review is here:
- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Divers Hotel Koh Tao