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Carabao Dive Resort
Ranked #50 of 153 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Reviewed May 16, 2013

We were spending 6 days (5 nights) at the Carabao Diving school in order to get our Open Water certification and we consider ourselves so very lucky to have ended up there. We had an absolutely amazing dive instructor, Dan. I'm pretty scared of depths and not a quick learner of new skills. Dan was super patient with me and helped me overcome my fear while making sure we learned everything you have to know for safe diving.That guy is so charismatic I probably would have followed him throgh hell if he had told me it was okay. The accomodation at Carabo was also very nice, clean, spacious rooms with a balcony (we could even see the ocean when looking out of the window). Cool hangout spot at the bar at night, good food at the restaurant (we especially love their breakfast). Staff in general is very helpful and friendly. Carabao definitely made our stay at Koh Tao!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

I cant rate the hotel as i was not a guest, but we tried the restaurant the first night in the island.
The food was really bad, but we didnt say anything about that (it was our fault to ask for mexican food on a thai island, but after some months in asia we wanted something different), we just asked for more dip salsa for some nachos that we order, as with the second dip it was over, the ball was mostly lettuce (great for dipping...) and just some salsa over it. They refused and said that we had to pay extra for that. We said it was not fare and the waiter right away said that even with the food still on the table we had to pay for all and leave right away. He took my friends laptop and when i standed up to take it back another one punched me on the head without a previous word. All the people sitting next to us could saw everything and couldnt believe what they just have seen.
I was knocked out for a minute and then for 4 hours couldnt even remember what had happend to me for the last couple of days. Such a horrific experience...
Believe me, i am a really tolerant and non agresive guy, and never thought that asking them for some more sauce could end up with me being punched... It ruined our visit to the island... So please AVOID that place, the staff is rude and extremly agressive. I dont want that to happen to anybody else.

AVOID the restaurant, there are many other good options on the island, dont waste your time and money for thia poor food and bad people.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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1  Thank Oscar28-sp
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CarabaoDiving K, Guest Relations Manager at Carabao Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2017

Sawadee Ka Oscar28-sp,

I'm very sorry to hear about such a bad experience, I know that the staff members we have now would definitely not behave like that in anyway, and we always receieve compliments about how great they are. I can imagine whoever this was got fired shortly after the event.
I know this doesnt help for this stress it caused you and I hope that you still managed to enjoy your stay in Thailand
wishing you all the best.

Lily L.
The Carabao Dive Team

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

I did the ssi divecourse by carabao. It was great because it is a small organisation what gives me a warm welcome and à nice ambiance. Our instructeur was Pierre, he was good, he knew what hè was doing. So i van say the courses our from a high quality. After the 3 days i had trust in myself and could go diving by myself (always with an instructor of course). I will recommanded carabao!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Very cool, chilled out place. Perfect to go diving or learn to dive, the intructors are pretty cool. The bar next door is amazing also. Although it can get on your nerves if you wanna go to bed early because you are diving the next day because of the noise.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2010

school in backpackers climate, i really enjoyed it, but the rooms (bungalows) were really basic, perfect to stay for 4- days padi diving course

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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1  Thank justamm
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CarabaoDiving K, Guest Relations Manager at Carabao Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2017

Hi Justamm,

Thank you for the review, it is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. I am sorry it took so long for someone to reply to this. Since 2010 there has been a huge improvement overall on our accommodation and facilities and especially the cleanliness of the resort.
We hope to see you back here again one day

best regards
Lily L.
The Carabao Dive Resort

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Stayed: January 2018, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2017
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Room Tip: Evitar vistas a la piscina, así estaréis más tranquilos.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: 50/1 Moo 3 Chalok Baan Kao, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 153 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: $20 - $37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Carabao Dive Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For over 30 years, Carabao dive resort has been welcoming guests to Koh Tao's quiet, southern bay of Chalok Baan Khao. We have remained at heart a family business but have grown to now include a highly rated Scuba diving school, Thai & international restaurant, cocktail bar, travel & tour agent, and a brand new swimming pool. We have a full range of private Air-conditioned rooms, fan rooms and dormitory, all with views of the beach and across the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Tao's pier town and main nightlife area are no more than 4km's away meaning you can enjoy their delights but also retreat into the chilled, friendly, nature of Chalok village and relaxed hospitality of Carabao. ... more   less 
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