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Crystal Dive Resort
Ranked #3 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 5, 2011

When you get off the boat I suggest you keep walking north than staying here. If you want a cheap room you have to dive as we found out later but on check in when asked we were told that simply doing one dive per stay would be enough. Pool looks nice but always full of divers. Courses were the most expensive on the island, sometimes by as much ad 25%. As soon as you arrive the pressure is on to go diving asap even if you want to relax after your train/bus/ferry trip. There are many dive places on this island you'll find if you keep walking.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Crystal dive resort was awesome if you are learning to dive with them. The accommodation is free throughout your (very cheap) diving courses and discounted if taking part in fun dives etc
The team are amazing, there is a member of staff for every language. They are all extremely proffessional and experienced and so helpful, not to mention a good laugh!
The bungalows are clean and have a tv. There is also a pool, bar and restaurant and Crystal is right on the beach close too the Pier. Ideal location.

Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Kirstfredurst
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Reviewed November 30, 2010

Just stayed at Crystal Dive for the past 7 days and thoroughly enjoyed myself.Booked to stay to do my 4 day PADI...ended up staying a week and doing the next course too!

The staff where great...all Dive Instructors and the atmosphere around the place was really good. My Instructors where Sam & Carsten who where fantastic...very patient, instilled confidence in us all and where certainly very good at what they did. I found myself in a nicely sized group of 5 we all felt very comfortable and not at all rushed

They have a nice bar where everybody hangs out for a few drinks then everybody usually goes out for dinner, including most of the staff.

The rooms where basic, but clean.... and at 5 Euros a night i cant complain.

Highly recommended if you are here to dive. You cant go wrong with these guys. Definitely a resort for divers

I'm coming back next year and my Dive Masters

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled solo
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2  Thank evansrich
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Reviewed November 20, 2010

If you stay here you can expect the following:

A toilet which doesn't flush
A cold shower
No air conditioning
No bedding (other than a towel)
No daily cleaning
Lizards
Terrible staff who are only interested in diving
Terrible location

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Thank ManchesterMikeWill
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Reviewed October 19, 2010

Stayed here for the second time to do some more dive courses. Given the price (200 Baht a night for a "fan room", as long as you follow courses with Crystal) it's decent enough. Please note that there is no hot water, so if hot showers are your thing, look elsewhere. Also, if luxury is required, one should definitely look elsewhere. However, if you need someplace decent to sleep, my opinion is that this is a fine place to stay.

My room was big enough for two persons, had a TV (didn't use it though) and a bathroom with toilet and shower.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 17, 2010

We stayed at crystal and did a dive course this July whilst travelling in Thailand. The rooms were cheap but we had received much better for our money elsewhere. The staff were rude and unhelpful and some of the instructors were friendly but a lit of them seemed like they didn't have much time for the customers. The rooms were the worst part though. Our room had chicken poo on the floor and the sheets on the bed were dirty and had not been changed when we asked for a blanket for the bed they brought us a small towel! The water that came
out of the tap and the shower was mud brown and staff did nothing to help. When we asked for the staff for help they said, 'no refund, call the police if you like!!' This place tainted our view of the beautiful island of koh Tao. The resorts king crab restaurant on the beach however was very good and recommended but they need to concentrate a lot more on the accommodation and customer service.

  • Stayed: July 2010
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Thank Shrpark
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

Quite a basic resort but you get what you pay for. We were backpackers and didnt want to spand a fortune getting our PADI certificates. We felt for the price we paid it was all worth it. Would recommend for value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Crystal Dive Resort

Address: Mae Haad Beach, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Crystal Dive offers PADI diving courses from beginner to advanced, Koh Tao diving for fun divers and the full range of PADI Specialty courses. We also offer our unique all-inclusive Scuba Diving Internships, the modern style of dive training courses all the way up to Professional Level, both PADI Divemaster and PADI Instructor. As one of the most established dive schools & resorts in Thailand, Crystal Dive has built a reputation of professionalism, first class customer service and 5 star PADI diving education. ... more   less 
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