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Ban's Diving Resort
Ranked #5 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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Regensburg, Germany
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“Family and Home”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Hi,

we've stayed at Bans for 6 nights in Dezember 2013. We had such a good time that we extended our stay here.
If you want to go diving in Koh Tao, there is no other dive school/centre. First and last choice is Ban's.
We traveld in a group of three and got a nice, clean room. And the best during one of us did a course we even got a discount on the room.
So about our Stay here: Bans is a large Family and within a day everybody who comes here feels like a part of that family. Diving connects. The Staff in the office is helpful und very friendly. Whatever you need just ask and they will help you. If it is for Diving:
- Top Trained PADI Instructors
- Modern equipment ( BCD, Suits, Masks, ... )
- More then one Boat so they can go to different diving spots for different levels.

The best thing is : They provide courses in other languages then englisch. So If you are looking for a native speaking diving course this is your Adress ! And if you Compare the Price with other Diving Centres. Its affordable and they do have an ex student rate. That means if you did a certification with bans before you'll pay 700 THB for your next dives. Lifetime !
What we did is : we checked the German Page of Bans www.bansdiving.de and wrote a email in Advance so they could manage to get us some german Courses. ( 1x OWD / 1x AOWD ). If you write them in advance they can plan when courses start but its normally that there is a course staring every 2 days.
For German Speaking Divers Contact Alex Mitsch:
Alex kümmert sich um wirklich alles. Wenn es darum geht sich einen Roller zu mieten , wo man am besten essen gehen kann oder mit welcher Fähre man am besten weiter fahren soll, bzw. hat er Kontakte zu anderen Tauchbasen in Thailand.
Das beste ist aber die Kommunikation. Man hat bei Bans nie das Gefühl übern Tisch gezogen zu werden. Am besten einfach eine Email an : info@bansdiving.de . Wann/ Wer / Wie viele .

WE Enjoyed our time at Ban's and will come back ! FOR SURE !

Greetings to the all at Ban's ,
Jonas ;)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Carcassonne, France
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Iv stayed at bans many times and did my PADI advanced cert there.There has been a rapid decline over the 3 years iv been to Bans+ Koh Tau.As 1 of the biggest dive resorts in the world Bans attracts the best dive masters and instructers,thats the good news!.As the number of persons diving and learning to dive has increased,Bans has dropped heavily in its "quality control".Dive classes are crowded and too short,its become a production line rather than a "personal experience".The accommodation,restaurants and other facilities are no longer the effiscent clean,quality that they were once renowned for.This problem has hit all Sairee Beach where the hordes of "britbingers" and "rave/party idiots are now gathering in large tribes.
Koh Tau is still a wonderful island if you search elsewhere on the "peaceful/beautiful side.
May I suggest going to the gorgeous unspoilt Tanote Bay with its small bungalow resorts and the Calypso diving school.Its still the way this island used to be.PARADISE!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

I don't like to complain but maybe this review could save people from future disappointment. I gave them 1 star, only because zero isn't an option.
The rooms were terrible, falsely advertising they're few nice ones and giving us an old dirty run down ant infested room. We complained, they look annoyed and told is it would be 5000baht to upgrade to the rooms we were originally shown.
They're equipment is old and run down, all the pull cords were torn off my BCD, goggle straps broken...
The place is a revolving door for diving tourists, they obviously only care about turning a profit. This place is garbage and I would highly advise going somewhere else...
Even if it was free I would never return.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

I stayed with my partner at Bans for 6 nights on a great recommendation from a friend - we were not disappointed!

We booked the hilltop suite, although on arrival we were actually shown a deluxe suite instead, but this was quickly rectified. The room was lovely - big, clean and a huge balcony overlooking the sea where you can see the sunset. The only issue with the room was the water and electricity going off a few times due to shortages on the island, again rectified within 10minutes.

We both did the open water and adventure diving courses; we had Lucy a senior instructor and Bridget who was helping as a diving assistant. Both were absolutely fantastic and made it such an amazing experience.

Lucy has a very calming effect as she teaches which puts you at ease straight away and makes the diving so much more enjoyable, her knowledge of the dive sites is vast and she is just generally a pleasure to be around. Bridget was also great fun and extremely helpful. Bans is lucky to have these two members of staff, they really did make our trip!!

Thank you so much, Will & Toni x

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

The garden is beautiful and location is good. But the stuff is not nice, aunts in the room, smell of sewage every where ( we changed room twice), the restaurant is slow. Not recommended at all to all kind of vacation

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I had an incredible time at Ban's and on Koh Tao! The island is amazing, and Ban's is situated right in the middle of the main strip. The rooms are clean, spacious, modern, and very reasonably priced. We stayed in a bungalow on the beach our first two nights, then moved into a room in their main hotel area when another friend arrived. We stayed in a room with two twin beds, no AC but a fan, and the staff brought a twin mattress in for our third friend.

We all took the intro open water scuba diving class, 3 days long, which was SO much fun. Instructor Hampus Wickland. Then we did one fun dive once we finished the course. We got to hang out with a turtle underwater as he ate his lunch. The divemasters tend to rotate, so it will probably be a whole new crop, but they were all fun and safety is a priority. I really had one of the best experiences of my life here. A must go.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I stayed at Ban's for about a week in December 2013 with a friend and booked the Advanced Open Water course, with which you get a standard fan room included in the price. Do yourself a favour and pay the £13 or so extra a night and get an air con room. My friend described the fan room as "a prison cell" and he wasn't far off. On the other hand, the air con room was pretty comfortable. Hot shower, decent beds, balcony, daily housekeeping and, as simple as it sounds, a cupboard made this room really worth the money. But if you're just looking for somewhere to collapse at night then the fan room would probably do the trick. The diving at Ban's is also really great. All the instructors i met were really friendly, speak a wide array of languages and seem to know their salt. The restaurant was pretty decent too (although they're all much of a muchness to be honest) and the new Fishbowl bar at the end of the restaurant was one of the better bars along this stretch of beach. It is also worth pointing out that Ban's is probably one of the best value dive resorts on the island. Definitely worth checking out if you're diving in Koh Tao.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Ban's Diving Resort
Address: Haad Sairee, Koh Tao, 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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Koh Tao
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ban's Diving Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ban's Technical Diving is operated out of Ban's Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand. Ban's Technical Diving is an award winning DSAT, BSAC, ANDI Technical Instructor Diving Facility. The only Tech Center on Koh Tao (and one of few in the world) that offers DSAT Technical Diving Intructor Courses. Deep Wreck Diving, Cave Expeditions.-Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Gas Blender, Compressor Operator, Rebreather, Equipment, Emergency Oxygen, Technical Decompression Diving, Cave, Cavern......... ... more   less 
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