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Ban's Diving Resort
Ranked #5 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
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“Perfect Island Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

In catering to our diving adventures and comfortable accommodations, Ban's Diving Resort was excellent. Depending on if you are a student or just bunking down, costs can vary quite a bit due to the included accommodations and breakfast for diving students. This was definitely one of the more expensive places we stayed during our whole south east Asia trip but as it was the end of our trip and Koh Tao was the paradise that it was, we were happy to splurge a bit and enjoy the extra luxury of the deluxe Garden Room. The overall atmosphere of the restaurant and diving area and Fishbowl bar makes for an active and fun environment to hang out in and meet people. The instructors were enthusiastic and fun-loving and diving programs were outstanding and very well structured. The pools tend to have a lot of divers in it for courses so be aware of pool necessities if that's what your looking for... the food here and all over the island is slightly more expensive than other Thai regions but above average in deliciousness and variety. Ban's is central to the walking road between the two main beaches and villages where most of the night life occurs so it makes for easy access and great partying. Ban's is one of the larger diving centres on the island and there is a larger diving centre feel to it so if you are a diver, just be aware that there are many ways to enjoy diving here (small and private catered experience, middle of the road classes and small boat journeys or the large groups and consistent continuous diving site journeys). I was very pleased with the facilities and large groups and boats for doing my Advanced Diver here, but in wanting to more one-on-one dives with somebody to further out remote locations, hunting down the schedules of other dive centres is worth while.

Since there really is a huge variety in accommodations on the island, each catering to their own travelling breed, i would suggest that if you are not interested in diving and just looking for island-like accommodations, that there are many other options for you, like beach bungalows, hill-top private bungalows and infinity pools and even the tucked away boutique rooms near or just outside the villages.

We enjoyed our island stay and since we also love to dive we would definitely come back to Ban's for more courses. However, due to the beautiful resorts located all around the island, we would definitely consider other options for varying atmosphere and cost reduced accommodations for a couples vacation or travel juncture...

Cheers,
Kayle&Madison

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our stay was amazing! As a family of four we were very comfortable in the upper villas. The location was easy walking access to all shopping & food. Gary Kent was an amazing instructor who took us from beginning to advanced! He was patient with our kids & made us feel confident in our newly learned skill.

  • Stayed May 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We booked a discovery dive with bans and got discounted accommodation. We got upgraded to a lovely room with a view of the ocean. Bans is located right in the centre of sairee beach which means you have the freedom to explore on foot. This was important to us as taxis in Koh Tao are more expensive than other areas of Thailand (the first hotel we stayed in then moved as it was too remote, told us a return taxi journey would be 1000 baht, around £20!) the roads are too bad to get a moped and we had read all about the Koh Tao scams! The diving experience was great, wonderful, well trained staff! All in all, great value for money!

  • Stayed July 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

I had a great experience with them.
great diving instructors, good condition equipment.
the accommodations are good, and they are included in the price for the diving course

the staff is friendly, the food is good, and its in a good location.
this one's sure pick

Room Tip: no need for the a/c rooms (which are extra), i even turned the fan off at some point
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

Normally I would give them 4 Stars, but I like the friendly staff. I stayed here two times and I did everytime a Fundive. The dive instructors are very good and diving makes fun with Bans.. One time I stayed in a very cheap room with shared toilet, the equipment in the room was not in a good condition. The next time I had a nice "gardenview" room. The Hotel is clean, except for the pools. They used it for dive lessons and this makes the water "creamy". The best thing in the Resort is the staff. They are so friendly and helpful. One time they invited me to a staff party, that was very kind. Special Thanks to Sao, she's so kind and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2014

Ban's is perfectly situated on the beach and is a five star PADI CDC (career development center) that has a non-stop offering of diving all over Koh Tao. While it's owned and run by Thai, but you're really interacting with british, german and australian (and some american) divers who instruct and dive there. The guests are mostly 20-something and 30-something europeans and australians who come to dive by day and drink by night. It's a fun environment, and the scenery is gorgeous. If you stay here, be sure to get rooms with air-conditioning. The diving and access to a beach-front bar and decent restaurant that you can bill to your room is quite convenient. The deals that include room and diving (especially instructional programs) are excellent. I did my Rescue Diver certification there and the training was actually quite excellent, although don't expect to get to keep your books as you would with a normal Padi dive program... that said, the prices are VERY reasonable and the instruction was excellent. (I'm just finishing my divemaster training in California, and beginning my Instructor's training, so I do have enough experience to make that kind of a judgment). Oh, and the little noodle cart and little pancake cart are truly spectacular.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

For a 3* hotel the room with airco was so so. It was clean. But it really needs some maintains. The toilet wasn't working well and the shower was ready for a replacement. The resort itself is great. Perfect spot with the beach across the resort. Lost of farang who are there for diving. Garden and pool are maintained much better than the room. Cosy and great place to hang out. Just only use the room to sleep and shower and you have a great time here....

Stayed June 2014, 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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