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...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ban`s Diving Hotel Koh Tao
- Bans Diving Hotel
- Bans Diving Ko Tao