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“Amazing dive resort - incredibly friendly and amazing PADI instructors”

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Sunshine Divers Resort
Ranked #20 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
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“Amazing dive resort - incredibly friendly and amazing PADI instructors”
Reviewed January 21, 2010

For the record - and for anyone who has previously stayed at Sunshine Diver Resort - Sunshine Dive Resort is NOT AFFILIATED in any way shape or form with the unpleasant Sunshine Bungalows/Restaurant with whom they share their building with. It is truly unfortunate that this incredibly pleasant and amazing resort has to share space with the Sunshine restaurant - run by some of the most unfriendly, unhelpful, unhappy people we have encountered on our travels throughout Thailand.
Sunshine Dive Resort on the other hand was staffed by incredibly helpful, friendly people. Their PADI instructors (Natalie, the manager, in particular) were amazing! We went to Sunshine on a recommendation from a friend to get our PADI open water scuba diving certification and enjoyed it so much that we stayed for another 4 days to get our PADI advanced open water certification!
Compared to Ban's diving resort (Sunshine Diver's sister school) - the atmosphere is incredible. Sunshine divers is a much more personal experience as the class sizes are limited to a maximum of 4 people and there are never more than 10 people on the dive boat.
I would truly recommend Sunshine Dive Resort to anyone going to Ko Tao, especially if they are going to learn how to scuba dive. They are an amazing resort. We had a fantastic time!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2009

The idea of a beach hut on the sea sounds fantastic..... You cant go wrong....
It should be, you can.
the huts came in 300 - 400 or 500 Bt per night. If your on a budget then i may be being to critical.
I was prepared to spend more than £9 a night on my accommodation. Desperation saw us take the room which was dark, dirty and worn out.
the sheets didn't look to have been changed any time recently and the pillows i tried not to look at. one towel between two.... Sadly The principals work; with effort and money this place could be a jem but right now its nothing near.
We stayed to shower and change and find a new location. We did and found paradise. It was 4 times more expensive but in that variation i found both the WORST room I had ever been expected t sleep in and the best I ever have.... If you can afford more than 500bt a night go else where.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Management-Team-2010, Manager at Sunshine Divers Resort, responded to this review, February 10, 2010
Thank you for your comments, however, the team at Sunshine Divers offer quality service to our customers. We are aware that a frequent problem is the confusion of the bungalow resort / restaurant with the dive school - they are separate businesses with no affiliation.
We apologise to our divers for any inconvenience and be aware that we can secure other accommodation more to your liking on Chalok Baan Khao.
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

nice place, hotel room was clean with hot water, good value for money i thought, the diver team were fantastic, excellent, really friendly people, however the restaurant there the staff were rude. The bar Eazy Bar was brilliant the staff there were truly fantastic, nice people, enjoyed my stay there just didn't like the restaurant staff.

I would of easily put the service here 5 star, as the diver and bar teams were great people but the restaurant service was shocking, well rude.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 16, 2009

I can tell you its one of the best diving exprience ive got with very friendly,knowledgeable dive instructor(GREG).<-- he even tell you where are the best place to eat and sightseeing. IF you guys wanna go for a dive LOOK for him.i can promise you, You'll get alott of fun and adventure.The Staff at sunshine are great + the restaurant staff are very friendly too.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2007

Not the best hut - dark and depressing. Sheets and pillows not that clean. Thai staff v unfriendly. We might have had a better experience if we were diving as most people were so found it a bit clicky. Not much of a beach to sunbathe on. Would recommend eating and drinking at the corner restaurant that overlooks the sea in front of Sunshine at the far end of the beach.
We are 2 x single 30something flashpackers girls...

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  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Sunshine Divers Resort
Address: Chalok Bann Kao, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #20 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Number of rooms: 40
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Sunshine Divers Hotel Koh Tao

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