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“Excellent dive school”

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Buddha View Dive Resort
Ranked #21 of 50 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed August 6, 2013

My partner and I completed our Open Water Diver course at Buddha View. We did our theory online, consisting of reading the Padi e-book and completing the Knowledge Reviiews. This meant that we had the mornings off while the rest of our group was in the classroom. Our instructors, Jesper and Cecil were fantastic and made us feel safe and comfortable throughout the course. The equipment and boats were great too.

Although we did not stay at the Buddha View, I would definitely recommend diving with the resort.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Buddha view is at large diving operation. So in the morning when you get ready and at lunch when the morning trip comes home, and the afternoon trip is getting ready, things can be a little chaotic. However, they quickly find you, and pair you up with your divemaster and dive buddies, and the divemasters are good at keeping the personal feeling in the mist of chaos.

I had 12 dives with them during my stay, at it was a great experience.

Good point:
Mostly english speakers
A very social diveresort (people often join for a beer in the bar afterwards)
Several boats, so you sometimes have a option on where to go, at they don't have to push people with different preferences onto a compromise divesite.
Very organized once on the boat.
Nice people

Less good points:
Sometimes the groups get rather large (in my experience up to 7 people, but mostly 2-3)
Frequent changes in destination after departure (which could also be viewed as something good, since they took into account visibility on site and such)

..and one last point.... even though i saw it written several places the restaurant does not close when the BBQ stars, so it is still possible for vegetarians to get food in the evening. In top of that, the portions are large and rather cheap (60-80 bath for a pad thai).

Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
Thank Sune-KBH
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Where to begin in reviewing Buddha View Dive Resort? The water in the toilet, sink, and shower was brownish yellow all four days we stayed there. The bedding and towels were torn and stained. The stairs going up to our room on the 3rd floor were treacherous with no rails, especially considering the rain. The service at the front desk was less than warm. At one point, we were asked to leave, even though we had reservations for more days to make room for new guests. How does that make sense? Only the sweet man at the restaurant made our stay in the hotel worthwhile at all. I give it a miss! There are plenty of other places to stay of better quality with far superior customer service.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Jessie L
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

I booked Buddha View dive resort 2 days before getting there & had my open water course included in the 5 nights accommodation.
They were very welcoming & good hosts at all times. The room we had (a double ensuite with fan) was very basic but suited us being backpackers just fine. The only thing I found a problem was no towels, sheets/covers for the bed. Although it was so hot at night it still was uncomfortable without covers.
The whole place is such a nice atmosphere to be involved in. The restaurants food is great & even has a bbq every night with fresh fish & meat.
It is the other side of the island being a lot less busy in comparison but still got a range of restaurants to go to.
We wanted to stay longer to complete a further dive course but unfortunately couldn't.

Room Tip: If your looking for something comfortable, maybe pay slightly more for an air con room.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank lydshep
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Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

All courses are covered, instructors are competent. Prices are good for value and multiple languages - German, French, Korean, Japanese, pick your flavor of language. Not in party district of the island, but to get to business of learning how to properly scuba at a good value then you have found your dive center.

Rooms have your bare essentials. Having to buy your own toilet paper could be a literal pain in the other hole with Thai food. The beds you can definitely feel the springs. Upgrade to their nicer rooms if you stay here for minimal cost/comfort.

Great value!! Decently sized classes when compared to Ban's Diving Resort. I would personally rent a scooter or ATV stay at a resort that has better sleeping facilities like Ban's if you want to drink and party. I did like the fact that Buddha View was closer to Shark Bay for scuba diving, which was pretty awesome. Inexperienced scooter riders then get the ATV for the winding up hill sometimes narrow ride.

Met a lot of new friends doing free dives at Buddha View, at Ban's was typical to get lost in the sea of people.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Kidkong
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

All courses are covered, instructors are competent. Prices are good for value and multiple languages - German, French, Korean, Japanese, pick your flavor of language. Not in party district of the island, but to get to business of learning how to properly scuba at a good value then you have found your dive center.

Rooms have your bare essentials. Having to buy your own toilet paper could be a literal pain in the other hole with Thai food.

Great value!! Ask for Freddie and look for his blog online. Reasonable and resembles could be the Asian Santa Claus.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Kidkong
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Arriving from the ferry the staff was there to pick us up. it is slightly out of town, so you need a motorcycle or taxi to get to town. There are two restaurants, the main restaurant was of so so quality and I can not recommend it but the place that is open for breakfast and lunch serves great food. I am a pussy when it comes to heat so had booked the deluxe room (1200 bath vs 900 for a regular one). It helped me get a good night sleep and the room was cleaned (once every two days). The place is quiet and perfectly located on the beach. I did not bother with internet as a phone SIM is 300 bath which includes internet and phone credit, offering much more flexibility.

The staff was great and helpful. if you plan to learn to dive here I can certainly recommend the place. If you want to buy gear, don't use their shop. It is pricy and they do not offer tax refund (despite the fact they say they do).

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank mlokhorst
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Additional Information about Buddha View Dive Resort

Address: 45/1, Moo 3, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Koh Tao
Hotel Class:5 star — Buddha View Dive Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Buddha View Dive Resort is Thailand’s premier PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC Resort and PADI Career Development Centre. With over 20 years of experience in the diving industry, Buddha View provides world-class PADI diving courses, regular and special diving trips and accommodation to suit all budgets. ... more   less 
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