Harold's has some good points like good crew, information, involved owner, wifi (albeit slow), free breakfast (toast and coffee), meeting point but it's far from perfect.
We reserved a room, but when we arrived, they had our booking but it was full, so we stayed down the street. We made a second reservation for our return, for a back room for four nights. When we returned, we got a room in the front which gives maximum decibels from tricycles. The hot shower was cold and the room a little worn. The next day we got a room in the back. It was freshly painted so the paint fumes nearly knocked us out. We checked out and moved into a nicer, less expensive room down the street.
We did our diving with Scuba Ventures (next door to Harold's) because Harold was not running the particular trip we wished on the day. Scuba Ventures was cheaper, had good gear and a smaller group.
Harold's may be an "our pick" in Lonely Planet, but it isn't our pick.
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