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Dive Review of Ban's Dive Resort in
Thailand/Koh Tao

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jackie Pearce, FL, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5741
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Australia, Caribbean, Hawaii, Similian Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
86   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Strictly enforced certification levels (i.e. Open Water couldn't dive
deeper than 60ft)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
1 stars    
Ban's primary business appears to be diver training.  Therefore, you are on
a boat filled with students (of all levels--Open Water, Advanced,
Photography, Nitrox, etc.)  As experienced divers (Divemaster &
Advanced), our locations and dives were limited by the people in classes
which wasn't a good mix.  The boats were crowded (30-40+ people) and, at
times, not well organized.  We fully anticipated doing 4 dives a day (2
morning, 2 afternoon) but the morning dive location never varies (and, in
our opinion, were the worst two locations we saw).  Therefore, we changed
our plans and only dove in the afternoons.  Ban's assigns you a new
Divemaster/group for each trip so you aren't able to create relationships. 
Additionally, while the three Divemasters we dove with were fairly
knowledgeable about the sites, only one was experienced and gave a good
pre-dive briefing.

Resort rooms/pools/grounds are fabulous and well priced.  Meals are
inexpensive.  Too bad as we will not go back for the diving.
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