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

Ban's Dive Resort, Oct, 2010,

by Jackie Pearce, FL, US ( 2 reports). Report 5741.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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.
Websites Ban's Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize, Australia, Caribbean, Hawaii, Similian Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas surge
Water Temp 86-90°F / 30-32°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-50 Ft/ 3-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Strictly enforced certification levels (i.e. Open Water couldn't dive deeper than 60ft)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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