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Ban's Diving Resort

4 star hotel
Koh Tao, Surat Thani 84360, Thailand
400 rooms
FREE Internet

Ban's Diving Resort

PADI 5 star dive center
Onsite
Max 4 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • The world's most popular dive center in terms of certifications - more PADI certifications are earned here than anywhere else on Earth
  • Expect quality service, beautiful views, serene swimming pools and fresh, colorful dining
  • Post dive, head out to explore Koh Tao (the resort is really well located), relax in your deluxe air-conditioned room or head to the spa for a relaxing Thai massage
  • Those looking to be sociable will be happy at Ban's. With new divers coming in every day, there's always someone to share a beer with and chat all things scuba diving
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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS such as free DAN dive insurance.
24/7 EXPERT DIVING ADVICE from travel agents who are all divers.
Book in full confidence. We are PADI, the leader in diving.

Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 20%
  • 37 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 14 days prior to arrival
  • 2 nights will be charged if you cancel between 14 and 8 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 8 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Ban's Diving Resort

Best dive sites in Koh Tao

Chumphon Pinnacle – This is one of Koh Tao’s most famous dive sites and is located within reach of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. This well-known dive site features a series of stunning granite and coral encrusted pinnacles which are home to batfish, giant grouper, travelly and giant schools of barracuda and snapper. The occasional whale shark and manta ray also visit. Look for plateaus rich in anemones of all different colours, branching corals, sea whips and barrel sponges. HTMS Sattakut Wreck – One of Thailand’s premier wrecks, the 48 metre/158 foot HTMS Sattakut, which started out as the USS LCI -739, was sunk on 18 June 2011 in about 30 metres/100 feet of water near Koh Tao. The Landing Craft, Infantry (or LCI) was one of several amphibious assault ships deployed during WWII. The artificial reef is home to dense schools of fusiliers and yellowtail barracuda as well as groupers, trevally, moray eels and blennies. This is one dive site which continues to thrive year after year. South-West Pinnacle – Explore a series of rock formations ranging from 4 metres / 13 feet to 30 metres / 100 feet and discover breathtaking carpet anemones in brilliant greens, pinks and blues, with their cavalcade of pink anemone fish. The crevices and ledges among the pinnacles are hot spots for snappers, emperor and harlequin sweetlips. Leopard sharks and whale sharks are occasional visitors to the site, which is home to large schools of snapper, yellowtail barracuda and fusiliers. If you are interested in critters then scorpionfish, stonefish and other bottom dwellers can be found here too. White Rock – This site features two rock pinnacles separated by a narrow sandy channel fringed with a series of ledges and steps. On the current exposed sides of the pinnacles, the fan corals are a definite highlight. Look closely in the recesses and holes in the pinnacles which are often home to moray eels, cleaner shrimps and other reef fish seeking shelter. Other reef life which divers can expect to see here include sea snakes, porcupinefish, passing turtles, Moorish idols and a range of butterfly fish and angelfish species. Shark Island – This dive site is best known for its incredible variety of marine life. It features a wall, pinnacles and a coral garden abundant in colourful soft corals. On the deeper edges of the site it is possible to see passing pelagics such as whale sharks, reef sharks and leopard sharks. The coral garden guarantees a range of marine life including moray eels, angelfish, scorpionfish, pipefish, nudibranch, crustaceans and great macro critters.
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What to see

Whale sharks do cruise into the deeper pinnacles of Chumphon and Southwest. While you can be lucky at any time of the year, there are more sightings in April and May. The reefs inhabitants include many colourful reef fish, some interesting macro critters and nudibranch, morays and bluespotted ribbontailed rays. Turtles are seen on Koh Taos reefs but not in the numbers its name might suggest. Koh Tao triggerfish are legendary for their antics, so keep your eyes open and your wits about you. Over the years, the barracuda have learnt to hunt using divers’ torch beams as assistance so night dives can be very exciting.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • The most certifying dive centre in the world, this quality dive center is affectionately known as Thailand's 'Home of Diving'
  • Dive in crystal clear blue ocean, filled with reef fish, and come face-to-face turtle and whale sharks
  • Centrally located on Sairee Beach, Ban's offers easy access to the ocean as well as all of Koh Tao's land-based fun
  • Besides scuba diving, Ban's is a great spot to learn freediving, meet like-minded travelers or while away the hours with watersports

Description

Ban's Diving Resort is a PADI 5 star Career & Instructor Development Centre in Koh Tao, affectionately known as Thailand's 'Home of Diving'. 

Now recognised as the most certifying dive centre in the world, you can rest assured you'll be in safe hands. Whether you're trying diving for the first time or making the move from recreational to professional diver, expect quality training in a beautiful environment. 

Centrally located in Sairee Beach, Ban’s offers unmatched facilities, accommodation choices, scuba diving, freediving, beach watersports, snorkeling and so much more! Whether you're after budget lodging or a luxurious retreat for two, Ban's has you covered.

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DIVING SERVICES

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Filling Station

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Wreck Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Swedish
  • Thai

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc

Resort Amenities

Great for families

  • Kids Pool
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Activities

  • Island Hopping
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Live Music
  • Nightclub
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Private Dining
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Facilities

  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Equipment For Kids

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kayaking
  • Beach Volleyball

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services

Resort Description

Ban's Diving Resort certifies more Open Water Divers than any other dive shop in the world!

Whether you want to try diving for the first time, get certified or go pro with a divemaster or instructor course, you can't go wrong at Ban's. Centrally located in Koh Tao, this respected dive resort offers multiple luxurious pools and quality dining options, complete with lush greenery and sea views. 

Choose from simple, budget accommodation all the way through to a private and luxurious suite for two. Besides diving, this resort boasts a small spa with Thai massage services, a large gym and a variety of beach and watersports available to all guests. 

How to get there

Arrival 

  • The best airport to fly into is Koh Samui (USM), which is a 2.5 hour ferry journey from the resort.
  • Upon landing in Koh Samui, take a taxi to the ferry terminal and board a ferry for Koh Tao. 
  • Once you arrive on Koh Tao, look for the Ban's Transfer Booth at the ferry terminal. Here, you can join a complimentary transfer to the resort. 
  • Please note that complimentary transfers run throughout the day. If you do not arrive at scheduled ferry times, the transfer booth may be closed. In this case, please contact us after booking to arrange alternative transfers (additional cost possible). 
  • Check-in time is 2 pm. 

Departure

  • Check-out time is 10 am. 
  • Upon check-out, you can arrange a complimentary transfer back to the ferry terminal with the reception staff. From there, you can board the ferry for Koh Samui to connect with your international flight home. 

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