Some people has asked me where we stayed at Koh Tao this time and the simple answer is Sairee Hut Dive Resort on the nice Sairee Beach.
I also stayed at Sairee Beach when I was at Koh Tao in the summer 2005, but at that time it was at Big Blue Diving.
This time Benjamin and I agree to try another place. We did in fact book the trip, the place to stay and the dive center from Khao San Road in Bangkok – you can save some money by booking a package at Khao San Road or at least book at package of room and dives at the same place and because Koh Tao is known for being ‘diver-factory’ most centers will give the best discount if you take some kind of education and not only fun-dives… anyway Benjamin and I used a couple of hours talking with some of the dive center shops in the Khao San Road area and decided to try out Grand Coral Divers.
The trip went pretty smooth even though you ALWAYS are told to meet up far too early, getting pooled with travellers from other hotels and shops and then spend a lot of time waiting for the bus ect… and this was no exception – a lot of waiting, a rather cold bus, a stop for dinner at around 23.00?, but in the end arrival at Koh Tao at planned time… business as usual… 😉
At Koh Tao the room wasnt what we had expected and situated a 10-15 minutes extra walk by a road away from the dive center and the nice beach, so for us it wasnt an option…. the staff at Grand Coral Divers understood our decision and we took our backpacks for a walk down the beach – a great thing about a backpack is that its so easy to talk a walk and find what you’re looking for…. so in the nice sun we walked down Sairee Breach and looked at some of the places making Sairee Hut Dive Resort our choice – really a nice room/hut with a sea view, restaurant by the sea and also also a dive center… we loved staying there, but we did in fact dive with Grand CoralDivers, which was also a good choice!
But to call it a resort might not live up the American definition of a resort… 😉
A really nice view from our balcony at Sairee Hut Dive Resort
Benjamin relaxing at our balcony
(yes, Benjamin has an amazing smile….)
The Sairee Hut Dive Resort restaurant seen from the beach
And you can spot our hut – the first one on the right just after the dive center…..
Benjamin enjoying life at the restaurant…
Even on a cloudy day the beach is so nice a Koh Tao