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Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

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Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

We're looking at staying at The Ramada Resort, however there is no mention of a watersports or diving centre, can someone advise if they can organise diving trips for us or if this is something we will have to do ourselves?

Many thanks

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1. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

There is no Dive Centre within the resort but the Front Desk will put you in touch with local ones of which there are many in Bang Niang and Banf La On. See list at www.khaolakyellowpages.com/divecenters.html

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2. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

Siam Adventure Divers in Ban Niang run all day dives out at the Similan Islands - speed boat transfer to dive boat out at the islands. The whole family dived with them earlier this year and we will be back in January - left my two young teenage sons with them for thier Advance Open Water certs, all good. English owned with int'l dive instructors. All levels catered for. Visit the shop and ask for Pat Cotter - Tel 66-076-486366

Web site: http://www.siamadventuredivers.com

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3. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

Sea Bees does free introductory classes in the pool 2 days a week so you can easily book with them. As well, there is a tour desk at the reception that can book everything for you. Or you can do it on your own. In Bang Niang village there are many dive shops you can book with.

Edited: 17 December 2010, 09:36
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4. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

See latest pics of the Ramada taken yesterday (20th December) courtesy of Khun Alex at the Ramada http://tiny.cc/l3i7x

The internal room views are first a Deluxe Lanai Room, which are situated on the ground floor of the main accommodation and second of a new Deluxe Jacuzzi Room which are located in the new block to the right of Reception looking from the sea.

There are new Pool Villas added during the last Wet Season along with the Jacuzzi Rooms but unfortunately there wasn't one available at the time to have a look around. They look very nice from the outside though.

According to Alex that now completes the development of the Ramada.

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5. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

Thanks for your response to my question regarding the Ramada hotel, unfortunately we were unable to secure accomodation at a cheap enough rate so have booked the Apsaras resort and spa, again they have no water sports centre and seem quite remote, any suggestions regarding diving opportunities? I have emailed the hotel but still waiting for an acceptable response!

Edited: 30 December 2010, 20:28
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6. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

Hi,

Yes, the Apsaras is in a fairly remote location in comparison to resorts in the main areas on Nang Thong and Bang Niang Beaches. It is located on Pakarang Beach, near Cape Pakarang, with just 3 other resorts and a few beach restaurants nearby. In fairness, although Khao Lak is built on the diving fraternity and has many Dive Centres, there are few actually located within a resort and only the Le Meridien on Pak Weeb Beach that has a water sports centre as such. This is mainly because all motorised water sports are banned (which is one of main reasons, ironically, for KL's popularity) and not too high a demand for non-motorised sports.

Serious divers generally will go to a specialist Dive Centre and organise day or liveaboard trips with them. One of the main tour operators to the Similan and Surin Islands and the newly emerging Koh Tachai, is called Ruk Talay, operates its speedboats from the beach at Pakarang and has its office in a small precinct a short walk away from the Apsaras. Try there for diving trips.

The Apsaras is currently marketed very much in France on an All-inclusive basis with many activities being organised for its guests.

Edited: 30 December 2010, 21:04
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7. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

You can book a day trip with any dive company in the area and they will pick you up at the resort. Try Sea Dragon or Khao Lak Scuba Adventures. Both now do day trips and both are very reputable companies.

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9. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

We stayed at Ramada Khao Lak - and did not have time to book diving before we arrived. THere are so many choices nearby that it seemed even more difficult at first glance. You are right, there is not a dive centre within the resort - but consider this an advantage - with so many places so close, you can easily book something that is well suited to your objectives. And easily. Walking distance from the Ramada. Plus they have free and abundant internet, so you can do a little research first.

We were in Khao Lak for the first week of January, 2011 - and it was a last minute trip. So I sent a number of emails to several dive centres just before I left and followed up when I arrived. Clearly there are a large number of operators and it is almost overwhelming to sort out who actually has boats and who is a booking agency. And secondly, whose objectives are to fill boats and whose are to encourage the dive experience. And truthfully, I think we all know this to be true.

I spoke to about six shops - and in the end I found two polar opposites. Manta Point Divers - which I gather there is a centre by the same name in Krabi - was just incredibly rude. I had asked if - seeing as I was not terribly budget constricted - and was a PADI dive professional, if I could find a nice day trip and also dive without being in a big group. More divers know that you can frequently be restricted in a group by the weakest diver (which is perfectly fine - we all are constantly improving). However, when you fly for 30 hours for five days, you want to remove that potential for limitation. And perhaps the opposite view of that is if you have not been diving for some time, it can be less comfortable to be in a large group where the speed and scope of the dive might be unnerving.

Mike Herz at Manta Point sent me a few emails back telling me basically that I was an idiot to be travelling so far during high season for diving and that it was illegal to dive without the group; I was lucky to be able to dive at all and he offered me two spots he could find on a day trip with a group. It just sounded wrong - plus I never knew in my seventeen years as an instructor that it was against PADI rules to buddy dive (he referred me to PADI. That was the low end of the experience! He was incredibly unpleasant and from the other shops I spoke to, I gather that is his reputation. But there were some great dive centres.

I came across Sea Dragon Dive Centre - just by driving by on the scooter - and gave them a call. Well, talk about the polar opposite experience. They acknowledged, as most places in Khao Lak did, that it was busy but actually less busy than normal across Khao Lak and they would be delighted to have us on board. And that it was a Similan National Park rule that there be a dive master with divers. So, we paid a nominal fee (1,000 bhat or $30cdn) and had a private divemaster with us so that we could buddy dive as was our objective. Sea Dragon owns their boats, was incredibly well organized, allowed us to dive our own profile as requested and to top it off, we were amongst four prancing mantas on our first dive.

They picked us up at the Ramada right on time, drove practically directly to the pier and we were on the water almost immediately. None of this hanging around waiting for people. And on our return, our taxi from Sea Dragon was waiting for us and took us straight back to the Ramada. It was fantastic and trouble free.

We went from frustrated at being treated so disrespectfully to elated by knowing that within the dive community there are dive centers that exist largely for the love of diving and the development of the sport. This is further demonstrated by Sea Dragon participating in the Manta Project which identifies mantas in the area and tracks whether they migrate or stay within the area. At the end of the dive they collected shots from divers to see if any of the four mantas were new to the cleaning station. To Sea Dragon I say.... BRAVO! Excellent value, well run and dedicated to a positive experience.

I know that the manta sighting was largely pure good fortune - but it speaks to good things happen when the vibe is positive. I highly recommend them.

GS

PADI OWSI

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10. Re: Ramada Resort, Khao Lak

Good to know, that's one dive operator to stay away from. Have heard lots of good things about Sea Dragons but anyone been with Big Blue Diving? Heard they depart from a different (more northern) pier than the rest which makes getting to places like Richelieu rock a lot easier.

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