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Dive Review of MV Faah Yai in
Burma/Merguai Archipelago

April, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jay Treat, OK, US
Report Number 129
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Thailand (same trip, different location), N. California, Gulf of
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No limits other than being back on the boat by an agreed time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Wonderful small fish and critter life.  There were large schools but often
hindered by poor visibility.  The only complaint is the very small camera
table.  I did most of my setup in the Galley. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
I left for this trip pretty well informed so there were few surprises.  I
chose to fly into Phuket and take a van to the departing point of Ranong,
Thailand.  This trip is included in the charter price but I would likely
fly directly into Ranong next time.  The departing dock and the entry point
into Burma are sort of depressingly run down but when you awake the morning
after departure, you'll be in a mostly untouched paradise among seemingly
endless uninhabited islands.

The MV Faah Yai is a functional boat with good Thai food and A/C in the
rooms that, at times, only barely works (mine was apparently the only room
with this problem).  With only 10 passengers, it's not crowded and the dive
operation is efficient.  It's not a luxury boat ala Aggressor, but if I
booked another Burma liveaboard, I'd likely choose this one.

I'll let others rate the diving as this was my first trip to Indo-Pacific
waters.  I'll just say that it impressed me enough to immediately start
thinking about a second trip.  

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