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Dive Review of Mermaid I in
Burma/Burma Banks

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Michael W. Igoe, CO, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 1630
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety stops.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This is an updated report.  My original report did not fully reflect
certain categories.

Faultless liveaboard arrangements were made by Siam Dive & Sail (John
Williams), Phuket, Thailand.

Excellent crew/diver ratio.  Usually 3-4 divers with divemaster or leader. 
Dive staff was superb, looked for ways to assist.  Good critter finders. 
About the only thing that you did on your own was to put on your wetsuit. 
Pre-dive briefings were short and to the point.  Never a doubt as to where
you were, where you were going, and what you might see.  Remainder of the
crew was equally personable and helpful.  Absolutely no prompting or
hinting for gratuities, which they roundly deserved.

I can't think of one criticism.  The boat was very well run.
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