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Dive Review of Mermaid I in
Burma/Mergui Archipelago+Similan Is

Mermaid I, Dec, 2006,

by David Schwab, AE, Germany . Report 3146.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Norway, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Is, Scotland, Ireland, Malta, Turkey, Tenerife, Mallorca, Florida, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 23 to 27 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time and depth limits; everyone carried a delayed SMB.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Crew handled UWP equipment carefully; there was always a fresh water bath available. No facilities to develop film, but digital photographers could share their stuff.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The best thing about the Mermaid I was the crew . . . very professional, very responsive, very courteous. They treated the divers like guests in a 5 Star hotel. The boat is solid and a very comfortable ride. Accommodations were good . . . I stayed in the cheap cabin below deck (so-so), cabins above deck have windows. Plenty of hot water; toilets could use some work. Food is good and plentiful, but tends to be repetitive. Dive staff was very safety conscious and made every effort to ensure divers got their money's worth on every dive. The diving went from very good to absolutely fabulous! Some currents and low viz might be tough on novice divers. Highlights included a Whale Shark at Richelieu Rock, more Stingrays than we could count on North Twin Plateau, a pair of Harlequin Shrimp at North Twin Pinnacle, a Spanish Dancer at Western Rocky, and rescuing a poor Porcupine Fish stuck in a fishing net at Ahtet Kyunni. There were Nudis, Scorpionfish, Lionfish all over the place. This boat goes from Phuket, Thailand, to Burma and back. We had dive sites all to ourselves; scheduled 4 dives per day, including night dives. PJ provides a very professional (albeit expensive) UW DVD of the trip, but worth every Baht; he can find anything 'cuz he knows where to look. I would go back again.
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