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

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, Germany
Report Number 3146
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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