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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
India/Andaman Sea

 
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Ocean Rover, Mar, 2008,

by jean, ca, US ( 2 reports). Report 3976.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Rajah Ampat, Papua New Guinea, Lembah Straight, Sulawesi, Red Sea, Palau, Cocos, Galapagos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments
This was my first trip to the Andaman Sea, the fourth trip aboard the Ocean Rover; the usual standard of excellence applies, cabins, food, crew--except for the two divemasters. They offered little or no help. When I complained to the owner, which I did with tact, he became defensive and told me the divemasters were there only to point out critters, that if I felt I would need one I should have made arrangements prior to the dive. That would have sufficed had I antipicated the current at the end of the dive. Kicking against it used up most of the air I always keep in reserve. Good thing my buddy was handy.

Getting to Port Blair, the pickup point for the Ocean Rover, requires a determined adventurer; India does so love its forms, in duplicate and triplicate. But the Andamans beckoned. We were out to sea for nine days. When the diving was good, it was excellent, manta, big sea snakes, huge schools of snapper and trevally at Barren Island, so named because its a live volcano, its slopes barren of vegetation, smoke curling from the crater. During the trip I saw two pairs of mating octopus. We were eyeball to eyeball, a thrill-of-a-lifetime.

But many other dives were less then thrilling. Although most of the diving was easy and the dive sights offered healthy hard and soft coral, the lack of creatures coupled with bad visability often made the diving tedious. All of us grew tired of the oft uttered phrase, "last year we saw...." Sadly, almost all the sharks are gone. We saw a couple of very small white tips. I suspect lots of other species are gone as well.

FYI: The Ocean Rover is due to change owners in June of 08. Hopefully, it will maintain its overall excellence.

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